Hi Old Hat,
Dr Korzenik does seem very cutting edge. He is also very willing to work with you, clearly explains things, the office returns phone calls quickly(sometimes him, sometimes his NP who is great as well) and has an overall great personality. I live in southern NH, so I drive 1 hr 15 minutes to get to the appts, but it has been well worth it.
Before going to him, I was in a sick on and off (mostly on) for 2.5 years. My old doctor offered prednisone time and time again for longer and longer periods of time because, it was explained, that is what they do. Nothing was ever monitored when I was on prednisone. He did finally try Immuran, but when I had a toxic reaction to it, he started just suggesting medication (Remicade, Lialda (no 5ASAs have been effective)) without explaining why they would think it would work. These are your choices, take it or leave it. It was more of a my way or the highway approach.
Since going to Korzenik, I was well for 5 months and then started getting sick. He quickly reacted to the situation and worked with me until we found something else that would work. I've felt well for about 1.5 months now. He also thought to check my B12 levels, which were pretty low, and started me on B12 injections. My old GI never thought to check this even though I was exhibiting the same symptoms of the deficiency back when I was going to him and would tell him of my symptoms during my appts. I recommend Korzenik highly.
Diagnosed with UC in 1992 (Left Sided - first few flares, Pancolitis 3rd flare).
10 year remission
Flaring on and off since Jan 2005, currently suspected to have Crohn's
Current medications: Weekly MTX injections, monthly B12 injections, Calcium, Folic Acid, Xifaxan
All 5ASA oral medications except Dipentum (no effect), Immuran (toxic reaction), Prednisone, Flagyl, Cipro, Bactrim (sulfa drug allergy), Augmentin, Rowasa, Cortifoam, Cortenema.