How can I tell which type of colitis is which? My diagnoses was ulcerative colitis 10 years ago. I ate spinach and sunflower seeds to get to about 80% remission, but rectum still inflamed so still urgency present. What can I do for final push? Need to be healed of urgency 100%. Please advise.
(Mississauga, Ontario, Canada)
I had ulcerative colitis for ten years and had seen a gastroenterologist for all those years. I was taking all kinds of medicines like Asacol and prednisone, etc., when after a while nothing seemed to help, my Dr. suggested that I may need to get a colostomy. Well I thought "unh unh no way", so I came across this book written by Jane Heimlich "What your Doctor Won't Tell you"(I believe she was the wife of the man who invented the Heimlich Manuever). In the book I read a section that was about a man named Dennis Burkitt and he studied tribes in Africa that had no colon problems whatsoever, and he stated it was due to their diet as opposed to the western diet full of dairy, sugar and fat. They ate no dairy, or flour products just truly whole grains, no sugar very little fruits, they ate lots of vegetables and legumes and little lean meats. This was probably a primitive type diet. I tried to eat as close to that diet as possible, by eating whole grain bread (with the seeds in it), no dairy, sugar or fruits, no fats, gravies, sauces or syrups. I just ate lots of fresh vegetables mostly raw some cooked, mostly fish, only water, some fresh cooked beans, some seeds and nuts. ANd lots of prayer to God It didn't take long for things to turn around and I can say that I did not have to see my Dr. ever again. I have since adjusted my diet to incorporate some stuff moderately. My colon does not have a problem anymore. But if I was to return to eating alot of the wrong foods on a regular basis I would be right back where I was before.
(Boone, North Carolina)
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Hi, I have done a fecal calprotectin test and the result came very high, at 8,800 mg/g. I have Ulcerative colitis (or indeterminate colitis or Chron's colitis). The doctor said he has never seen a number high as this even for colitis patients. the normal number must be below 50. Does anyone know anything about this? It's the first time I do the test. Any ways to reduce it? Thanks.
Ulcerative Colitis and IBS:
Fecal transplant, which is approved by fda for cdb, shows success in curing many more diseases and conditions including gut issues, diabetes, cfs, etc.
(Ground Flaxseed) This is my wife's story. About 5 years ago, she was diagnosed with UC. After 6 months, 2 colonoscopies, and two prescriptions for the exact same drug(different brand names), I decided to try and figure this out, myself. Plus, her knee began to swell, and she was diagnosed with rhumatoid arthritis. I first looked at her diet. The one thing that she was missing from her diet was omega-3's. She hates fish. So, I looked for foods with the highest concentrations of omega-3's.
This brought me to flaxseed. When I looked closer, I found that flaxseed is a natural anti-inflammatory. Plus, the lignans, in flaxseed, are building-blocks for the lining of our intestines. This seemed like a no-brainer. The only thing that confused me, at the time, was what brought it on. The only thing that I came up with was the fact that she had her gallbladder removed two years before. I assumed that the bile acids constantly dripping into her intestines was the cause(not sure though). So I initially put her on a simple potassium and magnesium supplement(two weeks). This calmed things down a little.
Then, I had her take two tablespoons of ground flaxseed per day with a glass of water. Within two weeks, the swelling in her knee had completely disappeared. And after one month, all symptoms of UC were gone. It's been 4 years now, and no problems. She eats everything she wants, including hot wing pizza(her favorite), and has no problems, whatsoever. I wish more people knew about ground flaxseed, and how it worked so great for my wife. If anybody feels the need to ask me anything, please feel free to e-mail me direct. (jclosson3(at)nycap.rr.com)
(Motown, Ca, Usa)
(Ballston Spa, Ny)
Food allergy test cured my ulcerative colitis. I had severe ulcerative colitis for 18 years. Medicines helped suppress it, but being pregnant or nursing for 10 of those years, I wouldn't take medicine. Tried lots of alternatives,..oils, alfalfa juice, they help some. Got tested for over 100 different food allergies and found I had an allergy to eggs. I quit and all symptoms disappeared in 1 week. I noticed it returned with avengence after drinking alot of almond milk, but it stopped when I stopped drinking it. You will need a test that detects IgG-mediated (delayed) food allergies. Go to optimumhealthresource.com for info on the test I took. You can do it yourself at home if you don't have a doctor to administer it. It's expensive, but it saved my life. I've been symptom free for 3 years now.
