Stress-Anxiety-Crohn’s


There are many activators for Crohn’s Disease flare-ups.  Your diet is a major activator, but it is easy to control what you choose to put in your mouth.  Quality sleep can be another, but you can control the time you go to bed and when is best to wake up.

I have found that stress/anxiety is the hardest activator to control by far.  Sometimes you do not even feel the stress during your day, but it could be there slowly activating a Crohn’s flare. I got to the hospital thanks to stress/anxiety on 2 separate occasions. I was controlling my diet, sleeping fairly well, but work and personal life stress produced a Crohn’s flare that blocked my intestines twice!

After the second trip to the hospital, I promised myself and others that I would take my Crohn’s medication as directed.  I also asked to be placed on a daily stress/anxiety medication: Lexapro and now Celexa.

 I literally can’t control the stress on my own.  I try to mentally do it, but I just can’t do it without medical intervention.  I know it is not great to take SSRI medication, but I just can’t do it on my own and I cannot land in the hospital again. 

I still juice daily and take my turmeric supplements/vitamins.  I eat a lot of garlic and take probiotics here and there.  I find that this natural approach helps to keep tissue healthy and is wonderful for the entire body.  Too many benefits to list!

That said, the medical approach helps to control the stress that the natural method can not seem to treat.

I am sure many of you experience stress like I do and find that it really influences your symptoms.  Send a message and get the conversation going.

Thank you all:)

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Fecal Transplant Alternative


http://www.webmd.com/ibd-crohns-disease/crohns-disease/news/20150410/stem-cells-fecal-transplants-show-promise-for-crohns-disease

The link above talks about using fecal transplants to alter the gi environment which allows the patient to achieve remission from Crohn’s Disease.

The concept of this successful treatment caused me to find an easier way to change the flora weekly.  It is also much easier and very cheap.

The Fecal Transplant Alternative Treatment:

  1. You must find a way to clear out all fecal matter in your gi/colon first.  I use a lot of water and a prescription medicine for a pain I get from constipation (Linzess). The goal here is to get it all out! This mimics the fecal transplant because it is like the colonoscopy prep, but much easier!!
  2. The next phase is re-population of the gi/colon.  I take some probiotics and create a super juice that you will see below.  This mimics the insertion of someone’s healthy flora/fecal matter into your colon.  Again, so much easier!!
  3. Continue to add in extremely health juices and probiotics.  This is done once a week!

If you are weekly purging the gi system and adding in the good stuff to create the ideal environment, you can limit symptoms and keep Crohn’s Disease at bay.

Re-population Juice:

  • 2 apples
  • 4-5 carrots
  • 1 large beet
  • Kale
  • 1 whole lemon with skin

Take this juice and blend in 1/2 avocado with ice!  This will also help with hunger!!

 

A 3-Day Juice Fast/Cleanse


Since I enjoyed my 1-day juice fast last week, I decided to give a 3-day fast a try.  I did the same thing as I did last week where I cleansed out all of the waste on a Friday afternoon.  I actually made a very red juice with 2 beets so that I could tell everything was all clear.  After this, I took some probiotics to seed the gi tract.  The hardest part of all of this is the hunger that you feel throughout.  The key here is to blend in ingredients that will curb your hunger at the major meal times.

The graphic above is from Joe Cross and gives you an idea on how many juices/smoothies you would consume daily.  I like to blend in either avocado or banana to really solve the hunger problem.  The fresh juices can be between these blended hunger drinks. I did not really follow the recipes above, but I did try to create a good variety for my plan.

Friday: (After work)

  • Cleanse everything out
  • Probiotics/Turmeric Supplements
  • Green Tea with honey
  • Dinner juice with blended avocado and or banana for hunger.

Saturday:

  • Morning Green Tea and Honey
  • Breakfast juice with avocado and or banana
  • Water
  • Lunch juice with blended
  • Mid-afternoon green juice
  • Dinner juice with blended
  • Green Tea and Honey

Sunday:

  • Morning Green Tea and Honey
  • Breakfast juice with avocado and or banana
  • Water
  • Lunch juice with blended
  • Mid-afternoon green juice
  • Dinner juice with blended
  • Green Tea and Honey

Monday Morning:  A light breakfast to bring in solid food.

I have to say that I feel energized and light/agile.  I can’t explain the feeling really, but I feel more aware and clear headed.  It is quite amazing!

Give the one day a try and see how you feel – All the best to you:)

 

**Why Juice For Crohn’s Disease**


Questions to be discussed: 

  • Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?
  • What type of juicer should I get first?
  • What are some easy recipes to start with?
  • What else should I be doing to help my medicine do it’s job?

Why should I take the time and money to add organic juices daily to treat Crohns?

