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CrazyHarry
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   Posted 6/10/2009 5:37 PM (GMT -6)   
i've finally gotten around to truly giving aloe vera juice a try. my first attempt was a few years ago when began the maker's diet. i couldnt handle it. made me want to gag so i put it aside. my naturopath, acupuncturist, and a immunology doctor at my church all say i should be using it as it is very good for leaky gut syndrome. so i manned up the last couple of months and i have been taking 2 oz each day (1 oz morning and 1 oz at night). it did take a while to get over the gag reflex, but i no longer need a chaser. just like how it took a while to get accustomed to plain goat milk yogurt, over time your taste buds adapt.


so what has it done for me? i've noticed that my bowel movements are larger and thus giving me a better feeling of a more complete evacuation. that is the only noticeable reaction i've had since i began using it.

does any one else here use aloe vera juice regularly? what are your reactions/thoughts???
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


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/10/2009 7:03 PM (GMT -6)   
It reminds me of gatorade.
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   Posted 6/10/2009 7:31 PM (GMT -6)   
ooooo, Harry, isn't the real stuff kinda gelatinous and globby? Or did you find some that's more liquid? Just curious... That would make me gag, too! But it sounds like it comes highly recommended by all three docs... there must be some value there! I could swallow anything if I was sure it would help--I'm sure you feel the same since you've come back to it again. What does it taste like?

MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/10/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am talking about stuff that is very liquid, like lily of the desert or something like that?
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jmiller056
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:15 PM (GMT -6)   
Thinking about trying it myself. Where can you buy this stuff anyway?
23 y/o Male; Dx Crohn's Disease in 2001 at age 14.
Lost 3 inches of colon and 7 inches of ileum in 2004 bowel resection.
CD returns in October 2008, thinking about doing the Maker's Diet this time.
Current meds: Pentasa: 3000 mg; Fibercon: 2 pills 3x; Imodium: 2 pills 3x
Been on: Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Imuran, Entocort, Remicade
Kyrie eleison!


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Most health food stores.
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Keeper
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   Posted 6/10/2009 11:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Aloe Vera contains a number of sugars and carbohydrates:
Aloe emodin; Amino acids; Anthraquinones;
Arabinose; Antibiotic principles; Barbaloin;
Carbohydrates; Emodin; Galactose;
Glucomannan; Gum; Lignin;
Proteolytic enzymes; Rhein; Polysaccharides;
Saponins; Wound healing hormones; Cathartic anthraglycosides;
Xylose; Steroids.
Many of these are digested by gut bacteria and so the increase in stool volume is likely directly due to a larger bulk of bacteria being shed. There are also valuable healing and soothing components, but I doubt that it can coat the intestinal walls. I recall that there was a caution about using aloe vera in the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" - it identified a specific component that should be removed before it is safe to use for Crohn's (don't have the info available just now). It can be useful, but caution is advisable.

Post Edited (Keeper) : 6/10/2009 10:37:14 PM (GMT-6)


MMMNAVY
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   Posted 6/11/2009 10:14 AM (GMT -6)   
It did not work for me, but I would also drink alot at once, just simply cause out the drink options availible it wasn't bad.
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Keeper
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   Posted 6/11/2009 3:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Wrong about the book - it was Jinni Patel Thompson's "Listen to your Gut". I still don't know what part should be removed, but just as it comes from the plant, it is a laxative - although gentle - and can cause problems that way.

ExJohnson
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   Posted 6/11/2009 4:36 PM (GMT -6)   
I have a gallon of it in my fridge that I haven't opened yet. I guess I should, I've always read about the benefits. But the SCAD says that it has polysacchirides, and that these are always bad. SCAD also tells us an mucociliginous material is bad too, like okra. THe minute a diet tells me that some vegetables are bad for you, I get sceptical, so I'm willing to try the aloe vera. Well, I guess I'm not that willing, since I haven't even opened mine up yet!
I am a pre-30yr. old who has been diagnosed with Crohn's for 14 years.  Symptoms change from cramping and weight loss to severe anemia with fatigue and diarrhea. 
100mg mecaptopurine, 20mg Prednisone, 500mg Metronidazole 3x daily, Darvocet for dessert.


