EVOO 2

Graham from England

Graham (the olive oil guy)

Some of you know my story, I’m the UC/Olive Oil guy (yawn). Here is an update with some of what we have learned over the past year. The original post is now too long for most to trawl through so hopefully this will be concise but helpful.

I’ve had UC for 15 years and always flared within a few weeks of quitting smoking. Research from Dr A. Hart (University East Anglia UK) led me to try 1 big spoon (10ml) of Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3 times a day, producing a symptom free/smoke free year. It works best on an empty stomach, 1st thing in the morning, before lunch and before bed at night. Yes, I had a healthy colon to start with but this was still achieved despite a very poor UC diet with excesses of take away’s, additives, sugar, dairy, red meat, alcohol.‎‎meat and stress. The significant preventative effect Dr Hart referred to was clearly apparent.

http://www.uea.ac.uk/mac/comm/media/press/2010/may/oliveoilstudy

It has been quite a journey which has included going back to school (UC school), 1 long flare and an EVOO course at Villa Campestri, Tuscany.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil and it’s components are being greatly researched with many health benefits being attributed to them. It is proven to be one of the best Superfoods so trying it is a no brainer in my view. Some now say it is EVOO that gives the Mediterranean diet it’s health status. Some studies that closely relate to UC can be found on my original post but here are a few of the main reasons why I believe it is so effective/protective for UC.

1) Kills some nasty bacteria’s like Helibactor Pylori.

2) “Oleocanthal ” (only in EVOO) is a natural low dose anti inflammatory which also helps with pain relief around the body.

3) It’s fatty acids have proven wound healing properties.

4) Speeds up digestive transit time. Every time I quit smoking (without EVOO) my normal BM’s ground to a halt. I experienced bloating and reduced BM’s for a few weeks. Followed by the nastier UC symptoms and inevitable multi daily BM’s and blood!

We’ve all experienced an excess of BM’s per day and this would lead us to presume that slowing digestive transit time could be desirable. Having witnessed the controlled beginnings of UC many times from smoking cessation, I am convinced keeping things moving is very necessary in order to improve UC conditions. Red Meat, alcohol and iron slow things down for me at least so I also now moderate my consumption of these.

I’ve received some amazing life changing stories from EVOO converts over the past year. Unfortunately, it does not work for everyone, though what does? Here are a few tips to source and use EVOO for UC.

1) “Extra Virgin” olive oil has to pass minimum standards to be described as such. “Pure”, “Virgin”, “Real” or any other words preceeding Olive Oil do not. Mistakenly taking plain olive oil for a month resulted in a flare that I eventually had to smoke my way out of.

2) Take on an empty stomach for best absorption and effectiveness. Taking the same volume with food does not work, for me at least.

3) The very freshest, best oils are too strong, a half decent Italian supermarket oil will be just right though must give a slight throat burn/cough or “Oleocanthal burn”. I bought 2 of the best/freshest oils in the world (Villa Campestri) during my flare and they did not work as well. I am still waiting for my M+S Evoo test results in order to compare and help find out why, though a very high polyphenol content could actually be an irritant.

4) Good and generally un mixed oils have a harvest date, 0 – 2yrs is ok but no more.

5) If you are concerned about how much oil is safe to consume in one day, 50 ml is a lot but still considered as ok.

Dr Hart found an unusually low occurrence of UC in people who regularly consumed EVOO. It was highly likely that those taking part in the study would have been using an ordinary oil from a supermarket (not fresh from a Tuscan estate). Judging by what’s widely available in th UK it would most likely have been Italian oil. For those of you outside the European Union I would still recommend Italian oils if possible. Though the reputation of Italian oils is tainted, my 2 experience’s of stronger Spanish (Picual) oils were not so good, I believe some of the Californian oils are produced from this Cultivar. Even the 1st Evoo post failed to show any of the expected strides forward once people began trying the best oils.

So hopefully that helps with some information for buying a half decent oil while avoiding the very best and worst obviously. Sounds crazy but all tried and tested conclusions there.

I will obviously continue to work with EVOO as my main tool for fighting UC and welcome feedback from others in order to optimise this treatment. It has genuinely made me believe I can get the better of my UC free of both cigarettes and medication, I hope you can too!

I would like to dedicate this post to 2 VIP’s in the UC world, Adam and Bev, great inspiring work and thank you!

Evoo part 1: http://www.ihaveuc.com/olive-oil-is-helping-my-ulcerative-colitis/

Tags: evoo, olive oil





106 Responses to “EVOO 2”

  1. AdamJanuary 14, 2014 at 6:24 am #

    Graham,

    You are a serious colitis rockstar! Thank you so so much for your update and all your work you’ve done with EVOO.

