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mumbles
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   Posted 5/5/2009 8:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, I'm going back to the GI soon and I'm pretty sure he'll try and push the old 6MP on me again. I'm not ready for it, not until I have tried everything. I really want to try a diet and stick to it, but I don't know which one to try. There are just so many different choices: low-residue, SCD, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, or a combination of some. I just don't know what diet to choose. I will follow any diet no matter how difficult it is, I just want some results. I realize it is different from person to person, but I need some advice. What diets have you tried that have not worked, and what diet would you recommend to me?
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Christine1946
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:28 AM (GMT -6)   
     When flaring I follow a low residue.  But my question...why are you afraid of taking 6MP?  To be honest, I was in your shoes six years ago.  Fought my doctor tooth and nail.  Finally, after suffering a really bad flare and unable to get off the prednisone, I gave in.  Other than having to get monthly blood draws for CBC's and every three months blood tests for liver function and pancreatic enzyme levels, it has been working.  My white count is low, not happy about that, but I lowered my dose of the 6MP to 50 mgm one day and 25 the next.  White count is creeping back up.  It doesn't keep me out of flares however.  But, the GI surgeon I saw last year after my hospitalization believes that without the 6MP I would be much worse.  My UC is confined to my rectum...been this way for over ten years.
     Good luck to you.
62 yr old granny. South Jersey
Diagnosed with ulcerative proctitis in 1998 in hospital
Hospitalized (2nd time) in May 2008
Update 11/03/08...finally in remission!!  Hope I don't jinx myself.  Off the prednisone since 11/01/08...now see if I can stay off for longer than two weeks.  Other meds: 6MP (75 mgm), colazal (6 per day), Benicar and Toprol (high blood pressure meds), Probiotic (2 per day), fish oil capsule and multi-vitamin and calcium with vitamin D.


princesa
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I think you'll find quite a bit of overlap in some of the diets you've mentioned. In addition, you'll find there are foods that are problematic for you regardless of whether or not they're approved on your diet of choice. Keeping a food journal will help you track your reactions to various foods.
 
Over the years, a modified form of the SCD is what's worked for me. I have problems with dairy and whole eggs that are allowed on the diet and I don't have problems with small amounts (like two or three times a week) of some of the foods that are not allowed. I use these as "treats." But overall, I'd say a diet high in protein and healthy fats and low in carbs that's grain-free (or at least gluten free) and dairy free is what's kept me in remission for years. Avoid processed foods, particularly white sugar and flour. This is what's known in the weight training world as a clean diet and is a very healthy way to eat.
 
For what it's worth, six months on 6mp did nothing for me but make my hair fall out and my nails develop strange horizontal ridges.
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.
 
 


mumbles
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't want to take 6-MP because it has long term side effects. The possibility of me taking 6-MP and then like 20 or 30 years from now getting a horrible cancer from the mutations in genes is enough for me to say no. I am thinking about trying a gluten-free and lactose-free diet, and consuming low amounts of sugar.
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DRDR
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   Posted 5/6/2009 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
mumbles said...
Well, I'm going back to the GI soon and I'm pretty sure he'll try and push the old 6MP on me again. I'm not ready for it, not until I have tried everything. I really want to try a diet and stick to it, but I don't know which one to try. There are just so many different choices: low-residue, SCD, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, or a combination of some. I just don't know what diet to choose. I will follow any diet no matter how difficult it is, I just want some results. I realize it is different from person to person, but I need some advice. What diets have you tried that have not worked, and what diet would you recommend to me?

