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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Anyone,

I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis about 2 years ago. I recently had a flare up which caused me to take a week off of work. I am currently wondering if anyone has tried a raw foods diet. I have been reading a book by Paul Nison who is a raw foodest and claims it cures uc. Weather true or not I was wanting to give it a go. Has any one tried this. I’m a bit worried about losing weight. All my life I have been skinny and IBD may make it worse. Let me know turn

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   Posted 3/29/2009 5:33 PM (GMT -6)   
I was always heard that raw foods made UC worse because it was harder for the the intestines to break the food down...
Age: 25 / Male / Florida
Diagnosed: 11/08 / Pancolitis
Asacol - 2 x 3 day (waiting for results)
Prednisone / ended 1/09 (started at 30mgs and tapered down)
Mens Multi Vitamin - 1 a day
Metamucil Wafers - Once a day
Jaro - Dophilus Probiotic (3.4 Billion) - 1 a day
Diagnosed with PSC: 3/9 --now taking Urso

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   Posted 3/29/2009 8:30 PM (GMT -6)   
That diet is very, very controversial, even for healthy people. And that much fiber would probably kill me.
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 wheat/gluten, other intolerances; eliminated all wheat/gluten from my diet. Probiotics (Ultimate Flora, 50 billion), trying Curamin. 
Flaring, seasonal? or supplements too harsh? Back on prednisone, tried to taper but now back up to 20-30 after several really bad days. Waiting for insurance decison on Humira...soon... 

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   Posted 3/30/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I don't think u can eat too much raw in a straight up flare let it get a bit better too much roughage rubs colon wall irritates.
I will not be passive.  I will fight until I win.

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   Posted 3/30/2009 11:15 AM (GMT -6)   
i take in a lot of fiber, but i wouldn't say that i take in all raw. I eat salads, 1 raw carrot, 1 apple - this is all i take raw. Then i take all the vegetables i have at home - celery, carrot, tomatoes, grated garlic & ginger etc + pulses - add water & boil. this is my lunch and dinner cry i can't think of eating raw celery -it will kill me.
i would suggest go slow and try when u reach remission.
Right now -FLARING (after my Rubella vaccination)
Diagnosed in Jan'2009: Canasa suppositories 1000 nightly...doubled during flare
Symptoms: Mucus, blood, constipated (not always), Lots Gas & No D!
Also gifted with Hypothyroid & have calicum deficiency family history!
Meeting with Doc next month - not yet on oral medication - Doc wants to try just Canasa first!
Also started Probiotic from 23 Mar & fresh Turmeric root from 25 March'09

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   Posted 3/30/2009 11:19 AM (GMT -6)   
The raw food diet or any other diet, herb, supplement, lifestyle change, is not a cure for UC. The only cure for UC is surgery. I would be very skeptical of any of product, diet, or supplement that proclaimed a cure.

dx proctitis in 1987
dx UC in 1991, was stable until 1998

1998 started prednisone, asacol, pentasa, nortriptylene, ativan, 6MP, rowasa enemas and suppositories, hydrocortisone enemas, tried the SCD diet, being a vegetarian, omega 3s, flax, pranic healing, yoga, acupuncture, probiotics

2000 lost all my B-12 stores and became anemic

2001 opted for j-pouch surgery- now living life med-free

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   Posted 3/30/2009 12:35 PM (GMT -6)   
If you want to try the raw food diet while you're flaring, you'll probably need to juice alot of the veggies, otherwise the fiber and roughage will be extremely irritating to an inflamed colon.

Like you, I was "thin" all of my life - even prior to my UC diagnosis - and if you're wanting to gain weight, I wouldn't suggest going the raw food diet route. A diet high in lean proteins and healthy fats and low in carbs (starches and sugars) is what's helped me heal my UC as well as gain healthy weight. My normal weight prior to UC was 105 at 5'4". I now weigh 116 and am in the best shape of my life.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, l-glutamine, vitamin D and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free diet. Long-term remission with only minor blips.

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