    Surely this is just what the doctor needs to order for a bunch of the UC’ers who are struggling with their UC!

    THANKS for keeping current on this and sharing with everyone,

    -Adam

  2. bevJanuary 14, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    Yep!!

    A ROCKSTAR!!

    You’re the BEST Graham!! Thank you for all the caring for your fellow man….(and woman),,,.:)

  3. Annie OxleyJanuary 14, 2014 at 6:38 am #

    That’s amazing. Thanks Graham, I’m definitely going to give that a go. As I live in England – can you tell me which brand you use please? Thanks Annie

  4. Nikki in Chico
    nikkiJanuary 14, 2014 at 6:53 am #

    Graham,
    Your story brings hope to the rest of us, and from what I’ve seen, many people have found relief by using evoo, thanks to you! I am currently in remission thanks to the SCD, but should it stop working for me I will be trying evoo and/or Bev’s L-Glutamine+Probiotic. It’s comforting to know that there are better ways to fight UC than dangerous meds with terrible side effects. Thanks for the update!
    Nikki

    • bevJanuary 14, 2014 at 9:25 am #

      Right on Nikki!!!

      Confidence…Power…

      We have it….we can do it!

  5. Graham from England
    Graham leeJanuary 14, 2014 at 7:31 am #

    Really nice comments thank you!

    One point I didn’t really make enough of in the previous post was about the preventative benefits of EVOO. This was a significant conclusion of Dr Hart and one I can vouch for. So worth bearing in mind for those in remission or if you have children and are concerned they may develope UC. Having said that, my 8 year old daughter knows how good the oil is and politely refuses…..

    • bevJanuary 14, 2014 at 9:24 am #

      :)

    • DermotJune 24, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      Graham Graham Graham, Graham freaking awesome, I thought not a lot can come of this but what the heck, the fact that I am contacting in Italy at the moment and I have a lot of ties here brings this into perspective. Anyhow to the point it’s still early days as in literally a few days but honestly within hours of taking some olive oil I was feeling better call it a placebo whatever I know I was at the start of a really bad flare up ( the last one ended me in hospital) and its gone but not just gone mate normally I run (training for RAF) but always have to stop after a bit to get home to the toilet really annoying, ran 3 miles today and I could have run miles more no problems,, also eating fine normal food no problems, bleeding has tapered down to an almost stop I know this sounds incredible also to me
      seeing as I only started 2 days ago , stools are solid (sorry had to mention that) honestly I am over the moon, Mate when I get back to London I will take you out for as many pints as you like cheers feeling fantastic, I will keep an eye on it and let you know but really this is the best I have been in 5 years. I would have drank 3 bottles if it had worked and I love olive oil my missus says we cant afford it the way you use it, lol

      Thanks again for sharing

      PS when I told my wife about it she said in her country (Uzbekistan) they used olive oil all the time when it eventually was imported in to the country her mum used this for her
      ulcers ??? I told her it would have been great if she had told me , anyhow I know now.

      • Graham from England
        graham leeJune 24, 2014 at 11:54 pm #

        Dermot,

        Thanks for sharing your news with such enthusiasm.

        How cool would that be, meeting other fellow EVOO converts, though some stay off the alcohol. I read the other day it creates an immune response which could explain why it’s a problem.

        Tell the wife, 500ml is £3.59 in Marks & Spencer, about time they sent me some commission!

        Please keep us updated good or bad.

  6. slingshotJanuary 14, 2014 at 8:21 am #

    I have been thinking alot about this EVOO since I read it the first time. As you write it has good antibacterial effects. But there are also other sources of fat that I think is very good for UCers. Take for example virgin organic coconut oil, its also antibacterial and anti viral. Coconut oil also don’t change it’s fat structure when heated in higher temperatures and therefor is the ultimate vegetable oil to fry your vegetables in at home. Cod liver oil has always and is still taken by pregnant women at least in Sweden for it’s high omega-3 and good fats. Further more, for those who can take milk products Organic Butter has a high rate of butyric acid, it makes up 3% to 4% of butter.

    Read about butyric acid here: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.se/2009/12/butyric-acid-ancient-controller-of.html

    Also notice I always use organic products, here is just one of the reasons:
    http://www.spiritscienceandmetaphysics.com/a-little-girls-experiment-will-change-the-way-you-think-about-food/

    So Fat seems like something good right! :) Also get a lot of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D3, K2)

    Vitamin A
    http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/food-sources-of-vitamin-A.php

    Vitamin K2
    http://chriskresser.com/vitamin-k2-the-missing-nutrient

    • Graham from England
      Graham leeJanuary 22, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      Hi Slingshot,

      Sorry for the slow reply but I wanted to read your links..

