Is Food More Effective Than Humira for Crohn’s Disease?

by Jordan Reasoner

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Recently, this Cure Together survey of 1,327 Crohn’s Disease patients found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to more effective at treating Crohn’s Disease than Humira…

In fact, SCD was only the 2nd most effective natural treatment option behind Cannabis… but how long does a good high possibly last anyway?

More and more, Crohn’s Disease patients are given Humira in their doctor’s office instead of a SCD quick start guide.

Why?

I wonder what would be possible if it was the other way around…

In light of that question, I want to share five reasons to try SCD instead of Humira to recover from the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.

1. Diet Treats the Root Cause, Humira Treats the Sympstoms

What if I said to you, “Hey, my toilet is overflowing and every time I walk in the bathroom my socks get all wet!”?

Would you give me rubber boots so I could stop changing my socks every time I had to pee?

Or would you hit me upside the head and tell me to go turn off the water so we could fix the broken parts inside the toilet?

Humira is like those rubber boots… it turns off your immune system by blocking the production of TNF-alpha, an inflammatory cytokine your body produces as part of the inflammatory response, but believe me, the toilet is still overflowing. The drug doesn’t address the root cause leading to inflammation.

An anti-inflammatory diet like SCD does address the inflammation and helps prevent your bathroom floor from being wet for the rest of your life.

2. Humira Has Side Effects Like…

Reactions at the injection site, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus infections, nausea, urinary tract infections, flu symptoms, abdominal pain, high cholesterol, blood in the urine, back pain, high blood pressure, and more seriously: infections such as tuberculosis, sepsis (bacteria in the blood), and fungal infections… not to mention the whole increased chance of developing cancer thing.

A real food diet has side effects like: increased energy, mental clarity, reduced inflammation, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved blood pressure, and increased nutritional uptake.

Both can help you get perfect poops… what more needs to be said?

3. Humira Is Expensive…

Estimates around the web show that Humira can cost more than $13,000 a year for patients who have no drug coverage. That’s over $1,000 a month.

Some of our Facebook Fans recently mentioned they are paying anywhere from $600-$800 a month for injections.

Even if you ate 100% organic food and grass-fed meat you would only spend about half that a month for one person!

If anything, changing your diet can save you money, especially in the long run. Think of it like this: instead of choosing expensive medication, you’re choosing high-quality healthy fuel for your body.

4. Humira Has Only Been Around for 10 Years…

Ever heard of the drug Fen-Phen?

It helped people when it was new too… until it started killing them. I’m not saying Humira is going to kill people, but the long-term risks of a drug can never be realized in such a short time period.

The FDA has been wrong before… know anyone that developed Crohn’s after taking Accutane?

Humans have been eating meat, fruits, nuts, and veggies for hundreds of thousands of years…

I’ll take hundreds of thousands of years of data please.

5. Humira Can Be a Crutch

But unlocking health through diet is empowering.

We all have to eat every day and the food we put in our mouth will either make inflammation worse or make it better. It’s either nourishing or harmful. Food can support us or hurt us… but we all have to eat. We all have a choice…

Choose your path wisely. I know which road I took… the healthier, less expensive, less risky road that ends up leading me to the healthy life I deserve… rather than taking me into a dark forest of illness, surgery, and more pills.

The bottom line is: it’s not healthy to rely on medicine to suppress your immune system and curb the symptoms of Crohn’s disease so that you can make it through the day.

Try SCD for 30 days as a part of a comprehensive healing plan to feel incredible and control the symptoms of the disease.

Empower yourself, take control of your health and break free of the medicine. It’s the only way to get your life back from the dark corners of digestive disease.

Diet versus Humira? Share your opinion in the comments…

– Jordan

 

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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started SCDLifestyle.com to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Joseph June 30, 2012 at 10:35 pm

Sometimes its not an either or.

I was diagnosed with a severe case of Chron’s disease when I was 16. I am now 28 and have lived with this disease for 12 years. I have been on Humira since 2007 and before that loads of steroids and other drugs like imuran, asacol, and remicaid.

About two years ago, the humira just flat out stopped working, I ended up back on steroids, and the GI suggested a colonic resection. That was the day I went on SCD. SCD was a god send. All the benefits you extolled about it, I can say without a doubt you are right on the money.

But that doesn’t mean SCD is going to be the cure for everyone in every circumstance. Even in BTVC, Elaine notes that sometimes this diet does not work for everyone. In my case, while SCD is a crucial ingredient to my well being so is humira. How do I know this? Well, I have attempted to go off the drug many many times over the past two years on SCD, always within 3 to 5 days, I am in excruciating pain and have blood in my stool.

To be clear, humira wasn’t enough but then neither is SCD. I need both. Together, I live a happy, pain free existence. I have been off the steroids the entire time and surgery is no longer a consideration.

