My son Eric who is 17 was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in October 2010.
He was in the hospital for almost a month and had 3 blood transfusions finally the predizone kicked in but it took about 2 weeks before it did, the doctors tried their best to convince us that surgery was the only real option after we refused that they wanted to put him on remicade, we asked to go home for a week and think about what to do, Eric had found your website on the internet while he was in the hospital and we watched a lot of your cooking videos, tips and also looked at a lot of websites and watched a lot of food documentaries. You site was so helpful to us, it gave us hope watching you live you day to day life with UC. Eric started a very strict diet about a week before he left the hospital although the doctors told him it wouldn’t make any difference and that he could eat anything he wanted. He was much better in December and was back to his normal self. He stuck with the diet for about 3 weeks and took probiotics during that time as well. As he got back into his routine of staying with friends and going out to play basketball, to the movies etc. he stopped the diet and also the probiotics he tapered off the predizone and was fine until about 2 weeks ago. I could tell he was getting sick but he said he wasn’t about four days ago he admitted he was going to the bathroom about 4 to 6 times a day and that he was sick again. He is bleeding and doesnt have much of an appetite, he doesn’t want to go back to the doctor because he said they are only going to tell him he has to have surgery or do remicate. I found a doctor that is 3 hours away in Cummings Georgia he runs the Genesis Center and says he can help Eric and that with diet and supplements he can get him over this. He wants to try this because he said he realizes how important of a part that diet plays in all of this. I am scared because he is bleeding. I have tried to start him on the SCD diet but I don’t know if I am doing it right. The way I read it he can only have chicken broth, broiled fish and hamburger, grape juice, water, pressed apple cider, and homemade jello. Eric tried to eat some of this but he didn’t eat a lot. He wanted one of the smoothies that you make so I made him one because I’m worried about him losing weight, is there anything else he can eat during this time and did I do the wrong thing by giving him a smoothie? I would appreciate any help and advice you could give………….Thank you so much