      I’m all for these good oils, not just EVOO and they seem to offer many benefits. I occasionally take a spoon of cod liver oil (but don’t tell anyone)! I’m also with you on the butyrate acid, I’ve just added grass fed butter to my regular foods. As you mention vitamin A, I’ve also recently added parsley for phytoestrogens which are great for the gut bacteria and possibly even preventing gastrointestinal inflammation.

      I like organic and choose this where possible but I’ve not made that transition yet. Even though things are going great on the oil I continue to make the easier food changes. My “drug reaction” TIA may have left me with some kind of neuropathy so now even more work to do!

  7. Andrew CharlesJanuary 14, 2014 at 8:32 am #

    Hi Graham

    Thanks for sharing your valuable information on Adam’s website – it’s good to see there’s someone else from the UK on the site!

    Can I ask what EVOO you have had success with in the UK? I know you mentioned the M&S one you are testing at the moment but wanted to check if I pick up a bottle of Napolina or Fillipo Berrio am I in the right ball park or are these likely to be too lower quality?

    Many thanks for any feedback, Andrew.

  8. MaggieJanuary 14, 2014 at 8:47 am #

    I’ve taken up using EVOO again about 2 weeks ago along with the other supplements I use because I was getting the tell tale signs of a flare, mostly cramping, bloating, and just not going as normal as I’d like. I would never have known about this if not for you, Graham, but I did know olive oil is the best oil to use. I didn’t get the flare I thought I was getting, thank goodness! But another benefit of using olive oil has been to keep my cholesterol down so I don’t have to take statins. With the other health issues I have, my goal in life has been to be as medication free as possible and as a result, fewer and fewer trips to specialists, such as the gastro and the rheumatologist! The world is a better place with you in it, Graham!

  9. C
    CJanuary 14, 2014 at 9:40 am #

    I just reread your posts about olive oil and all the studies-I decided to try a spoonful; not at bad as I’d thought. Do you think taking it in a bit of applesauce would compromise it’s benefits? Does it clog up your arteries while it’s helping your colon? I am considering adding this to my regimen. Thanks for all the research about it Graham!

  10. HarryJanuary 14, 2014 at 10:11 am #

    Graham – This all sounds very interesting, I am 24, from Kent, UK and have been dealing with UC for 7 years now, I’ve had many upsets but generally speaking I lead the life i want and am optimistic about the future. I’m also prone to drinking alcohol and all the above foods you’ve listed as i find it hard to discipline a proper diet, I used to smoke which did help but it was more sociably so i decided to stop all together. Probiotics have prevented mild flare ups turning into big ones and medication has kept me more or less stable, apart from the few hospital visits over the years. I’m currently on azathioprine which is a drag but nothing i can’t get over, currently i am in full remission and thats always the goal. I would just like to ask how restricted are you keeping your diet now with EVOO? And has it enabled you to stop meds all together?

    • Graham from England
      graham leeJanuary 15, 2014 at 4:31 am #

      Harry,
      When my flare (from taking non Evoo oil) started I tried many of the big hitters and drastically changed my diet for the better. None of these body fuel changes worked like the oil but we can’t ignore the evidence so I have continued to make improvements to what was an appalling diet that may have even placed me here. I was put on Asacol suppositories which helped but within 2 months had a stroke like health crash which the consultant attributed as a drug reaction. I then smoked but only for 4 months in order to totally heal my colon. All is great now and I will not be taking meds for the foreseeable future.

      Like you I am unable to follow a specific diet but I have now set some rules. We may have this disease from our genes, antibiotics, bad diet or a combination. From what I have learned, I believe our gut is like a major organ and what populates it is crucial but may be irreparably damaged. I also believe these changes will take years and not months to effectively cultivate the desired intestinal garden. I refuse to live like a monk but when there is a choice I avoid processed, refined carbs and added sugar. I go out of my way to eat fish, oats, fibre, fruit, nuts and generally real natural foods. Also good quality raw eggs and grass fed butter for their butyric acid. Fatty acids and or the foods like fibre that produce them in our gut seem to be most desirable. A wider range of these fatty acids can only be a good thing in my view. I also restrict alcohol to weekends and have a meat free day every week. Hope that helps..

