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CrazyHarry
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 11/30/2007 8:33 PM (GMT -7)   
well it has been just over 4 weeks now since i stopped all my meds. i am happy to report i am doing fine - no problems whatsoever. still feeling great. my bloodwork from last week showed even more improvements. the last 3 have all been better than the time before. my hemoglobin as of last week was 14.2. that is almost about 1.5 points over my reading before that (12.8) which was taken 3 weeks prior. crazy. it think it is a combo of stopping the 6-mp and taking iron pills. i'll stop the iron pills in a month. granted i am OD'ing on the iron at the request of my hematologist (taking about 4 pills per day when the otc bottle says 1 pill/day). this is cos my iron levels, stores, and saturation rate are ridiculously low. i'll get them checked again in like 2 months, so until then the plan was to take iron pills to get those levels back up, not necessarily the hemoglobin, hematochirt, rbc, etc but it has been a nice possible side effect so i'll take it. the real test will be in a few months from now when i am not taking the iron pills - will my blood levels maintain or will things go bad on me and i'll need a transfusion again. i truly believe i'll be ok and the worst is behind me as far as my anemia mystery is concerned.

so the maker's diet has been very kind to me over the past year. at the first of the 2008 i plan on repeating it - going through all 3 phases again but in a 40 day period as prescribed by the book, not the 4 month time frame i did earlier this year under the guidance of jordan rubin.

as for the next step i alluded to in the subject heading, i am now looking into metabolic typing. this is championed by dr. joseph mercola (check out his website, lots of good stuff there - just google his last name and you'll find it). i've known about this for some time now, but i blew it off then, instead choosing to concentrate solely on the maker's diet, giving it a real fair chance, and not do too much at once. i had forgotten about it until recently and it piqued my interest unlike the first time i read about it. so i am excited to give this a try and put a new tweak to the maker's diet which i just started to incorporate with some principles from the specific carbohydrate diet (scd), but funny thing is, am i going over board on this stuff? i bought some royal jelly the other day at the store to see what it was like and if it would do anything for me. the container was the size of lip balm and cost me like $13 (US). when i got home i was thinking "what the heck am i doing?" consider this: i am now making my own yogurt, baking with nut flours to make my own breads, muffins, and cookies, eating organic foods (raw when possible, especially dairy and vegetables), all my water is at least treated by RO, my meat is grass fed, my fish is wild and ocean caught, and i avoid sugar and grains/flour as much as possible with the small exception, and even then it is scrutinized. if i had a backyard i'd have a garden and be experimenting with hydroponics (this plan is on hold until i get a bigger place) and the only thing keeping me from juicing is that i dont have any more room in my kitchen to put the thing! but then i see how well i have become over the last year doing this and it encourages me to keep doing it as i seem to be on the right path and i have done what so many talk about doing but what few can and have done - reclaim your health. it is odd, but i find a sense of joy when people come over and with a full fridge and pantry they claim i have nothing to eat. to me, it says i am doing what i need to do to stay healthy.


i guess i just needed to do some thinking out loud. thanks for listening.
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


jodyisme
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Date Joined Dec 2006
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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:34 PM (GMT -7)   
raw milk can be very dangerous...please be careful using it.
 
some wild fish also can be contaminated.  

CrazyHarry
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   Posted 11/30/2007 9:43 PM (GMT -7)   
very true. i very rarely drink milk and only keep it in the house now to make yogurt. so far i've found that raw milk makes for better yogurt than the pasteurized and homogenized kind. but i do pasteurize the raw milk cos the directions i use call for boiling it on the stove first.

farmed fish can be contaminated with pcb's and other stuff. fruits and vegetables can be contaminated with herbicides and pesticides. both meat and produce can have e. coli. no matter what you eat, it can be contaminated. eating is like russian roulette then in a sense. so if it is, i'll gladly squeeze the trigger knowing i am eating in my eyes as healthy as i can. plus it tastes just so gosh darn good.
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


malakai
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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 277
   Posted 11/30/2007 10:08 PM (GMT -7)   
All I can say is WOW! Props to you!!!! Thanks for sharing with us.
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds:
Asacol 3x day
Imuran 50MG 3 x day
Lamictal 125 MG/day for bioloar II


njmom
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Date Joined Apr 2006
Total Posts : 1884
   Posted 12/1/2007 12:32 AM (GMT -7)   
hey, if you can maintain remission without meds then you might be doing something right. thanks for sharing.

EMom
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   Posted 12/1/2007 7:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi CH!! I'm so glad to hear how well you're doing! Please keep posting your experiences as you are an inspiration!

I guess I'll check out Mercola and metabolic typing when I get a chance, but could you briefly summarize it for me? I think Mercola is not far from me here in IL. My chiropractor recently attended a seminar he gave.

I'm curious. Why will you re-start the Maker's Diet? Just a rejuvenating thing?

Also, do you use a bread machine to make your bread? If so, what do you have?

No. You're not going overboard. You're amazing. As I said, an inspiration. Anyone thinking about going off meds should seriously, seriously consider the avenue you took to be completely successful.

