Crohn’s: Fueled by Food/Antibiotics?


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/science/science-news/10908884/Crohns-disease-in-teens-jumps-300-per-cent-in-10-years-fuelled-by-junk-food.html

We are always looking to figure out why we have this disease.  Where did it come from and what caused it? It is not new news that Crohn’s has increased greatly in the last 10-20 years.  The article above seems to place the blame on overuse of antibiotics as children and junk food/processed food.  Both of these impact the balance of good and bad bacteria.

It also mentions environmental factors and genetics.  I do believe that genetics plays a big roll here, but to have such a sharp increase over the last 10 years sort of cancels out the genetic factor for most people.  We turn to look at the food and drug use with that fact in mind.

If our bacteria balance is truly a major factor in the increase of Crohn’s, how do we completely overturn it and keep it that way??

If anyone knows the answer to this question, please chime in and help us out?? So far I have been able to do this to some extent with juicing, antibiotic foods like garlic and oregano and fermented foods.

I think good vs bad bacteria is a very good option for treatment considering the success with high potency probiotics (VSL#3).  This is a treatment, but it does not permanently fix the imbalance.

There almost needs to be a sequence where you cleanse out everything like a colonoscopy.  Next, kill all bacteria with natural methods and then add in large amounts of good bacteria.  After this is done eat food that will keep the bacteria in check and that should induce full remission.

I am still looking for a perfect way to do this, but so far there is no way to keep the balance of bacteria in check forever. It seems like just taking a probiotic is just not enough.

Here is what I would like to try:  I would do a full colonoscopy prep to cleanse everything out.  Next, take flagyl for 2 weeks to a month to kill everything.  Next VSL#3 and juicing daily to repopulate.  I think that would be a good option, but it’s getting the doctor to prescribe the drug and the cost of the VSL#3 that stops me.  

Also, I get myself in trouble to doing things not suggested by my doc ,but sometimes it pays off.

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Juicing for Crohns, Nutrition and Energy


The first year of daily juicing was an exciting one.  I placed myself into remission without the aid of drugs or steroids with just fruits, vegetables, supplements and probiotics.  I gave my trillions of cells exactly the type of nutrition that they needed and really felt the boost in energy that lasted all day long.

Then while not changing anything in my routine, I ended up with a bowel obstruction back in October 27.  I was baffled as to how this could have happened when everything was going so well. It wasn’t until a few months later on that I made the connection between my dog getting sick and passing away to this hospitalization.  He passed away just 2-3 weeks prior to the obstruction.  The doctor said that I had had a stress induced flare up.  My wife also reminded me that this happened with both of my children coming along.

I now take a small dose SSRI to reduce any stress that I don’t even know is there.  With being a teacher of 8 year old children, struggling with money, my dog passing and having kids of my own, I actually have a lot of stress going on.

With all of that said, I have not stopped a single day of juicing.  I believe that it can do amazing things for your gut environment and will heal your damaged gi lining. It gives me energy and boosts my immunity greatly!  It provides the ultimate nutrition when food is limited!!

My newest venture is doing some juice classes at people’s homes to show them how to combine ingredients and create great tasting recipes.  If you are in the Charlotte area, drop me a message at the e-mail above if you are interested.  

Something new that I have added into my supplement routine are Turmeric pills.  I take one after dinner and it is said to be stronger than the steroid that the doctor prescribes for inflammatory response.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgu3pxZJku0  = Drew has a drink for ya!

Green Juice is the Key:

  • Pineapple
  • Pear
  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Cucumber
  • 1/2 lemon
  • Turmeric and or Ginger!!

Odds are that if you have found my site, you are looking for alternative methods.  You have certainly found it right here:)

**Ideas to help gain weight/heal**


I have trouble keeping weight on and gaining it and I know there are many out there who hate me for this.  It is equally annoying when your clothes don’t fit from lack of weight as it is to not be able to lose weight.

One of the problems with Crohn’s/Colitis and IBS is the damage it can cause to your intestinal villi that help to absorb food. The other problem is that these conditions increase and decrease intestinal transit time and in many cases the food moves through too fast.  The villi are actually pushed over and the food literally runs right through you!