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Steven Wright July 2, 2012 at 2:55 pm

@ Joseph – Thanks for your very insightful comment. I agree that SCD and Humira should not be thought of as mutually exclusive. They both help to limit inflammation through different pathways so they actually make a great combo for those who need the biggest guns per say.

Elaine made a bad choice of words, but at the time she didn’t have the science we have now. It is now certain, what you put in your mouth will either add to your inflammation or help lower it. Each person chooses with each bite of food. Therefore it’s our opinion that SCD / Paleo is mandatory treatment for Crohn’s, Colitis, Celiac and any other inflammatory conditions. There’s no doubt anymore that it will help every single person afflicted with these problems.

Do misinterpret what I’m saying, I’m not saying that these people will see perfect health through SCD/Paleo alone. To the contrary I’m saying everyone has a food choice each day and these are the best. But for them to see complete health recovery they will need to make many more changes including custom supplement protocols, stress reduction, emotional healing and more to heal these diseases without the support of common IBD drugs.

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Megan @ MAID in Alaska July 2, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Steven,
I appreciate your response to Joseph’s comment. Although I don’t have Crohn’s disease, I have psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, and secondary Raynaud’s phenomenon. For a long while I treated my psoriatic arthritis with diet. It worked until just recently when my spondylitis reared its ugly head. I was physically ill from the intense pain and came to the realization I needed biologic medication while also maintaining my way of eating. I am currently on Humira, and while it’s not a “cure all” it has been a God send. I am a true believer that just diet alone is not the answer for everyone, although it is a HUGE piece of the overall health and wellness puzzle.
🙂 Megan

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NickZac December 20, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Common sense would dictate trying virtually anything and everything BEFORE going to biologics. Drugs that modify immune activity are still not well understood, nor are the long-term effects relative to other treatments. The biggest issue is that the advertised “high” effective rates of these drugs are not high at all. A 20% remission rate is ridiculous for the maker to push as “high”. That means 4 out of 5 people DON’T get remission, but do have to eat the high costs and side effects. And of those who get remission, such medications tend to randomly stop working after a period of time. That stomach injection…it really hurts. Certain anti-alcohol drugs are being found to have more effectiveness than the biologics used.

As for diet, I agree 100% that modification is critical. Will it bring remission? Probably not, but it will surely help some. Eliminating the carbs that inflame conditions is certainly a good start. It may be enough to help other (less extreme) treatments work more effectively. Immunosupressants are not drugs someone should be taking if there is any chance it can be avoided. Dietary modification, even going to the most extreme anti-inflammatory diets, are minor in terms of costs versus repressing the immune system. Dietary/lifestyle mods before medication should be given priority!!! Avoiding foods that further inflammation have potential to at least improve symptoms to some degree.

FMT (formally fecal transplant) may also prove as a means of eliminating the use of biologics in the future. For UC, FMT has REAL “high” success rates in the sense that over 90% of participants achieved full remission, many over a period of a decade after only a few treatments. The 15-40% success rates of side-effect heavy biologics given continuously over a period of years don’t seem very attractive compared to a one-time FMT therapy yielding extremely high probability of full remission with zero side effects…

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Hannah May 9, 2015 at 11:23 pm

I absolutely hate humira. I experience awful side effects, where I basically have a really bad flu, have to sleep at least 15 hours a day, and am always tired when I take it. I am just now getting off of it but I sure am glad. I’ve noticed with proper diet and exercise I can live with my Crohns bein no problem at all!

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deezeee2 February 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

Hubby with Crohn’s just had a colonoscopy today. GI doc found inflammation throughout the bowel and wants him to start Humira.

Hubby’s been on SCD nearly 3 years; and had been almost 100% normal for well over a year. Then we took a month-long cruise, and he went off the diet before the end of the trip. He got to the mindset “Well, I’m cheating already, I may as well just order a dessert.” Not surprising, his symptoms returned big time. Once back home, he returned to the diet without cheats and has had some improvement in symptoms, but a long way from “good” again. I’m thinking it’s time to go back to the starter diet, to give his gut the chance to calm down and heal itself. Not excited at the thought of Humira with the risks and side effects.

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Lori Jo Berg February 22, 2017 at 11:42 am

Hello and thanks for sharing his story with us! Food is so powerful, and you’ve seen that in full force with your husband. It’s not a bad idea to go back to the Intro and he can also just go back to his safe food zone to let things calm down:)

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deezeee2 February 22, 2017 at 3:49 pm

Hubby did go back to his “safe food zone” once we returned from travels. It’s been 3 months since our return, and he’s still at only about 50% reduced symptoms. And the colonoscopy yesterday showed inflammation throughout (thus prompting the doc to suggest Humira.) Makes me think that going back to the Starter Diet might help him get things back under control.

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Lori Jo Berg February 23, 2017 at 11:10 pm

Hello – it certainly won’t hurt anything:)

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