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







NOTHING TASTES AS GOOD AS HEALTHY FEELS!


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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








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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.

Monday, October 21, 2013

CROHN'S COLITIS CELIAC DISEASE : MEDICAL TREATMENT & RISKS














Remember, I am neither a doctor nor a drug researcher, nor have I ever worked for the FDA or any pharmaceutical company. I'm just someone who was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis back in 1980. All I know is me. I take full responsibility for all the typsos and missesinformations on every page in this blog. Again, always look into these things yourself. Be sure to ask your doctor and pharmacist what the latest research is on all these immune suppressant technologies they want to treat your whole system with. Inform yourself. Like the doormouse said, "Feed your head." Thank you, Grace.




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

GETTING A SECOND OPINION

Be aware of all your choices and ask your doctor lots of questions. Be sharp, informed, and relentless. Doctors sometimes mis-diagnose, mis-prescribe, and make mistakes. Doctors don't really encourage you to get a second opinion. Their feelings (and pocketbook, more likely) are going to be hurt. Get a second opinion if you want to.

HOW DO DOCTORS DIAGNOSE INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE ?

Know that it's not easy for doctors to accurately diagnose IBD because of the wide spectrum of ailments attached to the diagnosis. These ailments can overlap into other possible diagnoses.

In order for a doctor to prescribe medication, a diagnosis needs to be made.  There are many medications the FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION (FDA) has approved for the treatment of the various forms of INFLAMMATION, including INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD). Do your own research and be aware of all the medical treatments available to you before you decide. Doctors often have their favored treatments and they'll want you to consider their judgment. Meanwhile, know what other treatments exist so you can consider the diagnosis from all angles before you, your family and your doctor decide on the right treatment path for you.

WHAT IS A COLONOSCOPY ?

For many, the idea of this simply strikes fear in the heart of all those who really don't like anyone poking around their private parts. In the case of a possible IBD diagnosis, patients must try to set that fear aside. It can help if a patient knows they'll be sedated during the procedure.

In the case of IBD, there simply is no other way to get the best diagnosis. In all likelihood, a patient is going to have to have a COLONOSCOPY.

A COLONOSCOPY (pronounced: kolun-ah-skahpee), is pretty much what it sounds like: putting a special telescope up your rectum to see what's going on up there. In other words, modern medicine, in order to make an IBD or IBS diagnosis, inserts into a patient's rectum a snakey, flexible tube with a tiny hi-def camera attached to its head. As you're lying on your side, most likely sedated and sleeping, a doctor will have a tv monitor available to highlight the areas and monitor the movement of the flexible snakey camera.

Before another kind of procedure, a patient may be required to swallow a radioactive mixture to highlight the entire length of a patient's intestinal lining and, with a radiologist, photograph and report on the affected areas. Sometimes, too, a similar radioactive mixture will be administered via the rectum, as an enema.

Are we having fun, yet?

HOW MIGHT PATIENTS PROTECT THEMSELVES ?

A good way for patients to protect themselves is with INFORMATION. Doctors like it when a patient considers theM the last word on treatment options. A doctor's ego loves a patient's blind trust in the doctor's judgment. Doctors want to keep and build their patient base. Doctors have a finely tuned presentations and word-flow to convince you of their qualifications in diagnosing a patient's case. A doctor's presentation might come cloaked in some dire forecast and a 'You're the patient, I'm the doctor' kind of vibe to keep you from exploring, examining, and considering other information that you might need.

Doctors want patients to believe that more information is bad because it confuses the issue (for them). Doctors don't like it when they're put in a position of answering questions they may not know the answers to or be put in a position where they have to discount all the information you're gathering. Doctors want you to trust their information not anyone else's. They will try to convince you of their superior knowledge based on the fact that they went to med school, have certificates of achievement and acknowledgement on their walls, and have years of experience with a patient's diagnosed condition. It's a cultural message doctors don't like patients messing with. I'm the doctor, you're the patient, and, as the patient, you should listen to me and only me.

The reality is that doctors today can't possibly keep up with everything, even about their own fields. They won't tell you of course, but many rely on the pharmaceutical industry and 'peer reviews' of pharmaceutical research for their primary sources of information. Knowing that doctors often settle on a treatment and stay with it until whenever, gives you the opening to do your own homework on the matter, leaving no stone unturned, until you, your family and your doctor determine the right course of treatment for you.

Overall, RESIST IGNORANCE. Be your own advocate and fight for the highest quality of life and disease treatment you can. Doctors do that for themselves, why shouldn't you?



