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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone had any success with alternative meds or seeing a homeopathic or natural pathic Dr.
I did 4 years ago and have been in remission until now. I'm now living in a new state and am having trouble finding an alternative dr. I have an appt with a gastro today (after ending up in the ER yesterday) but am very nervous to try and rx meds. I had no luck with them last time and don't for see and luck this time. I also hate the thought of being on continuing meds.

I was also wondering if any one had any luck the SCD diet<<

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   Posted 2/21/2008 8:53 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi and Welcome! If you have the time peruse our old threads and posts. We have lots on the SCD diet and homeopathic routes. Sorry you were in the ER.
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   Posted 2/21/2008 10:30 AM (GMT -6)   
I've had much success with dietary modifications - currently doing what I'd call a less restrictive version of the SCD - and alternative supplements. However, if you're in bad enough shape to go to the ER, you probably need to consider prescription meds to get a moderate to serious flare under control enough for the alternative methods to work.

The book Listen to Your Gut is an excellent source of information on a wide variety of treatment options.
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   Posted 2/21/2008 3:09 PM (GMT -6)   
I use;

bee propolis
omegas 3-6-9
fibre supplements
chamomile tea
vitamins A and C-calcium ascorbate

all to aid with my crohns and IBS with some success, I'm either allergic or non-responsive to traditional oral RX used for IBD...and these things above (especially the fibre and probiotics) have also aided with my IBS.

I've taken the first 3 things for the last 5 yrs and the last 3 things for the last 3 yrs.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 2/21/2008 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
my family and I have put my disease into remission with the SCD diet. I was on 40 mg of pred for three weeks and getting nowhere with it. I ended up in the ER because I was feeling dizzy and my GI wanted to put me on 6-mp. I refused to take the 6-mp and i decided to give the diet a fanatical try 6 weeks ago. I am now in remission and am down to 5 mg of prednisone. I am currently on Stage 3 foods(according to the website), and am doing well. The challenge is I have lost 15 lbs and it is hard to gain it back when you don't have complex carbs to help you gain the weight but I am in remission and use the toilet only once a day! It has been a godsend, but i must warn you it is a challenge not to be able to eat the Standard American Diet.
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   Posted 2/21/2008 7:56 PM (GMT -6)   
I also altered my diet, no more junk, processed foods/beverages, processed sugars, animal fats, caffeine, as these things can exacerbate IBD symptoms. It was well worth it too, ontop of exercising regularly and the above mentioned that I take along with a healthy diet (not to be confused with a "balanced" diet) I look and feel better all around.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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