EMom
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   Posted 6/11/2009 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
ExJohnson said...
But the SCAD says that it has polysacchirides, and that these are always bad. SCAD also tells us an mucociliginous material is bad too, like okra.


Hey ExJohnson, what is the SCAD?

CrazyHarry, we're having a great discussion on your post here! Where are you? smilewinkgrin confused smilewinkgrin

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:26 PM (GMT -6)   
the doc at my church recommended the lilly of the desert brand. you can get it the local health food store. i got mine at henry's, for those of you who know that store. oh, and this brand has the USDA organic seal for those of you who care.

it isnt too thick, just not an appetizing taste. it tastes kinda mediciny. perhaps cos it was made to drink they processed in a way so it was like a gel, like what the plant leaf oozes out.

it does contain polysaccharides, but oh well. i dont eat a lot of grain based or processed foods or refined sugars and even natural sugars like honey are kept to a strict minimum, so 2 oz a day wont kill me (i hope). i'm willing to gamble right now and see what happens, especially from the recommendations i got from these docs. i view it as an experiment.
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
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


Crohnie4Life
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   Posted 1/6/2010 7:59 AM (GMT -6)   
I have a big jar of aloe vera juice, made by Lily of the Valley, in the fridge. It tastes awful. To be fair though, I haven't been diligent about taking it every day. Maybe I should give it another shot.

sickandlucky
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   Posted 1/6/2010 8:42 AM (GMT -6)   
Question: Would taking aloe vera pills have the same benefits as drinking the juice?
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
entocort/pentasa previously, now prednisone & imuran, probiotics, calcium w/d, digestive enzymes & prenatal multivitamin


LauryLu
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   Posted 1/6/2010 1:50 PM (GMT -6)   
You guys have to try George's Aloe Juice - it literally tastes like water, consistency of water....not thick or unpleasant taste as the others. I think its amazing bc I have tried all the other yukky stuff out there and this is delightful to have in the mornings. You only need a little bit too :)
27 yo Female, Crohn's, stricturing type- terminal illeum.
Diagnosed at 6...symptoms at age 2
Bal-resection 1998
history of prednisone, antibiotics, Asacol, Prilosec, Pentasa, 6mp, Imuran, Remicade, LDN, Entocort, Humira...


LauryLu
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   Posted 1/6/2010 2:05 PM (GMT -6)   
http://www.luckyvitamin.com/item/itemKey/64181

HERE IS A LINK for George's Aloe Liquid
27 yo Female, Crohn's, stricturing type- terminal illeum.
symptoms at age 2....Diagnosed at 6
Bal-resection 1998
Have tried it ALL Currently on Humira, Fish Oil, D3, Entocort, B-12 shots, Align, Multi


snohare
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   Posted 1/6/2010 6:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I was prescribed Aloe Vera juice by a nutritional therapist who said that its benefit ( for myself at that point, anyway) came from re-balancing the acidity of the stomach, which supposedly becomes less acidic after sufficient time afflicted with some intestinal disorders. She specifically told me to avoid cheaper varieties because there is something in them which is filtered out by better manufacturers, and which can be a gastric irritant. I subsequently read that some manufacturers strip out the central stem of the leaf for this reason, while others just pulp the leaf entire.
It all seems to make sense to me, particularly since the said therapist was able to tell me what my medical history was before I told her ! My take on this, especially given a dramatic subsequent improvement in my gut, is that she must know something about disease processes in the gut.
I used a version sold by Holland and Barrett (in the UK) which had cranberry juice and sodium metabisulphate to improve the flavour - it tasted yummy !
After a while penury forced me to start mixing it with the cheaper unflavoured version. eyesEventually I found myself drinking the unflavoured version neat, which just goes to show what you can do if you set your mind to it. (And your taste buds have all committed hara-kiri ! turn)
I think ExJohnson is referring to the SCD, that's the Specific Carbohydrate Diet isn't it... confused

Post Edited (snohare) : 1/6/2010 4:17:33 PM (GMT-7)


