IAC claims to have managed for 'ten years' with supplements and diet. I recall that a year or two ago he got into a bad flare. The only thing which saved him was a course of antibiotics.
At the time he said he understood how serious things can become even though symptoms are managed.
I never said that I never experienced flares. I always get flares whenever I stray from my diet. As I have said over and over, I can remain in remission thru diet and supplements like psyllium seed. But once in a flare I need a short course of antibiotics to escape it.
My initial flare 10 years ago was a nightmare and I had no idea what hit me. My symptoms were as bad or worse than most of what I read here, To top it off I developed a painful perianal abscess. Fortunately antibiotics prescribed for the abscess also snuffed out my flare. I consider myself lucky to be one of the 15 percent of IBDers who are helped by antibiotics.
Since then I have maintained remission for months or years at a time by monitoring my diet and taking supplements as described in my signature. But 3 times since then I learned the hard way that going off of my diet will cause a flare. I always went back into remission after a 2-3 week course of antibiotics, but I didn't want to push my luck and resolved to stay on my diet.
My last flare was October, 2015. I had always been able to eat chocolate without any problem, but all of sudden chocolate began causing symptoms. I was stubborn and in denial, no one wants to give up on chocolate, and soon found myself in a serious flare that lasted almost a month before antibiotics cleared it up.
Two years later a colonoscopy showed that my colon was clean. I attribute that to managing my symptoms thru diet.
Male, born 1951, DX IBD Feb08. No meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Food diary instead of SCD or Paleo.
When needed VSL#3DS sprinkled over powdered psyllium seed is very helpful.
Lactobacillus Reuteri (NCIMB 30242), Culturelle, Saccharomyces boulardii.
Fish oil, curcumin, extra D3, magnesium, multivitamin, glutamine when gut repair needed.
Resistant Starch and lots of fruit & vegetables (but no cruciferous), No Gluten, no soda, no HFCS, no shellfish. No processed foods with maltodextrin, sorbitol, polysorbate80 or carrageenan. No GMO foods saturated with Roundup.Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys