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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:06 PM (GMT -7)   
i'm going in for the anal probe, er colonoscopy, in a month. i havent had one in about 2.5 years, so this will be good. i've been doing the maker's diet for 2 years now and been off meds for about 6 months. this will really be the test now to see how things look after i made all these changes. the last one was performed 6 months after my first surgery and the doc said everything looked good. (i specify it being after my first surgery cos the biopsy taken during this colonoscopy perforated my colon and resulted in the second surgery). this time i am trying a new prep. i dont have to drink that disgusting nauseating solution this time. instead i take like 36 pills in the evening. pills are no problem for me now, after popping over 50/day at one point way back in the day. you get used to pills after having this disease for a few years. but i do have to fast the day before. no biggie. fasting is good from time to time to rest the system. so i am anxious to know the results. i sure hope they're good. any active disease will be crushing news, however i feel freaking fantastic - best ever in years to where i forgot one could feel this good, so i wont be stopping my current regiment any time soon.

my GI said i was the most symptomatic case he'd ever seen and was throwing everything at me, even the kitchen sink, and that didnt seem to do much. he was very happy to hear how i'm doing great, even doing it via diet and being off meds now. granted he's not gonna prescribe his patients do what i did, but he was sincere and genuine. it kinda felt like a bit of a confession to me too (is that odd?)

i'll let you know what the results are in a month or so.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


aoccc
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
congrats on how you are feeling :) its nice to see the good stories
SCD since 01, remission since 01, occasional Arby's breaks :)


gachrons
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi I hope things go good for you. Will be waiting to hear how you do.lol gail

Matthew
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:44 PM (GMT -7)   
And yet no one believes me that GIs aren't REAL humans! LOL

Matthew

pb4
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   Posted 5/12/2008 5:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm anxious to hear the report you'll have to share after your colonoscopy.

:)
My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 5/12/2008 6:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Let us know what your results are. Can you tell me more about the Maker's Diet. I don't have a clue...keep in mind that diets and I don't usually do well...mostly because they suggest eating veggies, fruits etc...which I can't tolerate. Anyway , am always open to suggestions...my triglycerides are sky high, I'm gaining weight and my CD is flaring.
Sure am happy to hear that someone is feeling fantastic!!!! Good for you...
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 5/12/2008 9:21 PM (GMT -7)   
the word diet in makers diet is kind of a misnomer in that this isnt a diet in the normal sense of the word, but a way of eating for the rest of your life (ie dietary changes). it is very difficult to do, as you are making changes to how you eat, and for some us those are very radical. it gets you to eat organic, but not just fruits & veggies, but meat also. it gets you off processed foods, refined foods and sugars, and synthetic foods steering you towards whole foods. it also gets you eating grains sparingly. yes, it does promote the use of fruits and vegetables. they were danger foods for me for years, but after not eating most veggies and eating only a few fruits sparingly for over a decade, i found i was slowly able to work them back in, however in small quantities. some foods, like corn and broccoli, i still cannot tolerate, but i do ok with small amounts of raw veggies and leafy greens. that really surprised me. if i over do it - too much in one day or with one meal, i do get stomach aches that can last a few hours to a few days. that sucks. digestive enzymes do help though. this is the real basic of it. there is more too it. and again, it is difficult. most people cant hang with it cos it is so hard (you have to relearn how to eat and shop) and i think harder for us cos it gets to you eat fruits and veggies which most of us cannot tolerate and makes us physically ill. that makes it daunting to re-introduce to your diet, especially when you know certain foods make you sick. so i was very very surprised that i was able to tolerate them. the diet has helped me immensely. there are a few others here on this diet as well. perhaps they can chime in. but this does not seem to work for every one. some people have had little to no improvement. so like drugs, there is no magic bullet or a panacea if you will. i've actually written quite a bit about this diet on this board, so if you can figure out how to search my name and from there look at my previous posts you should be able to glean a whole lot of info from there.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


Marie-Claire
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   Posted 5/15/2008 11:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Crazy Harry, Thank you for taking the time to respond...you've explained it very well. I did look it up on the net.... I will go back thru the posts and read all I can . I am seeing a dietician on the 27th, which I am not looking forward to in a way. She'll say, You should be eating this and this and this....and I'll say, I can't , I can't , I can't or it's too expensive. I'm seeing her because my blood pressure is sky high and my triglycerides are really elevated....so we are going to try the diet thing first although I am on BP meds. The dr. says I eat too much pasta and bread, potatoes, ....gee whiz , sometimes that's all I can tolerate if that. It'll be an interesting session with the dietician , I do hope she comes up with good suggestions. I do want to take better care of myself without making the CD worse,which at the moment is flaring.
Love and prayers,
Mary
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis
 
 


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 5/16/2008 6:10 PM (GMT -7)   
i am not a dietician. not even a nutritionist, but in MY opinion, based upon what i've been investigating and reading, cut out the high glycemic foods, like the pasta, processed foods, sugars, white bread, soda, etc. these foods also dehydrate you. second dramatically increase your daily water consumption. most people dont drink enough, so chances are you fall into that category (i'm assuming and guessing here). a good rule of thumb is to divide your weight in lbs in half and that equals the number ounces you should drink per day of water. now when i say water, i mean water. coffee is not water. tea is not water. juice is not water. get it? it may be hard at first, with frequent bathroom breaks, but your body does adjust. it will help flush your system. and here is the kicker - when you are dehydrated, your cells produce a sticky, waxy substance called cholesterol to protect the cells against water loss. now your blood becomes thicker cos you are dehydrated and as a result your blood pressure increases to compensate. so if you are well hydrated this COULD help you with your high blood pressure and high cholesterol. if you are thirsty, you are already dehydrated. so drink water slowly and constantly throughout the entire day. just sip it. myself, i drink over a half gallon per day. it is routine for me now. also water helps curb your appetite by making you feel full. so water is fantastic - and it is zero calorie!

most dieticians are not well versed with dealing with inflammatory bowel disease, so expect to hear things that cant help you. but at the same time keep an open mind and try not to get frustrated. you may be pleasantly surprised.
Crazy Harry

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Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07


EMom
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   Posted 5/16/2008 7:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marie-Claire! Just thought I'd jump in here with blood pressure encouragement... When we started the MD last September, we ALL did. Our family of 4, that is. The side benefits for my husband and me are that I lost weight (didn't need to lose A LOT, but it came off slowly and easily which was nice)(okay, I'd still like to lose a couple moredevil) , and my husband's blood pressure came down. He doesn't have a weight issue, but high blood pressure runs in his family--especially in the men. He did lose a few pounds initially, but more importantly his triglycerides and bp dropped well within normal. I find this pretty amazing as the other men in his family (grandpa, dad, two brothers) have been forced to medicate for high bp. My husband somehow managed not to and now is convinced he never will. All due to the Maker's Diet.

Also, there is a way around all the fresh veggies, and that's a juicer. If you buy one, buy a good one. Ask CrazyHarry or me which one. I say this only because I found out the hard way and bought an inexpensive one in the beginning and had to return it (ship it back). It was a hassle and I was out the cost of shipping, of course! eyes

Good luck to you!! I wish you success!!
EMom
Mother to 16 year old boy diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, calcium w/D3 and a good multivitamin.
Started The Maker's Diet in early September. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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