WHAT IS INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE AND HOW IS IT TREATED ?


INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD) is an AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASE. Characterized by CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, a body reacts by sending an battalion of white blood cells (the infection fighters) to the intestinal lining. It is a general category under which several specific AUTO-IMMUNE DISEASES fall.

With ULCERATIVE COLITIS inflammation usually affects only the innermost lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. If the damage and inflammation continues into the small intestine, it is no longer diagnosed as UC.

CROHN'S DISEASE, also an IBD, causes inflammation in the small intestine in 70%-80% of those diagnosed. However, the inflammation of CROHN'S DISEASE may not stop there. In reality, CROHN'S DISEASEcan affect any part of the digestive tract, from mouth to anus.

Interestingly, CELIAC DISEASE, upon diagnosis, is treatable by removing GLUTEN from a sufferer's food choices. Think: everything made with wheat. Which pretty much eliminates a lot of processed foods.

Other IBD's include COLLAGENOUS COLITIS, LYMPHOCYTIC COLITIS.

PSEUDOMEMBRANOUS COLITIS (PC), a severe inflammation of the colon, can occur in cases of C. diff infection (see my blog page on C. diff. for more). PC is often, but not always, caused by the bacterium CLOSTRIDIUM DIFFICILE. The abbreviated name C. difficile colitis or just C. diff, is also commonly used to identify this bad bacteria.

INFANT COLITIS

Prematurely born infants are often in the hospital for weeks or months at a time. During their hospital stay, preemies have, up until recently, been fed a cow's milk-based formula. As a possible result of not having human breast milk during their stay, preemies have been known to come down with NECROTIZING ENTROCOLITIS, a bowel inflammation that often requires surgery.

GREAT NEWS! The recent introduction of human breast milk into the diets of preemies while in the hospital (eventhough pasteurized) is showing promise in dramatically reducing the rate of complications, including NECROTIZING ENTROCOLITIS, in the early lives of these little ones. Human milk for human babies. Imagine human milk having an effect on their health. I get it: Cow's milk is for calves; human breast milk is for humans.

How many little lives could have been saved if human milk for preemies had been insisted upon by the medical establishment in the 1950's? In hindsight, why doesn't modern medicine collaborate with common sense?

More importantly, why has it taken so long? Why does modern medicine discount anecdotal evidence that can be witnessed by those open to the power of nature? Do doctors really believe they know more than nature? And if we could have figured this out 60 years ago, is there anything else we might currently be overlooking?

I'll tell you this: If nature doesn't like modern medicine's 'work around' to a particular disease (Oh, I don't know, Immune Suppressants and Antibiotics just leap to mind), modern medicine loses. And if modern medicine loses, where does that leave us in 10, 20, 100 or more years from now? Further away from nature or closer to it?

Has our 'war with nature' created a wake of ill health yet to come? Time will tell, of course, whether it's a ripple or a tsunami.

You know it. I got questions.

Are we experiencing the consequences of that arrogance? I have no idea. The cultural message I received growing up was that 'nature' was something to be 'conquered' and modern medicine and science were going to do just that. We would become masters of nature and make the world better for all. that pillar of medicine, Jonas Salk, and his cure for Polio, may have paved the proof for that premise. That premise has gone a long way toward establishing modern medicine's dominance of our health industry. It may be haunting and hurting us today.

By the way, Jonas Salk gave away his patent to his cure for Polio. For the good of humankind. Imagine a Jonas Salk today. I don't think I can.






WHAT IS IBS ?

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS) is DIFFERENT FROM INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)
Although IBD and IBS may have similar symptoms, they are different diagnoses. Modern medicine makes the distinction between them by advocating ANTIBIOTICS as well as food choice and lifestyle changes for IBS whereas modern medicine takes a purely medical approach to IBD's.

IRRITABLE BOWEL DISEASE affects about 0.3% of the population, or about 1 million people.
In contrast, IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS), affects about 10%-20% of the population in the U.S., or 30-60 million people.

IBS is accompanied by generalized gut discomfort, bloating, gut pain and loose stools. With 30-60 million people, that's a lot of suffering. Women, it turns out, suffer from IBS at a rate almost twice that of men. Some studies suggest that intestinal bacteria play a role in the onset of IBS.


MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR IBD

Medically treating IBD takes a team of specialists in digestive diseases (gastroenterologists), surgery, pathology, radiology and nutrition care.

The Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota ranks No.1 for digestive disorders in the U.S. News and World Report Best Hospitals rankings. The Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona and in Jacksonville, Florida, are also ranked among the Best Hospitals for digestive disorders by U.S. News and World Report. The Mayo Clinic treats over 3,000 adults and children diagnosed with IBD every year.

Initial medical treatment options include ANTIBIOTICS and IMMUNE SUPPRESSANTS. Once diagnosed with an IBD, a patient is confronted with the possibility of needing a lifetime of medical treatment as well as doctor and hospital support. This can become quite daunting for many when the treatments - sometimes daily/sometimes every 6-10 weeks, depending on the medication - wear off and symptoms return. Remission is only temporary, and in many cases lasts only as long as you're taking the medicine at the intervals prescribed. Doctors are focused on remission and they will remind a patient of that, their only goal. Modern medicine offers only treatment and the possibility of remission as being a patient's only choice.

There may be four possible instances where a doctor might alter your treatment, but not the goal of remission.

If the patient experiences serious (hopefully non-fatal) side-effects;
If the patient doesn't appear to be responding to the prescribed treatment;
If the treatment drug has been recalled by the FDA because it poses a greater threat than originally acknowledged; or,
If there's a 'new' treatment the doctor wants to try on you. Which is almost guaranteed if the FDA recalls a patient's current treatment drug.

Point being, it's difficult to get off the treatment once it starts because doctors counsel patients to be treated for a while so they can see how a patient is responding. Modern medicine collects and analyzes data while monitoring a patient's progress. If a patient appears to tolerate treatment in the short term, that reinforces the doctor's prescription and opinion concerning your continued treatment. For both patient and doctor, the remission of a patient's diagnosed and reported symptoms is the one and only hoped-for goal. Doctors will fight for a patient's remission.

It's hard for a patient to imagine medical treatment being part of their life without foreseeable end. Not hard for doctors to imagine, however. No one knows all the long-term effects of these new medicines the FDA is approving. When new meds are approved, there's limited testing info available and what IS available is often provided by the pharmaceutical industry, who oftentimes are both the inventor and the researcher. Upon approval by the FDA, modern medicine will want a patient to participate in their treatment program for at least 6 months, hoping for several years of treatment.

Part of the psychological mosaic for treatment is that the patient prays for modern medicine find a 'cure' by the time their treatment of choice loses its effectiveness or the patient contracts a short-term, untreatable, SUPERBUG INFECTION or their drug of choice is either discontinued, reformulated or recalled by the FDA, or made into a generic version that may cost less.

Believe me, I'm praying with those patients.

INTRAVENOUS IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT TREATMENT

The specific treatment I'm referring to here, I have absolutely no experience with. Do not trust my observations as they are most likely ill-informed. Trust only yourself. Always ask your doctor questions. Do your own research before you, your family and your doctor choose a path for the treatment of your IBD diagnosis.

VEGAN SPOILER ALERT! This intravenous drug is made with mouse proteins. That's correct. MOUSE PROTEINS.

Please Note: There's another variation without mouse proteins, but I just thought this was interesting, too.

This is a widely prescribed drug of choice by many GASTROENTEROLOGISTS for INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE diagnoses, such as ULCERATIVE COLITIS. Administered intravenously and only in a doctor's office, it takes 1-2 hours per patient visit. Each patient session costs in the neighborhood of $5,000.00.

Let's read that number again: $Five Thou$and Frea$in' Do$$ar$$$. PER TREATMENT.

Just a rumor I heard, prob'ly. It can't REALLY be THAT much. Can it? I feel so sorry for those who can't afford remission at that cost. I guess they're just going to have go on suffering. Ah, today's 'Healing Arts.'

1-2 hour intravenous administration for this drug is recommended every 6-10 weeks, depending on the duration of the treatment's efficacy, or effectiveness. The yearly cost of treatment every 10 weeks (at 5 treatments per year) is about $25,000.00. Every 6 weeks, closer to $40,000.00 a year.

In terms of annual potential profit to self and pharmaceutical shareholders, not a crime, the more often a patient needs treatment, the better.

Sheesh! Someone figured out that everyone's ass was a goldmine. And you don't have to dig that far! It's a beautiful world.

This intravenous drug you should also know, has been labeled a BLACK BOX DRUG.


WHAT IS A BLACK BOX DRUG ?


After a drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and more data has been collected from testing on larger populations and specific demographics, it might be discovered that people are having more severe or even more fatal reactions to the FDA approved medical treatment than anticipated.