#1:  Take HCL Supplements – I have been taking these for about 2+ weeks and I have been gaining a bit of weight without trying that hard.  It helps to add stomach acid to break down food into a more digestible form.  It also helps to kill harmful bacteria in your food so it does not get into your small intestine and cause major overgrowth problems.  Here is the link for the HCL that I am taking:  http://www.amazon.com/Metagenics-Metagest-90-Capsules/dp/B004N2I9DG/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1420390964&sr=8-2&keywords=metagest

#2:  Take L-Glutamine – This next one was recommended to me long ago by a certified nutritionist and after reading the comments from those on Amazon, it seems to be working for those with leaky gut and IBS.  This product works to heal the lining of your gi tract and also lifts up the villi that has been pushed over by Crohn’s and IBS.  When these villi are lifted up and healed they can better digest and absorb nutrients from your food causing weight gain. Here is a link for L-Glutamine http://www.amazon.com/Foods-L-Glutamine-Pure-Powder-1-Pound/dp/B0013OXEKK/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1420391322&sr=8-3&keywords=l+glutamine 

#3:  Adding Coconut Oil / Avocado to your Juice!:  When you make a freshly extracted juice, you already have mega vitamins, nutrients and many healing properties.  You can then add in coconut oil or avocado by blending it in to add calories to the juice.  Coconut oil is also amazing for killing off harmful bacteria and candida yeast.  Avocado has healthy fat and calories that help to add a richness to your juice.

I hope that some of these ideas can help a few of you out there.  For those who are trying to lose the weight, juicing can be amazing for that as well in addition to a good balanced diet.

Bonus – Super Tasty Juice Creation:

  • 4 Carrots
  • 1/2 Lemon
  • 1 cup of pineapple
  • 1 orange
  • 1 cup of cranberries

Taking Charge of your Own Crohn’s Managment


The more I think about all that I have learned in this past year, the more anger I feel toward the medical establishment and how they have not taught me any of what I know today.  I would still be swallowing handfuls of expensive bright blue pills daily with expensive visits to the specialist. I might even have had surgery at this point!  I am so thankful I chose to take the natural path through Dr. Gotro and began a 20 day juicing challenge just about 1 year ago.  I am also thankful that I stumbled upon a random youtube video that sparked my knowledge about what is in our food, so that I could prevent my family from harmful toxic ingredients.

(I think the medical route is necessary, but I think they are simply keeping us just well enough to keep coming back.)

Thus begins my rant on the medical establishment as I think of these questions : Why didn’t they inform me of all of this? Why don’t they know?

By taking full control of my own health I learned:

  • My Crohn’s medication was simply covering the problem and not treating the real issue.
  • My Crohn’s medication in time would poke tiny holes in my Gi tract, creating leaky gut – Seriously look it up!
  • Juicing is a way to get essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients in your body without too much fiber.
  • Juicing certain ingredients heals the damage from Crohn’s.
  • Juicing cabbage and other ingredients heals ulcers in the Gi tract.
  • Juicing turns an acidic body into one that is alkaline.
  • Disease cannot live in an alkaline body.
  • Juicing kills bacteria, yeast and allows the good bacteria to flourish.
  • Juicing detoxes your entire body.
  • Juicing kills cancer cells and stops others from growing because of alkalinity.
  • Juicing regulates the bowels for better elimination.
  • Juicing is highly anti-inflammatory and way more effective than prescription drugs.
  • Juicing improves my energy level.
  • Juicing improves my mental clarity.
  • Juicing improves my eye site.
  • Certain probiotic strains are needed in those with Crohn’s or IBS.
  • Digestive enzymes are needed in those with Crohn’s to effectively break down food.
  • Oil of Oregano kills harmful bacteria and yeast to restore the balance of the microbiome.
  • Coconut oil kills candida yeast.
  • Garlic is a major bug killer in your Gi tract.
  • Our food which is filled with immune altering chemicals, is the reason for Crohn’s to develop.
  • I do not digest nuts well due to low stomach acid (the beet test).  Corrected with HCL and enzymes!! 
  • Lastly, the balance of the Microbiome is the key to reversing Crohn’s. 

