Supplements that work for a while....

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   Posted 8/6/2008 4:32 AM (GMT -6)   
A while ago I tried Lamberts turmeric tablets, can't remember if I started on 1 or 3 tablets a day. At the time I was in a flare not doing too well. The next day I had normal stools and no blood - I had not seen this for 6 months! The problem was after a short amount of time my symptoms returned though I think maybe not as bad? but this was difficult to tell. I still take turmeric but have never had the same response from it as the first time. I guess my body quickly got used to it? Maybe gut bacteria changing to it or maybe my small intestine now completely digests it so there is no trace of it to reach my colon?
I am thinking of stopping it and then wait a month and take it again or start taking it once I start to get worse again I'm thinking there is something to be said for surprising the body - I thin echenatia is the same but more well known i.e. you can't take it continuously but can do one month on one month off.
Has anyone found the same with prescription drugs or supplements? Any one that takes them on and off?

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   Posted 8/6/2008 5:01 AM (GMT -6)   
yea, the body can become immune to something that it gets used to.

happened to me when i was younger with my psoriasis... took all these topical steroids etc... and they stopped working cuz my body got used to it and it no longer had any effect.
can happen with supplements, vitamins and scripts.

its not guaranteed to happen, and doesnt always happen to everyone, but it is common.
steph - 32 - female - UC since 2000
currently flaring again..  grrr! (triggered by stress - grrr)
mesalazine granules 3g x1 a day (much nicer than a million tablets a day)
enteric coated fish oil -omega 3 (so they get all the way to my colon)
vitamin D3 x1 a day
prednisolone 25mg x1 a day (ick ick and did i say ick?)
tumeric capsules x3 a day

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   Posted 8/6/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Tumeric isn't a medicine for treatment for UC..

You should, however, try the medications that will help heal your flare.

Some meds don't work for some people, I'm hardcore 5ASA for over 19 years and it works marvelously. I am, as well, faithful in taking them.

*Heather*Status: mini flare Dec 28... tapered to every 4th night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~5ASA: Asacol (6 daily) + Salofalk enemas (increase for flares tapered to maintenance)
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed
~Probiotic 3(Natural Factors Protec) bedtime + 1 (Primadophilus Reuteri) occasionally
~multi-digestive enzymes as needed ....zymactive 3 - 5x daily
~Ranitidine,Pariet (reflux) Effexor XR 75mg;  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma)
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!

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   Posted 8/6/2008 4:39 PM (GMT -6)   
an idea for the tumuric... perhaps getting some capsules from the pharmacy like the kind that they use for colozal that are intended to deliver the meds to your colon instead of breaking up inside the stomach??? just an idea. i am researching more natural ways to handle the disease as I am worried about the effects of high dose meds on my body. Yes I want to manage my colitis but jeez do I really want to destroy my other organs in the process? let me know if you try the capsules with the tumuric and if it works... who knows maybe I'll try it myself. Take care.

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   Posted 8/6/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -6)   
The only thing I can think of, is that since turmeric is an antifungal, and you have to rotate antifungals monthly or they lose effectiveness (the fungus gets smart), is that you may wish to try another natural antifungal for awhile (caprylic acid, olive leaf extract...). Did you change anything else when you started the turmeric (diet, for instance?) Also, antifungals are used to treat psoriasis, so if you keep using the same one, I can see that it would lose its effectiveness, as well.

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   Posted 8/6/2008 10:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I started taking supplements about 4-5 yrs ago, bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9 and they still are helping me out...bee propolis is 100% non-toxic, so it doesn't build up in your's a natural anti-inflammatory.

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

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   Posted 8/13/2008 3:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Pb4 how is the bee propolis and omega working now? Do a bit of research on omega 3 vs 3,6 and 9 I found with 3,6 and 9 with 1 tab/day I noticed no difference but with 3/day I'm sure it was making me worse. With omega 3 it's hard to notice a difference but I take it 3/day since there is so much evidence it helps.

Quincy - based on the evidence I have found turmeric had a huge impact at a time when I was quite ill and asa does v.little! Nothing else changed diet, activity, stress etc and I would also discount the placebo effect since I was trying approx i new thing a week and was well used to seeing no effects. I believe the problem I have is I I think the docs are unwilling to give me the 'heavy' meds as my symptoms are not bad enough but neither is asa completely controlling it. Natural anti-inflammatories seem like a good idea to me as does supplementing with what UC'ers are generally short of or has been found to help.

CousinHutch - does anyone make enteric coated Turmeric? That's news to me!

6 Asacol tabs/day
1 Pentasa Suppository / day
Fish oil 3/day (omega 3 only)
Multivitamin and mineral 1/day
Folic Acid 1/day
Aloe Vera 3/day
Specific Carbohydrate Diet SCD
Turmeric 3/day
Currently in no mans land between flare and remission

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