Posted 9/13/2011 11:18 AM (GMT -6)
I'm 67 years old and I've suffered with ulcerative colitis since I was 19. Since then I've tried all the drugs that came along, and nothing seemed to help. I, like so many of you, lived my life as normally as possible, but with that subconscious planning of my life around proximity to bathrooms. Typically for me was the immediate need to find a bathroom about 6 to 8 times a day.
Two years ago, just after turning 65, I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. While prostate cancer (I later learned ) is the slowest growing form of cancer, its still pretty scary to hear the "C" word directed at you. My Urologist immediately told me that he had a very sharp knife and could remove my prostate completely. I spent the next two weeks learning all I could to find some more humane way to treat my prostate situation without surgery, radiation or chemo. I adopted a holistic regimen and I'm doing fine and my Prostate situation isn't getting any worse.
What, you might ask does any of this have to do with your problems? about six months ago I got interested in the various holistic practices of detoxification. One article introduced me to activated charcoal, the same stuff that's given to people who ingest poison because it adsorbs (yes "adsorbs" not "absorbs") the poison and saves the patient. The detoxification advocates say to take it two hours after eating in cold water for various digestive problems. I took one tablespoon in a cup of cold water every night at least two hours after eating and expected that I would help detoxify my system. What I didn't bargain for is that after one week of this my colitis symptoms have gone away. I am now, and for the past six months been a very normal person vis a vis bowel habits. No more diarrhea. once and sometimes twice daily on the toilet and no emergencies. I am totally amazed and thankful for this and I if only one of you benefits from my experience, that will be wonderful.