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Director - WANTED: Crohn's End
Home page: http://crohnsend.com/
Posts by Reid Kimball
Other than low energy in the late afternoon and as I write this (eyes are heavy) I felt great today. No pain, little to no gas, and one solid BM today early in the morning.
I really think Kefir is making a difference. My gut feels so calm. I was drinking a commercial brand, but tonight I have a batch that will finish fermenting in a few hours. I’m interested in seeing if it will be more potent.
“Now it was my turn to take over.”
- Ari Meisel, in the hospital, dying from Crohn’s disease
The below video is a six minute TEDx East talk Ari Meisel gave in May, 2011. He talks about how Crohn’s disease nearly killed him and how when he tried different, effective, and alternative approaches he not only overcame Crohn’s, but no longer carries the diagnosis of having an “incurable” disease.
Not much time but I wanted to share some updates and thoughts in rapid fire.
Are Appendicitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Connected?
I got an update from my contact at Rush University Medical Center. They are still looking for participants who are NOT following a special diet for treatment of their IBD. Please, help them out by giving them some of your poop! You’ll become a scientific pooperstar!
This summer I hope to interview several doctors about conventional treatments, alternative treatments and digestive conditions. Some will be specialists others more general.
I would love to hear from you any questions that you want me to ask a doctor, health professional and experts. NOTE: There is no guarantee I will be able to ask everyone’s questions because I may not have much time to interview some of the experts. Thank you for your understanding.
The below is only a small sampling of all the topics that may be covered in my interviews with medical and health professionals. I want to be the voice for patients all over the world who are looking for answers on how to heal and overcome digestive conditions, please don’t be shy and let me know what some of your questions are so that your voice can be heard and responded to. You can leave a comment below or send me an email at info -at- crohnsend.com. Don’t forget to tell me who you want to answer your question.
Here are some topic suggestions to spark questions from you:
- medical marijuana
- low-dose naltrexone
- helminthic therapy
- emotional freedom techniques
- vitamin d
- drug research
- drug funding
- crohn’s disease
- ulcerative colitis
- celiac disease
- irritable bowel syndrome
- patient empowerment
- conventional, integrative, alternative medicines
- post traumatic stress disorder
I’ll get straight to the point. Things are fantastic right now! I’ve experienced great improvements since Day 14. I am happy beyond description that I no longer have urgent diarrhea.
There’s nothing better than waking up early in the morning full of energy because you have urgent diarrhea. Not once, but twice within minutes of each other.
I keep telling myself that this is all part of the healing process, but something deep inside is revolting against that idea. I’m getting fevers some days and nights. My mouth has been extraordinarily dry at night. My gut makes very loud gurgling noises and feels like it’s “simmering” at night. I felt a cough coming just before bedtime last night. I’m getting leg cramps while I sleep sometimes.
All of these extra symptoms besides the diarrhea do not appear, in my opinion to be a healthy response to detoxing or healing. They tell me that I am weak and sick.
I read something I believe profoundly important in the GAPS book by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. On page 143 she writes,
People with food allergies and intolerances should go through the Introduction Diet in order to heal and seal their gut lining. The reason for allergies and food intolerances is a so-called “leaky gut”, when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora. Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them. Many people try to identify which foods they react to.
However, with damaged gut wall they are likely to absorb most of their foods partially digested, which may cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction… As long as the gut wall is damaged and stays damaged, you can be juggling your diet forever, removing different foods and never getting anywhere… Once the gut wall is healed, the foods will be digested properly before being absorbed…
A large part of a healed gut includes a diverse and healthy ecosystem of gut microbiota, all the yeasts, bacteria, viruses, protozoa and so on. Bacteria especially help us to digest our food. Without healthy bacteria, we die.
I believe with my recent experiments with natural antibiotics I have severely damaged the healthy balance of my gut bacteria.
I think this is why many people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis say that diets don’t work for them because what’s really happening is that their guts lack the microbiota to keep the gut healthy and it’s not able to digest anything, no matter how “safe” the food is.
This tells me how fundamentally important probiotics are to initiate a healing process. I’m having so much trouble with GAPS and getting progressively worse because I have no bacteria to help me digest the food to begin with.
That’s why today I’ve decided to do something risky and have as much yogurt as I can handle. I had a fever and a lot of diarrhea that last time I had yogurt due to a Herxheimer Reaction, but at this point, I don’t have much else to lose.
I might be in the bathroom all day today, but I need to try this. If this doesn’t work… I will probably do a microbiota transplant, aka fecal matter transplant or as I love to call it, human probiotic elixir. On one hand, I’d love to spend months going through the slow, methodical processes required for natural healing, but I’ve got a documentary to make and a life to get on with.
Why Use Natural Antibiotics?
Antibiotics, particularly drug-based are over used today to treat acne, middle ear infections, respiratory infections and are used in our food such as animals, fruits and vegetables.
Drug-based antibiotics are used so frequently today that many pathogenic bacteria are learning to adapt, mutate and then become resistant to them. This causes bacteria to be very difficult to treat and become dangerous for people’s health because nothing is effective against them.
I apologize in advance because this blog post will likely be all over the place.
I’m on my sixth day of the GAPS Introduction Diet, stage 1. Probiotics are a very important part of stage 1, but I have not been able to tolerate whey from either raw goat or organic pasteurized cow milk.