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with colitis. I went to the doctor constantly with diarherra, pus and bleeding. I was having pain after every meal and at one point, was losing a pound a day. My doctor told me that I would have to stay on a diet of soft foods. I found a book on the internet called "Crohns and Colitis". The author talked about eating a strict fruit diet. I starting doing it and the symptoms that I had been suffering from for over a year left me. The enzymes in the fruit made all of the difference.
(Stanton, Ca, USA)
Hi All / Ted, Maybe you can research this further. I found this comment on a site called ihaveuc. com. I do believe UC is bacteria related. Maybe Ted or some other expert can shed some light on this new study by the Japanese research team.
They are now targeting the bacteria with specific medications.
Other information on effective antibiotics for this bacteria, drugs that will block the specific organic acid created by this bacteria, and drugs to keep it from implanting into the bowel's mucosa is available here: http://www.freepatentsonline.com/7700106.html
If anyone can address this data, that would be great. I don't want to take too many medications or natural remedies without understanding the root cause of the problem. My gall bladder was removed in the mid 90's so it is possible that I may have been more susceptible to this disease - not sure. I was diagnosed last summer. (about 7 cm uc found at the entrance of the rectum)... On Asacol now... we'll see...
Your response would be appreciated. Thank You, J
Hi Everyone, This is a story of my sister (Nafisa Naviwala) who had Ulcerative Colitis few years before-
6yrs before at the age of 21, my sister gave birth to a child... On that day she passed the stool which was very liquid... From that day the actual problem started but couldn't realise... Every night she used to go for toilet once, but the frequency increased day by day... After some days the stool also contained drops of blood... We went to several doctors to diagnose but none of the doctors could imagine what the actual problem was. They thought it was piles. After several doctors one of the doctors examined and asked to go through an endoscopy. We went to Rajkot (City).
We did the endoscopy but due to careless behaviour only half of the Endoscopy was done. Medicines were prescribed by the Doctor which was manly Mesacol and others. The problem was contained for several days but then it came to that point again. Doctor was contacted and asked to increase the dose to double. But problems continued.
We didn't had more trust on the doctor, so shifted to one of the famous hospital of Mumbai. Once again the overall process started but problems continued. The daily charges and medical charges were too expensive. After 8-10 days treatment under Doctor's supervision, we decided to come back and continue from our hometown. After some days, it came back to its original place. Contacted the doctor but he asked to get admitted and to be in his supervision. This was not which could be afforded.
Doses were increased but there weren't any solutions... People use to give several advice- knocked the doors of homeopathic, Ayurvedic and several others... This continued for a year. But the problem still prevailed. Doctors use to show faith and trust on their medicines but there weren't any results.
Weight was reduced to 27kgs from 42kgs. Frequencies of motions were increased to 12-15 times in a day. Other severe problems started: black outs, memory loss, weight loss, body pain etc due to heavy doses of steroids and other medicines.
Family Surgeon recommended a Gastro-Enterologist doctor in Rajkot. One more knock on the door. This time it was Wockhardt hospital. Overall process was again started. Endoscopy, Biopsy and other major blood reports were done. After examining the reports, on consultation doctor advised, the problem has been from a long run and colitis spread in the major parts of large intestine and it could also spread to small intestine which could further lead to Cancer.. He advised, we would take a chance with medicines for maximum of 3months, if still prevailed would recommend surgery (removal of large intestine).
