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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

VIDEO - CROHN'S COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE REVERSED NATURALLY



Listen carefully to this Doctor.  Play this video a couple or even three times.  There's a lot of great information about treating Celiac Disease, and all autoimmune diseases, with a natural approach to diagnosis and treatment. NO DRUGS.  NO SURGERY APPROACH.  ALL NATURAL.  Believe it or not, there is a growing number of people being treated naturally and going into complete remission without drugs or surgery.  Could you be one of the future success stories?  If other, lots of different people are finding success, Why Not You?



Treating Crohn's with naturopathic remedies.  Some more good information to follow up on, including fecal transplants and possible benefits of the CBD component of cannabis.



Excellent overview of a naturopathic treatment for Crohn's Disease.  Although I have never met Dr. Rojo, featured here, I have drawn the same conclusions during my journey and have seen complete remission from my Ulcerative Colitis and I've been symptom free since 2001.  Whole organic foods, specific supplementation, and clean pure water to drink, have been part of my protocol and I credit my success to naturopathic alternatives to modern medicine.  May you be inspired to find your own balance.  I found mine; I believe you can find yours!






An inspriational testimonial from a young man who discovered a natural treatment for his Crohn's Disease.  If he can do it, maybe you can too.  No promises, of course, but if all you have to do is eat real food?  I know.  It sounds too easy, doesn't it?  And we all know it can't be that easy, right?  However, if this young man is an exception, maybe you can be an exception, too.



An impassioned and inspiring testimonial about what this young man did to eliminate symptoms of his Crohn's Disease.  There are many natural approaches that people are seeking and finding success with.  I hope you're one of the success stories!



An earnest testimonial.  There are those who are seeing success with a nutrition-based approach to treating their IBD diagnosis of  Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn's Disease.  Why not YOU?  Find your answer with more dogged research.  You're not finished fighting this fight!  The answers were out there for me; I believe they are out there for you.



Another heart-felt testimonial on how a vegan diet contributed to her healing process.  Discusses Dr. McDougall and how he's helped her.  Inspirational!  If this approach helped her, why not YOU?  Like she says, What have you got to lose??  Oh, right.  The pain.



More inspiration for your journey



Inspirational!



An excellent overview of nutrition, digestion and how we truly are what we eat.  Covers a ton of great information with charts and graphs that you can 'pause' to study.  Entertaining, funny (but not so funny, if you know what I mean), and worth viewing more than once!  Bottom line: Go organic and don't ever buy GMO crops...EVER.  Freaky fact: chicken nuggets from those golden arches are over 50% GMO CORN!



A quick overview of the specific nutritional steps that IBD Crohn's sufferers can take to manage their symptoms.




Sunday, December 22, 2013

VIDEO - CROHN'S COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE & THE SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET (SCD)



Jordan's story could be YOUR story.  Truly inspirational, transformational testimony to what food as your medicine is all about.  That's what  www.ibeatuc.blogspot.com is all about.  So, Why Not YOU?  Maybe our medicine is in our kitchen.  That's where people are finding relief.  I'm going to ask the question again:  Why Not YOU?

Friday, December 20, 2013

VIDEO - CROHNS COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : CHILDREN & MEDICAL TREATMENT




A family addresses the medical issues surrounding the treatment of their children, one for Crohn's and the other for Ulcerative Colitis.  Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis are framed by modern medicine as chronic, incurable, lifelong diseases that will also need lifelong medical treatment.



This is the framework and protocol used in the modern medical treatment of IBD.  Keep in mind: This is a promotional ad, a little infomercial, on the benefits of using their services.



A clear and informative video explaining what IBD is, including symptoms and treatment options.



Excellent overview of tools used in the diagnosis of IBD.  Valuable information to educate you in your journey.






The Mayo Clinic treats patients diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis.  Here, the doctor discusses the Mayo Clinic's approach to medical management of this chronic condition.  A clear and lucid explanation of what a patient can expect.



A family addresses the medical issues surrounding the treatment of their children, one for Crohn's and the other for Ulcerative Colitis.  Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis are framed by modern medicine as chronic, incurable, lifelong diseases that will also need lifelong medical treatment.



This is how modern medicine views and treats Ulcerative Colitis.  There are alternatives worthy of exploration.  I hope you find your solution to this awful condition.  Be well.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

VIDEO - CROHN'S COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : CHILDREN & the SPECIFIC CARBOHYDRATE DIET



When your child suffers, parents can feel hopeless and desperate.  Fortunately for this family, they found a pediatrician wise enough to consider the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as a means of treating both Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease.  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is providing hope for sufferers and could possibly be something that could help you or your family.

VIDEO - CROHNS COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : MEDICAL MARIJUANA & CANNABIDIOL (canna-bih-DIE-ahl)



This young lady has been through it all and come to the conclusion that perhaps cannabis can be part of her treatment solution.



Here's the latest information on CBD, also known as cannabidiol (pron: canna-bih-DIE-ahl), the non-THC component in cannabis.  CBD is showing promise for patients wanting pain management without the 'high' associated with smoking, vaping, or eating cannabis.



An update on the current research regarding cannabis and its role in the health of human beings.



Clear and lucid explanation of the potential benefits cannabis might have in the treatment of Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease.



The active pain-reducing ingredient in cannabis is called cannabidiol (pron: canna-bih-DI-ahl).  Interestingly, here is discussed the utilization of industrial hemp, the one with little or no THC (the ingredient that gets you 'high'). Patient testimonial.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

VIDEO - CROHNS COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : JUICING & BLENDING



Getting more greens into our diets is essential for the treatment of inflammatory diseases according to health experts.  Here is an overview of the best juicers and best blenders to accomplish that goal.



An inspiring story, hopeful and positive.  The only thing I do differently is I use a Nutribullet for my smoothies and, rather than simply juicing, it combines all the nutrition in my organic veggies and fruits, so there's no waste.  In the beginning, gentle is best, and juicing should definitely be considered seriously as part of an ongoing regimen.

VIDEO - CROHNS' COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : WHEAT - UNHEALTHY WHOLE GRAIN



Dr. William Davis, cardiologist and author of the book "Wheat Belly", talks about the history of wheat evolution in our diet and how it came to be in almost all processed foods.  Goes way beyond the importance of reading labels.  A real eye-opener!  'Wheat-free' is a way to be.

Monday, December 9, 2013

VIDEO - CROHNS COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE GLUTEN SENSITIVITY



The three foods not to eat if you're gluten sensitive or have Celiac Disease

VIDEO - CROHNS COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE - WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY?



Here is an excellent detailed description of what to expect with a colonoscopy (pronounced: KO-lun-AH-skuhpee)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

VIDEO - CROHN'S COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : BIOLOGICS



Michael Weiss has been there and done this.  PLEASE do your OWN homework, explore alternative approaches, and listen to Michael's story.  He is well-informed and up to date regarding medical treatment options for IBD.  Most important, if you follow his path, make sure your insurance company will cover the drug treatment your doctor recommends.  Remicade, for example, can run close to $5,000.00 (Five Thousand Dollars) per treatment.  They start you off with treatments every 8 weeks.   They did that with Michael and soon he was being treated every 4 weeks.  When the treatment stopped working, the doctors told him he had "outgrown" the medical treatment.  Be aware: Michael's story is a cautionary tale.  Knowledge is empowerment.  Be well, Michael!

Michael Weiss
Thanks for kind words and please spread the word re: the Video so that Crohn's patients better understand what they are getting into when their Doctor's recommend Biologics.  I am glad it is working out for you.  For me, apparently the value has not outweighed the cost because after a few years on Humira and Cimzia (after an anaphylactic reaction to Remicade), I developed a rare lung condition for which I needed chemotherapy to survive.  In 2011 it was diagnosed as "BOOP" but now they don't know what it is other than they all agree I have "necrotizing tissue" in my lungs - and that is very dangerous.  I will be starting Chemo soon and then going to some Respiratory Center in Denver for a 2nd opinion.  But, I did have a few Remission years from the Biologics so in looking back it is hard for me to opine on the value outweighing the cost as Crohn's is just a difficult disease and ....  This made it difficult to be evenhanded in the Video but I thought it was more important to be informative than it was to tell my story of dangerous side effects.  In any event, I wish you continued good luck on the Humira and please just pay careful attention to any Respiratory Changes you might go through as for me it started with more difficult cases of Bronchitis and then stubborn instances of Pneumonia and then atypical Pneumonia and then Fever "Attacks" of 105 without warning or provocation.  Just be vigilant.  I again thank you for the kind words and please pass along the video to others.  The URL is:  http://bit.ly/ZwSltJ 

Monday, November 18, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : pH BALANCE and ACID

REFERENCES

Please reference the book: Prescription for Natural Cures, by James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D. A great resource for exploring natural remedies, including diet and nutrition, nutritional supplements, and body/mind work.

