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kyle Nelson
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Date Joined Sep 2008
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   Posted 9/21/2008 2:13 PM (GMT -7)   
hey all, i just wanted to share my story, maybe it will help someone.
i was first diagnosed with crohns about 4 years ago, but i have had symptoms for probably about 10 years. i have been on every drug under the sun, and, thank god, have not had to have surgery as of yet. over last xmas i had a terrible flare-up, and no drugs i took could do anything (except for pounding pain pills). i lost 30 pounds in a month, and i only weighed 150 pounds when i was "healthy." while my doctors just told me to keep taking the drugs, (imuran, entocort, pentasa, and tylenol 3 for pain when necessary), nothing ever got better. my mom did a lot of research, and kept harping on this vegan diet that she had come across from "hallelujah acres." i have read on here about the makers diet, and have researched that as well. i gave my mom hell about this diet, since i absolutely love meat. but one day, with a fairly serious obstruction, i reached a crossroads: head to the hospital, or ride out the storm and try this diet. i started by going on a juice fast (5 veggie juices/day - spinach, celery, cucumber, carrots, kale, with plenty of flax seed oil dumped in for extra kcal) for three days. after that i added cooked veggies, and then started going more to raw. today i am symptom free, and stay vegan on the weeks and eat meat and stuff on weekends. i still stay away from dairy and gluten, since those aggravate me. the diet can be a pain, but nothing compares to having my health back. im sure diets have been discussed ad nauseum on this board, but i am absolutely free of pain. if you have been thinking about trying a diet, i would seriously recommend checking out hallelujah acres. i believe they are at thanks for listening, and i hope some of you will consider it.

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 9/21/2008 4:02 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Glad your feeling better and welcome to HW. lol gail
Hallarious woman over 50 ,CD ,IBS 27 years--resection,fistula's,obstructions,and still gail

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Date Joined Mar 2006
Total Posts : 1034
   Posted 9/21/2008 4:28 PM (GMT -7)   
super good news! glad to hear you're feeling better - and doing it by diet!

word of caution though - strict vegan/vegetarian diets deprive you of essential amino acids and b vitamins. research this cos if you do stick to it you may want to use supplements. food wise, quinoa is the natural only non-meat food that actually has all 8 essential amino acids in it. ezekiel cereal, with its combination of sprouted grains, also supplies a complete protein. these two things you may want to consider putting in your diet. also cod liver oil (not fish oil) for natural vitamin D and A and omega 3s as a vegetarian diet is high in omega 6s which promote inflammation.

i know you said you do eat meat occasionally. the best ones for you will be eggs and cold water fish.

cow based dairy products upset a lot of folks. have you tried sheep or goat based dairy products? they are tolerated better since they naturally contain less lactose and the molecules are smaller, thus it is absorbed/digested faster.
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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Date Joined Aug 2007
Total Posts : 990
   Posted 9/21/2008 4:41 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Kyle....just wanted to say welcome! We have also had GREAT success with dietary changes! Glad you are well!
Mom to 16 year old boy 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. Gradually learning/using more SCD recipes, too! (cooking challenged)

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Date Joined Aug 2008
Total Posts : 24
   Posted 9/21/2008 4:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the link Kyle, I have wanted to do something similar. I am a sugar junkie...maybe that is one of my problems. LOL! I printed out the basis of this the 85% raw 15% cooked page. I will look more into it. Thanks!
Mom to 5 little ones.  First dx of crohn's in 2003 (while pg with #4), then it was changed to IBS.  2/08 I was rediagnosed with crohn's.  I also have endometriosis and am trying to distinguish between the two.
I'm currently taking Pentasa 4 2X daily 

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