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One of the reasons I am making WANTED: Crohn’s End is because I believe that visual stories are a powerful way to connect with and learn from others.
I’ve gotten to know Ivana a little bit over the last several months, and am really excited about her documentary, The Crohn’s Moans. I decided to back her project, and encourage you to consider backing it. Even $5 helps.
At the very least, her movie should go a long way towards increasing awareness for inflammatory bowel diseases, but I’m sure it will do much more, such as offering comfort and answers to those struggling with their own healing journeys.
Please also consider sharing the link to her campaign with your friends and family. http://kck.st/1I6CjdL You can watch her amazing pitch video below.
In case you are wondering what this means for WANTED: Crohn’s End, the two projects are completely separate and I am currently editing WANTED: Crohn’s End for release in Fall 2015.
Isn’t it ironic that now you have to be rich to eat like a peasant? A few hundred years ago you had to be poor to eat food from your own land. All the really fattening deserts and whatever were reserved for people who had money for those things. The confections, and pastries.
- Matt Robinson, Ulcerative Colitis Patient talking about the increase in his food bill after starting the SCD
Matt: “I just need to borrow a little bit of your healthy… ecology. I mean, we kiss right?”
Michelle: “OK, if you want to dig my dookie out of the toilet, be my guest. I want nothing to do with it and I don’t want to know about it!”
- Matt Robinson, Ulcerative Colitis Patient talking to his wife about microbiota (fecal) transplants
Feb ’14 Hours worked: 2 hours 2 minutes
Mar ’14 Hours worked: 3 hour 05 minutes
Current Length of Rough Cut: 56 minutes 42 seconds
Number of Segments Complete/Remaining (subject to change): 22/58
Recently Completed: Luke Stokes tries alternative treatments
Currently Scripting: What is the Biome Depletion Theory?
Currently Editing: Matt Robinson tries alternative treatments (length: 7 minutes 53 seconds)
On August 5th and 6th I attended the first annual Ancestral Health Symposium, which is run by the Ancestral Health Society, a non-profit dedicated to developing solutions to our current health challenges from an evolutionary perspective. They ask questions such as, “How does health today compare with the health of our ancestors?” and “What makes up for any perceived differences in our health from our ancestors?”
Not much time but I wanted to share some updates and thoughts in rapid fire.
Are Appendicitis and Inflammatory Bowel Disease Connected?
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
This week I am traveling to Green Angel Gardens, a farm in Long Beach, WA. Because my documentary is about healing from digestive conditions using alternative medicine, you might be asking yourself, “What does a farm have to do with your documentary?”
Despite having Crohn’s disease, I have been medicine free since 2007. Looking at my calendar today marks the 30th day in a row without any symptoms of Crohn’s. No diarrhea and no abdominal pain.
The diarrhea and pain were a daily occurrence for close to 8 years, until I started a new “healthstyle” called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I don’t call it a diet because it is so much more to me.
It’s part health regimen and part lifestyle. Since 2004, with all of the fantastic results I’ve seen with my body, it’s opened up my mind to ask some serious questions about our health care system in the United States and the role that food plays in our healing from diseases.
As I learned which foods to eat while on SCD, I saw I did better with organic, locally grown food. One day I had an epiphany and realized that all of my food came from a farm and not a factory. My respect and love for the environment grew even stronger.
It was the earth that was healing me, not man’s inventions; those only brought stress, tears and pain.
Farms have been integral in my healing journey and I know it has for many others. Geoff Curtis is currently working at Green Angel Gardens and has Ulcerative Colitis. He believes the land has the ability to heal him.
Unfortunately, that land is being threatened right now due to foreclosure from their bank. In recent years, because of the massive recession, teetering on depression at times, farms all across the United States have been vanishing.
According the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Agriculture website, today there are about 2.1 million farms. In 1935, there were 6.8 million farms. This is a significant drop. This table shows the downward trend from 1990 through 2007.
I personally find this devastating. There are people in this country who don’t have access to locally grown, healthy food and yet it just might be the medicine they need to overcome their digestive condition. Their medicine is vanishing and they don’t even know it.
I’m looking forward to talking with Larkin Stentz, the owner of Green Angel Gardens and Geoff Curtis about what farms mean to the American people and their healing journey’s.
In the meantime, if you would like to help there are several ways you can:
- Donate $25 to help Green Angel Gardens raise $9,000 before April 15th, date of foreclosure. You can read this post about their need and this update about the event. Donations are accepted via their PayPal link, found on the right side bar of their website.
- Visit localharvest.org and eatwild.com to find locally grown, organic food in your area. Visit your farmers and let them know you care about the important work they are doing by spending your hard earned dollars to get your food from them. They will thank you and so will your body,
- Please share this post with your own friends, family, co-workers via email, Twitter, Facebook and so on
- Are you located near the Oregon-Washington border? Come down to the fundraiser event this weekend, April 9th (details). It would be wonderful to meet you!
MyEugene.org is a local community news site where I live in Eugene, OR. What I like about it is that, “MyEugene features conversations and stories that were created or suggested by the people of Eugene—for the people of Eugene.”
I was given the opportunity to write an article about my documentary and the kickstarter fund, for which I greatly appreciate it.
I also let them know I am looking for local Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis patients who would like to participate in the documentary.
I spoke with Steve and Jordan of SCD Lifestyle (http://www.scdlifestyle.com) last night about my own story of healing from Crohn’s disease, why I started the documentary and this kickstarter fundraiser.
I had a great time talking with them, please have a listen here:
Here’s the timeline of what we discussed:
:55 Reid shares his unbelievable story
7:45 How did you get into film after battling Crohn’s?
9:55 How did you get the inspiration for the film?
14:14 Wanted: Crohn’s End – how did the film come about?
16:00 What is the goal of this film?
19:45 What have you learned about alternative treatments?
22:45 How are you funding this project to get it done?
25:00 Here’s how we can support Reid’s film
29:20 Here’s what cool stuff Reid has in store for people that can support the project
32:40 The reason the documentary is so important for the Digestive Disease Community