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Kittikatt
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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm putting together a Weight Watchers guide for my dad so he can try and lose weight.  In order to put together and eating list for him, I'm going back to my food diary from 2002 when I first started on Weight Watchers myself.   I was 5'9", 147lbs and my target weight was 130lbs.
 
I'm noticing I was eating a lot of potato chips that had OLESTRA in them.  I could eat a good number of those on this plan because they didn't account for many "points" on the Weight Watchers system.
 
I started developing (as I NOW know, but didn't back then) Crohn's symptoms during this 1st year (actually within the first 6 months) of the Weight Watchers "diet".
 
I'm not saying I think the Olestra CAUSED my Crohn's by any means...but it has me wondering if any other Crohnies have eaten Olestra in the past or present and if so, if any of you think it causes you any "extra" intestinal problems?
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole (PRN), Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


LMills
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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
Look up olestra on google search, and it will give you a lot of results for the harmful side effects it gave people including horrible abdominal cramping and incontinence. Those two alone give me reason to believe that it's possible it could have helped as a trigger, but more research would definitely be needed.

Also, I used to eat potato chips with olestra at my grandparents' house.
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
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sickandlucky
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   Posted 12/3/2009 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
This is the first time I've ever seen the word olestra... I googled it and the harmful side effects are scary! What products is that even in? noo bueno
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
feeling scare about side effects but will be happy to feel better :)


LMills
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   Posted 12/3/2009 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
It was in the Wow! brand chips as far as I know. That was the only one I saw upon skimming one of the pages, but I'm guessing there are more?
Diagnosed with Crohn's in May of 2008.
Currently taking: Prednisone, pentasa, omeprazole, and humira. Using probiotics and a multivitamin.
bonniegriffith.blogspot.com/
Learning how to live again.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."


Rider Fan
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   Posted 12/3/2009 1:34 PM (GMT -7)   
The only useful application I can think of for Olestra is that healthy people can now eat a bag of the stuff and simulate for themselves what it's like to have serious gut problems.
33 y/o male. Dx'ed in 1999. No surgeries.

Current meds: Humira 2/27/09. Proferrin iron pills.

Tried SCD, didn't work, now avoiding gluten and dairy.


Go Saskatchewan Roughriders!


Kittikatt
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   Posted 12/3/2009 7:35 PM (GMT -7)   
I ate Fat Free Pringles...they had Olestra in them.  30 chips for only 2 Weight Watcher points! 
 
I also at the WOW! brand LMills mentioned.  Doritos, usually.
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole (PRN), Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


nawlinscate
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   Posted 12/3/2009 8:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I wouldn't eat anything with Olestra in it on a bet! With Crohn's, the last thing you need is something like makes your symptoms worse.

I suggest you eat Baked Lay's, if you need potato chips. They come in a whole bunch of varieties, including Ruffles, Doritos, Scoops, or even Cheetos. They won't have as few points as the ones with Olestra, but they're infinitely better than the regular kind and won't cause Olestra's miserable side effects.

FunGuy
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   Posted 12/3/2009 9:16 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't believe I ever ate the stuff.
I use FD&C Blue dye number 1 and it really seems to help me.  There is SCIENCE behind this.  Just ask me and I will explain it to you.  U/C and Crohn's for 34 years.  Blue dye for one month and I am feeling pretty good!  I am so excited by this but I need others to try it with their doctor's permission.  Simple food coloring!!  BLUE1.  
I can't make money on this, it's already in your kitchen.  I just want to help.
I do 2 drops in 6 ounces of water when I get up, 2 or 3 drops in 16 or 20 ounces of water that I sip all day and then 2 drops in 6 ounces of water at bedtime.   Max of 7 drops a day.  Give it about ten days.  I am NOT a healthcare professional.   Ask your doctor if this is safe for you. 