I joined just now to reply to your post because I didn't think I could sleep at night not telling you my opinion on it, letting you suffer with confusion! confused   And I also truly feel that I was guided to your post by some larger force cause I wouldn't normally join or post on these things, don't wanna take the time.
What I have found to be most effective for all intestinal disorders, every one of them - crohn's, UC, celiac even - is going GFCF, which covers the lactose of course but covers many many of the foods in the other diets you mentioned. A lot of people say it is a diffficult diet but not once you really understand foods well. Study and read a lot. Basically, to avoid gluten and casein, you can eat any veggie, fruit or meat but have to choose specific grains and there's plenty of other grains to choose from so thank goodness only wheat,rye,barley,oats are the 4 you'd have to avoid. We have been doing it for nine years and it is a very healthy and surprisingly not very restricted diet. We also try to avoid corn cause of mycotoxins. If nightshades (tomatoes,potatoes,eggplant) bother you just avoid them. You might try after being on the GFCF diet awhile to avoid nightshades a month then adding back to see if there's a change. 
Of course avoiding sugars as much as possible helps everyone and esp those with IBD but the GFCF lifestyle will help limit sugars. If you like to sprinkle sugar on certain foods, use stevia natural sugar. Read about these things; use a search engine. It takes 3 days to remove dairy from your system and up to 8 months to remove the gluten. So don't give up after a short time. Best of luck and God bless.
 

Cfromutah
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   Posted 5/6/2009 4:08 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been in remission for three years and I dont avoid any grains. As a matter of fact I eat oatmeal every day and wheat bread just about every day. I think grains are very healthy.

quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
DRDR said...
mumbles said...
Well, I'm going back to the GI soon and I'm pretty sure he'll try and push the old 6MP on me again. I'm not ready for it, not until I have tried everything. I really want to try a diet and stick to it, but I don't know which one to try. There are just so many different choices: low-residue, SCD, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, or a combination of some. I just don't know what diet to choose. I will follow any diet no matter how difficult it is, I just want some results. I realize it is different from person to person, but I need some advice. What diets have you tried that have not worked, and what diet would you recommend to me?

I joined just now to reply to your post because I didn't think I could sleep at night not telling you my opinion on it, letting you suffer with confusion! confused   And I also truly feel that I was guided to your post by some larger force cause I wouldn't normally join or post on these things, don't wanna take the time.
What I have found to be most effective for all intestinal disorders, every one of them - crohn's, UC, celiac even - is going GFCF, which covers the lactose of course but covers many many of the foods in the other diets you mentioned. A lot of people say it is a diffficult diet but not once you really understand foods well. Study and read a lot. Basically, to avoid gluten and casein, you can eat any veggie, fruit or meat but have to choose specific grains and there's plenty of other grains to choose from so thank goodness only wheat,rye,barley,oats are the 4 you'd have to avoid. We have been doing it for nine years and it is a very healthy and surprisingly not very restricted diet. We also try to avoid corn cause of mycotoxins. If nightshades (tomatoes,potatoes,eggplant) bother you just avoid them. You might try after being on the GFCF diet awhile to avoid nightshades a month then adding back to see if there's a change. 
Of course avoiding sugars as much as possible helps everyone and esp those with IBD but the GFCF lifestyle will help limit sugars. If you like to sprinkle sugar on certain foods, use stevia natural sugar. Read about these things; use a search engine. It takes 3 days to remove dairy from your system and up to 8 months to remove the gluten. So don't give up after a short time. Best of luck and God bless.
 
What do you base your "experience" on?
 
I have no problem with sugar, wheat, or any of the above that you mention.
 
I think your need to spam is truly the larger force compelling you to post.
I cannot see how starving oneself can lead to controlling a flare.
Nothing like extremes......
quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 5:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Mumbles....where in the colon is your UC...throughout?

Have you given any of the rectal meds other than Canasa a try?

Maybe 12 asacol is way too high of a dose for you.....

What foods do you think you need to avoid...because I'm thinking you're thinking in extremes....

Personally, I don't think you've exhausted the first-line meds yet....unless you aren't wanting to do the increase/taper to maintenance process.

