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!!

 

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**A One Day Gi Rest**


If you have gotten the chance to watch Joe Cross and his first movie “Fat Sick and Nearly Dead”, you watched Joe drink juice for 60 days with little to no food.  That is an amazing accomplishment that takes a ton of mental/physical strength.  His goal was to lose weight and he sure did.

If you are someone with Crohn’s Disease your goal is to try and keep or gain weight.  This is where a shorter time frame would be more beneficial than 60 days.  Jason Vale is someone to follow for this as he has designed some 3 day, 7 day and other programs.

I am doing a 1 day bowel rest/cleanse today since I am off and I can make juice all day long. Benefits to a bowel rest for Crohn’s and overall health:

  • The first thing that I did was to clear out the whole colon completely.  You can do this with either a ton of juice/water or give it some help with a few caps of Miralax.  It is important to clear out the colon before you add in all of the good stuff.
  • After I was all cleansed out, I took some probiotics and some organic turmeric  and went to bed.  I woke up feeling awesome by the way!
  • I started my day with green tea and honey.
  • I next made a green juice 32oz for breakfast.
  • For lunch I made a juice with avocado and banana blending in to curb hunger.
  • Later on I made a bit more green tea to curb hunger.
  • At dinner time I had another juice with blended in avocado for hunger.

Resume food intake the next day and feel great!!! Your body will love this little break. If you do this once a week, which I plan to do, maybe it is just that little edge your body needs to win this crohn’s battle!

All the best everyone!

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……..?

Juicing: its role in Crohn’s


Back a year ago, I was excited to tell people I “had”(past tense) Crohn’s, that I healed it.  I did do this through juicing, diet and supplements, but I have learned unfortunately that it will always be there.  Little things like not sleeping enough, a bad diet choice and stress – (a BIG one!) can get it to flare up again.  Stress did this for me and I am having a tough time getting this under control presently.

Everything that I have written about as far as healing Crohn’s,  I still believe to be true.  I think when you juice raw organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and super foods you heal the damage Crohn’s inflammation has done.  It’s the strength of the immune system that attacks the good healthy parts, that is the mystery here.  Is it genetic that our immune systems are on overload? Is it the lack of a certain vitamin or the overgrowth of good to bad bacteria?

The one thing that I do know is that the true role of juicing for crohn’s is ultimate nutrition in one glass.  I am not trying to fight inflammation or bacteria overgrowth anymore.  I am looking to provide the maximum most potent vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and prebiotics to a body that cannot eat that food.  If you provide this nutrition daily, then you have a better/very good chance to suppress Crohn’s and put it into remission.

My diet at this point consists of soft and very digestible foods.  I tried the vegan diet and my body could not break down the salads and fiber.  For me it most likely got stuck causing the last obstruction I had.  I was not happy with this because that diet was so super healthy along with juicing and I felt great!

I still believe that drinking as much raw juice as possible can play a key role in placing you into remission.  You also need to eat foods like garlic to keep the bacteria in check.  You also need to take your medication as directed.  I learned this the hard way 2x, but hey I was being hopeful!!

I drink about 24oz+ of juice 1x per day and I get all the nutrition I am missing.  It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, nutrient dense, energizing and anti-cancer as well.  I take my medicine as I am told to now!  I take a liquid vitamin because I can’t absorb vit B and D very well – who knew!!:)

Now, if you don’t juice like this and you eat a diet void of fruits, veggies and herbs, how are you preparing your body to fight the inflammation or harmful bacteria if you cannot actually eat the food? 

My go to juice: 

  • 2 apples
  • 3-4 carrots
  • 1 beet
  • Kale
  • Lemon
  • Ginger

Enjoy your day everyone!:)

**Current Natural Plan**


I seem to be always changing my strategy when it comes to natural remedies, but I think this whole thing is a changing process.  I have adapted my thinking on medicinal interventions and having natural remedies added has not changed.  You need it!

Diet:  I remain on a soft low fiber diet called Low Residue.  It just means that all food will break down easily and leave little waste to clog me up.  This means eliminating insoluble fiber from fruits and veggies.  Without these, where do I get nutrition? http://www.nmh.org/ccurl/84/948/lowfiber-diet07.pdf

Medical Interventions: I take my Lexapro 1x a day and this keeps the stress down very low.  I internalize all stress and I keep a smile on the outside.  I take Prednisone 2x a day and I will be off to the doc this week to see about weaning down and replacing with a longer term – Which I will Take As Directed!!!! 🙂

Current Natural Plan:  The afternoon when I come home from work is natural intervention time.  This is when I get my maximum nutrition to help with what I can’t eat throughout the day.

