Reid Kimball

Reid Kimball

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Building a Support System


Team of doctors put hands in a pileThe healing journey is a complicated, long, rollercoaster ride that has enough unexpected twists and turns to drive anyone mad.

Michael Pollan on Food System Reform


Michael Pollan has an optimistic piece [1] saying it is inevitable our food system will be reformed to favor real food and not disease causing foods, thanks to the rising cost of healthcare associated with eating highly processed sugars, carbs, starches, additives and so on.

Endorphins from Laughter and LDN


Here’s an interesting study about laughter releasing endorphins and increasing people’s pain tolerance.

I wish they studied what affect the laughter-induced endorphin release had on the immune system rather than on the pain threshold. Low-dose naltrexone is used to boost the immune system by tricking the body to produce more endorphins. It has been shown to be effective in reducing inflammation in Crohn’s patients.

I’ve always thought that laughter was like a massage for the intestines and interestingly, the article ends by saying that massage releases endorphins. This could be an interesting approach to IBDs, to use laughter, massage and LDN to increase production of endorphins to reduce inflammation in the intestines.

IBD Talk 09.12.2011


Well, that’s not what the science says. People can be genetically predisposed to IBD, but there are countless cases of identical twins, who have the same exact genes and only one has IBD.

Additionally, in rat/mouse models of IBD, they bred the animals to have the genes that relate to IBD and when they were sterilized without any gut bacteria, they never got IBD. Clearly something else is going on.

IBD is complex and requires an interaction between host genetics, our microbiota (bacteria, yeast, viruses, etc), intestinal permeability (aka leaky gut) and environmental triggers (toxins, food, stress).

When you understand all the components, you can take action to remove the environmental triggers (usually food), heal the leaky gut and restore the microbiota. Many find amazing results with this multifaceted approach.


Call for Action #1 – FDAs NDI Guidelines


Please act!

I’m sorry this is so late, but if you have the time today, before the end of the business day please call your US government representatives to tell them your thoughts about the FDA’s NDI (New Dietary Ingredient) guidelines.

Details on who to call and what to say.

The updated NDI guidelines have the potential to negatively affect our access to supplements here in the United States. This includes vitamins, enzymes, and probiotics and it’s already starting to happen.

Spoke with a Mutaflor rep 10 min ago and said 5 to 6 months ago the FDA required they pull it from the market and that it needs to be tested to the same standards as a pharmaceutical drug. Financially that is not feasible and so it won’t be done. He also said two other probiotics were pulled from the market.

Medical Futures, who sells Mutaflor has another probiotic product for vaginal infections that the FDA won’t allow onto the market. Women are resorting to rubbing yogurt onto their vaginas to get the beneficial Lactobacillus bacteria.

I have not used Mutaflor, I don’t have any financial or other ties to them, but I do know this, that food, supplements, especially probiotics have been the only things that have worked for me in my 14+ year history with Crohn’s disease. This isn’t about Mutaflor, but access to all supplements, food and probiotics.

We need to let our representatives in the US Congress know that we cannot have our access to supplements restricted, especially when pharmaceutical treatments for our devastating digestive conditions are massively expensive and potentially dangerous.

NOTE, even if you aren’t able to call today, please call when you can. This isn’t a deadline, but an organized day of action.

IBD Talk 09.07.2011


It takes strength and endurance to fight an enemy, but it takes courage to listen and learn from them.

– Reid B. Kimball

Experiment Results with Breads


WARNING: Too Much Information (TMI) Zone Ahead!

Before I begin, I should make clear that since 2004, after starting the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I have avoided eating bread like the plague.

After my experiment with the white rice, which confirmed I cannot digest it very well, I decided to try eating various breads.

I fully expected to have diarrhea soon after eating white bread. But for about two weeks from August, 19th to September 2nd, I ate highly processed breads, full of terrible ingredients I can’t even pronounce, organic white bread with minimal ingredients and organic, minimal ingredient whole wheat sourdough bread.

IBD Talk 09.02.2011


I get angry sometimes, as I’m sure you do that people can have insurance to take more drugs and get more surgeries that lead to more complications and more suffering, yet they cannot get the help that will help them have a better life.

Emily J. Butler, Certified Health Counselor

IBD Talk 08.28.2011


I really wish there was an easy way, but there isn’t. Nothing worth doing was ever easy to do. Digestive conditions are so complex to heal from.

Would still like to know how eating home cooked meals with non processed food is radical. I always ask this question and I have yet to get a good answer. Which leads me to believe it’s not radical, but that people’s mindset prevents them from making the change and they blame it on the change being radical.

We forget our history, where we’ve come from and have adapted too quickly to modern society’s conveniences to realize that what we have today is radical, not what we had back then.


IBD Talk 08.27.2011


What we eat is one of the most effective ways (aside from antibiotics) that we can change the diversity of microbes in our gut. Some foods don’t have live bacteria on it those also tend to be the ones that feed pathogenic bacteria. They can proliferate in our small bowel and cause all kinds of problems.

When one changes their diet to more natural food and not processed, the pathogenic bacteria can’t reproduce as much. Additionally, the probiotics from the food and commercial sources are free to have a greater impact on the health of the host.

You can read this full study by clicking on the Full Text (pdf) link on the right hand side bar:

IBD Talk are posts featuring the random online writings of director Reid B. Kimball as he talks to others about inflammatory bowel disease and the use of effective, alternative natural treatments for them.

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