Besides the pain and discomfort from this wretched disease there are also 'extraintestinal lesions' (EIL). The most common are arthritis and skin lesions. Other EILs are inflammatory eye manifestations, kidney stones and liver disease. But supposedly there is research indicating that silymarin compounds from the herb milk thistle are effective in protecting the liver from EIL damage.
I took milk thistle when I was flaring. I had all of the extra EILs. Still take MT once in a while. This is from "Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine" by Michael Murray and Joseph Pizzorno, page 594. It is available in any book store, it is still a best seller.
"Serious liver disease (i.e. sclerosing cholangitis, chronic active hepatitis, cirrhosis, etc.) is also a common EIL, affecting three to seven percent of people with IBD. If individuals are demonstrating liver enzyme abnormalities, they should take silymarin, a group of flavonoid compounds derived from milk thistle (silybum marianum). These compounds exert tremendous effect on protecting the liver from damage as well as enhancing detoxification processes."
Male/60 DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, or maybe Crohn's colitis.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 is very helpful. Food journal instead of SCD.
Watch gluten, lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums or kale), no soda, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Probiotics, fish oil, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, high gamma E, phos choline, magnesium, boswellia, curcumin, glutamine.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys
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