Just stopping in to say hi and report on my progress with the sunflower seed/spinach diet. I was diagnosed at the beginning of '08 and had a year of pure hell (10-15 rounds of D each day, two hospital stays and related secondary health problems). I started this diet around October of '08 and was off meds by January '09. Since then I have taken no medication and only followed this diet. I am in remission and only have occasional issues from my IBS. This diet has absolutely been a cure for me. I know the word "cure" is taboo in this forum, but I have actually thrown away all my old medications. (What a joyous day that was!)
I strongly urge anyone interested in this diet to give it a try. Imagine your life without doctor visits, hospital stays, medications and their awful side effects. That is me now, and I never thought it could be. Sometimes I (gasp!) actually forget I have UC.
I know it seems like a pain to eat all this stuff every day, but you only have to do that until you're well. Then you can start spacing it out more and more. You'll always have to eat it with some regularity, but not nearly as often as you do in the beginning. It's SO WORTH IT!!!
Good luck to you all. Best wishes for recovery!
DX: Pancolitis as of 9/08 (Proctitis as of 1/08) and IBS
What Worked: Spinach/Sunflower Seed Diet & IBS Diet (www.helpforibs.com)
What Didn't Work: Canasa suppositories, Cortifoam, Prednisone, Colazal, Symex DuoTabs, Rowasa, Bentyl, Cortenema, Asacol, Iron, Zoloft, Acidophilus.