LFTC: I agree with you about some of Elaine's logic as I have found relief when already coming out of a flare using a variation of her diet, however, while going into (or being in) a severe flare condition; it didn't work. I stayed with the diet and principals as advised that the toxins needed time to be eliminated and the whole process took time to reverse and I ended up in the hospital almost losing my colon and my life.
I keep experiencing these flares as more immune system related but maybe we can increase our chances for the reversal if we do certain things like eating a certain diet, reducing stress, getting rest, sleeping, adding certain supplements, etc. These all effect the immune system.
Also, I said that immune altering meds are the only thing that brings me out of a flare. But, after they’ve started working, I can speed up the recovery by doing things like you (LFTC) mentioned, especially getting the rest. You mentioned getting a good 8-10 hours sleep. As I'm coming out of a flare, as I am now, I will have days when the bleeding goes away (that's when I lower the prednisone). I better my chances of that occurring if I get a good night's sleep, reduce stress, (probably taking VSL#3DS is helping), limit physical activity (rest) and eat certain foods. My family eats salmon a lot, probably 2 times a week. I use yogurt with the salmon for taste. But I’ve found no link with SCD “bad” carbs hurting me if I add them or helping me if I eliminate them (that’s where I question the diet).
Anyway, the bleeding flare you’re describing that I can also turn off (just like you) occurs only after I’ve used some immune alerting medication to bring me up from a certain, severe, level (ugly ulcers, dilated colon, fever, severe pain, etc.). The kind when you sit on the toilet for 1 hour and just pure blood drips out. Then you lay on the bathroom floor weak with fever.
I’m at that point now (better that is). I am bleeding, cramping, diarrhea, mucus, etc. but I am not feeling like death and the GI’s not talking about colon removal as I was before entering the hospital a month ago. I’m bleeding but there is also stool coming out with it.
So I do often question and compare the severity of others’ flares versus mine as these techniques (that I try) work and help them but not me. Please don’t be offended if I do that. I still wanted to know the severity of hrhmum's husband's flare.
Back on topic (sorry):
I believe it’s now time again to add this (and other) foods to my diet to see if it helps speed things along. I still have a ton of canned spinach and sunflower seeds (I was grinding them) in the pantry that the wife was just talking about the other day. I had her go to Costco and get a lot of canned spinach. I agree with others that you should try this with the other things folks mentioned in other posts. Add them one at a time to be sure one doesn’t have a counter effect.
Canned spinach is something that agrees with me but so does canned green beans.
I keep seeing that folks are asking about using canned versus fresh spinach. I believe the canned works well because it’s so well cooked. It’s also easy; you need 6 bazillion bushels of fresh spinach to just make a serving because the stuff cooks down so much.