The doctors push the drugs, because that's all they know--that and how to do surgery.
Not all foods affect everyone the same. Juice makes my symptoms worse. I'm fructose intolerant. Also, my body handles cooked foods better than raw ones.
Probiotics are good for increasing the good bacteria in the colon.
Keep a food diary to see whether or not particular food has an affect on your bowel movements. Pay particular attention to yeast, wheat, gluten, lactose, and fructose. For most people, white rice is usually safe to eat, and it helps provide bulk. Supplement with anti-inflammatory foods/ingredients such as turmeric--one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory compounds in nature. Turmeric can easily be added to rice. Read all ingredients. Many foods contain high fructose corn syrup.
Anti-inflammatory: turmeric, ginger, garlic, onions, cinnamon, green/herb teas, oily fish, almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, flax seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, olive oil, lean poultry, green leafy vegetables, berries, fresh pineapple, soybeans, tofu, soy milk.
Pro-inflammatory: fatty meats, processed meats, dairy, eggs, sugars, artificial sweeteners, nightshades (tomatoes, white potatoes, eggplant, peppers).
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)