Also reference Wikipedia: pH



According to the Carlsberg Foundation, pH stands for "power of hydrogen". The 'H' in pH refers to the measurement of hydronium ion concentration in liquid solutions, such as bodily fluids.

In chemistry, pH is a measure of acidity of a liquid solution. Solutions with a pH less than 7 are said to be acidic and solutions with a pH greater than 7 are basic or alkaline. pH values range from 0.0 to 14.0. Since pH is a logarithmic scale, a difference of just one pH unit is equivalent to a tenfold difference in hydrogen ion concentration. Like earthquakes, a pH of 9.0 on the scale would be 10 times higher than a pH of 8.0.

Measurement of pH can be done with a glass electrode and a pH meter. pH measurements are important in, among many fields, medicine, nutrition, and water purification.

pH VALUES OF SOME COMMON SUBSTANCES

Bleach has a pH of 13.0. Baking soda: 9.0. Sea water: 8.0. Blood: 7.34-7.45. Pure water has a pH very close to 7.0. Urine: 6.0. Human skin: 5.5. Black coffee, 5.0; Tomato juice, 4; Orange juice, 3. Lemons, which contain 5-6% acidic acid, have a pH of 2.2. Gastric (stomach) acid has a pH value of 1.0.
WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE US

The body is very sensitive to its pH level and strong, natural mechanisms exist to maintain it. Homeostasis refers to the proper balance between acids and bases, also called body pH. The pH of different cellular compartments, body fluids, and organs is usually tightly regulated in a process called acid-base homeostasis. By nature, the body is designed to keep everything balanced, healthy and flowing, living strong.

By nature, a body's metabolic processes (eating, digestion, breathing, moving and elimination) are designed to work together with the result being the production and elimination of acids and alkalis. Most of the foods we choose to eat produce an acidic effect in our blood. Most of the acid in our bodies is eliminated by breathing, but acid that is diet-based is expelled through our kidneys. Kidneys need minerals to do their job effectively. Without a large-enough reserve of minerals, acidic toxins can accumulate to a dangerous point. The kidneys can only do so much. If they're overtaxed by acid overload, you're in trouble. Outside the acceptable range of pH, metabolic processes begin to break down to a point where death may occur.

An excess of acid (acidosis) in the blood is called acidemia and an excess of base (alkalosis) is called alkalemia. If blood pH drops too low (acidemia), the body will compensate by increasing breathing, thereby expelling CO2, causing the pH to rise back to normal. For alkalemia, the opposite occurs.

The main issue to be addressed here is dietary in nature. Sugar, meat, dairy products and most refined grains all have acidifying effects on our blood and tissues. The body's acid-base balance (homeostasis) is tightly regulated, keeping arterial blood pH between 7.38 and 7.42. An acidic blood condition adversely affects enzymatic reactions in the body, contributing to a host of problems, particularly inflammation. Where it peeks its head out, only you and I know for sure.

Fruits and especially vegetables contain the kind of organic minerals needed to keep a body's pH level in balance. The organic acid found in fruits easily disintegrates and blows away with respiration (breathing), your body's natural exhaust system.

Green veggies, such as dark green lettuces, broccoli, and zucchini and super green foods such as spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass as well as sea veggies like dulse, nori, wakame, and hijiki, apparently can neutralize acidic tissues due to their alkalinizing effect.

The thought here: Eat multiple servings of these alkalinizing foods each day.

A NOTE ON SODA AND ENERGY DRINKSACIDIFICATION

No more soda or energy drinks. The more I read about soda, the more I'm glad I'm away from it. It's one of the contributing exacerbators for my Ulcerative Colitis. And these new energy drinks are so full of inflammatory chemicals plus caffeine, they're like an atom bomb of ACIDIFICATION.




Tuesday, November 5, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : TUFF LUV AFFIRMATIONS

TUFF LUV INTRO: BROWN APPLES

The visual of a browning slice of apple is what I keep in mind regarding my gut cells. If I want them to be the healthiest they can be, I have to consciously act in their own best interests. I must be their advocate. They are demanding it of me and I can't let them down. I've learned they will scream at me if I don't treat them well. My cells want to do the right thing and I want to give them the best chance to succeed with the greatest army of soothing, anti-inflammatory foods and supplements, and stress-reducing activities. I'm worth it.

And so the goal of this little section is to get from "Why Me?!?' to "Why NOT You!". I know it seems counter-intuitive but let me explain. The "Why Me?" part is the powerless, confused, hopeless self who is suffering from IBD. The "Why NOT You!" is the empowered you. These Tuff Luv Affirmations are simply bootcamp for when you need that kick in the ass. Together, we can get you feeling better. But only if you behave. And, be reminded, there is only Tuff Luv behind the words, accent on the Luv.


TUFF LUV WARM-UP

YOU ARE SUCH A WUSS. YOU WOULD RATHER CONTINUE TO SUFFER THAN TO DO WHAT YOUR BODY IS ASKING YOU TO DO. YOU'VE ALLOWED YOUR TONGUE AND NOT YOUR BRAIN TO TELL YOU WHAT TO EAT. YOUR BRAIN IS A COWARDLY LITTLE BABY THAT NEEDS SOME WUPASS BOOT CAMP. YOUR TONGUE NEEDS TO SHUT UP FOR ONCE! YEAH, FOR ONCE AND FOR ALL, WHEN IT COMES TO WHAT YOU'RE EATING. THAT TONGUE NEEDS TAMING! YOUR BRAIN NEEDS EMPOWERMENT!

THAT'S WHY YOU NEED THIS BLOG. BUT JUST FOR A WHILE BECAUSE I CAN'T SUFFER WUSSES FOR LONG. SO I'M GONNA DEWUSSIFY YOU FAST. I'M GONNA HELP YOU PUT YOUR BRAIN BACK IN CONTROL. COS IF YOU DON'T GET CONTROL OF THAT TONGUE...I DON'T WANNA THINK ABOUT IT. BUT YOU ARE SUCH A WUSS, I CAN'T BELIEVE IT. YOU BETTER READ THESE AFFIRMATIONS. READ THEM ALL. OVER AND OVER AGAIN. UNTIL YOU GET IT. BUT DON'T TAKE TOO LONG. THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS AND THE SOONER YOU GET YOUR WUPASS ON, THE SOONER YOU CAN CONQUER THIS. AND MAYBE YOU KNOW SOMEBODY WHO NEEDS SOME ASS WUPPIN. SHARE THE LUV, I SAY. BUT NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE, IT'S TIME TO OPEN THAT CAN. YEAH, THAT CAN OF WUPASS. YOU READY? WUSS? I SAID, ARE YOU READY? WELL, READY OR NOT.


AFFIRMATION NUMBER ONE

SHUT UP! THIS IS NOT IMPOSSIBLE! YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP MILK, CEREAL, BREAD AND DONUTS? I'M CRYING A RIVER. PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY DRESS, GROW A PAIR, BUCKLE DOWN, PICK UP YOUR BOOTSTRAPS, ADJUST YOUR BRA STRAPS AND YOUR JOCKSTRAPS, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, AND LET'S GET TO BUSINESS. DON'T YOU DARE WUSS OUT ON YOURSELF! BUT, GAWD, YOU ARE SUCH A WUSS!


AFFIRMATION NUMBER TWO

WHAT'S THAT?? YOUR WEAK, LITTLE WILLPOWER MACHINE ISN'T WORKING TODAY? WELL, KICK IT IN ITS ASS BECAUSE WE'RE GOING DANCING! THAT'S RIGHT. WE GOT NEW STEPS TO LEARN AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU HAVE TWO LEFT FEET. NO EFFING EXCUSES. GAWD, YOU ARE SUCH A WUSS. YOU GOT TWO FEET, AND THAT'S WHAT'S IMPORTANT. NOW PUT SOME DAMN SNEAKERS ON AND LET'S GO WALKING!


AFFIRMATION NUMBER THREE

AND I DON'T CARE IF A LEG OR TWO WAS BLOWN OFF SOMEWHERE. YOU'RE ALIVE, AND THAT'S WHAT COUNTS. YOU'RE HERE TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE WITH YOUR SPIRIT. STOP FEELING SORRY FOR YOURSELF AND SHOW SOME SPIRIT. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT YOU HAVE: A WHEEL CHAIR, CRUTCHES, PROSTHETICS, WHATEVER. GET OUT OF MY FACE AND DON'T COME BACK UNTIL YOU'VE BROKEN A SWEAT. DON'T YOU PITY YOURSELF. YOU'RE GETTING NOTHING FROM ME. OF COURSE I'LL COME WITH YOU.