I can understand not wanting to do 6MP or the other immuno/biologic meds...I'd be somewhat fearful as well.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


mumbles
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I have pancolitis and I can't really do the enemas too well. But maybe I should give them another try. I was in remission a couple months ago after I tried many things at one time. But I don't know what contributed to the remission. I can't really see what foods aggravate my colon as I am almost always flaring. The asacol doesn't seem to do anything for me, and most of the time it comes out solid, and some of the time even sinks to the bottom of the toilet.
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Post Edited (mumbles) : 5/6/2009 10:09:24 PM (GMT-6)


quincy
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   Posted 5/6/2009 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi...well, the asacol dissolves in the colon at a specific ph....maybe the ph in your colon isn't condusive considering you're in some sort of flare continually.

Maybe asking for another oral 5ASA is the way for you to go....maybe like Colazal or Pentasa? I would suggest you start at a lower dosage and increase.

I know I keep harping on this...but I would suggest you stop the fish oil for awhile.

What enemas do you have/have you tried and do you mean you cannot retain them?

What exactly are your symptoms at this time?

quincy
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


mumbles
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Why should I stop the fish oil? I actually lately increased the dosage of it. I don't know what enemas they were but maybe I should try them again. I just had trouble with them thats all. My symptoms as of today are bloody diarrhea and stomach pains. The doc put me on some steroids about a month back and the bleeding subsided but now its back.
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pb4
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   Posted 5/6/2009 9:03 PM (GMT -6)   
DRDR I sure hope that you being accused as being a spammer just because this is your first reply to a post doesn't stop you from posting, especially after mentioning that you don't tend to join forums. You've given sound advice in my opinion cuz change of diet has done wonders for many, it's amazing how even the smallest amount of something can exacerbate symptoms for some, even many people. I don't see anywhere in your post about starving yourself either, obviously some read into things differently than the way it's actually said.

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


princesa
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   Posted 5/7/2009 7:56 AM (GMT -6)   
quincy said...
What do you base your "experience" on?
 
I have no problem with sugar, wheat, or any of the above that you mention.
 
I think your need to spam is truly the larger force compelling you to post.
I cannot see how starving oneself can lead to controlling a flare.
Nothing like extremes......
quincy

This person isn't pushing products or miracle cures. He/she hasn't linked to an outside commercial site and isn't selling anything for personal gain. I'm puzzled as to how expressing a strong personal opinion and sharing your experience is considered spamming.
 
Foods affect us all very differently. None of us can say because something doesn't bother us, it should be safe for everyone. Neither can we say the opposite... it bothers me, so it must be something everyone should avoid. On the other hand, there is a large number of people who have problems digesting certain substances. Anyone who's been on this forum for any amount of time knows gluten, lactose, fructose and casein are all potential problems. If you're searching for answers, a trial elimination of any or all of these is certainly worth the effort.
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.
 
 


suebear
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   Posted 5/7/2009 8:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I took 6MP in the 1990s when little was known with the long term side effects. A report that came out in the early 2000s has indicated that 6MP when used at the doses for UC is safe. I never had any side effects while on it nor I have I experienced any side effects in the 8 years off it. I think it's safe enough to consider. I think what is worse in your case is the chronic inflammation since it's known to make colon cancer more of a reality. You need to weigh your options. I wholeheartedly agree with the diet approach; I tried many and never saw improvement but everyone is different. Just give yourself a timeline and be realistic with the results.

Sue
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


quincy
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   Posted 5/7/2009 10:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I stand/sit corrected.

q
*Heather* Status: mild flare enemas tapered to every 3rd night
~diagnosed January 1989 UC (proctosigmoiditis)
~UC meds: Asacol (3 x2 daily); Salofalk enemas nightly for flares & taper to maintenance 
~Bentylol (dicyclomine) 20mg as needed; Ranitidine (reflux);  Effexor XR 75mg(depression);  Pulmicort/Airomir (asthma) 
~vitamins/minerals/supplementsProbiotics....(Natural Factors Protec, Primadophilus Reuteri Pearls). @ bedtime
~various digestive enzymes as needed
~URSO for PSC (or PBC) 500mg X 2 daily (LFTs back to NORMAL!!)
My doc's logic.. "TREAT (FROM)BOTH ENDS"  worth it !!!
 


princesa
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   Posted 5/7/2009 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
mumbles said...
I have pancolitis and I can't really do the enemas too well. But maybe I should give them another try. I was in remission a couple months ago after I tried many things at one time. But I don't know what contributed to the remission. I can't really see what foods aggravate my colon as I am almost always flaring. The asacol doesn't seem to do anything for me, and most of the time it comes out solid, and some of the time even sinks to the bottom of the toilet.