None of the above was ever discussed with me on any visit to my doctor or specialist and that makes me so angry and also worried for others.  I learned all of this and more in just 1 year of investigation, self-testing and discussions with others.  I will continue to learn and spread the word. I hope that others decide to look past the brainwashing and try some of my methods that have worked so well for me.  Thank you and end of rant:)

I really was not that angry, just disappointed in our system:):)

Ultimate Dark Sweet Green Recipe


  • 1 apple
  • 4 wedges of Pineapple
  • 1/2 Lemon with skin
  • 1/2 golden beet
  • 1/2 bunch Cilantro
  • 3 Collard Green leaves
  • 2 leaves Kale
  • 1 thumb Turmeric

 – About 250% vitamin C

 – About 650% vitamin K

I have to say that I expected this recipe to be pretty rough tasting due to the heavy green ingredients.  I was totally surprised at how great this mixture was.  The pineapple, apple and lemon cover up all bitter flavors in this dark green concoction.

This recipe is completely detoxifying and it might be a good idea to wait until you have been juicing for a long while.  You do not want to feel the side effects of detoxing too quickly.

Crohns Benefits: 

  • Collards – Great for the immune system, blood detox, major cancer fighter!
  • Cilantro – Digestion, Antibiotic(flora), Anti-inflammatory, Immune booster
  • Kale – Detoxifying, Anti-inflammatory, Cancer fighter
  • Golden Beet – Blood cleanser, Detoxification, Ulcers, Cancer fighter
  • Pineapple – Digestive enzymes, Anti-inflammatory,
  • Turmeric – Anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-parasitic
  • Lemon – Anti-inflammatory, Immunity
  • Apple – Colon Detox

I really love to look up this information right after consuming this recipe and I think it is completely obvious of why this works for Crohn’s, Colitis and IBS.  I mean just look at all of the benefits above!! It still surprises me:)

Crohn’s Reset and Elimination


I was recently hospitalized for a bowel obstruction made of food which did not digest.  I usually over do everything so eating large quantities of nuts without drinking liquid sort of made a cement block in my intestines.  I know, stupidity!  I did ask if there was any evidence of Crohn’s Disease on Ct scans or blood tests and I was all clear!  No doctor even got into conversation about how I stopped medication, switched my diet and healed with juicing.  It was almost like they knew that would work without saying it.  shhh!

I was not allowed to eat from Tuesday to Sunday and only was allowed to consume liquids.  When I got out of the hospital my liquids became fresh juices and I started a 2-3 day juice fast.  Along with this I added my strong probiotic.  I also added Miso soup which contains active cultures.  I essentially got all of the stool out of my system and was now repopulating my gut with beneficial bacteria.  Now, my gut has been repopulated for a while, but for someone with full blown Crohn’s this might just flip the switch!!

This is similar to a fecal transplant in which a healthy person’s stool is placed into someone with Crohn’s Disease.  The new stool contains very healthy bacteria and it overtakes the unbalanced system.  I strongly believe that someone who has moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease would benefit from a juice fast reset.

  1. Start a liquid diet full of soups and broths
  2. Add in green juices 3-4x per day
  3. Take a strong probiotic 2x per day
  4. Eat foods that encourage good bacteria
  5. Take oregano oil to kill any left over harmful bacteria

I now believe that if you continue to eat processed foods and foods containing sugar while juicing, you really don’t make any progress.  Someone with Crohn’s Disease needs to do more than others to get back on track and stay there.  With all the above said, it was not that easy to fast for 2-5 days as I did.  You can eat here and there, but make sure that the food you select will foster strong good bacteria growth.

Juice Fast Green Recipe: This is the ultimate detox/healer when your system is already flushed out!

  • Kale
  • Parsley
  • Dill
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Celery
  • Apple
  • Pineapple
  • Ginger

New Super Tasty Green Juice


The following mix really came out great today and was my pre-dinner juice now that I am on my 2 day juice fast.

Recipe:  Sweet Green Dill

  • 1 cup of spinach
  • 1/2 bunch parsley
  • 1/2 bunch dill
  • 1/2 lemon with skin
  • 1 orange without skin
  • 1 red or yellow beet
  • 1/4 pineapple

The Dill in this recipe was very surprising as I didn’t think it would go well.  I was pretty shocked at the great flavor of this one.  I don’t know if you ever noticed the lack of body odor when juicing parsley and dill?  When I juice these they are like internal deodorizers and there is no need for deodorant.  There is no smell – I had my wife check haha – She is a trooper!

