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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone here looked closely at Hydrogen Sulfide as being the cause of Ulcerative Colitis or contributing to flares? Has anyone tried cutting out foods that contribute to Hydrogen Sulfide? I have been unable too find a great deal of information on H2S. I found two small articles and a simple list of foods that should be avoided. Any additional info would be appreciated.   

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   Posted 5/26/2009 2:44 PM (GMT -6)   
I have never heard of this. What is Hydrogen Sulfide
Female 32 years old
Diganosed ulcerative colitis November 2007
Present medication- 1/2 X 500mg pentasa in the morrning= 250g pentasa (I reduced this to see how my diet will effect me) and 1 X250g Asacol every other evening
Diet- Tried raw food diet with 80% raw foods, found some pro's and cons. Started to add more products to keep up weight as mine did not balance. Still eating raw spinage and still am combination eating. No dairy No gluten.  
Other medical problems- Born with asthma- no medication taken for this.

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   Posted 5/26/2009 6:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The only study I could find said that 90% of UC patients have high levels of Hydrogen Sulfide in their colons and those w/o UC either have methane or low levels of H2S. It is a gas that becomes toxic in high levels and is believed to attack the walls of the colon if high levels are present. It is produced in the colon by the foods we eat such as red meat and certain vegetables such as coliflower and broccoli. I don't have a lot of details on it other than where it is found and how it is produced in the environment.

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   Posted 5/26/2009 8:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I got to say I found this really interesting. Feels like a step in the right direction anyway. I surfed the net and found a site that is informative by the sounds of it it seems like the one you were looking at.

Diagnosed with moderate UC left side 2005
Salofalk 3pills x 3 times daily - No effect
2006 moderate to severe UC
Prednisone 25mg daily cycled down 5mg per week
Asacol 3pills x 2 times daily
Remission achieved
2009 severe pancolitis
60mg prednisone cycled down 5mg per week
2grams fish oil, multivitamin
Currently at 10mg prednisone, starting to flareup again.

Old Mike
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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Tried low sulfur diet years ago also used pepto tablets to bind with hydrogen sulfide, did not work for me but you can try it.
Just go to pubmed and search hydrogen sulfide colitis you will find 4 pages of abstracts.
If you chew pepto tablets your tongue will get a black coating, this is from the sulfate reducing bacteria in your mouth.
Stools will also turn black from hydrogen sulfide in the colon.
Old Mike

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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:09 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the Pubmed link. I will give it a try even though I am pretty much in remission; maybe it will help with preventing a future flare-up. 

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   Posted 5/27/2009 8:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Be careful with the pepto, it think it can cause you to get constipated if you take too much.
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