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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone been getting these emails from Josh Golder about signing up for his book, diet, and videos undr the title Beat Crohns? Do you think there is any validity to his program? He maintains that if you use his shake in the morning including protein powder and yam power as well as a limited carbohydrate diet you can significantly improve your symptoms and disease? What do you think? Thanks for your input?

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   Posted 2/10/2009 9:23 PM (GMT -6)   
I think he wants your money because making promises of getting better to sick people is a lucrative business strategy.

You don't need his protein shakes to get better :) You can do specific diets and find vitamin drinks that will help you get better without subscribing to someone's schemes.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 2/10/2009 10:00 PM (GMT -6)   
eyes Bowles, does he say which "flavours" of Crohns his products will help ? Because if he is not specifically addressing the fact that Crohnies have wildly differing safe diets and digestive abilities, then he is pretty much just peering through a keyhole into a darkened best.
The salesman's term "you can" is not - nononot least for legal reasons ! - "you will". Yes, the products will help some people. So will not eating at all, or eating nothing but bananas, or Ensure. The burning question is how many, and how good is the logic behind the diet ? What are the long term effects ? How well supported by the patients' findings are his ideas ? Things like probiotics that work particularly well will be taken up rapidly by CD sufferers simply because they so obviously work. Things that work less effectively may linger because they work for a minority, or vanish only to be reborn as the next new idea.
I know nothing of Josh Golder, so there is nothing specific I can tell you that is bad. From what you say it sounds like a pretty basic convalescent build-back-up high protein diet, with added-profit marketing aids; but of course the devil is in the details. If I had the money to try such a thing, I would certainly consider it, but I would also run it by a good dietitian experienced in intensive care cases who could advise me what sorts of nutrients a person with a damaged gut might run short of. yeah
Personally, I think that avoiding sugary foods is just a basic good idea for Crohnies, same as it is for most ill people, and everything else is try it and see. eyes

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   Posted 2/10/2009 11:58 PM (GMT -6)   
I know nothing about this guy either, but he's certainly not the first to put forth a low carb diet for Crohn's. Dr. Robert Atkins (Atkins Diet), Dr. Sydney Valentine Haas (SCD), Elaine Gottschall (SCD), Drs. Lutz and Allan ("Life Without Bread") and some might argue Jordan Rubin (Maker's Diet), are just a few of which I'm aware. There are probably more. What do I think? I've read all their books (except Haas-I don't think he has one!), and they make a good case.

I'm with LMills, though. You don't have to choose this guy's products to give the idea a try.
Mom to 16 year old son diagnosed in June, 2007.
Omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, vit. C, calcium w/D3, a good multivitamin and SCD legal yogurt
Started The Maker's Diet in Sept. '07. Incorporate Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) recipes, too.

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   Posted 2/11/2009 12:10 AM (GMT -6)   
Bowlies, do you know how or why you're getting these emails?

If the emails are unsolicited and you think the sender is somehow getting your email address from your HealingWell account, please, please TELL THE MODS AND ADMIN so we can rectify the problem and try to protect you from more spam.

Co-Moderator Crohn's Forum.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:26 PM (GMT -6)   
JOsh Golder made a movie a few years agor called True Guts to bring awareness to the disease. He won an award for it. While I feel it is good to bring as much awareness as possible I feel his solicitations are not much different than any other diet or "healing" theory out that. It is possible that his diet and reduce stress plan may put the symptoms at bay for a while for some, it may not work for all. He is currently looking for volunteers nationwide to help promote his "products." His latest email said education or a medical background is not necessary to be on his workforce. Take it for what's its worth. At least I am. I read his emails, but I do not spend my hard earned money (espeically during these tought times)on his "products."

One can recieve his emails by going to his website of just google the name.

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Date Joined Apr 2005
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   Posted 2/11/2009 6:49 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been getting his emails too, but I agree with all the above I just think he is trying to sell something. I also agree with Sno, our diets are so individual no one can say what works for all. JMHO
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Been living with Crohn's Disease for 33 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, and Calcium and Xanax as needed. Resections in 2002 and 2005. Also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and Osteoarthritis and Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission.
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