      • HarryJanuary 15, 2014 at 5:05 am #

        That’s a real achievement, I have become much better at turning my nose up at a lot of foods and my diet is generally much better, I have bought a nutribullet extractor which has worked wonders for my nutritional intake and has helped my body absorb what it needs a lot better and I feel much better for it, one thing I have found relates to my well being greatly is stress, alcohol alievates stress for me and the two combined have made me relapse and I have ended up in hospital as a result and nearly lost my colon last year, there is a lot of interesting research into the relation of stress and intestinal well being, balance is key for me, your article interested me greatly as your story is one of the first I have read that resonates with me so thank you and I will extend my research into evoo, I think for me I’ve just never been brave enough to take the plunge in terms of stopping the meds as they have saved me in the past, however I don’t want to be on them forever, I want a permanent fix not a short term solution, thanks again.

  11. Graham from England
    graham leeJanuary 14, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Thanks Maggie, stay well!

    C, it is understandable to think adding more fat to a diet is risky for the heart etc but Evoo is a very good fat with anti platelet properties. It is actually good for your arteries. Take a short time to look this up and you will find so much information on heart/blood health in relation to this wonderful substance.

    I was quite unwell June 2013 and had extensive tests. My dopler showed great smooth arteries, an ECG described as better than the young man’s who carried it out. Perfect blood pressure, good cholesterol and Echo cardiogram. One consultant even joked “what are you doing here”, I was discharged a very healthy man and told to keep doing whatever it was I was doing. I have to say the oil must have been part responsible for such a glowing report, I have no doubt.

  12. BipinJanuary 14, 2014 at 11:24 am #

    Thanks Graham,
    I also grew up in S.England, but am now in the US. I will try out the EVOO and see how it goes. Appreciate everyones help. UC is no fun.
    B

  13. Dede CummingsJanuary 14, 2014 at 12:14 pm #

    Graham, you ARE a rock star, in UC circles and we salute your dedication and research! Thanks for the post and the update—I’ve been following you for a year now, so it’s good to hear more news. Question: how should we buy EVOO? Someone said it needs to be fresh, and most available at my Vermont, US, coop is in bulk and I bring my own jar, but I have no idea how old it is. Does it matter?

    Again, thanks for all you do, and of course your pseudo-rock stars, Adam and Bev ;)

    • bevJanuary 14, 2014 at 12:21 pm #

      :)

  14. ArtJanuary 14, 2014 at 12:15 pm #

    Graham, and all guys here, be blessed!
    Thanks for your contribution to all of us!

    I have a question before I start taking EVOO. You mentioned that “The very freshest, best oils are too strong” and may be harmful.
    Then the question is -> with so many different EVOOs available in any store, which one(s) exactly have you taken? Can you specify so that I do not make a mistake and take something that may be harmful.

    Thanks, guys!

    • Graham from England
      graham leeJanuary 15, 2014 at 3:45 am #

      Art,
      I’m afraid it’s difficult to list and appraise all the oils I’ve tried, this would also be irrelevant to anyone outside the UK. I had to travel to Tuscany before I experienced the great oil that was too strong and less effective for my flare.
      I can only speak with certainty for what is available in the UK supermarket’s really. If I was buying in this environment I would avoid the most expensive and the cheapest. A mid priced Italian oil (we know works) that has a harvest date would be a safe bet. A harvest date usually indicates quality and that it has not been mixed in order to shift old oil.

      • ArtJanuary 15, 2014 at 6:00 am #

        Thanks, Graham!
        I guess I am closer to understanding which oil to purchase.
        However, I would highly appreciate if you could specify some of the EVOOs you buy in the supermarkets on the territory of the UK. I believe I can get any of these as it’s now 21st century, my friend :”) Everything’s possible.

        Thanks a bunch, Graham! Be well!

  15. Graham from England
    graham leeJanuary 14, 2014 at 3:03 pm #

    Dede, I feel slightly embarrassed now though the words of encouragement are obviously great motivation.

    I’ve been honoured to communicate and even meet with a few well renowned Evoo experts. They are on a quest for the best oil and much of what we might read out there will direct us that way. Sadly, despite my bad oil lesson, great oil is not what is required for us UC’ers (though it is good news for our pockets). Confusing you bet and this quality anomaly may also be confirmed by what I read about Jini Patel Thompson’s (Listen To Your Gut) Oregano Oil. It seems best/purest may also be a lesser choice for us.

    I would love to know why and am confident it will come to light this year. My oil is being tested and this top Evoo producer is also very keen to learn about the strange contradiction. I am equally concerned with taking great oil as I am with bad.