  • I make a 32oz mason jar of juice.  It usually ends up red or green, but the key to all the juice combos is to think anti-inflammatory.  Kale, Ginger, Turmeric, Lemon, Beets, Celery, Pineapple, ect…This is when I get more nutrition than the average joe who eats a normal diet.
  • I take 70 Billion Count Probiotic.  I purchased Dr. Mercola’s Probiotic brand because I like the work he does and what he speaks about.  His also has research that backs up some of the strains.  The juice also helps to feed the probiotics with prebiotics to keep it healthy.
  • I take a liquid vitamin. I take a highly potent vitamin from Alive.  It has vitamins, green foods and tons of other good stuff in it. It does not taste awesome, but I have juiced garlic, carrot and parsley once and I can handle it:)
  • I take my Oregano Oil.  This is my natural antibiotic that will only kill any bacterial overgrowth and not harm my probiotic strains. Doctors do prescribe an antibiotic like this, but it might kill your probiotic.

In addition to all of this, I still need to take a tablespoon of Miralax with dinner to keep things super easy.  I also take a Metamucil fiber supplement in the morning with breakfast to get my fiber that I miss.

NICK THIS SEEMS SOO EASY!!

It is not, but it is my current plan and I deal with it daily.  I have a routine and I tweak it if needed.  I am trying and not giving up.  That is the key!! Later ya’ll:)

iquim.org – Photo Credit

**When the Meds stop working**


I have tried all forms of treatment and none of them seem to be working, what do I do now?

This statement above comes from countless blogs, forums and comment sections from the web.  The medical response to this question is surgery to remove parts affected or even the entire colon.  This never really solves the problem since Crohn’s can affect from your mouth all the way through.  Even after this final procedure the medical suggestion is to resume your normal diet!  That is just so crazy to me because this normal diet has gotten you sick in the first place.  

First, I am going to tell you what I have experienced recently from juicing and finally switching to a raw vegan diet and then I will go into the steps you need to take to really heal and give your body what it needs.  

I have been having pains/aches from the front under my left rib to the back under my shoulder blade.  The doctor told me to take miralax 2x daily for the rest of my life.  This relieved the pains for the most part, but they were still there.  I was also prescribed a steroid and pentasa again, but they did not seem to make much of a difference.  I finally got fed up with all of it after watching a video of a man who tried out juicing and raw vegan eating.  He said just do it and I did!

The doctors said to stay away from the food I was about to eat all day long – raw fruits and veggies.  I started and I am now on day 7.  I have stopped the miralax because that ache/pain is gone.  I have decreased the steroid and I am weaning off. I have decreased the pentasa from 8 pills to 4 and I intend to wean that off completely.  This change seemed to help very quickly compared to the few months of pills.

My end goal is to take ZERO pills of any kind.  I plan to be off prescription drugs, vitamins and even probiotics.  My goal is to get all that I need from the food and juices.  With that said, here is what you need to do to make some major changes and get your health back.

  1. Get rid of all processed foods:  This food got you sick in the first place for those who are sensitive to it.  All of the chemicals, preservatives, sugar, GMO’s and other unrecognizable ingredients have destroyed your gut flora and rewired your immune system to attack your body.  The body actually creates an inflammatory response to certain foods and ingredients.  
  2. Eat more raw living foods:  When you eat foods that are alive and not cooked, you get live probiotics, digestive enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fiber, phytonutrients and other components that your body needs to heal.  
  3. Drink one raw juice daily:  When you drink one juice daily, you are getting the same thing from the raw foods but it is 100% digestible and your body does very little work to process it.  Refer to my 100’s of posts on juicing for info on that one – 🙂

Crohn’s has caused a complete life change for me, but I do not believe that change needs to be filled with meds and surgery.  I think to get out of the endless cycle I need and you need to make a major change.  This is not easy and it takes pure drive and determination.  It is your choice when the meds stop working for you…

http://www.fullyraw.com/ = Fully Raw Kristina with recipes and videos – I started here for ideas.

http://www.bigjuicespringclean.com/ = Get started juicing with Jason!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhhnHA8c_Y0 = Learn about what is in your food.

The Vegan Diet Experiment


I have seen countless videos from real people with crohn’s disease that say their symptoms have literally disappeared while trying to avoid meat and dairy.  They have gone off all medication and have been symptom free for many years.

They say the reason is that meat, dairy and eggs are not easily digestible and cause inflammation for those who are sensitive. I love eggs and I have been avoiding dairy even before diagnosis.

I decided to download an app that can scan bar codes to see what is vegan and what is not.  I was surprised to see that many of the foods I was already eating checked out vegan anyway.  I now just need to find a way to sub in ingredients to take over the eggs in the morning, the chicken sausages and the turkey burgers.

I found a good site to give it a try called  http://pcrm.org/kickstartHome/mealplan/ It has a shopping list and a meal plan to give it a good try.

Now the ultimate goal here is to make foods that are not overly processed and are in their natural state.  This will take some time and for now I will just try to sub in ingredients for the meat.

