Empowered Patients

Reid Kimball


When diagnosed as a 17 year old, Reid accepted the idea he’d live in pain with Crohn’s for the rest of his life. He never sought to improve his condition with more powerful drugs than Pentasa.

When his new Gastroenterologist prescribed the antibiotic Flagyl, he experienced gut pain so bad it was impossible to drive. A week later, out of desperation he started on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and within twenty-four hours saw dramatic improvements in his health.

This started his journey to heal himself with natural alternatives instead of conventional medicine. While making this documentary he discovers a medical system that is not well suited to treat people with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis. Along the way he learns of a healing protocol that many empowered patients are using, whether they know it or not.

Luke Stokes

The diagnosis of Crohn’s disease threw Luke’s plans of being a missionary off course. He struggled with medications and their side effects. He and his wife Nicky decided to try Helminthic Therapy. Soon he felt well enough to taper off his medications.

After excruciating pain one day, it was discovered he was suffering from a stricture that closed up a section of his intestines. In pain daily, he is now considering surgery, the very thing he had hoped to avoid with the help of Helminthic therapy.

Matt Robinson


Matt thought he had tried nearly everything for his ulcerative colitis until Reid told him about Human Microbiota Transplants.

Tara Rosas


Tara suffered with Crohn’s disease for years trying all of the conventional approaches. Her doctor told her there was nothing left she could try and would need surgery. After meeting Dr. Cowan, he gave her newfound hope.


Dr. Thomas Cowan, MD


Dr. Tom Cowan discovered the work of the two men who would have the most influence on his career while teaching gardening as a Peace Corps volunteer in Swaziland, South Africa. He read Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A. Price, as well as Rudolf Steiner’s work on biodynamic agriculture. These events inspired him to pursue a medical degree. Tom graduated from Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in 1984. After his residency in Family Practice at Johnson City Hospital in Johnson City, New York, he set up an anthroposophical medical practice in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Dr. Cowan relocated to San Francisco in 2003.

See more of his bio at his website:

Jay Baluk

Jay knew he had Crohn’s Colitis disease even before he was diagnosed. Keenly attuned to his body, he felt he had to ignore his doctor’s prescription for medication and find his own path to healing himself. He searched the internet, spoke with others who became his mentors and modeled their approaches. Today he considers himself disease free and helps others.

Jini Patel Thompson


After healing herself of Crohn’s disease (100% drug and surgery-free for over 20 years), she made her healing methods available to other people with ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s, diverticulitis and IBS.

Jini runs a blog at and has written several published health books.

Sean Ahrens


Sean is a software developer who hopes his work on Crohnology can revolutionize the healthcare industry to become more patient centered. He recently published a scientific paper in the journal Nature about his self-experiments with Helminthic Therapy.

You can watch the documentary to find out what happens to each of these amazing characters.