AFFIRMATION NUMBER FOUR

DON'T YOU WUSS OUT ON ME, WUSS. DAMN, YOU'RE A WUSS. GET OUTTA HERE! YEAH, I KNOW ALL YOUR BS EXCUSES. LOOK IN THE MIRROR FOR GOODNESS SAKE! I'M YOU! AND THE LONGEST JOURNEY STARTS WITH THE FIRST STEP. NOW, OUT WITH WITH YOU, DOWN THE STREET WITH YOU. YOU ARE SUCH A WUSS. GO!


AFFIRMATION NUMBER FIVE: THE JOHN BELUSHI LAW

IT'S NOT OVER UNTIL I SAY IT'S OVER!


AFFIRMATION NUMBER SIX: KNOWLEDGE IS EMPOWERMENT

OK. TODAY'S NOT SUCH A GOOD DAY. GET SOME REST. AND WHILE YOU'RE AWAKE, GET TO YOUR COMPUTER AND START DOING YOUR OWN RESEARCH, DO YOUR OWN BLOGGING. YOUR VOICE NEEDS TO BE HEARD. A LITTLE VOICE IN YOUR HEAD HAS BEEN SAYING YOU NEED TO TELL YOUR STORY. NOW'S THE TIME. THE TELLING OF YOUR HEALING WILL HELP KEEP YOU FOCUSED ON YOUR HEALTH AND HEALING. WITH YOUR STORY, YOU CAN HELP OTHERS. GO TO BLOGSPOT.COM RIGHT NOW. YOU'LL BE BLOGGING IN MINUTES. I WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY. DON'T FEEL SORRY FOR YOURSELF BECAUSE NOBODY LIKES TO FEEL SORRY FOR YOU. YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY CAN TELL YOU OF THEIR CONCERN FOR YOU, BUT, AFTER A WHILE, BECAUSE OF THEIR FEELINGS OF POWERLESSNESS, IT HAS A LONG-TERM EFFECT. OTHERS WILL DISTANCE THEMSELVES FROM YOU AS YOU DISTANCE YOURSELF FROM THEM.

SO STOP THE PITY PARTY. NOW IS THE TIME TO STOP USING YOUR ILLNESS AS AN EXCUSE. INSTEAD, YOU'RE GOING TO USE IT TO HELP MOTIVATE YOURSELF, TO EMPOWER YOURSELF, ONE DAY AT A TIME, ONE HOUR AT A TIME, ONE MINUTE AND ONE ELIMINATION AT A TIME. BUT YOU'RE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS, I PROMISE. REMEMBER, IT TOOK YOU A WHILE TO GET HERE AND IT'S GOING TO TAKE A WHILE TO GET YOU BACK INTO THE LIGHT. BUT THERE IS LIGHT AT THE END OF THIS TUNNEL (PUN INTENDED, DAMMIT YOU NEED TO LAUGH AGAIN) AND YOU'RE NOT ALONE. DRINK SOME WARM CHAMOMILE TEA WITH ALOE VERA JUICE, HAVE A BANANA, HAVE A SCRAMBLED EGG WITH BROCCOLI FLOWER TOPS AND AVOCADO, MAYBE SOME CREAM OF RICE CEREAL WITH BANANA, CINNAMON AND HONEY. SOOTHE YOURSELF. DO SOME READING. START YOUR BLOG. YOUR STORY OF HEALING NEEDS TO BE TOLD. LOVE YOURSELF. THAT'S A FREAKIN ORDER!


MORE TO COME...

Saturday, October 26, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT







ALTERNATIVE IBD TREATMENTS

After my diagnosis and year-long treatment, I chose to consider alternative approaches to see if I could remedy my symptoms from another direction. Education drove me. My willpower took me the rest of the way there. OK, I know it took me 20 years. I'm a slow learner. I've been where I am today since 2001 and I feel great, no inflammation, and no symptoms of inflammation whatsoever. And you wouldn't believe the variety of food I can eat. I had no idea there were so many vegetables, fruits, plants, beans, nuts and seeds, other than potatoes, white rice and some peas. Sometimes, in desperation, we do what's right for us because we're afraid not to. Being afraid of my symptoms was a motivator, too.

My world opened up when I was diagnosed with ULCERATIVE COLITIS.

NUTRITIONIST

To learn how to eat to live, I needed to start with a nutritionist. At the time of my suffering, I was all ears to what I could and couldn't eat and how I should prepare my meals. I didn't always like the answers, but I got the point: I had to eat smaller portions, more often, and in the right combinations of nutrients.

The other good news, my food choices cost me nothing more than buying and cooking real food. Going marketing was actually fun and quick. Because all the healthy food is on the perimeter, the outside edges, of the typical market layout, that's where I get most of my food stuffs. If I need a can of soup, tuna, or beans or a jug of water, I know the aisle they're on. I stay away from most of the aisles because that's where all the processed foods are.

Food Shopping Tips: Don't market when you're hungry. Hungry shoppers are often impulse buyers of processed foods. Have a snack before you go so you're not tempted. Many fruits and vegetables can be bought frozen with confidence. They're often flash frozen shortly after being harvested and all the good nutrition is preserved. Great thing about frozen, you don't always have to be in the mood for a particular veggie. They last a good long time in the freezer, too, so fear not. Have your veggies when YOU want them because in the freezer they won't spoil. However, be aware that anything in the freezer will, over time, experience some freezer burn. Try to eat the entire bag of frozen fruit or veggies as soon as you can so they stay flavorful when you cook them. Frozen veggies are also good in smoothies and smoothie soups that you can make yourself.

In my journey, I wanted to know what was right for me and just DO IT. Whatever it took, short of going back on medication. I had to turn my sacrifices into assets that I'd never let go of. Like I said, it took me 20 years without medication after my first year of treatment. ULCERATIVE COLITIS turned my head around. Several times. Good thing, I like green pea soup.

Methinks, regardless of a patient's medical treatment, eating healthy, clean, whole foods and exercising regularly will probably not be in conflict with your treatment. However, always talk to your doctor first, of course, before eating healthy and exercising. There might be conflicts for some patients and only your doctor would know this for sure.


FASTING

Fasting has been used for thousands of years to give the body a rest and help it detoxify and heal. Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, extolled the virtues of fasting in his writings. Many world religions have used fasting as a way to focus on both physical and spiritual healing. Fasting is also becoming an accepted method of detoxification for nutritionists and health practitioners.

HOW DOES FASTING WORK?

Digestion is hard work and the body takes a lot of energy to do that job. Fasting gives the body time to slow down, to rest, and to use the body's energy for calming the system. During the first day of a fast, the body burns stored sugar, known as glycogen. After this, the body burns fat for fuel. During the second to third day, the body goes into what is called ketosis. During ketosis, the liver converts stored fat into chemicals called ketones, which can be used by the brain, the heart, and muscles for energy. As fat is burned for fuel, stored toxins (pesticides, preservatives, additives) are released into the bloodstream, to be metabolized by the liver and the kidneys.

How often and for how long one fasts depends on a person's health. Many practitioners recommend fasting 2-3 days at the turn of each season. Others may fast one day a week. For the experienced, the basic fast is a water fast, and practitioners will drink only water for up to 5 days. Juice fasts are not as intense as a water fast because the nutrition prevents ketosis from occurring. Carrot, lemon, apple, beet, celery, wheatgrass, spriulina, barley, grass, and other super green foods. Fasters should consume eight 8 oz glasses a day (64 ounces).

MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS, and SELF-HYPNOSIS

Prior to my diagnosis, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to self-hypnosis and meditation. I found them to be powerful tools in the management of my dis-ease. Currents in those two disciplines inspires the concept behind Mindfulness. These disciplines appealed to me because of their inherent visual nature. I learned to direct my energies inward and visualize healing. Positive thinking, an optimistic outlook, a hopeful disposition, all help send positive, healing energy to affected areas. I used what I learned from these disciplines during every treatment. I used my mind and my body to visualize healing and to tap into my own healing reserves. This Mindfulness, if you will, kept me in the present, kept me focused on the healing process, and with it I helped support my emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being. It gave me time for myself, something a lot of us neglect. Because the treatments are close to an hour in duration, it gave me plenty of time to direct my positive healing mental energy to my entire existence there in the acupuncturist's office.

YOGA

Yoga is another option for both exercise and centering ones focus and energy. Taking a yoga class gives me the time I need for myself and my own healing. I really love Hot Yoga, where the room is heated to about 100 degrees. Of course, only if you like to sweat...a lot! I just feel so cleansed and invigorated after my sessions. For you, always consult with your doctor to see if you're healthy enough to indulge.

ACUPUNCTURE - HOW IT WORKS

I know what you might be thinking: NEEDLES! And I really haven't a clue how it works. I just know, for me, acupuncture was a gift. Wheat led me to consider acupuncture was that it has a 3,000 year track record for its healing abilities. I entered into treatment based on that recorded duration of practice.

