Seeing the End of Crohn’s & Colitis

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Over at Gut Smart Research I posted an article supposedly written by a doctor who advocates more Crohn’s patients have surgery. This kind of “news” article is better know as a “puff piece” in my book.

It glosses over the risks as if surgery is no big deal. I just had to write this comment, which you can see posted at the bottom of the page:

This article is a perfect example of why people are suffering from Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis and other IBD conditions. Surgery should only be reserved for life threatening situations! We live in a violent society and advocate for violent solutions.

There’s a more natural way to heal our guts from the damage done by IBDs. It involves changing ones diet to exclude inflammatory foods like refined grains, sugar and processed foods full of fake laboratory manufactured ingredients that we can’t even pronounce. Look up SCD, GAPS, Macrobiotics, Paleo, raw vegan diets and choose one that will work for you.

Then we include probiotics and supplements that heal the intestines, I’m talking about Lactobacillus Acidophilus, glutamine, colloidal silver and more.

Enough with the drugs. Enough with the surgery. Let’s allow nature to do what it does best, heal and restore life to its original balance.

Interestingly, my comment is the only one with negative rating and yet it’s the only comment that offers safer, cheaper & more effective solutions for IBD patients!

What’s wrong with surgery? As highlighted in the clips the author states:
– “a 50% virtual cure”

What does “virtual cure” mean? That doesn’t compare very favorably to the 70% – 80% of Crohn’s patients that enter remission with Helminthic therapy and certain diets! The allopathic community using drugs and surgery dream for those kinds of numbers.

– surgery is a huge expense, doesn’t matter if healthcare in other countries is paid for by the government, someone is paying huge sums for it when they could instead spend far less on natural whole foods and natural supplements

The author says, “Nearly 85 per cent of sufferers will need surgery in their lifetime.” Further saying it’s not a question of if, but when. Again, this is ignoring the fact that a majority (not all) of Crohn’s patients who need surgery were not put on alternative natural treatments after diagnosis and their bodies were never able to heal. Instead, their symptoms were suppressed and festered until the problem grew large enough to overcome the suppression effects of the drugs, creating greater problems than before.

– resulting from surgery, 10% get blood poisoning, which can be fatal and is the 10th leading cause of death in the US.

If I didn’t know that alternatives can be cheaper, safer and more effective, I might think that a 50% chance at a “virtual cure” and a low, low 10% chance of getting a fatal blood poisoning were excellent odds.

This stresses to me, at least, how important it is to spread the word about WANTED: Crohn’s End as far as possible. People aren’t being told about the other side, the natural side. The side of healing, where when you crest over the mountain, you can see the end of Crohn’s and Colitis. And I’m telling you, it’s beautiful.

  • I don’t get it. Why, why do people think that drugs and surgery are a better option. I guess I don’t know the pain of UC/Crohn’s firsthand but this is my situation. I have a 4yr old who has been diagnosed with UC and as parents I have realized that it is even harder to be sure and make the right choices for your child’s healthcare. You are suddenly taking responsibility for another life and my decisions today will affect her for the rest of her life and she is yet to even begin living her life to the fullest. It is that sentiment that has led my husband and I to put off on starting her on drugs (her symptoms are relatively mild so we have some luxury there) and embark on a search of alternate treatments and some of the therapies/testimonials/research that we are coming across has been a real journey of revelation for us. A year ago prior to my child’s diagnosis, we would have called us the typical folks who rely on Drs and drugs and believe that science and medical community has all the answers and that we were in good hands in the US medical system. We are still learning but one thing we are finding out that there something almost akin to a conspiracy that is out there with the medical community and bigPharma. I am not saying that physicians are bad people but I am not above questioning the role of capitalism and money and also I blame the way our physicians are being trained considering that the AMA (American Medical Association) and Pharmaceuticals are so hand in hand.
    Anyway forgive me for my rant but this article got me really riled up. I came across your blog and your endeavor with the film during my research and wanted to wish you well and extend whole hearted support.
    In the meantime, we are still struggling with finding appropriate alternate therapies which will be palatable to a willful 4year old without stressing her too much with too many restrictions.

    Thanks

  • No thank you. You are 100% right, it’s not a wacky conspiracy theory. Our economic system is not designed to benefit living, breathing people.

    I’m working on a resources page, in the meantime, I think diet, anti-inflammatory supplements and probiotics are crucial to overcoming these digestive conditions.

    What are you researching, where are you getting your information from?
    There’s not much on this site but you can try
    http://www.crohnsboy.com
    http://scdlifestyle.com
    http://listen2yourgut.com

  • Thanks Reid. We have been looking all over. Being engineers, we first started out seeking research papers and have found lots of interesting academic studies with L-Glutamine, pomegranate, turmeric, probiotics but nothing that made it to an actual treatment. Since then we have exhaustively checked out SCD which would be too difficult on my girl and we suspect that she has a slight nuts intolerance so that idea was shot. Currently we are starting out ever so slowly on Jini’s protocols and have our fingers crossed. Being of Indian heritage, we are not also researching Ayurvedic and Homeopathic treatments but have not found anything conclusive that will work for our girl. That said, we are convinced that there is a diet component to this -there has to be- and we keep experimenting. Traditional Indian wisdom had us eating a lot of yogurt and a lot of our foods use fermented grain in its prep as well. Sadly enough, we got westernized enough to put all that aside so another of our tacks has been to go back to the basics a little but that is easier said than done. Regardless, there are 2 things that I have noted:
    1) We are not shy about our girl’s condition and everyone we talk to about it either knows someone directly or through someone who has this condition. It simply does not seem as rare as we were initially told it was. Far more prevalent….both IBS and IBD
    2) Second thing is that it seems that drug therapy is only a short term solution for 85-90% of the folks which stops working sooner or later. Most of the folks that seem to have beaten this have done it with diet either SCD or something else that worked for them. A family friend of ours was able to “cure” himself (confirmed via subsequent colonoscopies since he is above the age, etc.) with a diet of fatty/oil fish, turmeric and fresh pomegranate juice.

    Thanks for the resources and while I am looking at a lot of the same stuff, I am happy to forward you some of the academic studies articles that we have found. We have not been good about tracking our research but I can try and gather some of it if it is helpful.

  • Yes, please if you have any specific research papers about how beneficial L-Glutamine can be for IBD and strictures I would appreciate it immensely. I tried searching on PubMed a while ago and had trouble finding what I wanted.

    As for diets, there are others besides SCD.
    – GAPS is more restrictive
    – Paleo might be easier to follow
    – Macrobiotics
    – Maker’s diet
    – raw vegan

    Either way, there’s a ton of overlap between these diets.

    I’m writing a post about this, but I’m finding a common denominator of no processed foods at all, no refined sugar, no grains (or at least limited to specific kinds) and no dairy (or only yogurt) in many of these diets that work for IBD.