    Oil is best stored in tins and then dispensed as required which sounds like what you might be buying. The information above covers the main requirements for us with some throat irritation being the most crucial point. I will experiment soon with my various oils to try and offer a simple yet more accurate appraisal by smell as the experts do (without being an expert obviously).

  16. Dede CummingsJanuary 14, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    Actually, this is good news for my pocketbook, Graham! Thanks for getting right back to me. I take plenty of Omega 3 pure fish oil daily… do you also? So glad that those of us on the uc-crohn’s spectrum are out there doing loads of research and you are helping your fellow uc-ers, and those who have both Crohn’s and uc, like me. Onward! :)

  17. shelly in maineJanuary 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi Adam, Graham, Bev, Dede and all…
    Well…a while back I tried to add it in and it consistently made me ill. Ihave always been very sensitive to foods, smells, textures etc, and I also had my gallbladder removed during my remicade years. So just pondering how being without a gallbladder truly effects the overall fat absorption/health benefits, etc…any thoughts?? It’s funny, but not the haha kind, how the doctors always say you don’t even need it! I’m sure it effects all the travels of the herbs, etc. I also can’t take many things on an empty stomach like you’re supposed to.
    Well, just wondering.
    Glad to have a new EVOO thread Graham!
    Be well all. Best, Shelly

    • bevJanuary 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm #

      Yes, Shelly, it’s really quite something when doctors say that we don’t really ‘need’ something, like an organ or gland, that we were born with…why were we born with it?

      It makes me think of getting my appendix out…it wasn’t long after that I got UC…not to mention the Accutane that I took four times…another known cause of UC.

      I wish that I had more knowledge as to your question. It makes a lot of sense what you say about the loss of your gallbladder affecting certain things. Was it afterwards that you started getting over sensitive to the things that you mention?

      • shelly in maineJanuary 15, 2014 at 4:25 am #

        Hi Bev,
        It all seems so crazy. I think between the UC and no gallbladder is a double whammy on why nothing works consistently. I was talking a little to my chiro about how when he gave me a liquid tinture I put under my tongur for faster absorption for the ear/sinus infection, it seemed to help, but still not complete and took a double dose and not sure if really “cured” or not.
        Anyway, I think it is all interesting and frustrating that nothing is consistent within myself much less amongst UC’ers.
        Thanks for thinking about it!
        Best as always, Shelly. :-)

        • bevJanuary 15, 2014 at 6:31 am #

          It does all seem so crazy. I always wonder why we are born with tonsils, gallbladders, appendix, etc if we don’t supposedly really ‘need’ them???

          :)

          • Graham from England
            graham leeJanuary 25, 2014 at 6:54 am #

            Bev, Shelly..
            Your comments were reminded to me today when I read this statement… Now they’re realizing that the appendix probably has immunological functions related to the fact that it acts as a reservoir of spare bacteria in case your gut flora gets killed off or flushed out, say, in a nasty bout of diarrhea.

            Here is the article.. http://www.sott.net/article/228008-Mind-Gut-Connection-Why-Intestinal-Bacteria-May-Have-Important-Effects-on-Your-Brain

          • bevJanuary 26, 2014 at 8:04 am #

            Thanks again Graham. That all makes perfect sense.

            ‘My’ UC went from minor to major after having my appendix out!!

            Now, it’s clear to me perhaps why….

  18. Graham from England
    graham leeJanuary 15, 2014 at 3:33 am #

    For those in the UK… I’ve tried around 15 oils and the year of remission was achieved using a very average supermarket oil. It was Napolina which provided very little of the desired throat irritation.

    My favourite by far based on results both in and out of a flare is Marks & Spencer, Italian Evoo, label states “Fruity with a peppery finish”.irritation. The M+S organic was not as effective.

    • shelly in maineJanuary 26, 2014 at 7:13 am #

      Great add Graham! The more we learn the more we learn how much we still don’t know. The human body is amazing.
      Thanks and best of health, Shelly

      • AdamJanuary 26, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

        Ditto (or is it spelled Dito) either way, you da man big G!

  19. Kyle
    KyleJanuary 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Graham – Hey just curious when you started taking the EVOO how long did it take you to start noticing a change in your symptoms? I am currently following the SCD diet but am still noticing a constant cramp in the gut and still not 100% formed BM’s all the time, like you said in your first blog about EVOO, UC will always be with you but if we can find natural ways to make life manageable and in the end livable again, I am all for it! So I am going to try out the EVOO, 3 times a day : ) Worth a shot right! Can’t kill me anymore than the Humira tried to! Is there a specific brand I should look for or just any supermarker “Extra Virgin” Olive oil?