I was told that the needles were so thin, you barely felt a twinge. They were right. These needles are so thin, they can enter a single pore in your skin. Although a little nervous and tense at first, I quickly learned to relax into the procedure. It's an interesting bodily experience, for sure. There is no pain whatsoever. getting used to what I was supposed to be feeling during the treatment, was a journey unto itself. Very quickly, I was able to give my acupuncturist valuable feedback during each and every needle.

Each treatment lasts about 45-60 minutes. Depending on your ailment, an acupuncturist will determine where needles should be inserted. Once a needle is inserted, the acupuncturist will gently twist and turn the needles, kind of like tuning into a station on the radio. When a needle taps into your individual "chi", or energy, you have a unique sensation in that area of insertion. When all the needles are in place, be open for feeling the flow of energy within your body. The concept is this: The needles connect the energy to the body's natural healing capabilities. Devotees to the treatment will go maybe once a month or every six weeks. Just to stay balanced. When I was sick with UC, I had to go a few times a week for the first month or so, to jumpstart my body's own defenses. I think of the needles as radio relay towers in miniature. The needles tap into, connect and synergize a body's own power until the body's energy is balanced and working like a fine-tuned Ferrari.

That was my experience. I don't see an acupuncturist currently as my health is strong. It's not a life sentence is my point. I go when I need to.


FECAL TRANSPLANT

Hope may have arrived as an ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT for battling a C. diff invasion.

Are you ready?

A Fecal Transplant. That's correct. A FECAL TRANSPLANT.


WHAT IS A FECAL TRANSPLANT ?


I'm glad you assked (pun intended, of course). And when I tell you, you're going to say "Eeewyuck!". Be thankful you don't have to drink it. And if someone ever feels the way I say I was feeling, they'll say, "Eeeew-where do I find out about this?"

A FECAL TRANSPLANT goes like this:

In a doctor's setting, a patient is diagnosed with a C. diff infection, an infection of really bad bacteria. The patient's doctor places a medical order to obtain stool from a healthy donor. Upon receiving the healthy donor stool, the patient returns to the doctor's setting for the procedure. At the time the FECAL TRANSPLANT procedure is to be performed, the doctor mixes the healthy donor stool with saline (salt water). Then, through a tube inserted into the patient's rectum, the patient is administered the dose of healthy stool, bathing the affected areas in good bacteria. The healthy bacteria from the donor stool provides an army of the good guys to once again crowd out the bad bacteria, changing a sick microbiome into a healthy one. The good bacteria, the good flora, now back in gut control, prevents C. difficile from recurring.

A FECAL TRANSPLANT is like an ocean of PROBIOTICS being added to an environment that is woefully lacking. If patients also exchange their processed food choices with more plants, fruits and veggies, patients should continue to see improved management. Adding a quality PROBIOTIC to a patient's daily regimen might be something a patient might consider. After consulting with their doctor, of course.

Interesting stuff if you ask me. It just makes so much sense.

There's a Dr. Colleen Kelly, a gastroenterologist at Brown University, who is doing FECAL TRANSPLANT research.

Naturally, these professionals cost money. However, not surprisingly, they cost less than a visit to an internist or specialist doctor. Check with your insurance company to see if they cover any alternative treatments, including acupuncture and counseling or talk therapy. Counter-balancing the negative with the positive is a strategy worth considering.

Always do your own homework.


HELMINTHIC THERAPY - Information taken from Wikipedia

Also, check out this article online (copy and paste into your browser: http://news.health.com/2010/12/01/worm-therapy-shows-promise-for-ulcerative-colitis/

Current research and pharmaceutical therapy are targeted at the treatment of CROHN'S DISEASE, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE, multiple sclerosis, asthma, eczema, dermatitis, hayfever and food allergies.

While it is recognized that there is probably a genetic disposition in certain individuals for the development of autoimmune diseases, the rate of increase in autoimmune disease incidence is not wholly a result of genetic changes in humans; the rise of autoimmune related diseases in the industrialized world has occurred in far too short a time to be explained this way.

There is evidence that one of the primary reasons for the increase in autoimmune diseases in industrialized nations is the significant change in environmental factors over the last century. It is posited that the absence of exposure to certain parasites, bacteria, and viruses is playing a significant role in the development of autoimmune diseases in the more sanitized Western industrialized nations. The development of vaccines, hygienic practices, and effective medical care have diminished or eliminated the prevalence and impact of many parasitic organisms, as well as bacterial and viral infections. While many severe diseases have been eradicated, humans' exposure to benign and apparently beneficial parasites has also been reduce d commensurately. Lack of exposure to sufficient benign antigens, particularly during childhood, is sometimes suggested as a cause of the increase in autoimmune diseases and diseases for which chronic inflammation is a major component in the industrialized world.

Although a complete explanation of how environmental factors play a role in autoimmune diseases has still not been proposed, epidemiological studies have helped to establish the link between parasitic infestation and its protective role in autoimmmune disease development. Environmental factors include exposure to certain artificial chemicals from industrial processes, medicines, farming, and food preparation.

WHAT EXACTLY IS HELMINTHIC THERAPY?

Helminthic therapy is a type of immunotherapy. Helminths are - ready? - parasitic worms, such as hookworms and whipworms. I know. YUCK and EWWWWWW!

Helminthic therapy consists of the inoculation of the patient with specific parasitic intestinal helminths, aka nematodes.

In short, Helminthic therapy is the treatment of autoimmune diseases and immune disorders by means of deliberate infestation via inoculation with a helminth or with the ova of a helminth.


There are currently three closely related Helminthic treatments available.

They include 1) inoculation with Necator americanus (hookworms); 2) inoculation with Trichuris suis ova (TSO), aka pig whipworm eggs; or 3)inoculation with Trichuris trichiura ova, aka human whipworm eggs.

Sounds a bit disgusting and more than just a little unnerving. But wait.

If you're in pain, it might be a natural treatment worth considering. If a doctor is showing me a scalpel in one hand, and Helminthic therapy in the other, I'm with the worms. I think I could live with the worms before I could live without 12-36" or more of my intestines. But that's just me, the little worm, talking. As I've encouraged, you've got to answer this for yourself.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : REMISSION v. CURE







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Ok, so I was diagnosed with an IBD, an inflammatory bowel disease called Ulcerative Colitis, and modern medicine doesn't know the etiology, the cause, or the pathology of the disease. It's a mystery disease. Modern medicine will tell you even today, they don't know how all these people are getting sick. Patients may have a genetic predisposition, or allergies or, who knows? Food? No, maybe, maybe not, we don't know (and we don't care). Eat whatever you want, don't eat certain things, we don't know, it's all a mystery. Maybe go easy on the dairy and red meat. Here's your prescription.

For all us sufferers, modern medicine has figured out how to suppress a patient's immune system responses so a patient can choose, with their doctor's consult and advice, to no longer feel the symptoms, the pain. If the treatment works, and a patient's symptoms subside, a patient can go into what's referred to as 'remission', the term modern medicine uses to describe their idea of disease management.

A patient should know, going into medical treatment, it's the best modern medicine has to offer. And remission usually lasts As long as a patient stays on the prescribed medicine of choice, of course. Modern medicine will also warn each patient to stay on the medication or the side-effects could be even more dire.

Never-ending treatment, symptoms, remission, symptoms, remission, symptoms and remission. The beautiful, colorful, kaleidoscopic goal of modern medicine. The message is, for inflammatory bowel disease, you need medicine for life. If you believe otherwise and want to discontinue treatment, you will be warned by your doctor not to discontinue treatment, that a decision to discontinue treatment at any point is a bad idea. A difficult position for a patient to find themselves in, to be sure.

I'm just a messenger here. Probably a bad one. Remember to do your own research.

THAT IBD REMAINS A MYSTERY, WORKS IN FAVOR OF THE POWERS THAT BE

HOW a patient gets IBD, HAS to be a mystery because the mystery works in favor of the powers that be, in my opinion.

IBD has a diagnosis, has behaviors and biomarkers that medical diagnosticians and gastroenterologists can identify.

The mystery, however, HAS to be part of the story. Modern medicine depends on the mystery. It absolves everyone of responsibility if things don't work out, if treatments don't work out. Remember, doctors are practicing medicine. In some cases, they're practicing on you.

Mystery diseases also make it easier for researchers to appear to work hard to figure out a cure. And it appears they are working hard, of course, and with your donations, they'll be that much closer to the cure. It would be horrible if they were looking in the wrong places. Almost criminal, given the number of fatal side effects documented each year as the result of immune suppressant treatment.

Suppressing your immune system for any duration of time can lead to Superbug infections resistant to all current antibiotics, to surgery, cancer and death. Notice how many people in the obituaries are dying of 'pneumonia?' Superbug infections resulting from immune suppressant treatment, often for years. Just an uneducated guess, of course.

