A Story of UC Recovery: Interesting Book

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   Posted 8/24/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone else read this Doctor's account of how he overcame colitis in the 60s? Well-written and fascinating. What do you all think? Has anyone tried anything like this?


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   Posted 8/24/2008 9:12 AM (GMT -6)   
I got to the point were I relized he went 6 WEEKS with only water - that is insaine
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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that's radical but not necessarily insane. If it (with of course proper dietary modifications) took care of your colitis for the rest of your life then it is quite sane and worth the dedication of two months out of your life to the biggest problem in your life. Is it not? How many times have we all sat counting tiles hatching up deals in our head of what we would give up to be over with this blight?

To me it is most insane that we go on for years or some here decades taking drugs that mask the symptoms just enough to go on surviving but not really living. It's frustrating.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
A very interesting read. Wow...fasting for 6 weeks. Couldn't do that. Although not to the extreme that Dr. Goldstein suggests,... for me, changing my diet (i.e. getting rid of processed, junk food) had everything to do with me getting well, and keeping myself symptom free. It was hard for me to do, but I had to change my thinking from 'living to eat' to now 'eating to live.' Finally finding the cause of my UC symptoms changed everything for me.

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   Posted 8/24/2008 11:23 AM (GMT -6)   


What types of food do you eat?  Do you mind sharing a typical day of food?

Thank you!!

34 years old
UC since 1992
Mom to two (31/2 and 1)
Current Meds:  Prednisone: 35 mg; Asacol: 12/day; Canasa: 1000 mg;
GNC probiotic; Calcium supplements
Currently in a flare but things seem to calming down (knock on wood)

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   Posted 8/24/2008 3:26 PM (GMT -6)   
Despite what many want to believe, there is not a shred of objective evidence that any particular diet causes or cures ulcerative colitis, or causes flares. If you're already flaring then certainly there will be foods that will worsen your symptoms.

I'm totally in favor of people trying anything they want to fight this DD, I just think before people start spending money for books, special foods etc., they should be aware of what the known facts are so they can judge accordingly. And remember those facts come from decades of studying and managing the disease.
Judy - Southern US 
Moderate to severe left-sided UC (21 cm) diagnosed 2001.
Avascular necrosis in both shoulders is my "forever" gift from Entocort.
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   Posted 8/25/2008 6:38 PM (GMT -6)   
Kaycei-Thankfully, I didn't need to spend any money on books or special food. I got much of my info from what is now posted "free" on www.knowthecause.com. I followed the anti-fungal diet under the FAQ section. I ate a lot of veggies except those listed not to eat (not potatoes, corn, which is a grain, or mushrooms, a fungus), a variety of meat/fish/poultry, eggs, berries, green apples, plain organic yogurt for the first 2 weeks. Then I started moderately introducing brown rice, yeast free flour tortilla bread for lunch or breakfast wraps. I still follow somewhat the diet. I know that for me, as long as I reduce my sugar and white carbs, and eliminate yeast, I feel much better. These foods feed fungus, and I believe for me, that was my problem and contributed to my UC symptoms. When I starved the fungus, I got well. Fungus can be a factor in UC. You can read for yourself a few articles/studies in the following links:

( the influence of Candida albicans on the course of ulcerative colitis)

(the effect of dietary yeast on the activity of stable chronic Crohn's disease)

If you do have a fungal problem (and you won't know for sure unless you experiment with an anti-fungal diet for awhile), you will need to change your diet for a time. That doesn't mean you can go back to your old eating habits if you find it does help your symptoms, but you won't need to follow it strictly for the rest of your life. I don't even like bread anymore, and I used to LOVE it. I have to read all labels as yeast is a hidden ingredient in much of our processed foods. Do you also try to stay away from all artificial sugar? That can be a killer, as well.

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   Posted 8/26/2008 6:43 AM (GMT -6)   
I can see how that would work giving your intestine 6 weeks to fully heal and (potentially) remove the source of the problem whatever that is and I guess bacteria etc cannot survive 6 weeks without food.....

After fasting for 2 days with a water fast I can see there's no way you could continue a normal life (work etc) and to do this you need rest and medical supervision...

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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   Posted 8/26/2008 11:21 AM (GMT -6)   
This is an interesting read. Keep in mind that it was published in 1977, and that medical science and research into IBD has come a long way since then.
Diagnosed with UC March 2007; Asacol 4 tablets 3x/day; Rowasa weekly; Canasa weekly; Viactiv; Metamucil wafers; multivitamin

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   Posted 8/26/2008 12:19 PM (GMT -6)   
If this is a 'water only' six week fast, then I'd have to say it's dangerous, especially since there are no vitamins or minerals being taken. When I fast...after three days I have no energy, partly because of my small size...after six weeks with no food, I'd be nothing but a pile of ash on the ground.

I am confident that today, we can achieve the same results without fasting for six weeks with no food.


Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis January 2007
Meds: Remicade, Primal Defense Ultra, Multi-vitamins (also iron, B12, Magnesium and Zinc), Flaxseed/Natures Bounty Fish Oil
Swanson Ultra Caprylic Acid (natural anti-fungal) 600mg x2 daily
Carrot & Garlic supplements (natural anti-fungal) x2 daily
Currently taking herbal meds in the search to regain full health.

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