  • If you are like many victims with Crohn’s Disease, you have been told not to consume too much fiber from raw fruits and vegetables.  The lining of you gi tract is inflamed and cannot deal with breaking down the insoluble fiber.  As a result, most will avoid fruits and vegetables completely. The goodness in these foods may very well heal you if you could eat it.  This is where juicing for Crohn’s comes in to save you.  The juicer will remove 90+% of the fiber that you cannot break down and use.  This now leaves you with vitamins, minerals, digestive enzymes and nutrients that kill bacteria, strengthen, heal and nourish the inflamed areas of the gi tract. Your body is essentially a juicer anyway and the juicer on your counter does the work for you.
  • It costs about $25-30 per week for the ingredients I need to make these juices. Hospital and doctor visits cost much more and you are practicing preventative medicine at the same time for possible future problems.
  • It takes me a total of 15 minutes to prep, juice, drink and clean/rinse the juicer each day.  I make it part of my routine at the same time each day.  It is just what I do after work and it has become very easy.

What type of juicer should I get first?

What are some easy juices to start with?

  • I have always recommended that you start off with signing up for the FREE 30 day juicing challenge at https://juicerecipes.com/30-day-challenge/  = This link takes you there and Tracee Sloan provides a great easy start to juicing for you.
  • My favorite starters: 1 Apple, 3 Carrots, 1/2 Lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger                                                                              1 Apple, 1 peeled beet, 3 Carrots, 1/2 lemon, 1/2 inch Ginger

What else should I be doing to help my medicine to it’s job?

  • There are a couple of extra things that I do in addition to taking my medicine, juicing and eating foods that digest well.
  • I take organic potent Turmeric capsules 2x per day.  This is my natural anti-inflammatory booster to go with the juice and my medication.
  • I eat a lot of garlic!  Garlic is highly medicinal and will kill harmful bacteria that could be causing the Crohn’s in the first place. (Just don’t juice it) Just don’t!! haha
  • I also take vitamin D and B to help with a deficiency in it.  These 2 vitamins are lacking in those with Crohn’s.

I hope some of this information will be helpful to you.  I hope you choose to try juicing for Crohn’s, Colitis or any other health issue you may have.

I answer all messages quickly, so feel free to send a message or question.  Thank you and take care! All is free:)

***Power Greens Juice***


Power Greens Variation:

  • 2 apples
  • 1 beet
  • 2 handfuls spinach
  • 2 handfuls Kale
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 1/2 Lemon with skin
  • 4 Celery spears
  • 1 inch ginger

This recipe comes off of my Android app with some added ingredients to add even more power.  I added the lemon to help cover the Kale and the Pineapple to sweeten some of the bitter flavors.

Here are the conditions that this mixture is great for:

Digestions, Diverticular Disease, Hemmorhoids, Indigestion, Fertility, IBD(Colitis and Crohns), Low Libido, Memory, Migrains, Circulation, Prostate Enlargement, Skin and many others.

This was quite a powerful one and not really for beginners.

The Cause of Crohn’s and Treatment


http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/crohns-disease-hospital-admissions-surge-300-because-of-junk-food-and-antibiotics-9548524.html = Crohn’s increasing 300% over the past 10+ years!

The article above is a bit scary to know how sharply Crohn’s has increased in a short period of time.  Sure detection methods have gotten better and you can blame it all on genetics you want, but to increase by 300%!! To increase that much there has to be much more to it than just genetics and better technology.

As I read about the MAP vaccine and many other articles, I believe Crohn’s is caused by a bacterial infection.  I believe that our air, drinking water, GMO processed food, Milk and wheat are responsible for causing this bacteria imbalance.  All of these things have changed over the last 10 years and are highly processed.  The chemicals used to keep these foods fresher longer must have a horrible effect on the gut flora balance.

So far, when testing Crohn’s patients for MAP over 93% test positive for the infection! Those that receive the triple antibiotic therapy to kill MAP go into remission rather quickly and that points to infection not heredity.

I remember taking Cipro for a month way back and I remember that my symptoms for Crohn’s greatly reduced.  At the same time though the Cipro was killing off the good bacteria as well.

Everything seems to point to a bacteria imbalance and I don’t think the immune system causes this.  I think the flora imbalance causes the immune system to begin the aggressive attack on everything.

It makes sense that strong probiotic therapies work.  Fecal transplants have worked as it changes the gut flora dramatically. Juicing works because many ingredients are antibacterial and anti-fungal.  The garlic and oregano work because both have anti-MAP properities.

So there are two schools of thought here I guess:

1.  Heredity/Genetics cause your immune system to go on the attack that creates a bacteria imbalance and food/environment has nothing to do with it.  300% increase of Crohn’s this way??

2.  Our food becoming void of nutrients, GMO/Pesticides go into the body and start to slowly change the good vs bad bacteria balance.  The MAP bacteria begin to grow out of control and your immune system starts to go on the attack.  The immune system needs to kick it up a notch and starts to attack everything even healthy tissue. Crohn’s begins and so does the endless cycle.

Treatment:

Immunomodulators:  Suppress the immune system so it does not attack healthy tissue, but the bacteria is still there.

