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Wanna get well
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Date Joined May 2009
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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:10 PM (GMT -6)   
After being on both immunosuppressant drugs and steroids and still having flare ups recently, in desperation I sought help from a Naturopathic Doctor.  The inital results were incredible and with immediate diet changes and lots of supplements I felt better than I had since being diagnosed in 2004.  However, 7 weeks in to my new routine I started taking Garden of Life Primal Defense.  Having read lots about it I thought it would be really good but I have become quite ill since taking it with yet another flare.
 
My Naturopathic Doctor has told me to stop taking the Primal Defense and is confused as to why I have suddenly become ill again.  Of course it might not be the Primal Defense but I was wondering if anyone else had heard or has had experience of any adverse reactions to this probiotic?

princesa
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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
Yep. After an initial improvement, I began to flare and feel miserable. Symptoms improved quickly as soon as I got off it. PD contains wheat grass and soil-based organisms which don't have a proven track record and the long-term effects are unknown. If you're searching for an effective, high potency probiotic, there are lots of other options out there that don't contain alot of unproven ingredients. I've had excellent results with Custom Probiotics and Natren.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


Eva Lou
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   Posted 5/8/2009 12:27 PM (GMT -6)   
yup, me too- did better for the first week, then just got sicker & sicker by the day! Horrible stuff- increased bleeding, nauseau, bm's... man, I thought I was headed for the grave! That stuff is the worst, Primal Defense. I stopped it, improved within the week, & started on a high bifido probiotic instead, without the SBO's and/or wheat . Now I'm back to my baseline.

diagnosed with UC '02
meds-
Asacol- 8 tabs/day
Remicade-10mgs/kg- since 4/07
Imuran- 150mgs/day
various probiotics
Fiber supplement
 
 
 


notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 5/8/2009 1:06 PM (GMT -6)   
I take it sometimes and it doesn't cause me any issues. I seem to be one of the few who can tolerate it.
Diagnosed with mild proctitis in March 2007: Treated with Canasa 2x Daily
December 08: Began treating with Asacol 400mg (9/day) + Canasa 2x/day
May 09: Off Canasa, taking Asacol (9/day)


Wanna get well
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   Posted 5/8/2009 1:08 PM (GMT -6)   

That's really interesting.  Took one today but will not be taking anymore.

I am taking L-Glutamine, Boswelia and an Aloe drink...am also starting to look into food allergies as what I think is a healthy diet could actually be doing more harm than good.  Anyone had any experience on food allergies / sensitivities?

 


princesa
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   Posted 5/8/2009 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, they're a major issue for me, something I continue to struggle with, even in remission. My best advice is to do an elimination diet and keep a food journal. Figure out what bothers you and try to get it out of your diet. Pulse testing is a good way to identify offending foods, too.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 

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