So what have we learned??

To start off, it’s great to be hopeful.  There is nothing wrong with being hopeful that the doctors might be wrong and medication is not needed for these issues at all.  Now this got me into trouble and I am realizing that Crohn’s is quite a complex issue. A combination is needed of medical and natural treatments.

I believed so strongly that if I put foods and drink into my system that are 100% healing, my body would not react to it and get inflamed.  Sounds pretty logical, but again I am not a doctor and I am working on hope here that I am right.

Why do I need medicine? I think the medicine is truly needed to keep the unknown away.  Why is the inflammation still happening and I don’t think we really know.  I also think everyone is completely different like a fingerprint.  It could be stress for one, bacteria overgrowth for another and sleep of all things for another.  We need the medicine for the unknown.

Why do I need the raw juice? Now this one I will never stop!  As long as I am able to put this down my throat or IV -haha. This is needed to give you all the vitamins, nutrients and everything your missing by being so careful with diet.  This gives every cell what it needs to help your body stay in tip top condition and heal.  I feel this needs to be prescribed by doctors if it could be.

Why do I need a balanced diet? This is the hardest one by far.  I have struggled with this for far too long and I simply hate it.  I don’t think many really understand how hard this truly is for me.  This is so individualized that it is pretty much impossible to discuss it.  For me I would like to eat a balanced diet and one that would digest very easily.  This means that I would avoid raw foods that are hard to break down and this is why you need the raw juice above!  The juice is going to fill in the gaps of the diet.  I just love it and I don’t care if it takes long to make and clean up.  Who cares!:)

When I get out of here today I will be taking my medicine as directed!  I will be making a juice at some point today and I will still struggle to question every bit of food going in.  It is going to be a daily struggle as usual, but I think i’m up for it.

Take care and keep the tips rolling in.  Some little tip might help somebody out there and give them a moment of relief:)


**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… = Fully Raw Kristina with recipes and videos – I started here for ideas. = Get started juicing with Jason! = Learn about what is in your food.

**Juicing + Fermented Foods**

My last post about doctors beginning to realize that bacteria plays a key role in the development of Crohn’s Disease and Colitis, has really given me motivation.  It shows that the body needs healthy bacteria, enzymes and nutrients to operate properly and avoid sickness.  I get these key things from juicing daily and now I will from additions to my diet.  

I received instructions on how to create fermented foods from “Non GMO Project Verified” on Facebook.  My next mission is to create some of these foods and basically flood the body with live strong probiotics on a long term daily basis.  This along with the daily juicing habit, should create a perfect bacteria balance and prevent any possible relapse if I eat something wrong here or there.  

The key to all of this is to make juicing and diet a lifestyle and not ever think of it as a diet or fad. This is a new way to live your life.  

Clean Eating = Food that give you what your body needs – just a few ingredients!

Avoid GMO, Preservatives and chemicals = The overall cause of your Crohn’s Disease.

Juicing = Flush toxins, heal ulcers, inflammation, immunity, fight cancer, enzymes.

Probiotic Foods = Build a strong balance against harmful organisms and sickness.

Herbal Supplements = Garlic, oregano – kill yeast, fungi, bacteria, parasites. 

Keep in mind that the herbal supplements are only there in the beginning when you have a large imbalance going.  Juicing can taper down a bit as you correct the imbalance and see results.  I started off at closer to 32oz a day and I am going for 15oz daily at this point.  Food needs to be a new way of life!  Read labels and don’t ever go back to the horrid imbalance.  It is not worth putting processed food back in and ruining your progress.  


***Reversing Crohn’s by the root cause***

My theory that SIBO is the root cause to the beginning of Crohn’s is now really making a lot of sense to me.  Let’s go back about 5 years ago:

I was really searching for any possible answer so I went to a urologist to see if perhaps it was a prostate problem.  I was not diagnosed with Crohn’s disease yet and a lot of my symptoms could have been prostate related.  I was placed on Cipro 1,000mg for one solid month.  During this month my Crohn’s symptoms improved greatly as the anti-biotic was killing the overgrowth that I didn’t know I had.  It was also killing all good bacteria as well. When the month was over and I stopped the medication, my symptoms returned with force because all good bacteria were destroyed.  I went back to this doctor and tried another half month and my symptoms improved again!  After stopping this round my symptoms came back and I went to finally see a gastro doc. 

I would never in a million years tell you to take an anti-biotic to kill overgrowth because it kills everything and in the end will make the imbalance worse.  Yet doctors prescribe this all the time here in America!! 

When you eat things like garlic, coconut oil, olive oil and cinnamon you target only the harmful bacteria. When you drink juices made from cabbage, lemon, ginger, bell peppers, carrots, parsley, cilantro, kale and other leafy greens, you kill yeast and harmful bacteria. When you finally add in the supplements from Metagenics, you truly destroy this imbalance and begin to cultivate a healthy environment.  The probiotic you take can now do its job!!!!

You have nothing to lose but your doctor and your daily pills if you try some of this out! It is time to do something that has worked for me and countless others.  Make it happen!