But, after all this time, they have to be looking in the right places for a cure. Right? Right?? Modern medicine wants cures, don't they?

So far, though, modern medicine has only developed treatments that will stop the pain and disease from feeling symptomatic. Remission of disease is the primary goal, not cure. Thinking about it, how could they cure a disease they claim not to know the cause of? Of course they can only come up with a treatment. A cure would require knowing the etiology and pathology of the disease first or at least discovering it along the way to a cure. If the cause is 'forever unknown', then shooting bullets in the dark is all I can expect. If modern medicine doesn't know the cause, we have to trust they're doing the best they can by guessing the answer over and over. How many immune suppressant therapies are there? Let me count the ways.

Why? Why don't we know what causes it? Are we looking hard enough? Is the current culture of overprescription and drug invention stacking the deck against what used to be the 'Healing Arts?' Does a student doctor end up with such debt that they're forced into alliances that preclude long-term treatment? Is treatment all about making money? Why is it that modern medicine can only create substances that suppress the immune system? Why aren't they looking into immune system boosters? Why aren't they figuring out how to harness a body's natural healing power and improve that?

Questions, questions, questions. I've got more silly observations.

Someone else might say, 'Graham, you're so silly. Don't you understand, this is all part of the 'Upside Down World' we now live in?'

Since 1996, when big pharma was given the green light to market their products directly to consumers, some of us have become obsessed with self-diagnosis. Commercials provide images and words in such an interesting way that you're encouraged to discount the side effects and ask your doctor about such and such a drug.

It's become more important to find medication for what ails you. Modern medicine discounts nutrition (who really likes eating broccoli anyway) and leaves consumers with the impression that you need to live your life the way you want. Medicines, the 'magic pill,' will be there to catch your fall. High cholesterol, high blood pressure, high blood sugar, heartburn, gerd, IBS, IBD, no worries. We gotta pill or treatment or surgery for that.

There's a belief that medicine production is simply human beings providing what nature accidentally left out. Our modern medical miracles take away the pain. All someone has to do is take their medication. Medication is as good or better than food and you should ask your doctor about each. Because it's medication. And everyone should look forward to being on at least one medication as they grow older. Drug commercials children see today (Hey parents, how about all those ED commercials during televised sports? Those are fun to explain!) are designed for that long-term side-effect: creating the mindset for being open to becoming lifelong prescription drug takers. There is also the perpetuation of the myth that there's a 'magic pill' for everything that ails you. We are a pill-popping, magic pill seeking culture, one that seeks to perpetuate itself. There could be millions of reasons to keep us where we are, in treatment. Maybe even billions of reasons.

With 6 billion people on the planet, that's a lot of diagnosing to do. Everybody's got something, right? If we can diagnose it, we can try to treat it. And if we can treat it, the inventors get treated.

Besides, you can buy healthful food at the market. Modern medicine can't make a living handing out marketing lists. Modern medicine will gladly tell you what medication exists for your ailment, to be sure. Since modern medicine gives only lip service to nutrition, you're on your own when it comes to feeding your face. The latest and greatest drug invention and treatment for whatever, that's what gets their motor runnin'. It's better if the patient sees it that way, too. Then if/when the treatment fails, there's something wrong with you, the patient/your body, not the doctor or the treatment.

The law appears to be: Modern medicine is not responsible for failed or failing treatments. They are doing the best they can. You can't expect miracles.


Jessa Note to mah friendly readahs: I'm jes' speculatin' heyah, mahnd ya. Gots no credentials fer any o' this, y'know. Thank gudness my nonsense probly hazza scientis' that can be refutin' it all. Always consult yoah doctah befoah yah do anything stoopid. And don't be afraid to ask questions. Ahl's I know is, Butt Detective Colonblow's got questions. Lots o' questions. You might make a list yo'sef.


So, methinks, if modern medicine with all its $billion$ in research and development can only come up with immune suppressants and a variety of antibiotics to treat IBD, then suppressing and hiding the symptoms is most of what modern medicine has to offer. After all, the reasoning goes, if you don't feel it, then it's not there. And when symptoms don't appear after treatment, a patient is said to be 'in remission.' And that's the next best thing to being cured. Right?

I'm not privy to the latest figures mind you and cannot be sure of course, but I don't believe antibiotic or immune suppressant treatments have "cured" one person. Not one person. As a matter of fact, I believe if someone had been cured, it would be front page news. So, I've believe modern medicine can only claim victory in the category of 'remission'. But not 'cure.' For patients under care, remission has to be the agreed upon and hoped for goal. And remission means that once the treatment is discontinued, remission could end, too, and symptoms could return.

It's a Ferris wheel merry-go-round for sure. Where it stops, I certainly don't know. I can see it spinning, though.

And, if I say I've managed my IBD diagnosis of Ulcerative Colitis without medication, does that mean I've 'cured' one more person than all of modern medicine? Until I'm convinced otherwise, I could certainly be seen as a possible test case for naturopathic management of an IBD diagnosis. It's certainly a bold claim from a nobody on the internet. It might be best to ignore me. You can bet modern medicine is.

Certainly, however, I'm not 'in remission' in a clinical sense. I haven't seen a proctologist for treatment of my diagnosis since early 1982. (I would never advise that to anyone, of course.) I haven't been taking any medication since 1982 and the symptoms of my diagnosis have been totally gone without a single flare-up since 2001.

In summary, modern medicine talks about an IBD patient under successful treatment as being 'in remission'. From modern medicine's point of view, remission of symptoms has to be good enough for both doctor and patient. It's not a cure, but it offers the next best thing: Not feeling your symptoms. Which are there, hiding, most likely only until your medical treatment's effectiveness comes to the end of its efficacy.

I have to believe that doctors really wish to do no harm to their patients, that managing IBD and pain are two of the most difficult challenges modern medicine has. But medical treatment options abound and there's a lot of money to be made by big pharma and the doctors beholden to them and their treatment incentives. Stock holders are betting on it.

Since there's simply no medical livelihood in giving a patient a marketing list as a prescription, it would be silly to look there. I mean, if you're a doctor, that's probably the FIRST place to look. They MUST have already looked there, right? Silly for me, then, to do that for myself. What could I possibly find there that would be relevant to MY situation?

Thursday, October 24, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : SNACKS







NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS!

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After breakfast, I graze on healthy snacks throughout the day.

I have eliminated all GMO corn, soy, and wheat products from my food choices.

My favorite grazing is done with a combination
of fruits and nuts and soft and crispy veggies throughout the day.

These just happen to be my favorites.
Mix the nuts any way you like. Unless you have allergies. Then forget the nuts.

I grab a handful of nut mix throughout the day. My good intestinal bacteria - probiotics - love nuts.


It's been said, "You are what you eat." Well, then, I'm nuts!


"COCONUT CAN O'NUTS"

Almonds
Pistacios
Cashews
Sunflower Seeds
Peanuts
Walnut Pieces
Dried coconut (optional)



FRUIT

Bananas - easy to digest, PROBIOTIC-lovin stuff
papaya - digestive enzymes
apples - delicious fiber
pineapple - digestive enzymes
kiwi - great in smoothies or sliced on top of fruit salad
blueberries - great in anything: yogurt, smoothies, and all by themselves.
strawberries (Allergen Alert!) - Not too many at a time...
melon - all kinds are delicious
Apricots - cut up fine, sprinkle divine
Dried Plums aka prunes
Dates
Top your fruit plate combination with a dollop of plain Greek yogurt
Sprinkle with cinnamon and 72% dark chocolate shavings


VEGGIES AND PLANTS

Steamed, baked or broiled for easier digestion.
Sprinkle on your favorite seasonings.
Serve with avocado dip, mixed with Greek yogurt

Fresh Avocado - cut in half, dollop of Greek yogurt, sprinkle sesame seeds
Fresh Carrots
Fresh or Frozen Broccoli
Fresh or Frozen Kale
Fresh or Frozen Baby Spinach
Fresh Celery - sliced in a salad, cut in thirds for dipping
Fresh or Frozen Brussels Sprouts
Frozen Artichoke Hearts
Fresh or Frozen Bell Peppers (Green, Red, Orange, Yellow)
Fresh or Frozen Green Beans
Fresh or Frozen Peas

Top with a dollop of avocado and Greek yogurt dip
Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar


AVOCADO AND YOGURT DIP

This is great on veggies and meat dishes.

One Avocado
Cut in half, place pit on a paper towel
Scoop the avocado into a mixing bowl
Discard of or compost the skin
Add the juice of 1/8-1/4 of a lemon
Add a little salt and pepper
Add a little garlic powder
Add a little finely chopped onions
Add a dollop of plain Greek yogurt
Mix it up
Dollop on turkey sandwiches,chicken/turkey/hamburgers,
as a fruit or veggie dip...,

whatever your avocado heart imagines.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : DINNER RECIPES







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DINNER RECIPES

I'm an omnivore. Although I eat a lot of plants, I'm not a vegetarian.
Simple Rule 1: Include plants in at least 2 meals and a snack every day.
Simple Rule 2: Have your fruit or sugar either before or wait an hour after a heavy meat protein meal.