I didn't have much luck with Asacol, either. I actually did better on the older ASA, azulfadine (sulfasalazine). Maybe worth a try, if you haven't already.
 
When you're in a bad flare, your colon is in such poor condition, ANY food is going to be irritating. It's like if you had an open sore on the back of one hand and you sat and rubbed the sore with the other hand almost constantly. It would continue to be irritated and would have a hard time healing. This is why low fiber, low residue diets are often prescribed when you're very ill. It lessens the irritation of the intestinal tract as food particles in digestion pass through. In fact, an even better approach is a predigested liquid diet that provides the nutrition your body needs while demanding very little work from your digestive system. Once your digestive system begins to heal, THEN you'll be better able to tell what foods are causing problems.
 
Fish or flax oil - sources of omega3s - reduce inflammation and can be very beneficial to healing. One study showed the majority of UC patients were able to reduce meds when taking fish oils. Five grams a day is a common dose for people with UC. Check to see if your dose is high enough to be beneficial.
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.
 
 


DRDR
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   Posted 5/9/2009 1:39 AM (GMT -6)   
Cfromutah said...
Sounds like a spammer to me too. Maybe they try to get you to google GFCF ( Use a search engine DRDR says) and their web page is one of the first that comes up. Its obvious that they deal with many people with gut problems with this comment  "What I have found to be most effective for all intestinal disorders, every one of them - crohn's, UC, celiac even - is going GFCF" Hence, more probability of being a spammer?
LOL, you guys r very funny. I am def not a spammer nono  but only had a few mins to make a quick post to mumbles only cause I felt mumbles was so genuine and sincerely looking for advice. Now I suppose you can copy and paste any portion of my post to a search engine in order to see that my words aren't posted anywhere else at other websites if that satisfies the curiosity. I simply came on to see if I can get any info from ppl taking Pentasa or Entocort when I saw that mumbles was contemplating diets and felt I came across it for a reason but that's my own gut feeling.
My case study has been in my own home with my two sons. One started the GFCF diet in July 2000 and is vibrant, muscular, strong and has daily healthy formed BMs without ANY MEDS AT ALL while my other son who was almost 5 yrs older wanted to choose his own foods and I let him choose although I taught him what foods should be limited (like processed foods, refined sugars) or avoided (like many sodas or candy bars). My older son did NOT follow a GFCF diet but ate like most kids, for example a gatorade with hot pockets or a pizza slice at the school cafeteria was typical. He started having daily abdominal pain at age 14 and dx w/crohn's at 15, had a bad flare-up (weighed 109 lbs @ 5'9") almost completely blocked stricture area in the transverse colon w/inflammation from there through the ileum into the small intestine. He had the solumedrol IV w/antibiotics and has maintenance meds at home. After going through all that and the pain of fistulas and abscesses, he was finally eager to improve his diet and lifestyle.
In working with the autism community, we've seen over the last ten yrs many ppl w/autism who have leaky gut or severe constipation - some form of intestinal problems is par for the course. But we've seen the GFCF diet change them dramamtically and even improve their cognitive abilities. Having studied health for 28 yrs, this isn't surprising when you understand the gut-brain connection and the blood-brain barrier. It will not bother me at all if you do not take my words as gospel, you can research yourself if interested. That's what I do.
As for the idea of a GFCF diet being extreme, I only hear that from ppl who don't understand it. Of course this isn't the only 1 way to go about solving your intestinal disease or maintaining your remission. Refined white sugar doesn't have gluten or casein in it for example but we know to limit or avoid that in our diets and we all know (or should by now) that it's the leading cause of inflammation. And now with the increasing dx of celiac, many stores are carrying gluten-free cereals, breads, pastas, cake/cookie/brownie mixes, pancake mixes, etc. When I started my younger son on the GFCF diet, I was making his breads, cookies and snacks myself with many other grains and flours - potato flour, tapioca, rice flours, quinoa, and I used to even buy my own xantham gum! But now it's not that much work and there's many dozens of healthy grains to eat which do not include gluten, that's why I was saying thank goodness we only need to worry about 4 grains - wheat, rye, oats, barley - that makes it easier. But you have to do your homework too. For example, soy sauce is made with wheat and also whey is in many healthy protein rich drinks but whey comes from milk protein so these are things you learn in order to be more successful in your quest for health. It's a very small easy thing to try for those people who want to be off meds and want to recover and I know that it's not for everyone so if not for you then don't try. I am only posting for those interested in helping with their own recovery.
My son who is GFCF goes with us to all the restaurants and he doesn't starve at all, even to McD's or Wendys - he can eat their fries, baked potato, burger patties or salads. Sodas of course are GFCF so allowable but he doesn't drink them. I don't know many ppl w/int diseases who can drink sodas though. At any restaurant, he can get a chicken or fish dinner, even steak if he wants w/ rice or potatoes plus any side veggies. Only thing I sometimes have to check is if the items have butter or milk already. He loves to snack on things like apples with p'nut butter or walnuts, cashews, carrots, tostitos, grapes - all regular store bought foods.
I am not selling anything but offering some basic info I know. Yes, I have favorite brands and types of nutritional supplements but I will not name brands because i do not want to be labeled a spammer or have my sincere advice misunderstood. I hope this helps answer more questions from my previous post.
All the best....