Medications were started; suppository, azoran, mesacol, Entofoam and others were advised. But no recovery in the given deadline. Same problems existed. Doctor asked to opt for surgery and recommended one of the best doctors of Gujarat.
Moved on to Ahmadabad this time, Hari-Bhakti Surgical Hospital now as Kaizen Hospital. Under the guidance of Dr. Hari Bhakti and Harshad Soni two well known masters of this field. Surgery was done in two stages and large intestine was taken off. At first some minor problems prevailed after surgery, but then everything was taken care by these doctors.
Ulcerative colitis had ruined her entire life. Marriage life ended in a divorce as soon as Ulcer was diagnosed. Now she lives a normal life with her 2 children. My advice is not to take Ulcer symptoms lightly, as it can damage your whole life. Homeopathic & Ayurvedic is hard to believe in these cases. People simply waste months and years in these treatments. If 6years before we would have consulted a specialist or a good doctor we wouldn't had to come so far. It could have easily been treated with medications.
Please do consult in case you need any further advice on my email- nadeemnaviwala(at)yahoo.com
Diagnosed with UC after two stays in the hospital. Prior to diagnosis, my hair was falling out. Have you ever heard of this? Also, if I am about to have a flare up, my sweat smells like vinegar and my teeth hurt.
(Sacramento, Ca, Usa)
(Cairo, New Cairo, Egypt)
Hello, I am looking for any guidelines you have given in the past, regarding curing ulcerative colitis naturally. I came across an email addressed to "Ted" thanking him for his recommendations... I am interested in reading over those recommendations and the opinions on what causes it.
Thanks so much, Sally
I've had colitis for about three years now and just went into remission after following a strict gluten free diet and using some supplements. I basically used good probiotics, aloe vera gel, flaxseed oil, and liquid chlorophyll.
I am diagnosed by UC on 2007. Since then I am on different medication from light medicine all the way to heaviest and costly mEds. Medicine helped but never cure me or near remision. Always has pain, cramping, and some bleeding. My stool always soft and urgency my biggest fear. However a big change happened when I was talking to a pharmacist from middle east who is specialist with natural remedies beside conventional meds. He suggested that 60% of his patient who follow gluten free diet get major improvement on their UC conditions.
That was on January 2012. Since then I am strictly gluten free. First month of this diet which was February, pain start to disappear, reduce steroids from 40 ml to 10 ml per day. On March there was improvment on urgency, and stool get somewhat harder. And now end of April, I skiped my infusion, free of steroid, no pain at all, stool very hard, and I go to bathroom once or twice a day after I used to go at least 5 to 7 times. The only medicine I am still taking is the Imuran 50 ml a day. I am planning to do colonoscopy sometime on November. I hope that will help you guys and make you feel better. Thanks
About 12 years ago my ulcerative colitis was getting bad and conventional medicines were not working. I started taking an herbal product called Isatis Cooling, which is made by Health Concerns. I had an amazing recovery and it has helped keep me symtom free for a while. It's also important to employ complimentary approaches like finding the diet that works for you and taking suppements (fish oil, vitamin e, green supplements work for me).
(Los Angeles, Ca)
I have had ulcerative colitis for 22 years and have tried a lot of different stuff! The best thing that I've found is high fiber (to sweep away the inflamation! ) and multiple probiotics. I eat what ever I want and I went to work for 30 years and rarely missed a day. My high fiber is oatmeal, cheerios, miniwheats, multigrain bread. Fiber 1 chewable is best if you don't get enough fiber with cereal. For years I had to push myself to go to work. The first time I took the probiotics I couldn't believe how much better I felt. I was getting sick once a year and using antibiotics for years and wasn't replacing the bacteria in my gut and had only bad bacteria in my gut. I was almost high from feeling good it had been so long. I use the pills once a month for maintenance and a few days after using an antibiotic for 10 days. (to put good bacteria back in! Antibiotics kill both good and bad bacteria! ) I take the pills the day before a day off because they will make you poop alot (just that first day!)