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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
It’s been suggested to me that I seek sponsorships to get the remaining $4,000+ needed to reach the mandatory goal of $10,550. With 9 days to go, reaching that goal without large pledges is uncertain.
What do you think? My goal is to make this documentary as independent as possible so that people can’t question my motives. I don’t want people thinking I’m trying to sell a specific treatment and make money off that. I just want to share information about my and other people’s experiences on which alternative treatments have worked.
Would sponsorships make people question the sincerity and truth of the information presented in the film? Please let me know in the comments below this post or email me at comments -at- crohnsend.com.
Hope you all had a fantastic Thanksgiving. I know I did!
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 am really proud to announce the release of our latest trailer titled, “Take Control”. This was an absolute blast for me while working on it and I can’t wait to start working on the next. I have posted the video on Vimeo, YouTube and Facebook, take your pick, share the link with your friends, co-workers, family and who ever else you think can spare 2 minutes and 30 seconds of their life.