Well I'm no doctor or anything. Sorry to make you all so upset with the banana info. I'm just sharing my experience with food and thought I could hopefully offer someone advice in the process. I know for everyone, food is going to react differently with their gut. You just have to try and see for yourself. While most of you have been suffering with UC for who knows how long, I've been UC free almost all year (I was diagnosed with it in 2007 and start of 2009 was determined not to live another year with having to take bloody dumps all day) and I think it has better chances of going away with changes to diet, exercise, sleep pattern, and environment than going to a GI doctor and taking pills/steroids for the rest of your life. I did that the first year and was not happy with results. The drugs were being upped every time I complained about it. I saw 3 different GI doctors. The last one was great, from UNC-Chapel Hill research facility. He knew a lot about UC since his wife was also a UC sufferer, but he basically had me on drugs and I got tired of taking so many pills a day. I was taking as many as almost 14 pills (that was including iron from being anemic) a day and so I decided to take a more natural approach. I figured something caused this in me, and maybe I could reverse it or cause the ulceration to heal itself from the inside. Everything we eat passes through there. I'm somewhat convinced that a lot of these doctors want to give you something that will basically "cover up" symptoms. Nothing really makes any of it go away. It just releases chemicals into your body to coat and cover the ulceration inside. I felt better, but not really, because I knew that once I was off the drugs it would all come back. I even tried it and stopped taking it for a month and the bleeding and flare ups came back even worse. In 6 months time I ended up twice in a hospital from so much blood loss that doctors wanted to give me a transfusion, but I declined. Life was horrible. I once remember writing in my journal how I was so depressed about having UC. I felt as though my body were in a prison. I could not even go anywhere for something as simple as grocery shopping, and luckily my job understood and allowed me to work from home, but I was going to the bathroom maybe so much I barely even slept. I'd wake up every hour just to go. So anyways fast forwarding, this year I decided I was going to watch everything I ate and take notes. I changed my diet in every way possible. Cut out all the artifical crap, food that was boxed, processed, packaged, or wrapped went out the door. Stopped eating out. Cut out all sweets too. I realized that even though I thought I was a healthy eater, I wasn't. Even cooking at home I found ways to cook healthier. My diet consisted of probably what our ancestors ate. Mostly leafy greens, fish, chicken, and only water or pressed, organic carrot juice. In about 30 days, all the bleeding stopped. In about 45 days, diarrhea stopped and stools became hard again. In around 60 days, I felt a lot more energetic. I still take the iron and a few supplements, and have included Aloe Vera drink, and will continue doing so. My colon is feeling normal again. I plan on getting another colonoscopy this summer and hopefully baffling my doctors. My goal is to stop seeing the GI doctors. I'm tired of all the medical bills and I am taking my life back!
Male / Age: 30
Diagnosed with UC in 2007
Used to take Colozal (5-ASA) but stopped taking it Aug. 2008.
Natural supplements: Aloe Vera, Iron, Vitamin B12, Liquid Chlorophyll, Acidophilus