This work for me, maybe it can help you

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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Everyone,

I was diagnosed with this disease about six years ago. I was on remission for a few years while under ASACOL and Mesalamine Rectal. They worked very well, so well that for sometimes I thought I was healed and stop taking them. BIG MISTAKE. I got a terrible flare and it lasted for almost two years. I have seen the worst of this sickness: Diarrhea, loss of weight, depression, and "accidents". I have been very close to take steroids but never did, something I refuse to do because of the side effects I have heard from other people.

Having said all this, I have learned many things. I read "Braking the Cycle", I learned to cook my own food through this book, I learned to keep a record of what I eat and my symptoms. This has lead me to learn inside out what is wrong with my body and how to detect when I am about to have a flare. I have not found a cure, but I am enjoying a better life and trough these very simple steps you might feel better.

0.- Keep taking your medication. According to my doctors dieting doesn't help that much so whatever I will tell you will not do you any harm. But not taking your medication is a mistake.

1.- I believe reading Elaine Gottschall's book helped me to stabilize my health. It's a very and strict diet but it does work. To a certain extent. Your body and my body will react differently but in my case the diet stopped the diarrhea. That was the first step.

2.- Learning to relax. That you will have to learn on your own to avoid getting anxious, nervous, worried. I got sick after altercations with people or stupid arguments. If it means to let people win, but your health is better, let them win.

3.- After your diarrhea has stopped you need to keep track of what foods work and do not work for you. In my case, I discovered that a cabbage tea (just put a few leaves on a pan of water and let it boil for a few minutes) in the morning, afternoon and night allowed me for the first time to have a solid stool. I continued with peeled apples with yogurt. It's important to peel the apple. I had always felt this pain in the upper part of my Colon. Having a few slices of pineapple helped me release that constipation, and be free of that pain. I eat papaya too, it also helped me in the past but now I am more cautious. It's a fruit that can quickly cause diarrhea (if in excess) and this can cause a reversal on your health.

These foods have worked for me. Right now I am taking some risks because I feel much better. I am riding my bicycle almost every day and I have started to eat chocolate, and pasta (occasionally). Do not take any risks until you feel good and you have seen that certain foods do help you. Today I had my first hotdog in two years!

Like I said, this worked for me. You might find other foods that will help you. These are not medications or chemical which I honestly think do not work that well.

I wrote this with the intention of helping someone in my situation. I am grateful I have regained almost 20 lb that I lost, and I feel compelled to let others know.

Hope you also feel better.

I am a Christian person and perhaps I should add that prayer also works. I leave that up to you, but it doesn't harm to ask for some help to God.

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   Posted 8/2/2009 9:58 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi there,

That's a nice first post. Lots of good little tips and thoughts.



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   Posted 8/3/2009 12:03 AM (GMT -6)   
I am unable to take medication for my colitis, so I decided to try the scd. The first attempt I failed as it is very strict and cut out all the foods I was surviving on. I have been weaning myself off the sugars and carb and plan to make my second attempt mid week. Healing the gut by jini patel thompson is a really good book and about healing your disease using natural methods.

I suffer from fast transit so am under weight and malnourished and I have had a recent diagnosis of osteoporosis. I have to give diet another chance as my quality of life is very poor at the moment.
Ulcerative colitis for around 15 years (Im am 28 years old now)

15 years of untreated colitis

I am taking Asacol foam enemas 2 x a day

Calcium 3 x a day for osteoporosis

Actimint pre and probiotics 6 x a day

My biggest concern BOWEL CANCER :O(

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   Posted 8/3/2009 12:32 AM (GMT -6)   
thanks for all the good advice - glad you are doing well - God Bless -
diagnosed with pancolitis december 21, 2003
currently taking: NOTHING !

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   Posted 8/3/2009 4:45 AM (GMT -6)   
I'm glad you found something that works for you! Thanks for sharing :)
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   Posted 8/3/2009 9:00 AM (GMT -6)   
I heard it more than once cabbage juice is good for you colon for some reason. Hope you stay well.

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Date Joined Mar 2009
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   Posted 8/3/2009 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
It is said that there is a "Vitamin U" (S-Methylmethionine) inside cabbage. That helps.
Altough Vitamin U is not fully accepted by mainstream, it helps.
Dx Ulcerative protitis Oct. 08 by colonoscopy
Main problem is rectum bleeding......
Canasa 1000mg / night immediately
Jan. 09, Asacol  3X2pill / day, off Canasa...... Began to bleed a week later
Back to Canasa 1000mg/night
Seems in remission now......
Thinking about taking some probiotic.......

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Date Joined Aug 2009
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   Posted 8/4/2009 10:18 PM (GMT -6)   
To all that have replied,

Thank you. I feel you pain for I have also been blessed with this sickness. I say "blessed" because throughout this hardships I have learned a lot about the people that surrounds me and myself. Yes, it's a terrible disease but you have to learn to take the best out of it. Ulcerative Collitis has taught me discipline, humbleness, to be active on my well being, etc. So, you can make this illness the worst thing that could ever happened to you or just the opposite.

Now, I would like to add a few things that might help you.

1.- Medicine will not cure you. You probably know that by now. It only stops the swelling but as soon as you stop taking it, it goes back.

2.- No one knows why this sickness happens, there are many theories but nothing seems to be 100%.

3.- What I didn't know two years ago was that this sickness it's more than just Ulcerative Collitis. It's diarrhea, it's malnutrition, it's depression, etc.

4.- Diarrhea is the tricky one. Lots of good foods can trigger it.

5.- If your colon is working too hard it won't heal. Combining meat and milk products like yogurt and cheese (even the one' that are SCD) would slow the digestion process.

6.- Fried product are the worst things you can eat. Anything with grease can trigger diarrhea even on healthy people.

7.- Only one last thing. I don't drink Cabbage juice. I tried it but it didn't help me. I do drink Cabbage tea or cabbage broth. Drink it a few minutes after it boiled. Let the leaves release as much of it's vitamins and let it sooth your colon. It feels very well. I usually eat a peeled apple two times a day but today I tried to drink the juice of it to see how I responded to it. I will let you know.

The rest it's just more of my experience.

I also learned that even foods that are part of SDC. Why? because even though they are monosaccharides they contain high levels of fiber. This was shocking to me because almonds which substitute flour and it's to become the base of your diet can be harmful. Your colon during severe U.C. is completely destroyed and for that reason there is no absorption of food. So, when you follow Elaine's SDC diet make sure you eat low fiber and low sugar foods. My diet for a LONG time was just grilled chicken, boiled eggs, yogurt, bananas, and cooked apples and pears.

This stop my diarrhea or at least reduce it. I still had a swollen bowel that caused me a lot of pain. I could not sit and I would feel my ribs hurting me too. But here I started to realize that there were times when my stool would be solid and then I would be back to watery/ soft stool. What caused this? Why it went back to the same level?. It was a matter of discovering what was working in the positive direction and what not. I created a log of what I would eat and a log of how i would feel. I recommend that so that you find what's best for you.

Anyway, I have written a lot. God bless you all :)
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