Posts tagged healing
It’s funny how the world works sometimes…
My psyche listens better than my ears.
My body speaks louder than my voice.
It is clear now that no amount of using diet and supplements will completely heal me if I ignore the toll stress puts on my body. It’s been a stressful day and despite all my efforts I had some diarrhea just now and I need to leave for tonight’s event. I must be ready to begin this new psyche healing because I no longer feel stress. I’ll leave and whatever happens will happen.
It’s unfortunate it’s taken so long for me to hear what my body has been saying all these years, but like a master guru, it has never ending patience for it knows the student will eventually come around when the time is right. That time is now.
Synchronistically (new word invented), tonight’s event is about GAPS and the brain-gut connection. I’ve toyed with healing the psyche, using Emotional Freedom Techniques, but I need to be more serious about it.
I just need to know where to start.
How do I find peace within myself when there is little peace outside myself?
The following information was written to the best of my ability to be as accurate as possible, yet I am not a doctor, nor a trained researcher. Please let me know of any mistakes below.
What is Ulcerative Colitis?
Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease that usually only affects the mucosal and first tissue layer of the colon. Ulcers in the colon cause pain and bleeding, leading to symptoms of bloody diarrhea with mucus.
The condition can range from mild to severe and exact symptoms can vary from person to person.
I found this video from my friend Brian’s blog. Good stuff, 80% of the doctor’s patients put on a special diet have improved!
I talk to a lot of people trying to find compelling stories of how they are using alternatives to overcome their digestive condition. Everyone has a different set of tools that they use. One of the most common and important of those tools is what I call a Lifestyle Diet. I have come across a number of various Lifestyle Diets that appear to help the healing process.
Despite what many gastroenterologists believe (that food doesn’t matter), food is the most important part when trying to heal from digestive conditions including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This is because these conditions are often the result of extreme inflammation in the intestines and foods can be inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. Eating the right foods can reduce inflammation in the body, along with the symptoms.
Here are seven Lifestyle Diets that I believe can help because they often share common denominators. In the coming weeks, I hope to share with you guest blog posts from various people using each of these Lifestyle Diets. The posts will be personal stories of why and how they started using their Life Diet of choice. What their health was before and after using it. Hopefully, if you haven’t tried using a Lifestyle Diet to begin your healing journey, you will be able to after reading the series of posts to come. For now, here’s a list and brief overview of each of the healing Lifestyle Diets.
- Specific Carbohydrate Diet
- Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet
- The Maker’s Diet
- Jini’s IBD Remission Diet
- Raw vegan diet
- Paleolithic diet
Before we get to each Lifestyle Diet, Kitchen Stewardship has a good overview of three of the below, SCD, GAPS and Maker’s. As you read the below, you’ll notice a common denominator among each of the diets is the exclusion of most grains, refined sugar and processed foods.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet
It’s based on the work of Dr. Haas and Elaine Gottschall to allow people to heal their damaged intestines by eating only simple carbohydrates. The science behind this is related to liquid pre-digested diets, more popular in Europe than in the US. Because the ingredients are simple and pre-digested they are easily absorbed even by damaged intestines.
Complex carbohydrates from grains for example do not get digested properly in damaged intestines. The theory of why SCD works is that bacteria have infected the body and when complex carbs are eaten and not digested, they become food for the bad bacteria to thrive off of. The bad bacteria produce waste toxins that further inflame the intestines and cause more damage. This cycle of eating complex carbs which feeds bad bacteria and then causing damage to the intestines is part of the “vicious cycle” at the root of inflammatory bowel diseases.
If you can break the cycle, you can begin your healing journey. All lifestyle and dietary changes work this way. If you don’t exercise much, you become too tired to exercise, until you break the vicious cycle and exercise anyway.
What you can eat: dairy, eggs, meat, fish, nuts, fruits and vegetables
What you can’t eat: all grains, refined sugar, processed food, starch.
Official website: http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
GAPS was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and is rooted in SCD, but is a little regimented in its stages and introduction of dairy. It is used by families with Autistic children, who tend to also have digestive issues. Considering the fact that the digestive system has the same if not more neurotransmitters than the brain and is often referred to as the second brain, it makes perfect sense to me that GAPS and SCD (also used by those w/Autism) can see their Autistic behaviors dramatically diminish.
What you can eat: eggs, meat, fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, fermented foods, dairy, recommended supplements (containing probiotics, essential fatty acids like cod liver oil, vitamin A, digestive enzymes). It also recommends detoxing the body.
What you can’t eat: all grains, refined sugar, processed food, starch.
Official website: http://gapsdiet.org/
The Maker’s Diet
Jordan Rubin, owner of the supplement company Garden of Life, used the SCD early in his healing journey. There’s dispute on whether he was really healed from it exclusively or not. He states in Heal Thy Patient that he believes it is a good diet, but was too restrictive for him and that he needed special bacterial soil organisms (BSO’s) to fully heal. BSO’s are whole other controversial topic I won’t go into because I haven’t read enough of the research.