Here's another stoopid question: What threshold of cumulative harm does a treatment have to pass before it's recalled by the FDA? How is that cumulative harm assessed? Are those assessments ever historically minimized in peer-reviewed research reports leading up to the recall? Is there a specific threshold for fatalities, for example? Is it one fatality? 10? 1,000? I got questions.

Before an FDA approved is recalled, it may be given another label: BLACK BOX DRUG

Classifying a drug as a BLACK BOX DRUG, means that it's potentially more dangerous in its side effects than originally believed based on the research stats available at the time of approval. A BLACK BOX DRUG also comes with stricter regulations regarding administration. This usually means the treatment must be administered in a doctor's office or hospital setting. There can be no self-administration of this treatment whatsoever.

In light of this, this intravenous IBD treatment has its fans. I hear it's pretty good at accomplishing the goal of remission.


OTHER MEDICAL TREATMENT OPTIONS

IMMUNE SUPPRESSANTS administered intravenously are only one of the current medical treatments of choice. There is also a lot of advertising in the newspaper (remember those?) and on television and the internet about other medical treatment options and other programs with pharma-sponsored experimental treatments that you can get paid for if you volunteer to be part of their study. You might get to take a harmless, useless PLACEBO (an inert or 'nothing' pill) OR, look what's behind THIS curtain...!... You might get to take the actual drug they're experimenting with. Once you've signed off on the risks and agreed to be part of the study, the company of researchers is absolved of all responsibility if you happen to drop dead from their brand spankin' new treatment.

As a simpleton nobody bloggin' on the internets might say, yer takin' yer chances, too. Along with your doctor, always understand the risks of all treatment options before signing off on them. Modern medicine has ways of pre-selling doctors on what treatments they should offer to their patients. Historically, cute pharma reps plying gifts, trips and flattery have been some of the ways into a doctor's heart. And wallet. Good business people know how to make relationships work.

SOME RISKS OF IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT TREATMENT

IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT medications suppress a patient's entire IMMUNE SYSTEM, opening a pathway to other potentially serious infections. Why? Because these IMMUNE SUPPRESSANTS do a really good job of shutting down, or suppressing, a patient's IMMUNE SYSTEM. With a compromised or completely shut down IMMUNE SYSTEM, a patient has no immune system defenses. Even if their body should be invaded by the common cold.

When a patient has a bacterial infection, ANTIBIOTICS are often prescribed to kill the bad guys, the bad bacteria. Killing the bad bacteria is a good thing.

Unfortunately, ANTIBIOTICS also kill all the good guys, the good bacteria, much of which rests in your gut, and much of which is responsible for keeping infections away and inflammation down to a minimum and keeping your body strong and healthy, resistant to disease.

A big problem arises when too many of the good bacteria are killed off by ANTIBIOTIC treatment.  The human immune system, most of which resides in your gut, in your intestines, has an innate propensity and drive toward health. The immune system tries desperately to renew and rejuvenate the good bacteria in your immune system back to a healthy level.  But each time it's hit with dosages of IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT DRUGS or ANTIBIOTICS an immune system can be compromised or even peremanently crippled. An immune system has to start to try and rebuild itself all over again. Relying only on a patient's compromised defenses to do the rebuilding is a huge, sometimes impossible, task.

And now, although it's buried and not in the headlines, pharmaceutical companies are scrambling because the overuse, misuse, misprescription and abuse of antibiotics in both patient and hospital settings, has resulted in SUPERBUGS and SUPERBUG INFECTIONS.






WHAT ARE SUPERBUGS ?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released (2013) its first report EVER on the proliferation of SUPERBUGS. This CDC report paints a dire picture of drug resistance in the United States. The CDC has concluded that SUPERBUGS are the result of our over-reliance, over-prescription, and thoughtless misuse of ANTIBIOTICS. Patients aren't finishing their full prescription. Patients are not being told consistently of the benefits of following their daily ANTIBIOTICS with better nutrition and with PREBIOTICS and PROBIOTICS. It's a big problem because these SUPERBUGS, are bacteria that have adapted to their antibiotic environment, survived, reproduced and are now resistant to current ANTIBIOTIC treatment. Hospitals are trying, but they're having problems with these SUPERBUGS infecting their patients whose health they're committed to.

Tom Frieden, CDC's current director, expressed his concern this way: "We talk about a PRE-ANTIBIOTIC ERA and an ANTIBIOTIC ERA. If we're not careful, we'll be in POST-ANTIBIOTIC ERA. For some patients and some microbes, we're already there."