CrazyHarry
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   Posted 1/6/2010 10:05 PM (GMT -6)   
lilly of the valley did take a bit getting used to but no problem now.

george's has no flavor what so ever so easy to take, but i am worried about this product because it is so cheap (around 8 USD) and with no taste it must have been processed.

the anolin (sp?) is what some people dont like as it can act as a laxative.

you can hide the taste by mixing it in smoothies, but i've read it is best taken alone like 1/2 hour before a meal. but i am an adult so i can suck it up and eat/drink something that tastes gross cos i know it is good for me. any one remember drinking beer or black coffee the first time? not the best right? goat milk yogurt sucked too but now i love the stuff plain. case in point: your taste buds adapt.

but then do you get the whole leaf or inner fillet? i'd like to think whole leaf and unprocessed so you get all the other associated chemicals and stuff that work synergistically with everything else in it that we have no idea how it works.

i've seen some other kinds that add herbs and other stuff like cat's claw and collodial silver to it. taste was fine but a lot more expensive - like 20 USD or so.

it is supposed to be good, according to naturopaths and what not, for leaky gut syndrome, which with IBD we all have to some degree.

like snohare, i do it neat, but with a water chaser, so bottoms up!
Crazy Harry

---------------------------------------------
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


wannerbee
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   Posted 1/7/2010 11:57 AM (GMT -6)   
At last aloevera has come up I used to drink it every day unfortunately my supplier moved away and so far i have not found a replacement I am based in the UK the brand i was useing was FOREVER LIVING ALOEVERA I THINK THEY ARE BASED IN CALIFORNIA I DRANK 4 OZS IN THE MORNING AND 4 OZS AT NIGHT But you can st art at a lower dose the first i or 2 dont taste to good but once you get used to it its fine qwite a nice drink they also do a jelly for putting on burns and wounds good for sunburn wonderfull for toothache Have not had any since being diagnosed with crohns but soon as i can i will be going back on it very good for constipation which i have i will keep you informed ********************************current meds asacole*** predfoam **********************************************************************************

CassiviFrederici
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   Posted 9/14/2012 11:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Aloevera relates to the Aloes types of northern Africa. This plant grows best around the warm environments of Asian countries and African countries. It can be grown largely for the therapeutic qualities built in. Often the sap of this plant is applied in various cosmetic makeup products and medications. It's got a medicinal and calming influence on dried-out skin and it is utilized in treating all forms of diabetes.



Currently, it's widely known as a therapeutic herb and growing methods consentrate on maximizing succulence. It's to ensure the life of the herb even amongst lower rain fall. Typically the herb indicates inability to ice and low temperatures and is resistant against parasite and aphid strikes. This herb performs very well in drained and soft sandy land and requires a good amount of daylight.



Aloe-vera is known to be really great at calming burns and abrasions. It is usually used widely within the treating of cuts and shortens the process of healing. Reports demonstrate that the sap from the aloevera plant is usually successful in increasing blood sugar, in the event of people with diabetes. Used orally, the natural aloe vera juice handles and lowers the agony connected to ulcerative colitis. The actual juice is used thoroughly as an immunostimulant and it's being examined for the helpfulness towards cancer malignancy in men and women too. Topical cream are created using an aloevera base for the treatments for herpes. These kinds of uses also help out with the therapy of skin psoriasis as well as gingivitis and cavity enducing plaque.


You can find more information using the following link: The Health Benefits of Drinking Aloe Vera Juice | The Vitamin Mag.com

Chrissy77
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   Posted 9/16/2012 7:58 AM (GMT -6)   
i have some in my fridge too.. it's the whole leaf like and is like gel. i water it down or have put it in smoothies.. but when it's buried in the fridge i usually forget about it. i have read that aloe works wonders.. not for crohn's specifically but for many things. thanks for reminding me.. i'm going start it regularly again.

sobe
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   Posted 9/17/2012 12:08 AM (GMT -6)   
My doc also recommended aloe vera to stabilise my gut issues, but after doing my own research i found this

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn20365-aloe-vera-extract-gave-rats-tumours.html

I sent it to him. Not too sure how accurate this is, but I stopped drinking it since reading this.
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