This should be interesting and it is worth a good try in addition to my juicing.  Those individuals that are juicing every day and eating vegan are doing fantastic!! They are never sick, they have not medication for any disease and they are bursting with energy.  I kind of want to test this to see if I can join them too:):)

Here is one of them and she is fully raw vegan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w4X7VHo-NBA

**High Anti-Inflammatory Juicing**


The List

  • Turmeric – The most anti-inflammatory substance on Earth.
  • Ginger – The second most anti-inflammatory substance.
  • Berries – Raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, blueberries ect..
  • Beets – A total blood purifier and great for energy.
  • Dark Leafy Greens – Kale, spinach, collards, parsley, cilantro, ect…
  • Lemons with skin – The skin contains the anti-inflammatory compounds.
  • Pineapple – Great also for digestion and immunity.
  • Celery – Highly anti-inflammatory and cooling.

Now to create a smooth tasting anti-inflammatory juice, I like to break it up into base, greens, sweet and power ingredient.

  • Base:  Celery 4 stalks
  • Greens:  Kale and Spinach
  • Sweet:  Pineapple, Whole Lemon, Apple
  • Power: Ginger and or Turmeric

The celery provides a good water base with sodium included.  The pineapple and apple also provide a good water base, but with added sweetness.  The whole lemon with the skin is needed to neutralize the bitterness of the kale.  The spinach does not have a strong taste.  The power anti-inflammatory ingredients boost up the power of this juice.  The taste of Turmeric will be lost in this mix so you can add quite a bit and not even notice.  If you add a bit too much ginger, you will surely notice.

I hope you enjoy how I think up these combinations each day.  Have a great weekend! ~Nick:)

My Saturday Super Boost + Recipes


My day starts at 7:30am and out the door! The very first thing I pick up is Kombucha fermented tea, which is filled with good probiotics and a few super foods.  This stuff is better than coffee as it gives you a nice energy/mood boost without the jittery feeling.  

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/all-about-kombucha

http://synergydrinks.com/index.php/products#enlightened-kombucha

Back in the car and over to Earthfare’s juice bar for a shot of wheatgrass!! This one shot has the nutritional value of 2.5 lbs of fruits and vegetables.

http://thechalkboardmag.com/50-reasons-to-drink-wheatgrass-everyday

Back in the car and over to Trader Joe’s for the weekly juice supplies and tried a cold pressed bottled juice.

  • 1 yellow pepper
  • 2 apples
  • ginger
  • a few sprigs of mint
  • 1/4 pineapple

Finally making it home for the morning breakfast juice:

  • 6 Carrots
  • 2 Apples
  • 1 beet
  • 1/2 Fennel
  • Kale
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Green bell pepper

Afternoon Power Green Juice + Probiotic

  • 1 Yellow Zucchini
  • 1/4 Pineapple
  • 2 Apples
  • 3 Oranges
  • 1/2 Cucumber
  • 1 Lemon
  • Kale
  • Ginger

Now this has all been on an empty stomach due to the fact that I was going to try for a 1 full day juice cleanse.  I decided that I am hungry and I want to eat – haha!  I know I am weak!  I think one more juice will be in order for later on and this one is just the simple ABC!

  • 2 Apples
  • 1 Beet
  • 4 Carrots

I envy anyone who has made it through a 1,3,28,30 or 60 day + juice fast.  If you cannot make it like myself -haha, try a weekend boost day.  Have a great weekend!

Backing up Juicing Claims


I have gotten a few challenge responses here or there that really try to shoot down the benefits of juicing and what the goal of this blog site really is.  (These individuals are usually ones who have never tried or have tried and given up on juicing quickly.)  The goal of this site is to share information and to help others with outside the box thinking.  The goal is not to make money from advertising and WordPress does not allow that anyway.  Plus, after writing over 200+ posts and answering every single inquiry within 1 day, my goal is clearly to help others who need new ideas.

After talking with a parent the other day about the benefits of juicing, I came up with an interesting way of thinking about why it truly works if you give it a good try. Think about how drinking soda causes weight gain, spikes sugar levels and many other health ailments or how drinking alcohol dries you out and causes fatigue.  If what you drink in these cases causes so many documented health problems, then it is highly probable that drinking the juices from fruits, veggies and herbs can cause the complete opposite.  If you would like to seek out and watch Superjuice Me or Fat Sick and Nearly Dead, you will see what I mean about progress.  

Why do I feel energized from wake to sleep? Why do I feel mentally clear and quicker? Why is my immunity through the roof when others catch every cold that comes by? Why have my allergies disappeared? The only thing that I do differently that others do not is drink juices once daily 7 days a week.  I feel the benefits and I can see the healing that takes place, but you have to commit to it for at least 1-3+ months to really see the positive changes.  Many do it for a few weeks, stop and then say it does not work.

Thus ends my rant on the benefits of juicing.  I will continue to do this for myself and as I keep encountering others who state that its is just a fad, good luck to you.  I will keep at it for myself:)

If you do believe in this way and are dedicated to healing yourself, stay tuned.

Have a great Valentine’s Day!

<3Green Juice for V-Day<3

  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 2 leaves kale
  • 1 apple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 full lemon
  • 1/2 cucumber