So now we have a situation where we desperately have to invent new antibiotics to kill these SUPERBUGS which will leave other, more powerfully defended SUPERBUGS than before, perpetuating a cycle that is great for publicly traded companies and their investors but are anathema and even deadly in their threat to the public's general health.

And many of these patients are dying. It's been reported that more than 2 million people get anitbiotic-resistance infections every years, and that 23,000 die annually from their illnesses. These SUPERBUGS are invading our hospitals and patients are then taking these home with them. This leaves patients in a dire situation where doctors have to say they've exhausted their treatment options with their patients who have acquired these SUPERBUGS.

When a doctor runs out of tools to help a patient, because doctors can't fight these new infections, where does a patient go? If your body can't muster the defenses to heal, you lose, we're so sorry. You realize, of course, we've done the best we can.

If you don't get treatment and you don't die in the hospital, you're on your own. Helpless and suffering until they invent a 'new treatment' or experimental ANTIBIOTIC drug for your SUPERBUG, a patient suffers to their inglorious end.

Ever wonder why obituaries often list 'pneumonia' as the cause of death? My theory: IMMUNE SUPPRESSANT or ANTIBIOTIC treatment for years, prescribed for their particular INFLAMMATORY DISEASE. Doctors will blame the disease, patients will buy into it and then, in their own obituaries, will thank their doctors and caregivers, often by name, for their treatment and care. They might suggest you make a donation to help cure that disease. It's a perfect world.

Again, just one person's cwazy opinion, not worthy of consideration, really. Move along. There's nothing to see here.

I'll offer my stupid humble opinion this way: The path to health is not through chemical management of symptoms but a world-wide, nutritionally-based paradigm shift worthy of a revolution. I know. That's a mouthful. I did say revolution, though, didn't I?

Within that shift, doctors and scientists will again be healers and trend closer to a doctor's Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. I predict that this time period of pharmaceutical myopia, its obsession with disease-categorization and drug treatment over-invention, along with its direct to consumer marketing campaigns encouraging consumers to self-diagnose, is going to be seen for what it is: medieval. And I'm just talking gut treatment here, nothing else.


ANTIBIOTICS IN OUR FOOD SUPPLY

Used for fattening up cows and poultry so as to get them to market faster, ANTIBIOTICS have been marketed to and used by agribusiness for decades. There was nothing about organic meat or poultry during the first 30+ years of my life and, feeding myself a lot of fast, convenient, packaged, pre-made food from convenience food places and coffee shops, I consumed a lot of ANTIBIOTIC treated meat and poultry.

(In 2011 according to the FDA, 30 MILLION pounds of ANITIBIOTICS were used on chickens and other food animals. The FDA in 2013, right now, is planning to ask drug companies to stop marketing antibiotics to agribusiness as a growth agent.)
IN SUMMARY

There are many risks to any drug treatment under any and all circumstances. A patient has a responsibility to themselves to know what the risks are. Be brave and ask your doctor the important questions on your mind. Being informed in the first step toward being in control. I'm a big fan of being in control, especially when it comes to my health.

Please be cautioned: If a patient asks the question, "Is this the answer for me?" make sure a doctor is present. Patients should never do anything unwarranted. Patients should always consult with their doctor. And always ask lots of questions. Don't be intimidated by modern medicine's arrogant practitioners of which your doctor may be one. They're just humans pretending to be puffer fish, hiding behind their degrees and wall plaques. They prefer easy going, passive personalities who don't challenge them. When it comes to my own personal health, I'm on my side.

And sometimes the patient is more informed about things than their doctor is. BE THAT PERSON. Do not go quietly into that dark night of lifelong prescription medicine with possible unknown long-term effects, SUPERBUG infections and surgery. If I'm saying anything, and that's highly debatable, it's this: A patient must fight for their health because no one else is going to.

Fight for your best health, fight for all the information you're entitled to, and then, with your family and your doctor, make the best decision for yourself. And, by the way, be prepared to have some questions go unanswered. But don't make, "My doctor didn't tell me," a lifelong excuse for regret. No one knows you as well as you know yourself. People will make decisions based on their interactions with you. Give your doctor as much information as you can. Don't wuss out on this one. Be brave in your journey and unrelenting in your quest for your best health.

Amen.

An' 'membah, I ain't no scientistic type, mahnd ya, so don't take any of mah flowery wuhds for nuthin' more than spit. All's I got is easily dismissable observations and silly questions that don't needs ansahs. Ah'm bein' tol' that, ovah and ovah agin. So's it mustah be true.