We all have many "I'll never do's" until it becomes absolutely necessary for us to do those things. I did not want to take daily anti-inflammatory mesalamine/5ASA medications until my UC convinced me otherwise. I did not want to take thiopurines (azathioprine/imuran/6mp) and prednisone until I was flaring badly, 25+ bms a day, with knife-stabbing pains, and nearly incontinent. I did not want take biologics (remicade/humira) until I was a year into that same flareup, and prednisone-dependent.
Quality of life is all we have with chronic illness, and we do whatever is necessary to live well. Our own personal philosophy of not wanting to take meds, support pharmaceutical companies, or whatever is irrelevant if we are suffering and have no other choice.
Choosing between meds and alternatives is not a "want a pepsi or coke?", preference question where both are equally equivalent and effective for everyone. Those of us who take meds are not weak-willed or in-bed with pharmaceutical companies (that is absolutely in-love with everything they do and ardent supporters thereof). Rather we do what is necessary to live our lives and not suffer.
Most of us on meds have tried and failed many alternative treatments from diets to supplements. Having uc for many years means we've tried and failed many treatments over that timeframe. If alternatives worked equally well for everyone, then there would be nobody here taking pharmas. Unfortunately alternatives are only partial treatments (that is something we take in addition to our prescript
ions) for some of us. For others, like me, alternatives did not help at all. There's a lucky few who only take alternatives, but much like moon-landings and strolls on the moon, few of us have that experience
In the end, I suggest we all try lots of treatments for our UC, but be realistic and pragmatic about
it all. Results are what matter, and if any treatment doesn't put us within a remission after a month or two, then move on to something that will do so. And as compelling some passionate defenders of a given treatment are on the internet/youtube/etc, realize that what's one's miracle treatment, will have no affect on another, and might even make another's UC symptoms a whole lot worse. That's just the nature of UC. Many treatments have no scientific-basis of working at all, just the word of a random internet person.