Fruit/Sugar Options: Include Fruit as part of your breakfast and eat soft fruit for snacks.

For Dinner, eat plants and veggies with your meal.
Eat as many and in whatever variety you want.
Eat the rainbow. Eat all the colors of veggies.
Steam them. Saute them. Bake or broil or barbecue them.
Your gut will thank you.


"BAKED ORGANIC CHICKEN BREASTS"

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
Start with two boneless organic chicken breasts
1 lemon
Lemon-Herb Salt and Pepper, garlic powder, chopped onions to taste.
Lightly sprinkle spices over the meat. A little goes a long way.
Canola Spray the interior surfaces of a baking pan.
Place chicken in pan.
Place two handfulls your favorite cut and clean veggies around chicken.
Place a couple of thin slices of lemon on each breast. Of chicken, silly.
Squeeze the rest of the lemon onto the veggies. Watch for seeds and remove them.
Add a little pinch of the above seasoning on the veggies.
Place your pan with the chicken and veggies in the 350 degree oven
Cook for about 20-25 minutes or so, until the internal temperature
of the meat is 165 degrees.

Add steamed kale to cooked grains: Quinoa (pronounced: 'keen-wah'), or Amaranth, or Teff and steamed kale.

"BAKED WILD-CAUGHT SALMON"


Ground Organic Turkey

Ground Organic Grass-fed Beef

Green Eggs and Holy Moly!

My (Not Yet) Famous Chili Recipe

Steamed, baked or broiled rainbow of veggies

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : LUNCH RECIPES








NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS!


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I have breakfast to start the day, but I don't always have a lunch.

I'm what you call a grazer.

However, when I do sit down, here's a little sample of what I eat.



"EASY GREENSY TUNA SALAD"

Prep Time: Maybe 3 minutes?

No, silly, the tuna isn't green. I just like to visualize greens in my meals.

My local market carries wild caught tuna in cans (TUNA: MERCURY and ALLERGEN ALERT!)

The wild caught tuna is chunkier and has a pop-top can.

Open the can of tuna.
With a fork, separate the solid chunk into smaller, chunky pieces
Grab a fistful of your favorite greens and throw them on a plate.
I always choose organic baby spinach or a spring greens salad mix.
Fork the tuna from the can onto the center of your greens.
Whenever possible, add chunks, slices, or a half of an avocado!
Add a dollop of mustard or mayo or plain Greek yogurt anywhere on the plate.
Sprinkle with dill.
As you eat, gently fork a mouthful of deliciousness, dip in the dollops of your choice.
With your fork, stab some tuna and greens, dip in a dollop of mayo/mustard/yogurt...

plants, protein, Omega 3's (EFA's) prebiotics, and micronutrients...delicious!


"AVOCADO TUNA DELIGHT"

Prep time: 3 minutes

Use a medium or large avocado.
Cut avocado in half, keeping the pitted half to eat.
Seal the other half in plastic and place in the fridge.
Add a spoonful of already made tuna to the center of the avocado.
Add a dollop of yogurt, dill on top.
Spoon into your open mouth and enjoy!


"RAINBOW of PEPPERS"

When it comes to fruits and veggies, eat all the colors of the rainbow!

I love fresh bell peppers: Red, Green, Yellow, and Orange

GOOD NEWS: You can find peppers sliced and frozen, too!

Here's how I prepare them:
Wash and slice four medium to large fresh bell peppers, cleaning out the seeds.
Heat the oven to 400 degrees (bake or broil is fine).
Cover a large cookie pan with tin foil.
Spray canola oil or coconut oil onto the tin foil.
Spread the bell peppers evenly on the tin foil.
Place the cookie pan with the fresh sliced bell peppers in the oven.
Cook for 15-20 minutes or so.
Check often and don't worry if the skins burn a little bit.
Remove from oven, let them sit to cool for 5 minutes.
Place all the slices of peppers in a medium size recloseable container.
Place in fridge.
Eat all the peppers within a week for best flavor.
Add peppers to eggs, tuna, chicken dishes.
Come to think of it, they go with breakfast, lunch or dinner.


"VERY, VERY VEGGIE"

Follow the 'Rainbow of Peppers' directions.

Use any combination of your favorite veggies.
Prepare as above.
Add some spices like dill, salt, pepper, garlic powder, chopped onions.
Place in oven at 400 degrees.
Keep your eye on the cooking. Remove after 15-20 minutes.
Allow to cool and plunk them in your favorite recloseable container.
Use throughout the week. Add to eggs, tuna, chicken, fish, beef
Snack on them daily.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : BREAKFAST RECIPES

NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS!

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Excellent overview of the research on veggies and their various cancer-fighting properties.  Not all veggies are created equal!  Knowledge is empowerment



Dr. Mercola talks about drinking pure, clean water and organic hibiscus tea as alternatives to drinking soda and fruit juice.  Hibiscus tea has the greatest antioxidant power of all teas tested so far, even greater than green tea!



BREAKFAST RECIPES


Please Note: These are some of the foods I use and the recipes I make from them.
This is only what works for me. Be aware of any and all items you're allergic to before attempting any recipes for yourself. Also, simply removing the ingredient may be easy as it may not affect the rest of the dish's recipe, it just takes away one of the flavors. Always know thyself.


COOKING HINT FOR EGGS

Cook your your scrambled or fried eggs thoroughly and always set your burner to LOW. The lowest setting. Think: Gentle heat, slow even cooking.
A good visual.


If you happen to be in the middle of another annoying flareup, look to the baby food aisle in your favorite supermarket. There are a lot of organic choices available in most major market chains. Use baby food as part of the recipe for easy-on-your-tummy smoothies. Use chamomile tea and aloe vera juice, too. Smoothie up some veggies, with purified water or chamomile tea, add some seasoning and voila! Soup! Just heat it on low for a few minutes.


BREAKFAST RECIPES

"Chocolate and Honey Banana Split"


This is a plant, protein, probiotic powerhouse. Gut Lovin' Guaranteed!

One large banana
Slice into individual pieces or split lengthwise into a serving bowl
Add 2-3 dollops of frozen or refrigerated Greek yogurt (Allergan alert!)
Add your favorite nut butter (Allergan Alert!) and/or whole seeds and nuts. (Allergen alert!)
I like pnut butter (Allergan Alert!), whole or crushed almonds and pistacios, chia seed, hemp seed, and sunflower seeds.
Sprinkle a little cinnamon
Drizzle little honey on top of that
Next, crush or grate one or two chunks of 72% Dark Chocolate for the final topping
I recommend dark chocolate with a 72% cacao content or higher
And then as a final final option: A sprinkle of 100% organic cacao powder on top of it all, just enough for taste.

Ready, set, mix it up and spoon! And, just TRY to keep this a secret from the kids ... not !

Banana splits in the morning? I'm getting up early!!

And, with the nut proteins, you won't be hungry until lunch.
Great for staying sharp in the morning, even without coffee!


I'M NUTS ABOUT BANANA PANCAKES! - the absolute easiest way to make pancakes, without a speck of flour!

One medium to large banana
In a bowl, slice and moosh the banana
Thoroughly blend two large eggs in a separate bowl
Add a little vanilla and cinnamon to the egg mixture
Add some hemp seeds or chia seeds or flax seeds to the mix
Add the egg mixture to the mooshed bananas and blend thoroughly
Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees or heat up a medium or large pan on the stove
Land dollops of the egg-banana mixture onto the griddle.
Serve with honey, cinnamon, sliced blueberries, bananas, papaya, or kiwi
Drizzle some pure maple syrup
Add a sprinkle of coconut sugar
Splash your favorite nut mixture, chia seeds, flax seeds, or hemp seeds on top

Delish!


"Papaya Paradise"

One papaya, medium or large size
Cut in half, lengthwise
Wrap one half in food plastic and put it back in the fridge for tomorrow.
Spoon out and dispose of the little round slimey black seeds. Look carefully. They like to hide.

Just like this, your papaya, an antiinflammatory probiotic powerhouse of digestive smoothness, is ready to eat.

But I like to add stuff.
Banana, pineapple chunks, mango, blueberries, cherries, whatever fruit you like.
Add a dollop or two of Greek frozen or refrigerated yogurt
Drizzle some honey and cinnamon and crushed almonds on top
Voila!

Probiotic Paradise in a Papaya! Your tummy will thank you!




"The Perfect 'You're a Genius!' Hard-Boiled Egg"

I make my hard boiled eggs a dozen or more at a time. Always a great snack for me, anytime of day.