Cfromutah
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   Posted 5/9/2009 2:21 AM (GMT -6)   
You mentioned your son loves to snack on apples and peanut butter, walnuts, cashews, carrots. Those are the exact kinds of foods that put me in remission. I increased my intake of high magnesium foods such as nuts, seeds and spinach and beta carotene foods such as carrots and spinach and achieved remission without eliminating anything else from my diet. And I know for a fact that it was these foods that put me in remission because I have experimented several times and eliminated high magnesium and beta carotene foods from my diet and symptoms start to return, and then when I add them back to my diet symptoms cease. How do you know it wasn't the fact that he snacks on those foods that made him better and not the GFCF diet?

Post Edited (Cfromutah) : 5/9/2009 2:28:39 AM (GMT-6)


DRDR
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   Posted 5/10/2009 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Cfromutah said...
You mentioned your son loves to snack on apples and peanut butter, walnuts, cashews, carrots. Those are the exact kinds of foods that put me in remission. I increased my intake of high magnesium foods such as nuts, seeds and spinach and beta carotene foods such as carrots and spinach and achieved remission without eliminating anything else from my diet. And I know for a fact that it was these foods that put me in remission because I have experimented several times and eliminated high magnesium and beta carotene foods from my diet and symptoms start to return, and then when I add them back to my diet symptoms cease. How do you know it wasn't the fact that he snacks on those foods that made him better and not the GFCF diet?
Good question, Cfromutah. The answer is that these particular foods I mentioned are just some my son likes to eat now at age 11 but when his severe intestinal problems problems bagan at age 2, he wasn't and wouldn't eat any of these. He started eating apples 1 yr ago, cashews & carrots only 2 yrs ago, for example. He goes through favorite food phases. Believe me, I wasn't excited about trying a new lifestyle of learning how to avoid gluten and casein foods and thought it would be a bigger life invading issue than it ultimately was. Also we've met and read about many other people who have gone into remission or even reversed their conditions following a GFCF diet but who may not be getting enough magnesium or beta carotene in their diets. If you've found that to be beneficial for your body then I'd agree to keep it up and for others to take note and learn from your example. That's what I think is wonderful about all of these postings. Btw, you prob know that epson salts in our baths increase the magnesium in our bodies and many ppl are deficient so need any boost of magnesium they can get but I will add it to this post for anyone who may not be aware of that benefit.
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