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Natural Choice Journal: My name is Geri. I am a Crohn's patient
and at the moment, I am slowly getting a recent flare-up under
control. I have been reading up on the probiotics supplement and
it looks like it would be a very good for me (bifido) but I have
been following the carbohydrate diet as shown in the book by Elaine
Gottschall called, " Breaking the Vicious Cycle." It
advises not to take anything with FOS(fructooligosaccharides)
in it as it will offset the purpose of the diet! I don't know
which would be better for me....diet or probiotic???? If I went
with the supplement, (which I think should especially since I
am on Imuran!) what kind of diet should I go on.? Also, surveys
say yogurt is good for the colon (friendly bacteria) even though
they say no dairy products allowed!!!! Can you also give me a
sense of the price. If you can help my confusion, please reply
Geri C., Charlottetown, PEI
from a NaturoPath Doctor: Kali Simmons, Charlottetown, 894 -3868
you are on the right track by following Elaine Gottschall's diet.
The concern with FOS is that it has the potential to feed "disease
causing bacteria", as well as healthy intestinal bacteria.
What I would suggest is sticking to the diet, and supplementing
with a probiotic which does not contain FOS, sugar (lactose, glucose,
fructose, sucrose), starch , or gluten. A good one is PB8 or Jarrodophilius,
15 minutes before meals (when stomach acid is lower) with 8 oz
of water. Approx. $22 at your local Health Food Store.
other items you may want to consider are evening primrose oil
1000 mg. 2x/day with meals, and salmon oil 2000 mg 2x/day with
meals as they provide GLA and EPA/DHA which produce anti-inflammatory
prostaglandins 1 and 3, respectively. Also, if you are faced with
prednisone 9 or another derivative of cortisone, in the future,
consider solid licorice root extract, from Scientific botanicals,
as an alternative - 1/4 tsp. 2x/day on an empty stomach. (If you
have high blood pressure, do not use licorice root.) Licorice
stimulates your own production of cortisol to control inflammation.
make sure your blood level of vitamin B12 stays in the upper range
of normal. Crohn's affects the terminal ileum of the small intestine,
where B12 absorption normally occurs, therefore a sublingual form
of B12 is preferred.
Homeopathic Consultant, Sara Carrington, MS, BIHom(pract.),Rhom.
Charlottetown, PEI 892-9355
elm, probiotics and a constitutional homeopathic remedy and of
course diet change has resulted in good good recovery for those
with Crohn's disease. A consultation would be recommended so that
knowledge of what has been done for Geri already and her present
signs and symptoms can be taken into consideration.
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