Remembering a Crohn’s Pioneer Today

by Jordan Reasoner

Alan-Schachter - Crohn's Dad

In March of 2010 our blog was fresh and there wasn’t a lot of traffic, so when we got an influx of new readers from the CCFA message boards I was really curious what was going on.

I discovered there was a pioneer inside the message boards helping tons of newly diagnosed Crohn’s patients.  It seemed like he was everywhere, selflessly helping anyone and everyone.  His message was positive and uplifting while he educated people about natural treatment options like SCD, even sharing our website in the process.

I was blown away by how much he knew.  His deep understanding of the research was remarkable.

As it turned out, he was fighting for his daughter’s health… doing everything he could to naturally treat her Crohn’s Disease, with wonderful success.

I reached out to him on Facebook and he became a friend and ally, another IBD researching brother, we talked and shared the latest news, studies, and stories.  I remember acting like kids in a candy store when we got our hands on a new study.

That man was Alan Schachter, Crohn’s Dad, and he’s singlehandedly changed the lives of thousands of people with Crohn’s disease.

On Sunday, July 8th we lost him to a heart attack…

He was a pioneer that selflessly devoted endless hours to helping people at the other end of keyboard.

He inspired hope in people who didn’t have any.

He cared deeply about our health and did everything he could to share his knowledge with the world.

His work will forever carry on and continue to grow…

If you know someone with Crohn’s disease, share Alan’s PDF with them: “A New Paradigm for Crohn’s Strategies

Print it off and take it to your Doctor.  Keep it alive.

We’re grateful to have been impacted by your spirit Alan, RIP my friend.

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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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Roger Elliott July 12, 2012 at 6:29 am

Thanks for posting that Jordan – Alan’s pdf that you linked to is perhaps the best summary I’ve seen of the range of approaches to tackling intestinal permeability. I’ll be sharing this wherever I can.

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Bruce July 12, 2012 at 10:35 am

Hi,
I’ve been doing for my son what Alan Schachter was doing for a larger community. I’d guess that independently I came to the same conclusions and prevention solutions 80-90% of the time.
One possible treatment for ileum CD is cleaning up your bile. 90-95% of bile is re-used and re-absorbed through the ileum via the portal vein and returned to the liver. “Dirty” bile is then reused and doesn’t get any cleaner or more effective. Bile binds with soluble fiber, eat fiber 6 times a day, liver has to replace old “dirty” bile with new clean bile.
I am doing it and it makes me feel lighter and better on the inside. And I don’t have CD. My son is refusing to follow it. He feels good on Remi and won’t do anything else.
WIll it help with CD? With some CD versions it seems like it may help.

Bile acid malabsorption may play a role in diarrhea.

Crohn’s disease and the enterohepatic circulation. (There’s lots of info on the web about enterohepatic circulation.)
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7278733

I found Karen Hurd’s approach to use common sense and common foods:
http://www.karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-gallbladderdisease.html
“Consume six ½ cup servings of cooked legumes each day. At each of these six times, you may eat more than ½ cup of legumes—however, you must consume at least a minimum of ½ cup. It is important that you eat the beans six times, not all at once. The goal is to keep soluble fiber present almost continually so that maximum binding of bile will take place. Maximum binding of bile to soluble fiber will give us maximum bile elimination from the body, thus causing the liver to produce brand-new bile.”

Karen Hurd on Inflammatory Bowel disease:
http://www.karenhurd.com/pages/healthtopics/specifichealthconcerns/ht-shc-inflammatoryboweldisease.html

FWIW, Bruce

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Steven Wright July 20, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Thanks Bruce and Reid… Keep up the good fight!

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Reid Kimball July 12, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Thanks for writing this. I had the same feeling, like kids in a candy store when Alan shared research with me.

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