Thanks!
EMom

Grateful for everyone's help here!

Mother to 15 year old boy just diagnosed in June, 2007.
Currently taking Asacol, omega 3s, digestive enzymes, probiotics, iron, vit. C, and a good multivitamin.

Started The Maker's Diet in early September.


Squattie
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Date Joined Jul 2005
Total Posts : 669
   Posted 12/1/2007 8:00 AM (GMT -7)   
yeah  THANK YOU HARRY!!!
 
Your success story is what I come into these forums looking for. Please keep posting, updating and sharing.
 
I'd much rather play roulette with organics than with medications. But that's just my own preference. For those of us who cannot tolerate the traditional medications, your story is, indeed, an inspiration. Thanks again and God Bless!
.....Squattie


CrazyHarry
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 12/1/2007 8:26 AM (GMT -7)   
emom -

i dont have a bread machine (yet). i guess i should have been more specific when i said bread. it is basic stuff like banana bread and pumpkin bread - so loaf type muffins. but i tweak the recipe making them as legal as possible for both maker's and scd diet plans.

i cant really summarize metabolic typing too well cos there is a lot to it and i am just learning about it. basically there are 3 types: protein, carb, and mixed. your type determines what kinds of food to eat and abstain from and how to eat your food (ie protein types eat all their protein first with each meal). stuff like that. google mercola and metabolic typing and you'll find the web page i was looking at. i find in intriguing and interested to see what it is all about. that means i have to use myself as the test subject cos i just cant trust the people i know to do it and strictly follow any dietary guidelines. the only problem though is that i am already feeling well so my take on this will most likely be skewed. i need to open a clinic and start experimenting on people with diet and nutrition.

i plan on restarting the makers diet as a tune up so to speak. when i first did it in august 2006 i started on phase 3. i then did an extreme version of it in january 2007 which lasted 4 months and that gave me amazing results. from that experience, and it being the first of the year, it seems like a good time to do the book's 40 day version in effort to detox my system from all my cheat days through out the year and to start the new year off with a primed system.
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


gemini kiwi
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Date Joined Nov 2006
Total Posts : 1136
   Posted 12/1/2007 12:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Harry good to hear its going so well for you. We've been doing some major re-vamping of the Organic Vegie gardens, raised beds, to ,make my life so much easier, its coming along nicely and my 'adopted son" is lending a hand with weeding etc in exchange for a plot so he can grow his own vegatables also. He's a Ch motor cross bike rider and has been keen on Organics for awhile now, says it improves his performance, he eats raw.. I call him my adopted son, he's actually my son's best mate and they have been best mates since about the age of 8 or 9.
I think I have the better deal though, he's a strong healthy guy, thats what I need to sort out some of this Ivy that's running rampant. So today we're having another go at finishing the beds off, maybe I'll sit back and watch some men do the hard work, they all say I am bossy but I like to call it "organisational qualities."
Tess

RFWrangler
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Date Joined Nov 2007
Total Posts : 38
   Posted 12/1/2007 3:11 PM (GMT -7)   
You should consider publishing what you have done. I am sure that a lot of people would benefit from the knowledge that you have obtained.

Good luck and thank you for sharing.
Still not diagnosed. Problems since 2003
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Current meds Prednisone 5mg every other day, Donnatol 12.5mg as needed for cramping (doesn't help), Prevacid 30mg daily
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Other issues
Depression taking paxil 30mg daily
Injured Right knee with 2 failed surgeries
Herniated disc t11-t12 being treated

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I am currently on disability for my knee awaiting retraining.
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CrazyHarry
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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1034
   Posted 12/1/2007 9:35 PM (GMT -7)   
funny you mention that RFWrangler. what started out as some basic notes to myself earlier this year as i truly committed myself to the maker's diet has turned into a 50 page plus, imho, basic health and wellness plan solely concentrated on diet and nutrition to achieve both weight loss and optimum health for those who claimed that they could never do what i did, and especially not the makers diet or the scd (this is why i seem to know so much on this board - i've been super busy educating myself and experimenting on myself). i am almost done with what i consider a decent first draft. then it is on to peer review for edits and refinement. i am looking into turning it into an e-book. and i already plan to do a follow up - volume 2 will be on supplements. i may make volume 3, which would essentially be an extension of volume 1, a companion issue to it, focusing on more advanced stuff you can do for health via diet and nutrition since i have attempted to make volume 1 more realistic and accessible for "joe six-pack" who isnt ready to go hard core to turn his life and health around through diet. my biggest road block is that i know i'll have to go back to school to get some credentials after my name for people to take me seriously. i am just hoping i can bypass a lot prereq's using my previous education in engineering. funny, but nutrition degrees, at least in the US, requires one to take biology, chemistry, calculus, and other science related courses i took long ago.

as for an autobiography, we'll see how that goes although as of right now i dont plan to do one. i dont think my life is all that interesting, at least not yet anyway. i plan to live quite a bit longer so maybe some interesting stuff will happen along the way...

anyhoo, when i do finish my draft i'll let you all know. i could use the feedback.
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

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