All I can do is be honest in these forums. And while I sympathize with how some patients of UC and those affected indirectly by UC (family, friends, co-workers of sufferers of UC), I cannot hide my contempt for those who proclaim to be naturopaths and homeopaths, considering that these movements contribute nothing to the medical community and do not conduct any real research which is then reviewed by third parties. Although there is no doubt in my mind that alternatives to conventional medical treatments are out there and exist, I am certain that these alternatives have NOT been discovered or substantiated by those who claim to be practitioners of either naturopathy or homeopathy.
No one's asking you to be dishonest. It's fine to say, "I tried X and it didn't work for me or it had adverse effects." It's not acceptable to call others who are trying and/or having good results from X "ignorant." Members often have differences of opinion here, but we are required to be respectful of each other.
As you probably already know, you are never going to see the extent of double-blind scientific testing on natural supplements or dietary treatments because no one can patent these things and no one stands to gain financially. I can see from your other posts, you've had bad experiences and your parents pushing miracle cures on you has affected your attitude. However, there are many things - probiotics and omega-3 supplementation, just to name a couple - that have indeed been studied and shown to be helpful for IBD patients. The science behind them - rebuilding good gut flora and restoring balance, and naturally suppressing inflammation, respectively - is sound.
That's not to say there aren't shysters and quacks out there that are more than willing to take the money of the unsuspecting. But there are also alternative and complementary medicine physicians that are extremely skilled in treating UC and other chronic conditions. It's unfair to make broad generalizations.
I understand that there are lifestyle changes which can possibly provide some relief for patients of UC, with sound scientific explanations. But these changes aren't pioneered, discovered, researched, or substantiated by practitioners of eaither homeopathy or naturopathy. One can find and read, if he or she or so inclined, published scientific articles which show promise for all sorts of non-medicinal treatments for patients of UC. It is also important not to discount the reasearch that is conducted with non-medicinal cures. Although it's true that many "natural" substances cannot be patented, there is a lot of research out there regarding how many variables affect UC, from oral hygiene to carbohydrate consumption. My only disdain is for quacks who promote ridiculous claims with no understanding of science. Naturopaths and homeopaths belong in this group of quackery.