The intro phase is very similar to SCD, but afterwards the foods allowed and not are based on references found in the bible and then backed up with numerous studies on grass fed beef vs. grain fed, coconut oil and raw milk vs. pasteurized milk to name a few. Interestingly, another big difference from the above diets is that it recommends food be eaten from organic sources and raw whenever possible.
What you can eat: dairy, traditionally prepared whole grains (soaked), most meats, nuts, fruit and vegetables.
What you can’t eat: processed and pasteurized dairy, most grains like white rice, cereal or unsprouted grains, refined sugar, some meat (pork, shellfish), processed food.
Official Website: http://www.makersdiet.net/
Macrobiotics means “large” (macro) and “life” (bios) and the word itself may have originated from Hippocrates to describe healthy and long-lived people. Macrobiotics has also been described as a lifestyle, including a balanced diet of seasonal foods, supplements and lifestyle behaviors that balance energy.
Christoph Wilhelm Hufeland, a German physician (1762 – 1836) wrote “Makrobiotik, The Art of Prolonging Life” (1797). He was the first to use the term “macrobiotics” in the context of food, health and life force energy. He wrote about how a life force exists in everything and in people it can be weakened and it can be strengthened through external stimuli. To Hufeland, illness could be prevented through proper diet and lifestyle.
In recent times, Macrobiotics has been formalized and popularized by George Ohsawa.
What you can eat: Whole grains, sea vegetables, miso and shoyu soup (fermented), vegetables, beans, fish, seeds, fruits.
What you can’t eat: meat, eggs, dairy, processed foods, refined sugar.
Jini’s IBD Remission Diet
Created by Jini Patel Thompson, she designed elemental powders that when mixed with water and oils turns into a liquid shake that is packed full of nutrients and calories. Based on other liquid enteral elemental diets, it aims to provide the body with pre-digested, easy to absorb nutrients. Because the shakes do not need to be digested, they give the intestines a chance to rest and begin the healing process.
What you can eat: AbsorbPlus shakes or homemade version based on key ingredients, bone broth soups, jello.
What you can’t eat: Anything solid, dairy, meat, nuts, fruit, vegetables, refined sugar, grains, processed food.
Official website: http://www.absorbplus.com/
Raw vegan diet
A raw vegan diet allows only raw foods (cooked below 118 F, 48 C) and excludes food of animal origin. The idea is that the food in raw or lightly cooked retains many more enzymes and micronutrients than when fully cooked and therefore is much healthier for people.
What you can eat: grains, nuts, raw vegetables, raw fruit, seeds, oils, herbs, fresh juices.
What you can’t eat: dairy, meat, refined sugar, processed foods.
More info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_veganism
In 1975, Gastroenterologist Walter L. Voegtlin suggested a diet based on the eating habits of those living in the Paleolithic era can improve health. He often treated his patients who had Crohn’s, Colitis, and IBS with the Paleo diet. This diet aims to provide the food that pre-agriculture hunter-gatherer humans ate 2.5 million to 10,000 years ago. Advocates of the diet argue that over millions of years our genetics have changed little and our bodies have evolved to digest the foods on an ancestral diet best.
What you can eat: meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, roots, and nuts
What you can’t eat: grains, legumes, dairy products, salt, refined sugar, and processed oils
Sometimes people ask me what I’ve done to get to my current level of health despite having a potentially fatal disease called Crohn’s disease. It all started with changing my diet and lifestyle. I’m including the below timeline so people can see what I’ve done and hopefully pick up a thing or two to incorporate into their healing regimen.
It’s been six years since I last ate a humungous not as natural as can be natural chicken burrito from Chipotle.
Today is the day I end that streak. I’m doing this to celebrate raising $11,000 for the documentary and thank Daniel Durrant for all of his help so far. He’s moving to the UK soon for an internship, :`(
In less than 8 hours, at 12am PST or 3AM EST Dec. 8th the fundraiser on Kickstarter.com for my documentary will end. It will end having met and exceeded my goals! In two months we raised at least $10,940!
I need to raise $2,820 (27% of full amount) in 3 days for my documentary through Kickstarter. My documentary will show the world that people with all digestive conditions such as Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac disease and others, can heal the root cause with natural alternative medicines that are safer, cheaper and more effective for most people.
This isn’t mystical shaman hand waving and blowing smoke into the heavens. These alternative treatments are gaining momentum because people are trying them with huge success and science is proving why they work. But science is slow to change people’s misinformed beliefs.
I just realized that I hadn’t updated you all on how my health is since my last post, which was on Oct. 12th, titled “Going Home!“.
Since then, I’ve “rebooted” my diet, starting from scratch and trying more supplements to heal my gut on a deeper, more foundational level. It only took about 2 days for me to have my next bowel movement after all the diarrhea on Monday night, but when it happened, it was solid and it’s been that way since.
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.