So after months of being good, I've been waiting to cheat on something worthwhile.
Every Thursday the local ice cream place makes Caramel Snickers Swirl... and I've been waiting and waiting...
Finally Thursday, I decided to give it a shot - and consequences be darned.
But I wanted some form of insurance, so I figured I'd try upping my Slippery Elm Bark Powder.
So before going to the ice cream shop, I took 1 tablespoon of slippery elm into a little water as usual (instead of my usual 1 teaspoon daily).
I had 3 wonderful scoops of Caramel Snickers Swirl on top of a cone, yummy!! It was sooo delicious, well worth the price to be paid (in UC currency), haha.
When I got home, I took another 1 tablespoon of slippery elm in some water. And I waited for the s&%^! to hit the fan...
Under normal circumstances, within 40 minutes to 1 hour of eating the ice cream (which I haven't had in over a year now), I would have been doubled over in pain, over the toilet.... but nothing happened. No pain, no cramps, no toilet necessary :)
Later that night, I took another 1 tablespoon of slippery elm in some water. So, I figured ok, I dodged the bullet BUT surely the next morning's BM would be into a blood filled bowl with D and blood clots... but nothing happened. No blood, no D - just normal and regularly formed BM - and no pain, no urgency, no cramping.
So, I have to figure, that just like badslinke pointed out that VSL#3 DS is only effective in very large doses, perhaps it is the same with Slippery Elm Powder - if you take just a little, it doesn't do much, but if you take large doses it has a HUGE impact.
HUGE impact indeed: it enabled me to eat a forbidden food - delicious ice cream - for the first time in 1 year without paying for it with blood, pain, D, cramping, urgency! Hallelujah!
So, now I'm taking 1 tablespoon of slippery elm powder three times daily .
I'm curious, have any of you, tried it in such large quantities - and what effect has it had on your colon?
Have any of you tried this?
I don't plan on cheating every day, but it's so nice to know I can do it now without having to pay such a dear price.
Dx with UC in Sept. 2010.Tried various Mesalamine enemas/suppos/pills with Prednisone for several rounds without any help.Diet consists of mostly only protein: protein shakes w/almond milk, Liquid Minerals& Vitamins,Maca powder,L-Glutamine 15g, D-Ribose 5g, chia seeds,5-Loxin.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3 100,000 IU every 10 days.Canasa suppos. as maintenance. But Transdermal LDN is working!!