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Joseph B.
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:22 PM (GMT -7)   
What are peoples takes on all natural supplements? My nature path doc. pumped me full of those. I had to get off them 'cause they made me feel sick. I was taking tons of them. I felt much better when I got off. Supplements and vitamins. I now just stay on diet and not really any supplements.

LMills
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
The only extra natural supplement I take is bee propolis. The rest of the vitamins I take are prescribed by my doctor. He recommended staying away from natural supplements because you don't know what is in them and there are many reports of them containing toxic substances such as lead and mercury. You just have to be really careful...
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone(down to 10 mg), pentasa, bentyl as needed, prilosec, tandem plus, humira, and good probiotics
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
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Keeper
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:46 PM (GMT -7)   
I take vitamins and probiotics as well as turmeric, glutamine and some mineral supplements. There are a lot of things which individuals cannot take because they react to them - and this varies from person to person. The vitamins and minerals are a good idea if you can tolerate them because Crohn's reduces the ability to absorb nutrients. It is common for Cronnies to be low in iron and B12, folate, zinc, D and C due to poor absorption from several causes. The iron and B12 are mostly a problem for people with small intestine inflammation and the lack of both causes serious complications and is hard to rectify by diet and even supplements. I take glutamine because the body's stores of glutamine are depleted by inflammation, so you are usually short of it when you have Crohn's.

pb4
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   Posted 10/9/2008 1:58 PM (GMT -7)   
bee propolis (natural anti-inflammatory)
omegas 3-6-9
probitoc (primadophilus reuteri made by natures way)
vitamin C-calcium asorbate
vitamin A
vitamin B12
fibre supplement as recommended by my GI
chamomile tea

all daily and indefinitely and I've gone from having 30+ bm's/day to 5, all formed stools, no bleeding, no excess mucus, no more lower back pain.

I've also altered my diet cutting out animal fats, caffeine, refined sugar, processed foods/beverages, fast foods and exercise regularly.

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


Joseph B.
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   Posted 10/9/2008 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! Sounds like you're doing well then! I'm very glad for you. Keep it up.

pb4
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   Posted 10/9/2008 6:05 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, it's been close to 5 yrs now and for the most part still doing okay (I get more issues during my female time of the month) but I still have some issues like with urgency (can't really hold it in even though it's fully formed) and with frequency, 5/day average is good but before getting sick I was a one/day kinda gal (I sure miss those days). I'd say I've gone from severe to moderate-mild because I still have issues that I cannot control not to mention issues with perianal crohn's skin tags.

But, I'll take what I can get, I put a lot into trying to feel as good as I can, I could just wallow on the couch all day eating junk but that would get me in a bad place that I don't want to be in.

Proper healthy diet, the right combination of naturals and regular exercise are bound to help just about anyone to some degree.

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

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