My feeling on alternative treatments is if you have the money and the desire, try it. Otherwise if you get to the point where you have to consider sugery you might not be convinced you tried everything possible to achieve long term remission.
As for the Quackwatch doctor, yes he pokes at hokey enterprises but he bases his findings on fact. The majority of those he condems have not done the proper double blind placebo testing to prove their claims. All he is trying to do is to protect the public from businesses, people, and corporations that take emotional and financial advantage of the chronically ill.
dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998
1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics
2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic
2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free