Fill a sauce pan about 2/3 with water, enough to cover the eggs.
Add your dozen or so eggs, gently, into the saucepan, making sure you still have enough water to just cover the eggs. Place a cover on your sauce pan.
Turn on your burner and set to LOW. This will ensure the cool water and the cool eggs don't heat up too fast. I the eggs heat up too fast, they crack. Be patient, slow and easy.

Bring the water to a boil and boil the eggs for one minute.
After one minute, turn off the burner.
Let the eggs sit in the hot water for 15 more minutes
During this time, in a large bowl, prepare an ice bath for the eggs.
After 15 minutes, place the hard boiled eggs in the ice bath for 5-10 minutes, until cooled
Remove the eggs from the ice bath, dry them off and lace eggs in a bowl in the refrigerator

12 automatic snacks.




"Green Eggs" (EGGS: Allergen Alert!)


Whenever I have scrambled eggs or an omelet, I always throw in an overflowing handful of greens or plants first.
In a saucepan, with heat on LOW, melt a dollop of 100% Organic Pure Unrefined, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil.
You can substitute the coconut oil with canola spray, if you like.
As the oil is heating, add a handful of your favorite greens:
Spinach and kale and broccoli flower tops are my favorites.
On the side, in another bowl, whisk two eggs and blend them together
When the greens have kind of melted into each other and have turned dark green,
Add the blended eggs and stir gently with a spatula designed for high heat cooking.
When the eggs are firm, sprinkle on a little shredded cheese
Gently fold the egg dish onto your breakfast plate.

And there you have it, "Green Eggs"


Here's a variation on the "Green Eggs" recipe that I also use a lot.


"Green Eggs and Holy GuacaMoly!" Now it becomes an egg, protein, probiotic blast.


In a saucepan, with heat on LOW, melt a dollop of 100% Organic Pure Unrefined, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed Coconut Oil.
You can substitute the coconut oil with canola spray, if you have that.
As the oil is heating, add a handful of your favorite greens and plants.

This is where you can go a little crazy because there's no limit on the amount of greens or plants you can eat.
Spinach, kale, mushrooms, jalapenos, broccoli flowertops, fine-cut asparagus, shredded brussels sprouts,
artichoke hearts, green/red/yellow peppers, thin sliced/shredded zuchini or banana squash.
Green, white, sweet or red onions and garlic. Throw in whatever you like!

The veggies in your pan will soften and melt together with the oil.
I'll add a tiny bit of salt, pepper and powdered garlic and onion to taste. Add the spices you like.

I will often add a little organic chicken sausage, ground turkey or ground beef.
I cut the sausage into little pieces and I like my ground meat to be in small pieces too.
Gently stir and blend the ingredients so all the flavors are melded together.

When everything has been cooking for a little bit and the sliced sausage is browning
I will add two smoothly beaten eggs. I just pour it in, using my spatula to get every last drop of egg.
With my spatula, I move the mixture around for a few minutes, adding a little more coconut oil if I need to.
When the eggs have cooked, I add some shredded cheese blend on top, letting it melt for a minute
Then I use my spatula to guide the meal onto my breakfast dish.

I will add dollops of guacamole that I've handmade with a little lemon, salt, pepper, and a sprinkle of garlic and onion.

I'll add dollops of wasabi mayonaise and mustard on the side of my plate as shmearing condiments.
I like it with a little kick.



"Avocado and Egg Salsa" (EGGS: Allergen Alert)


Use a small avocado or cut a large one in half.
Scoop the flesh into a mixing bowl
Add lemon juice from 1/4-1/3 of a lemon
Add a little salt and pepper
Sprinkle in a tiny pinch of garlic powder (to taste)
With a fork, moosh it all together until it's lumpy-creamy, guacamole-style
Gently fold in some finely chopped tomatoes, green chiles, mangoes, and fine-chopped onions to taste

With a spatula, scrape the guacamole into a soup bowl
In another bowl, take a hard boiled egg, remove the shell, slice it and crumble it up
Add a tiny dollop of mayo, mustard, or organic non-fat, plain (Greek) yogurt, salt and pepper to the hard boiled egg
Gently stir the ingredients so as to preserve the chunky yolk
Fold the hard boiled egg ingredients on top of the guacamole mixture
A little paprika on the top

Eat this with some carrots, celery or gluten-free veggie chips or rice cake

It also makes a great side dish, the perfect complement for fish or poultry or beef



"Cupcake Eggs"

These can be made two ways: Scrambled or sunny-side up.

"Scrambled Cupcake Eggs"

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees
12-cup cupcake oven pan
12 paper cupcake liners
6-8 eggs
Scrambled in a large mixing bowl
Finely scissor or chop broccoli flower tops
Blend broccoli flower tops into scrambled eggs
Finely cut or crumble turkey bacon, ham, or chicken
Set the meat protein to the side for the moment
Maybe add a little green onion or garlic powder to taste
Maybe add a little salt and pepper, maybe not
Place paper cupcake liners one per cup in the pan
Pour the scrambled eggs and broccoli mixture into
each cup, filling each cup about half-way or so. The mixture
will rise during cooking and you'll want to make space for that.
If you fill it up too high, it will overflow the
cup and make a bigger mess.

To each cup, add your choice of protein.
As an additional option, I like to top it off with
a little shredded cheese, or feta cheese, or goat cheese.
Bake maybe 15 minutes
or until a toothpick test comes out clean

The first time, just keep checking.

When done, they can be served immediately
on a bed of quinoa and kale
or you can cool them in the fridge for
afternoon snacking. Nuke em for 15 seconds
and you're good to go!


"Sunny-Side Up Cupcake Eggs"

The easier version of the two, I think
Prepare the oven
Prepare the pan
Crack and plop one egg per cup in the pan
Add your veggie and meat, being careful
not to break the yolk if possible
Sprinkle your cheese on top as a final option
Bake for like 15 minutes or until a toothpick
comes out clean


HOT CEREALS - Insane in the Membrane Grains, Supergrains to soothe your soul and colon.

"Fire's Out!! Hot Cereal"

The easiest morning breakfast for me to digest when I had a flare-up would be hot cream of rice cereal with bananas or papaya and honey or blueberry or apricot jam as a sweetener. That's it. Every morning, easy breezy. Along with moderating and cooking everything for lunch and dinner, I would eventually calm down my system. Then I could add things, good things, back into my food choice menu. Like some of the following.


Now that Fall is officially here, a morning hot-shot shooter of whole grains can feed the good bacteria in your gut and keep you going all morning long. Even without coffee!

Here are some grains that may be new to you. These grains are naturally wheat-free and nutrient dense. I've had no digestive issues related to any of these grains. You might. Always consult a doctor before adding any new food choices into your life.

Amen.

I whole-heartedly endorse the Earnest Eats brand of hot cereals. Check out www.earnesteats.com. Their product line can also be found and purchased at www.vitacost.com.

First of all, what I like about the Earnest Eats brand of hot cereal, is they come in individual 2.35 oz, recyclable paper serving cups into which you pour your hot water, let it steep for a few minutes, and voila! It cooks in its own cup and is ready to eat. A hot-shot morning shooter of Supergrains . The only thing you have to get used to is the nutrient-dense mouth-feel of what real food used to feel and taste like to our ancestors. These are ancient grains, unrefined. Know that with every bite of a nutrient dense meal or snack moderates blood sugar spikes and keep the fires burning longer.
The other thing I like about Earnest Eats Asia Blend is that it also works well as a base for an even denser nutrient experience.

I will often add tiny bits (it's not a big cup) of banana or other fruit, chia seeds, hemp seeds, raw honey, 100% organic cacao powder, 72% dark chocolate or cinnamon before I add the hot water. It depends on the mood of my taste buds, but I like to add my own personal touch.

What I'm saying is, eat it right out of the cup, as is, or feel free to amp it up even more. Here's how it comes in the cup:


(Allergen Alert!) Earnest Eats is manufactured in a facility that
produces products that contain wheat, soy, eggs, milk, peanuts and tree nuts.



Earnest Eats Asia Blend (Allergen Alert!)

Instant Hot Cereal in a Cup.

Great for late morning starts
Make 'em in minutes
Great breakfast shot or afternoon snack
Make 'em in the morning and
let the kids eat hearty on the go

Never eat and drive yourself. Never.

Unless you're talking and sexting,
changing the channel, disciplining the
kids with the dog on your lap and a to-go latte
in your other hand. Then it's ok. For you
to get a ticket and arrested for intoxicated
behavior. Really, I'm just seeing if anyone is
paying attention.

Add banana and honey for extra nutrition!
The good gut bacteria LOVE bananas and fruit!

