Anyone heard of a book "patient heal thyself"?

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   Posted 10/12/2008 2:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I was told by a friend that her relative followed this guys diet and got off her Crohns disease med's for 5 years and avoided surgery.  I am a skeptic, and also registered nurse, so nothing I have read has suggested diet can cure you. I have read that modifying your diet can reduce your symptoms...but I wondered if anyone has tried this diet to see if helped their situation and what were your results?

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   Posted 10/12/2008 4:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I got it for my sister's husband a long time ago, if it's the one I'm thinking of. I think it was about positive thinking.

I adjusted my diet based on food sensitivity testing, after years of trial & error (which works, too). It seems everyone has different triggers. Mine have been iceberg lettuce, some tomato sauces, hard alcohol -- and over-eating generally. But avoiding those things didn't make it better, those are just things that made it worse. Gluten was the key for me. Avoiding that improved my condition a lot.
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA 6x400 mg maintenance for 20+ years; use prednisone & Rowasa for flares. 
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Food sensitivity test showed gluten, other intolerances; started diet without gluten, soy, dairy, tomato etc. Replete probiotic first, now Forte pills. 
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!? Seemed so, but colonoscopy Oct. 6 proved not so, heavy inflammation in ascending colon & will be using Rowasa again. But I AM better.

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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:30 PM (GMT -6)   
I have read this book.  My neighbor has Crohn's (he is 62) as does his daughter who is 27.  They follow the diet like the Bible and both are med free and symptom free.  I reviewed it as our daughter was diagnosed w/Ulcerative Colitis.  I didn't find it very workable for UC.  Crohn's seems to be way more food related than UC. 

Mother of 8 yo UC patient
20 mg prednisone daily
.5 mg prednisone daily
Asacol 6 pills daily
Lialda 3 pills daily
6MP generic
Purinethol brand name 6MP
Fish Oil, Probiotics, Immune System Boosters

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   Posted 10/12/2008 7:46 PM (GMT -6)   
is it along the same lines as the other big named books? ie: no gluten, sugar, carbs, milk?

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   Posted 10/13/2008 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   
It is sort of an infomercial book for Jordan Rubin's Garden of Life products, isn't it? Anyway, I actually do find GOL products by and large seem to be high quality and high potency. I use Primal Defense as one of my mainstay probiotics. I don't usually use many other GOL products though. Anyway, Rubin claims that he tried dozens of different (for his Crohn's) therapies before stumbling on the particular probiotics - the soil based organisms, SBOs, that he uses- that supposedly cured him from death's bed to becoming a healthy, vibrant millionaire health product entrepreneur. But when one looks at his timeline for this transition of just a few years, it seems fishy... I mean, take TCM, or homeopathy, or the SCD, or macrobiotic diets, or veggie diets, or whatever- the many different things he claims he tried hard core... and add a few to six months at least of trying each one to really know if they help, and you'd end up having to spend 10+ years, so it just sounds a bit fishy to me. Still, like I say, his Primal Defense product seems a potent probiotic for me (I use several other probiotics too however, but have relied on long stretches with PD), and his dietary advice is pretty solid and healthy in terms of getting away from processed food and shifting to a much lower carb diet than the high carb standard American diet.
Pancolitis 20 years ago, full med-free remission 10 years,
Flaring/simmering on and off ever since
10 20 17.5 15 12.5 10 mg 8 7.5 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (Primal Defense and others), TSO, hookworm
Turmeric/circuminboswellia, fish oil, many vits/minerals
Lower-carb version of Specific Carb Diet (SCD), Remicade next

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