    Thanks for taking the time to get back to me : ) Have a blessed day!

    Kyle

  20. Kyle
    KyleJanuary 18, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

    Just read your comment above mine about the brand to use! Gotcha ; )

    Kyle

  21. Graham from England
    Graham leeJanuary 19, 2014 at 5:34 am #

    Hi Kyle,

    That’s the great thing about olive oil for UC, there is nothing to lose as it is also good for your health generally. Regarding your question, I had a healthy colon from smoking so the oil protected me from UC when I gave it up. Even when i smoked I used to wake with the cramp most mornings but not since taking the oil. It was and is a massive breakthrough that I never really believed would come when I began the 3 spoons a day but like you say worth a shot right! If you have already made drug free improvements I am certain this will provide a significant boost to your regime. Please let us know how you get on.

  22. Robert MyersJanuary 21, 2014 at 3:39 pm #

    Graham, Napolina EVOO is available on Amazon.com in 3 sizes — 250, 500 & 1000ml at $11, $17 & $27 plus S&H. (Free shipping for orders over $35.)
    Respectfully,
    Robt. U. Myers

  23. Graham from England
    Graham leeJanuary 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks Robert…

    Napolina did bring the year of remission but I have reservations about this oil and would not use it now I have found something better. During the flare I tried the very best oil but also tried my old Napolina and neither were as effective during this period. The Napolina did indeed have a preventative effect and stretch remission beyond my widest dreams. However, I believe many reading this are looking for something to reverse a flare and it may not be enough. I do appreciate your post as it all contributes to this important discussion.

  24. HarryJanuary 22, 2014 at 4:34 pm #

    Graham – One thing i forgot to ask before, as I am currently taking medication and am in remission is it worth starting EVOO regardless, whats your opinion on this? may sound dumb but worth the mention as i am currently weighing up what i am to do going forward, many thanks.

  25. Graham from England
    graham leeJanuary 23, 2014 at 5:37 am #

    I would certainly begin a 1st thing and last thing dose, it is natural and extremely healthy so not like adding a drug to another drug. I reduced to that amount when I smoked for a short period as 3 doses could have sped up my digestive transit time by too much. Cigarettes increase mucas in the bowel and also move things along quicker.

  26. Allison-3
    AllisonJanuary 26, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Hey Graham-
    been taking evoo for about 2 weeks and I must say in all this cold and snow in New Jersey my skin has NOT been as dry as it was prior. So maybe we just sell it as a beauty treatment instead (hah). I even have my boys taking it, only they get to sop it up with nice crusty bread… lucky dudes.
    Thanks!

    • Graham from England
      graham leeJanuary 26, 2014 at 2:29 pm #

      Allison, well done you for getting the boys on it, the world famous Olive oil expert Tom Mueller gives his son 2 spoons a day. Cleopatra herself used it as a beauty treatment as many still do. Thanks for sharing!

  27. Graham from England
    graham leeJanuary 30, 2014 at 3:31 pm #

    Just an update… it’s been several weeks since stopping smoking and all is good on my 2nd oil journey. I don’t regret the 1st attempt failing so much now because I learned more about this program during the flare than beforehand. In the past (without Evoo), there would be lots of bloating and several lbs of added weight followed by very apparent UC symptoms. I’ve actually lost a couple of lbs and even less bloating than 1st time very happy.

    Does anyone else have a progress report?

    • bevJanuary 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Such wonderful news Graham. This will work. No worries at all. A lot of this is knowing within ourselves that we can do things for our own health that work!!

      :)

      • Graham from England
        graham leeJanuary 31, 2014 at 9:46 am #

        Yes Bev, I wasn’t convinced the 1st time and then was shocked when it actually did!

        Like you, I never intend on using meds again. We are in the fortunate position of having found the solution or at least enough of one so we don’t have to go back. I am also very hopeful of another natural solution that will help us I’m sure. So yes another post, mine are like buses, nothing for ages then two come along at once!

        • bevJanuary 31, 2014 at 10:31 am #

          Too right, Graham. We are very fortunate.

          I wish the same for all that suffer with UC. Each finding their ‘thing’ that manages the condition, NATURALLY!

  28. Graham from England
    Graham leeJanuary 31, 2014 at 3:18 pm #

    Many experts including UC’ers believe dietary intake of Omega 3 fish oils are best and that Linoleic acid/Omega 6 is the UC devil. There are many studies proving that a poor ratio of these fats causes Ulcerative Colitis but this is not quite the full story. I have lifted the following 2 sentences from a medical summary which explain this perceived wisdom in slightly more detail.