Ingredients:
Superfood Grains (Whole Rolled Oats, Quinoa, Puffed Amaranth)
Dried Cane Syrup, Chopped Almonds, Dried Mango
Sesame Seeds, Sunflower Seeds, Flax Seeds,
Matcha Green Tea, Korintje Cinnamon, Sea Salt.


Earnest Eats Mayan Blend (Allergen Alert!)

Wheat-free, Vegan blend, Zero sugars, 7g protein
14 oz cannister

5 minutes stove top; 90 seconds, microwave
You provide the cup and sweetener.

Ingredients:
Superfood Grains (Whole Rolled Oats, Quinoa, Puffed Amaranth)
Raw Pepitas, Raw Sunflower Seeds, Cashew pieces,
Raw Chopped Almonds, Raw Flax Seeds, Unsweetened Natural Cocoa
Korintje Cinnamon, Sea Salt


OTHER WHEAT-FREE GRAINS and SEEDS

I always try to buy organic when I can.

Quinoa
Chia Seed - antioxidant power, high in dietary fiber, vegetarian sourced EFA's
Hemp Seed - raw, shelled, high protein, omega 3's
Teff - Porridge recipe with dates and honey, zero sugars, 7g protein
Kamut - Easy to digest whole grain
Amaranth - An ancient Aztec grain, easy to digest


More to come...!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

ULCERATIVE COLITIS : C. DIFF INFECTION (CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE)








Explaining how I got to this place is like a good detective novel with a happy ending for the story's protagonist.

I was under a dermatologist's care as an adolescent. I had very bad acne breakouts. I mean, huge zits like volcanoes on my face and shoulders. Mostly on my face, occasionally on my back. It was bad.

My parents took me to a dermatologist in our area, a good one, recommended by my other zithead friends, and I began treatment. With, of course, ANTIBIOTICS.

And, guess what? My zits cleared up! Of course, they did.

I was on a daily regimen of tetracycline, a broad-spectrum ANTIBIOTIC, until my doctor switched me over to Aureomycin. Naturally, I trusted my parents and my doctor and all of my friends who were seeing the same doctor. It was great to see my pimples disappear.

I was on ANTIBIOTIC treatment for close to two years, until I graduated high school. My zits leveled off and I tried to watch what I was eating. I was only 18 at the time, what did I know?

In hindsight, my immune system was always in a compromised state because of the zit prescription. I didn't feel ill effects because my body was young, perhaps the daily dose of ANTIBIOTICS was mild, but for some reason symptoms didn't emerge until I was 29.

My breakdown was evolutionary and then suddenly I was very ill. My immune system was hit so hard for so long, the good bacteria eventually just couldn't replenish itself back to health (and, remember, I was still eating 'Dead Food', not good). As a result, the good bacteria got crowded out by the bad bacteria, which were now like bacterial zombies running amok up and down Colon Alley. What did I expect? I was feeding my zombies 'Dead Food.' You are what you eat, they say. Turns out, the bad guys love 'Dead Food.'

The bad bacteria has a name: CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFCILE, also referred to as "C. difficile" or "C. diff." or "CDF/cdf". This C diff,, is a really bad bacteria, resulting in an estimated 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

C. diff, is known for causing ANTIBIOTIC-ASSOCIATED diarrhea. This happens when the good bacteria is crowded out after a treatment of antibiotics designed to kill the bad guys, leaving some bad guys behind who then go on to become resistant to further treatment. As I mentioned, the good guys just can't reproduce fast enough or in large enough populations to replenish themselves.

It should be noted, it has been said that C. difficile itself is NOT drug-resistant. What happens in a patient's gut is that ANTIBIOTICS kill beneficial bacteria, crating an opportunity for C. difficile to infect a patient.

How bad? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that C. difficile kills 14,000 people each year in the U.S. alone. The standard treatment? You guessed it, rounds of ANTIBIOTICS. The problem: C. diff doesn't respond well to them.

But there's hope on the horizon for an ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT for battling C. diff in the gut.

Are you ready?

A Fecal Transplant. That's correct. As in the word feces, or poop: A FECAL TRANSPLANT.


WHAT IS A FECAL TRANSPLANT ?

I'm glad you assked (pun intended, of course). And when I tell you, you're going to say "Eeeoowyuck!". Be thankful you don't have to drink it. And if anyone feels the way I felt, they might secretly think: "Eeeew-where do I find out about this?"

Here's how a FECAL TRANSPLANT works: First, in a doctor's setting, a patient is clinically diagnosed with a C. diff infection. Upon diagnosis, the patient's doctor places a medical order for healthy stool from a healthy donor. The patient returns for a follow-up visit and the administration of the fecal transplant procedure. Before the procedure begins, the doctor mixes the healthy donor stool with saline (salt water). Finally, with foreplay over, the doctor inserts a tube into the patient's rectum and sends the healthy bacteria from the healthy donor stool through the tube into the C. diff patient's infected areas, bathing them in good, healthy bacteria. The healthy bacteria in the donor stool provides an army of the good guys to once again crowd out the bad bacteria, enabling a healthy microbiome to grow and flourish. The good bacteria, the good flora, are now back in gut control, preventing C. difficile from recurring.

In reverse engineering (visual acknowledged), a FECAL TRANSPLANT is exactly like getting a shot of probiotics, only up the rear. Supplementing with good probiotics taken orally in capsule form have, I believe, helped me keep my immune system strong and healthy. It's part of my daily regimen along with eating more plants, fruits, and veggies, the PREBIOTICS (food for) my PROBIOTICS (the good gut bacteria).

There's a Dr. Colleen Kelly, a gastroenterologist at Brown University, who is doing this FECAL TRANSPLANT RESEARCH.

Be reminded: Do your own homework.

In severe cases, C. difficile can cause PSEUDOMEMBRANOUS COLITIS, a severe inflammation of the colon. It is often, but not always, caused by the bacterium CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE. Because of this, the informal name C. difficile colitis or just C. diff, is also commonly used.


MORE FOOD FOR THE ZOMBIES

Processed, dead food. We consume too much nutritionally vacant, ground and boiled to death, 'Dead Food.' Here are some of those items that I love, love, LOVE: Salt, sugar, fat, processed grains, pasteurized dairy and processed meat delights.

Including all those edible, tasty items exemplified to perfection in our fast food choices: burgers, bread, fried chicken, more bread, french fries, bad oils, more bread, salt, sugar, cookies, cakes, saturated fats, pizza, ice cream, cupcakes, even orange juice, all Dead and nutritionally questionable calories - yum! - and, let's not forget our loss-leader: soda! Only a $1, any size, S M L XL XXL making the consumer... XXXL !

Methinks these are some of the contributing factors to a nutritionally deficient human being as well as one with a compromised immune system. It's just been battered and beaten up for so long, it just has to break down under the weight of having to provide nutrients to a starving body. It's been like sifting the dessert for a carrot or an apple. A lot of energy for nothing. And now, total exhaustion. That was me.

A body's immune system, as well as arterial and venal pathways, by maintaining an unhealthy level of both FREE RADICAL formation and CHRONIC INFLAMMATION which together simply encourage a further accumulation of FREE RADICALS and INFLAMMATION intensification.

After prolonged CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, arterial and venal pathways become overly stressed and venal and arterial walls begin to shred from the inside. If you're experiencing an autoimmune disease, you are, by definition, experiencing CHRONIC INFLAMMATION.


As you can see, CHRONIC INFLAMMATION may feel like a local phenomenon (as the case with me, my brutalized ass), but it has serious systemic consequences.

For example, CHRONIC INFLAMMATION can cause the walls of our arterial and venal pathways, the veins and arteries and capillaries that carry nutrients to all our cells, to shred cellular sheets. And then our good friend cholesterol shows up to help.

Cholesterol, essential for a healthy human brain among many other important functions, collects around the shreds, attempting to patch them up, much like you'd patch a street pothole. Cholesterol is kind of sludgy ends up accumulating in the inflamed pathways, around the shreds, leading to potential blockages.

More fun is in store when CHOLESTEROL LOWERING MEDICATIONS, such as STATINS, are prescribed. By chemically reducing the amount of blood cholesterol, you're not addressing the systemic inflammation. Make sense?

STATINS are taken for a condition in which inflammation is the cause of the cholesterol buildup, not the cholesterol itself. Addressing the source of the problem, INFLAMMATION, is primarily food choices.  That's when consistently following an ANTI-INFLAMMATORY food choice sequence will help moderate or eliminate the need for STATIN medication.

Want to see your doctor freak out? If you're on STATINS, ask your doctor how you can wean yourself off of them with food choices and exercise. Watch his reaction. The doctor of a friend of mine said she'd have to be on STATINS for the rest of her life. That her condition was genetic. He scared her, too. Now she's afraid to get off of them. He told her she'd die if she went off of them.

I told her to ALWAYS follow her doctor's advice. And that's exactly what she's doing.