Anti-inflammatories:  The immune system stays the same and creates inflammation.  The drugs soothe the inflammation, but the bacteria is still there!

Anti- MAP:  The triple antibiotic therapy seeks out to kill the bacteria first.  The immune system calms down and does not need to fight so hard.  Inflammation stops due to the immune system calming down.

My Natural Approach:  By taking the Oregano oil(antibiotic) and juicing daily, I was killing off this bacteria that was driving the immune system.  The juicing was also healing and nourishing.

It is hard to say what school of thought to go with.  I think it seems pretty obvious that for most people it is not heredity because there are just way too many cases popping up in developed nations when compared to those that are not industrialized.  They do not have the processed everything that we have:)

Thoughts……..?

Flaredown App: Manage your Health


***Please take time to read and click the link below to find out about an exciting new application coming your way.  It sounds like a great idea to help keep track of your health!***

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/flaredown-decode-your-chronic-illness#/story = Click to learn and Donate!!

Flaredown is a simple, beautiful way to track chronic illness. Create your own unique set of symptoms, treatments and triggers and Flaredown will log them over time so you can understand what really makes you feel better. Show your data to your doctor so they have a complete picture of your health, and learn from the experience of hundreds of other people dealing with chronic illness. Made by patients, for patients, Flaredown will be free forever.

We are the first community focused on finding evidence-based answers to the questions patients are asking right now. That’s because Flaredown learns specifically about the things patients choose to track. Connect with others battling similar illnesses to answer questions like:

  • What effect does stress have on Lupus?
  • Is apple cider helpful for treating rheumatoid arthritis?
  • Does oregano oil help with autoimmune symptoms?
  • Does the specific carbohydrate diet help with Crohn’s?
Flaredown is for all chronic conditions including autoimmune, inflammatory and invisible illnesses. We’re 100 percent funded through IndieGoGo and our own pocketbooks. We’re a group of patients hoping to help others improve quality of life because waiting to get better is not living.
Please consider donating to our IndieGoGo campaign. All funds go directly to expanding and upgrading the app.

**DONATE: to help cure Crohn’s**


https://www.crowdrise.com/CrohnsMAPVaccine/fundraiser/amyhermontaylor = United States

https://www.justgiving.com/CrohnsMAPVaccine-MEN9150/ = Other Countries

My goal with this post is to spread the word and help out this organization who is working to gain funding for vaccine development.  The links above take you directly to the donation websites for any country you reside in.

Even if you do not have the means to donate, please pass on this post to others who might be able to help out.  If the word is spread out to many, it might get into some really helpful hands and this vaccine could become a reality.  I would certainly appreciate a cure and I believe it exists!

Thank You!

Nick:)

**New** Super Hydrating Juice Recipe


This is quite a good one folks!! The flavor is sweet and color is pretty awesome.  The benefits are through the roof on this one as it is highly alkaline from the watermelon and lemon.  The other ingredients are all anti-inflammatory.  This was just a very good one for taste and health.  Give it a try!  It made a lot of juice too:)

Energy Through Hydration

32+oz!!

  • 2 cups watermelon
  • 1 orange
  • 1 lemon
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1/2 fennel bulb
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • ginger optional

Lifestyle changes: The Juice Remains the Same


It has been quite a year!  My 10th year of teaching was supposed to be a positive milestone, but I just didn’t have the best feeling about it going in for some reason.  I had been juicing non-stop daily for over a year with zero medications and then stress hit and I had no idea what a factor it really was.  As my poor puppy Cooper was getting sick, I had all that stress internalized and the juice and diet just could not deal with it.  Hospitalization #1 was due to Cooper passing and stress at work.  

To prevent another hospitalization I juiced more and took Lexapro for the stress and that really helped greatly at work. The 1st hospitalization from stress would not be the last unfortunately and did not completely resolve itself as I did not like taking medication again.

Hospitalization #2 taught me that I needed to take my medication and stop self treating! Not so much for me, but for my family who has to deal with me:)

I now take predisone for a small amount of time until the doctor makes the decision to wean me off.  He will replace that with a long term medication that I will take as directed!

The diet is all soft and not that full of nutrients like the vegan diet I sampled for over 2 months.  This is where juicing comes in along with a liquid vitamin for nutrition.

Since my diet is lacking nutrition, I need/must add the juice in everyday at about 24-32+oz.  I need to take my medication to prevent these unknown situations, but I need to provide a healthy gut and juicing will do that for me.

In summation, do what works for you and adapt as needed.  You must find a way to get rapid nutrition in so that your body is super strong to allow healing to happen.  The juicing remains the same and I hope always will.  Get that juice in you and start to feel the difference in energy, mood and feeling.  Take care!:) 

Today’ Recipe: It’s All Green

  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 2-3 celery
  • 1 lemon whole
  • 1/4 pineapple
  • 2 apples
  • KALE
  • Ginger