Two Stories of Ulcerative Colitis Remission

by Jordan Reasoner

Nora enjoying life -48 years old

Wendy and Nora posted beautiful Ulcerative Colitis Remission stories on our Facebook wall within hours of each other. How does it get any better than that? They were more than happy to share their stories on the blog and I thought, “what better way than to share them together?”

These are real people who took control of their health – real people who used The Specific Carbohydrate Diet to put their UC in remission. I hope they inspire you to take control of your health – because you deserve a symptom-free life.

Please know – if you’d like to get started eating the same foods that naturally unlocked their ability to heal, our book will show you how to do that. Watch a video about it here.

[Enter Nora]

“In May 2001, my life turned upside down”

I was 37 and I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, I didn’t exactly know what it was about. I visited a well-known doctor who specializes in colon diseases and she said there was no cure for UC, I was given sulfasalazine, then mesalazine (PENTASA), the so-called (5-ASA) and budesonide enema (ENTOCORT).

I was feeling worse and worse, I lost weight.  I’m 1.70 meters tall and I weighed 48 kilos (5’3.5″ tall/105 pounds).

After 4 years, I knew about the SCD diet, my sister visited the U.S. and bought a book for me Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall.

I started the diet and was very, very strict. After two weeks, I felt much better and I can’t tell you how happy I was…

“I’ll be 49 in April and I’m fantastic. I’M CURED!!!!!!”

I regularly visit my doctor, but for normal checkups. I’m not under any treatment.

In my own experience, I’d tell you start the diet EXTREMELY STRICT so you can feel physically better, then change your life… do something with your emotions, relax, enjoy life, be less strict with yourself.

This is my true story, I’m delighted to share it, because I want to help other people to live better. 🙂

There are two important things I’d like to emphasize the diet REALLY WORKS!!

You’ll see positive results SOON, but you should be very STRICT and it’s not difficult at all.

xoxo

– Nora

 Wendy-UC-Remission

[Enter Wendy] 

“I have been struggling with the disease for over 20 years”

I was diagnosed with UC in 1990, while I was serving in the United States Marine Corps. I have been struggling with the disease for over 20 years. I have had flares that have landed me in the hospital and I have had 5-year remissions.

But in the past 6 years I have had a flare every year and they are all severe flares. Of course, I was put on Prednisone and Asacol, then on Remicade. The Remicade worked for less than a year, when I flared again. Not only was it not working, but I started having allergic reactions during the infusions.

“My hair was falling out and I was still sick”

I always felt like crap and was always scared of getting sick because the Remicade was suppressing my immune system. When it stopped working, my GI Doctor wanted to put me on MP6. That was it for me, I was done. Not only did all the medications that I was on give me pericarditis, but my hair was falling out  and I was still sick. I figured what was the point of taking all this medication if nothing was making me better, so I stopped taking my meds. At least now even though I was sick I wasn’t poisoning myself anymore.

“I feel like I am 20 again (pre-UC)”

A couple of months went by and my acupuncturist sent me a link for the GAPS diet, which ultimately led me to the SCD. I have been on the diet for 45 days and for the last couple of days I have had normal, bloodless stools, it just amazes me. When I was on the Prednisone, it took months for me to see any results and I had all kinds of bad side effects. But with the SCD, I am healing and all the side effects are good. I feel like I am 20 again (pre-UC). I have energy, I am happy and the diet has become second nature, nothing tastes as good as this feels.

Thanks guys, for helping to make it easier and keeping me updated and motivated.

– Wendy

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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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Jan Gunderson February 11, 2013 at 8:16 pm

I love what Wendy says “nothing tastes as good as this feels”. I hope we all can live by this because “nothing does taste as good as being healthy feels”! Thank you so much for your stories ladies. I love to hear success stories. I hope I am on my way to a success story!

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Neal February 12, 2013 at 1:18 am

Hey Guys,

Love your site. It is great to see stories about IBD remissions. I work in an acute care hospital as a wound ostomy continence clinical educator (WOCN) and I see many patients each year who undergo ostomy surgery. It can be heartbreaking to witness to see how they have struggled with their disease to finally end up having surgery. For some of my patients their symptoms will continue after surgery. I have researched paleo diet, SCD, GAPS, and FODMAPS to look for possible interventions they can implement. I provide some education and point them to resources such as your website
and let them decide if this is something they want to pursue. I am encouraged by results they report back to me.
However, I think more can be done to assist IBD sufferers by looking at diet and other non-pharmaceutical interventions to promote their health and hopefully prevent these surgeries. I am pursuing further studies at this time and attempting to engage doctors and other healthcare professionals towards this goal. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Cheers, Neal

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Steven Wright February 12, 2013 at 1:25 pm

@Neal – thanks for the awesome comment. We see the same things in our inbox. Surgery is necessary in some cases, but many end up still needing to adopt SCD / Paleo and other natural help to get rid of symptoms. Unfortunately, we cannot isolate inflammation and cut it out, thanks for pointing people this way.

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Nafi & Nasi February 19, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Our mum has ulcerous ulcerous colitis & she is under the acupuncture treatment,she is satisfied but she is still has bloody diarrhea specially when she eats some foods,she gets worst.

where is this book that has diet for ulcerous colitis ,we could n`t find in this site.

Nasi & Nafi

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Teri March 7, 2013 at 10:54 pm

I have been healed of UC by doing a home fecal transplant. I aquired UC in 2009 after taking a Zpack antibiotic for a sinus infection then a month or two later I had knee surgery, where I was given an antibiotic during surgery.

The very next day after surgery, I had explosive diarrhea, gas, cramps. Tests showed it was not C-diff or any other infection. Doctors said I would have to live with it for the rest of my life and take drugs the rest of my life that suppress my immune system.

I learned about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and stopped eating all yeast, sugar, starch, wheat and lactose in May of 2012 after suffering for 3 years of bleeding, diarrhea, gas, cramps, etc. These are the foods that feed the bad bacteria, then your body tries to flush it out with mucus and beings to protect itself with inflammation. I don’t believe it is my immune system attacking itself – but it is attacking a bacteria that is causing damage and my immune system is trying to kill the bad bacteria off.

The SCD diet did help but the stronger microbes began to die off, being starved from their regular diet of those things I quit eating and create a flare of my UC symptoms. After a two month flare I did a home fecal transplant.

I have been symptom free every since. I still eat SCD as I want to give my digestive system time to heal and for the good bacteria to get well established in my colon. I don’t want to ever go through this again.

I would recommend anyone with IBS, UC or Crohens to research fecal transplants and check out my blog – http://healed-from-uc.blogspot.com.

It had given me my life back.

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