The mix above is just packed with nutrition and I need that being on a fast like this.  I am fortunate that I know how to do this and I can get the vitamins I need to feel energized without solid food.

Please try this one out! Very good!!

Apple Cider Vinegar : Digestion


Since I am in this current predicament, I have the chance to write more and to find out ways to improve my own digestion. My plan is to try to eat smaller meals, chew food well and to include apple cider vinegar into the routine at night before dinner.  I am here at the hospital because I was not able to digest all of the almonds, cashews, pecans, nut flour based muffins and it created a blockage.  The good news is that the rest of my intestines look good and that’s medicine free and juicing results for about 10+ months now:)

I plan to select foods that are easily digestible and to try and go a more vegetarian route, but still including eggs, chicken and fish.  I also plan to purchase a slow juicer to replace my high speed one so that I can juice more leafy greens and preserve maximum vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  Next, I plan to include this very simple recipe about 15 minutes before dinner time.

ACV

  • 1 Tbs Organic Apple Cider Vinegar (with the Mother)
  • 12oz of water
  • 1-2 tsp of honey

This mixture seems to be amazing for digestion and a list of many other things.  It provides the stomach with acids to break down the food easier.  It provides enzyme production so the food is broken down quicker and easier.  Here is a good link to 15 benefits:  http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-5875/15-Reasons-to-Use-Apple-Cider-Vinegar-Every-Day.html

Seems like ACV is a great option for all individuals to try:)

Power Green Juice for Crohn’s Disease


**Power Green Recipe = All information supplied by Sara Ding http://www.juicing-for-health.com**

Nutrition:

  • Vit A = 365%
  • Vit C = 525%
  • Vit B6 = 100%
  • Folate = 100%
  • Vit K = 3,036%!!!

I honestly don’t think I need to explain how good this juice is for you after stating these facts.  Every ingredient in this mixture is so incredibly healing and detoxifying.  I can’t wait to put it together!  I will be using my manual crank juicer for the herbs and my Breville for the harder ingredients.  I am looking into a new juicer that can do it all and one that is a slow cold press model.  I plan to switch to Hurom and return the Breville because it is cracking close to the blade.  I can’t wait to take it to the next level with cold press juicing!

This juice is going to give you great energy and mental clarity.  It will work to rid your body of harmful organisms that are driving your Crohn’s Disease!! It will eliminate inflammation and lead you down the path to wellness and possibly a cure, but you can’t stop!

The Candida = Crohn’s Link Part 2


http://www.wholeapproach.com/newsletter/archives/2004/10_October.html

If you recall, I was experimenting with wheat a while back and created another imbalance that required taking supplements again of oregano and garlic.  I finished off a big juice today and some of my last supplements and got a headache an hour later.  This has been happening often as I finish up my metagenics supplements.  I am killing Candida Yeast finally and the toxins are being released!! This happened the first time before the wheat trials and I forgot about it.  I got really sick the last time with flu like symptoms.  I thought I had the stomach bug, but it wasn’t the same as others around me.  

It is really time to start looking at a highly probable cause for Crohn’s disease and other immune related ailments.  The link above begins to discuss how Candida/Yeast can play a major roll in the development of Crohn’s and how it can keep Crohn’s moving in a negative direction.  

This yeast is strong!! It affects the immune system greatly and it is difficult to get rid of.  Once it overtakes the good bacteria in the gut, you need to take drastic measures to kill it and bring the environment back to normal.  

  • Starve the Candida with a low sugar, carb, processed food diet.  These things feed the yeast!
  • Eat garlic, oregano, olive oil, green tea and coconut oil.  These destroy Candida!!
  • Take a supplement with the above key ingredients included!

Juicing and Candida

There are ingredients that you put into a juice that kill Candida Yeast.  You are also flushing in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients.  Juicing is powerful, but it does need a bit of help if you have a full blown candida overgrowth problem.  When you starve the yeast with diet and kill it off with supplements, juicing can keep the balance very nicely.  Ingredients such as carrots, bell peppers, lemons, cabbage, beets, ginger… the list goes on and on!

Start doing some research on Candida and you will see how it all seems to link together to your current Crohn’s condition.  

Processed Food/Antibiotic use–>Candida overgrowth–>immune system overactive–>Crohn’s/inflammation—> Pain/Food Sensitivities/Poor Digestion = Cycle!!!!