Kittikatt
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   Posted 12/4/2009 6:52 AM (GMT -7)   
Oh lord! I would NEVER eat Olestra NOW that I know I have Crohn's! That would be a death-wish! skull tongue
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole (PRN), Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


MAG102886
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   Posted 12/4/2009 7:51 AM (GMT -7)   
The only time I have ever had chips with Olestra in them is when I was on Weight Watchers myself.  I would go to Subway everyday for lunch and get a sandwhich and Light Lays chips which had the Olestra in them.  I never even know what Olestra was until I was on a Weight Watchers forum and someone made a post warning people about them.  Honestly, I've never had a problem with them...but I have switched to Baked Lays to be safe.
Dianogsed with Crohns: At 16 years old. 22 years old now.
Surgeries:2 Bowel Resections, Gallbladder Removed, 3 Abscess Cleanings
Current Meds: Cimzia, Methorexate, Vitamin B12 (injections), Nexium.
Next Surgery: Nov. 20th to Take Down Abdominal Fistula!!!
 

JavaJay
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   Posted 12/4/2009 1:32 PM (GMT -7)   
I read when Olestra first came onto the market that it would cause anal leakage.  Needless to say, I have never touched anything made with it.
 
You can try looking at the baked chips.  They are tasty and lower in calories..also very accomidating on a WW diet.
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009


sickandlucky
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   Posted 12/4/2009 4:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Now I know why I've never heard of it! They won't let it in Canada as a food additive I'm fairly sure... I was worried because I had eaten a can of fat-fee pringles with my roommate the week I moved into residence for university last year, and my symptoms started a few weeks later, but it appears that fat free pringles in Canada don't have Olestra in them anyway... phew
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
feeling scare about side effects but will be happy to feel better :)


Blossom
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   Posted 12/5/2009 8:25 PM (GMT -7)   
The first time I ever heard about Olestra (even before I knew I had Crohn's) and heard about the possible side effect of anal leakage, I couldn't believe that it was even approved to be put on the market!!!  Who knows what it could be doing to a person's digestive system!
54 year old female;
 
Have had Crohn's of terminal ileum for 10 years.   Small bowel resection (my first) on 7-30-09.  Monthly B12 shots.
 
On Humira since Dec. 2008.  Allergic/hypersensitivity to Pentasa, Entocort, and 6-MP.  


Kittikatt
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   Posted Today 4:56 AM (GMT -7)   
I was shocked to see in the grocery store yesterday that these products with Olestra in them are STILL on the shelves! I picked up a bag of LIGHT Ruffles and looked at the ingredients and there was the Olestra.

That's pretty awesome that Cananda doesn't allow these products with Olestra in them on the shelves. Now I'm curious as to what makes Fat Free Pringles fat-free in Cananda! :)
Diagnosed in October, 2004 at age 32 (misdiagnosed with IBS in 2002)
37/F/SC
Current Rx's: Colazal (generic), Omeprazole (PRN), Librax, One-A-Day multivitamin, Probiotic, Omega-3 Fish Oil, Vitamin D, Cranberry pills
Secondary conditions: swelling ankles, extreme fatigue, mouth ulcers, joint pain
Previous/occasional Rx's: Prednisone, Flagyl, Levaquin, Xifaxan, Carafate
4/7/09: Gall bladder removal laproscopic surgery (gall stones)


sickandlucky
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Total Posts : 253
   Posted Today 5:47 AM (GMT -7)   
Hmmm... by fat-free I may have meant low fat! My mistake, I'm not sure which it was but in retrospect it doesn't make sense that they would be fat free unless there was something sketchy involved!
female 19, diagnosed crohns december 2008
erythema nodosum
currently taking 40mg prednisone, then imuran or remicade when i taper
feeling scare about side effects but will be happy to feel better :)


JavaJay
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   Posted Today 5:52 AM (GMT -7)   
I believe the baked Pringles are fat free
36 yr old Male with Crohn's Disease since '88 - No Surgery yet
 
Been on almost every type of drug with bad results
Remicade since Nov 2009


80sChick
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   Posted Today 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Never eaten olestra...don't need those horrible side effects.
 
 
...Baked Pringles? Those sound good! Are they new?
28 Year old Female
Diagnosed with Crohn's Colitis March 2000
Recent possible diagnosis of IBS-D
 
Tried Meds: Asacol, Remicade, 6mp, Humira, Xifaxan, Apriso, Rowasa Enemas.
 
Currently on: 35mg Prednisone, 100mg Imuran, Align, Psyllium Seed Powder, Prenatal Vitamin, Vitamin B 12 Complex, Vitamin D/Calcium, Flomax (for urinary retention). 

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