    “When it is absorbed in the body, linoleic acid is transformed to arachidonic acid, which is a component of the cell membranes in the bowel. ”

    “Arachidonic acid can then be converted into various inflammatory chemicals. High levels of these chemicals have been found in the bowel tissue of patients with ulcerative colitis.”

    This would logically lead some to avoid EVOO at all costs as it has 3-20% Linoleic acid but something unique happens when Oleic acid is consumed, as this recent study shows…

    http://www.lipidworld.com/content/12/1/106

    Percentages of oleic acid and arachidonic acid are inversely related in phospholipids of human sera. Meaning Oleic acid actually decreases the (negative) effect of Linoleic acid and EVOO’s Oleic acid level is 55 to 83%. The link explains it better than I ever could so why not take a look?

  29. Graham from England
    Graham leeFebruary 7, 2014 at 2:06 am #

    An interesting piece here (if you have time) on oils within the body and its vital role. There are also explanations and suggestions for the correct oil correct ratio. They say its 4 Omega 6 to 1 Omega 3 but I have read that 2.5:1 is better for preventing cancer of the bowel.

    It also gives an insight as to why these oil protocols work well to begin with and then fade (page 12). As we make these crucial oil adjustments we obviously see a health benefit but the scales can begin to tip too far the other way. This most likely suggests if you are taking Omega 3 and cutting out trans fats, an unexpected decline in your condition may require a little less EFA and not more (as we would logically believe).

    http://www.bodybio.com/BodyBio/docs/BodyBioBulletin-4to1Oil.pdf

  30. Graham from England
    graham leeFebruary 11, 2014 at 6:25 am #

    Cancer – inflammation…

    Yet more research supporting Evoo for colitis. Expect much more evidence in the future along with a far wider acceptance of its benefits. Maybe then I won’t have to keep banging on about it, hooray!

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24445043

  31. Graham from England
    graham leeFebruary 28, 2014 at 12:55 am #

    It is important to never miss a dose of Evoo, so going out can be the tricky bit. Here’s what I do and please feel free to offer your suggestions.

    Plastic shot glasses are a must, very cheap (from Ebay) and easy to transport. I have them stashed in my golf bag and work vehicles etc.

    As with the shot glasses, I keep the oil at work and at home. A bottle of Evoo is usually 500ml so often too large to carry on your person. Oil is kept in dark bottles and out of light to maintain the oils integrity but a clean container (that doesn’t leak) will be fine for a day out.

    When I go on holiday (even to Italy), I put a bottle (carefully wrapped) in my case. Having to find good oil abroad is tricky and we can’t risk a flare. You can’t take more than 100ml through customs and they can get funny about strange liquids! Once they even took a 500ml bottle that only had 50ml in, so a sub 100ml container with your days supply will be fine. Telling them it’s medicinal will also help.

  32. David NixonMarch 17, 2014 at 7:45 pm #

    Hi Graham.

    I posted on your previous post some time ago, I unfortunately never kept up with the olive oil, in part because my UC began to run a bad course despite treatment with 5ASA’s from both sides, never ending blood and bloody mucous, 20 BM’s a day. Low hemoglobin from blood loss, and chronic fevers and debilitating abdominal pain, and fell from 175lbs to 135lbs.
    I got an urgent sigmoidoscopy which showed severe UC, they had to stop short because it was so bad I was at high risk of perforation.
    My medication was changed and increased but still no results.
    Finally, mid-january, feeling as though Im out of options, I remembered your story, and how smoking reversed your flare.
    Well, I quit my ineffective meds, all of them, and bought a pack of cigarettes and began 5-10 cigs a day.
    Within 2 weeks the bleeding stopped and hasnt returned, the mucous increasesd oddly, but after another month the mucous cleared up entirely, at the same time my bms went down to 2-3 a day, finally in the last couple weeks I now have solid normal BMs once or twice a day, no pain, almost symptom free, but still a little urgency. What an amazing change.

    I am now going to follow your footsteps, and going to begin religiously taking EVOO and see if I too can quit cigs, and maintain this state that smoking has given me, as I truly hate having to smoke to stay healthy.

    I am still going to smoke for another month or so, or untill the urgency goes away, before I quit, but in the meantime I am still going to take the EVOO x3/day.
    The oil I have is Filippo Berio, 100% cold pressed italian oil from a supermarket, not sure if this is any good?
    Will update.

    I will update.

