Thought I should provide an update and change the title of the post for Google search results and such.
I have been taking this daily for 4 months. I take the WOO/Thyme oil 3 times per day (1 Gelcap 3x Daily) - 1 when I wake up, one around 2pm and 1 around 5pm. I sometimes take it on an empty stomach, sometimes with food. (Doesn't bother me either way)
Every night I take a Renew Life 100 Billion Probiotic as well because it has l. Planterum in it (similar to Reuteri. Along with a glass of Kefir Milk. Sometimes I do this mid day as well - so twice per day. I sometimes take l.Reuteri as well, all depends on what the health food store has in stock.
a month ago (or less) I added Bob's Redmill Potato Starch - I take about
1tsp or more in the morning and night just mixed with water or in with some orange juice etc. This helped a lot.
I try to eat "Organic" as much as possible, and switched cleaning stuff to organic, air filters/water filters and all that as well but I don't think that contributed much to the progress but who knows. I like the products better though.
Med wise I have been off Prednisone for 3 months now, which resulted in a bit of excessive mucus again for a week or two but slowly went away. I do still take 150mg/Daily Imuran.
No blood anymore
Really big solid stool when I wake up every morning
Generally no more mucus - I've always had severe mucus
I can get through the day/night without issue
Visually I look healthier and not so thin as before.
I feel a LOT better
Dramatically increased food tolerance
My strength is returning fast (exercise wise/weight lifting wise)
Now not everyday is absolutely perfect (most are though), but I am without a doubt doing better on this than when I was on Remicade in my opinion. I have not seen mucus in the toilet in many weeks and I forget what blood looks like lol.. Haven't had that since I started except once midway through the treatment where I ate something that didn't agree with me but it was gone the next day and never came back.
I'd say I really and truly am 95% better, if not a little more. Working is no longer a problem. Though I do feel I have the odd IBS type symptoms at times but they are few and far between.
I stuck/and still do mainly to SCD cause it works for me and really I'm just used to making this food now and I like it. But over time on this treatment I noticed I could add more and more foods that before were otherwise intolerable. Examples being potato's, milk, nuts, fruits, corn these I have zero issue with anymore.
For me it took patience... In the beginning weeks there was some up's and down's and days with "D" or loose stool, or when things just didn't feel right. On those days I'd sometimes take an extra WOO/Thyme capsule later in the evening.
So this has gone up dramatically as mentioned. Over the last two weeks things have been so good I thought I'd try some nightmare foods and see what the heck happens. I took a few days break in between each meal where I reverted to SCD and health eating.
Nightmare Meal 1:
Harvey's double burger with bacon and cheese
Results: Perfectly fine and actually darn good poop the next morning. Was shocking in a way. I then reverted back to SCD for a few days after just to be sure not to throw myself in the wrong direction
Nightmare Meal 2: - This was the real test, haha..
Double big mac
Results: I didn't feel so awesome after, but sure felt full. The next day I felt really good but in the afternoon I had a bowel movement that was "D", then all was fine and the next day back to normal stool in the morning.
Nightmare Meal 3:
This was interesting, cause I haven't been able to tolerate Wheat in like 10 years...
A giant bowl of frosted mini wheat's with a ton of milk... This was just awesome tasting, haha... It's been sooooooo long.
Results: The next day I had great poop! Though I did have an extra BM in the afternoon which was normal as well. No blood/mucus which kinda shocked me,.
Nightmare Meal 4
Restaurant Chicken Sluvaki (no idea how to spell that) with rice, potato's, a slice of bread, and a side salad.
Results: Darn good poop the next day.
I'm going to keep on this exactly the way I have been doing till the beginning of April when I have my GI appointment. I think I'll remain mostly Gluten Free but will probably experiment from time to time and see what happens/how I feel. The goal being to somehow try and get back to normal or as close as can be.
I was nervous at first about
WOO/Thyme Oil making things worse or causing "collateral" damage as Path pointed out the other day. Same with being worried about
WOO/Thyme Oil and being on Imuran. I don't think I'm worried about
this anymore in the least bit.
Again it was all a long slow process, some days not so good poop, some days lot's of gas, some days "d" - but in general a lot more often normal than not, and the last two weeks have been like a dream - almost perfect poop once a day, no gas, no mucus. So I guess I'll see how the next two months go.
Post Edited (Canada Mark) : 1/21/2014 10:23:05 AM (GMT-7)