Several years back when in a very severe flare, I decided to finally forgo my very sceptical attitude towards all of Rubin's "hype." I mean, I found his story hard to believe, because he claimed he had gone to the end of the earth and back several times, trying to dive deeply into every healing regimen.
Well, it takes a year or two to do that minimally for any deep healing regimen, eg TCM (which I tried for over a year), and yet he says he tried dozens, all in the space of just a few years. Plus all these adverts (not just GoL's but other competitors who also sell so-called 'soil-based' or 'homestatic organism' probiotics) taut the mysterious claims about how the soil-based organisms had been secretly discovered by the ****s in North Africa for their troops during WW2 etc etc and yet I couldn't find anything on the internet to support this except repeated advertisements' claims.
Well, that hype without any Pubmed-based substance all made me very sceptical, but I felt I had little to lose so I went ahead and tried Rubin's 'Primal Defense' in that big flare and it definitely helped a little. No wonder cure, but it defintiely helped stabilize things enough so I know it helped. Nowadays I still use it as one of my mainstays, but I try and rotate around other high potency probiotics too (including some homemade yogurt).
As for The Maker's Diet, it is another variation of numerous diets that eliminate the massive doses of very sugary, and chemical-ridden junk that is present in the standard American diet. Simply eating only 'real' food as opposed to refined, processed foods and chemicals eliminates alot of irritating junk from our sensitive guts. I find and have long found that lowering the carb-level and getting rid of irritants helps. Perhaps the most awful out there is carageenan, used in many processed foods and also used on lab rats to INDUCE colitis. It shouldn't even be allowed in the food supply in my opinion. But I think there is some defintie scinetific merit in the idea that high carb foods can overly stimulate immune systems in those of us who are already with wacked out immune systems.
Anyway, while I am not happy with all of Rubin's extreme ommercialism, he does seem to have good quality control, and his Primal Defense is one of the few that maintains great shelf life even without any refrigeration.
Pancolitis dx'd 1986, full med-free remission 88-97
Flaring or simmering ever since
10 20 mg pred, 100 mg Imuran
Probiotics (mainly Primal Defense)
Turmeric/circumin, various vitamins/minerals,
Low-carb version of Specific Carb Diet