My Twitter pal @salvationxxx posted a link to a YouTube video from the TV show Scrubs. They did a musical skit called, “Everything Comes Down to Poo“, telling a patient how important stool tests area. It’s hilarious and oh so true!
Yesterday, September 18th, 2010 I started a three day stool test from Genova Diagnostics. What this means is that I have small vials that need to be filled with poo samples on three separate days. This morning I filled up the day two vial. Tomorrow is the third and final time I need to do this.
Why am I doing this? Because I want to get a state-of-the-union type of assessment for my health right now. I took the same test last year and it showed clearly that my beneficial gut bacteria was severely lacking. If everything comes down the poo, it’s because of the gut bacteria in our intestines. Healthy levels of gut bacteria help us to:
- Keep the immune system strong (70% of it is in the gut)
- Produce natural antibiotics to fend off bacterial pathogens such as salmonella, shigella, staphlococcus and Helicobacter pylori
- Synthesize B vitamins and vitamin K
- Aids in nutrient uptake (especially calcium)
I’m also taking blood tests to see my Vitamin D and B12 levels. Once I know the current status of my overall health, I will know what I need to do to fully heal from Crohn’s. I believe in my bodies ability to repair damage and heal and am willing to do whatever it takes to make that happen. First, I need to see where I am. I feel really good, but that’s not enough.
If my health is really strong (healthy levels of bacteria, Vitamin D and B), I may not need to do much else and therefore will stress test my Crohn’s disease. I will go off of my Specific Carbohydrate Diet and eat a Standard American Diet (SAD) of sugar, refined breads until my symptoms get worse (pain, diarrhea) or one week passes with no problems, which ever comes first.
Gummi bears, Cookie Crisp cereal and soda for breakfast! Awwww yeah.
Source: Listen to Your Gut by Jini Patel Thompson, p. 156