Thanks for your response, I'm grateful for the responses because now I know there's a difference between what I'm doing and what others are doing in terms of enemas. Actually, I've been instructed to do the enemas three times a week, but you know me...I have a habit of breaking the rules, in any case it's more like four or five times a week and I've been instructed to do this (3 enemas a week) for two months only and no more.
I believe (as does my nutritionist and a few on here), that there's a candida overgrowth problem, which maybe causing many of the symptoms we experience. This overgrowth also helps bacteria to thrive in the colon, so to treat this he's given me acidopholus (sp) to use with the enema to kill candida and bacteria at the source. I believe candida overgrowth is the reason why many of us are so sensitive to sugars, milks, starches in excess, etc. and why, when we remove those food items we often feel better -- but diet only reduces the numbers of candida; it doesn't kill enough of them so probiotics can restore balance in the colon.
My goal is not remission because I'm already there...I want a cure, I'm not saying this alone will do it, but doing it plus the other things I'm doing just might; you never know. There's someone else on the board experimenting with spinach and he really might be onto something; but of course there are those who wanted to knock him for trying something new. I truly don't believe a cure will come about
by continuing current treatments/meds, I think it will happen by trying/using something new whatever it turns out to be and hopefully that person will share the info. with the others on the board and elsewhere.
So to clarify, this enema does two things, it helps remove waste the first time you use it, which is with warm water. For the second application you add acidopholus (actually it's bifidu bacteria) to the water, which will reach much deeper into the colon because waste has been removed. This method is far more effective than taking probiotics orally (although I still do that as well) because 100% of the good bacteria makes into the colon where it can begin to work.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007