    • Graham from England
      graham leeMarch 18, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

      David, even though most of us know smoking works when nothing else seems to, it’s still amazing to hear!

      I’m so pleased that you are finally feeling normal and your plan sounds about right. During the 3-4 month’s where I had to resort to smoking I only took the oil twice a day, not three. I agree you should smoke for one more month just to be sure you’ve healed up nicely. ‎‎Out of interest did you ever smoke before?‎ If you are worried about willpower then I can recommend Alan Carr’s Easy Way to Stop Smoking.

      Not sure about Filippo Berio oil though, I tried their Gusto Frutatto and was very disappointed. I also noticed there was no harvest date, this is almost always a sign of bad oil.‎ Though Oleic acid is very beneficial here, the Oleocanthal throat burn is still crucial and should not be under estimated. I’m not sure where you live but if you are in the UK then Marks & Spencers Italian “Fruity with peppery finish” is superb for quality and value.

      By the way, I am on my second Evoo journey and almost 3 months clear of both cigarettes and meds thus far.‎ It’s a great feeling to be healthy and free of cigarettes!

      David, would you mind if I mentioned your progress  on Twitter (@realslimshakey)?

      • bevMarch 18, 2014 at 2:32 pm #

        This is so fantastic…I’m always quietly eavesdropping on you Graham!

        Hope that doesn’t sound too ‘stalky’…lol

  33. Graham from England
    graham leeMarch 18, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

    Lol, It’s an honour Bev! I hope you are doing great while supporting us all no doubt…

    • bevMarch 18, 2014 at 5:42 pm #

      Yes, Graham, thank you for asking. I am doing great now that the flu immunization is out of my system, if that was what indeed caused that last flare. Who knows any more. I know we are all tentatively walking on the proverbial eggshells. I just enjoy the heck out of remission periods, that is for certain!

      I always keep your olive oil protocol close to my heart should I ever need and/or decide to try it. I often say that UC has a way of getting around every treatment, rearing it’s ugly little head whenever it sees fit to do so. If my probiotic L-glutamine regiment ever fails me, I will try the wonderful olive oil!

      Cheers, and stay happy and well my friend,
      :)

    • AndrewMarch 20, 2014 at 6:44 am #

      Hi Graham

      Thanks for keeping us updated on your progress etc – good to hear you’re doing well.

      I’ve got a bit of a question for you – sounds a bit silly but hey ho here we go.

      I’ve tried numerous things over the years to try and settle the UC down but the bottom line is none of it has really worked despite me having a good diet etc. The only thing that has really helped is L-Glutamine.

      So having read your comments and others on Adam’s website about how smoking has worked (I remember reading something about this when I was diagnosed 6 years ago) I am seriously thinking of trying some smoking to see how all goes. Having never been a smoker and at one time a serious cyclist this is a little alien to me! The only thing I’m thinking is I know of Italian footballers who smoke so in moderation for a relatively short time it can’t hurt more than colitis – that’s my thinking anyway!

      So on to the question. As I’ve mentioned I’ve never smoked apart from trying it out in my youth on nights out… and so am unsure given I don’t know much about cigarettes what ones to buy. Any suggestion as to what brand etc you’ve smoke? I appreciate this is a bit of a tricky question with the health warnings of smoking etc but I thought it worthwhile asking. I’m in Cardiff so what you have access to no doubt I will too.

      If anyone else wants to chip in with their ideas all opinions are appreciated.

      • Graham from England
        graham leeMarch 21, 2014 at 6:38 am #

        Thanks Andrew,

        Really interesting question and the smoking thing is very close to my heart or lungs even….

        Due to the well known health risks of smoking, perhaps no person should tell or pressure someone to do so, it’s a personal choice. However, due to the unique situation ‎in which we find ourselves,  it is hugely important that we discuss this as openly as possible and without prejudice. 

        This is how I see it.. Regular and long term inflammation of the colon already carries a serious cancer risk. Though it’s not for everyone, we can always choose surgery. I don’t wish to offend those who have but the timing of these decisions often couldn’t be worse, an aggressive flare is effectively holding a gun to your head. 

        We also have to consider ‎the position of doctors and try to read between the lines in order to assess their real views on this. With evermore litigious societies, doctors are (in my view) increasingly withholding the treatment they instinctively know is best for patients in favour of the “cover my ass”option. Quite understandable but kicking the can down the road helps no one and we must take this in to account. We want the treatment that is best for us, the doctor’s well being should not come in to it, ever.

        There are anecdotal reports of doctors endorsing a patient’s decision to smoke. Following a bad reaction to an IBD drug I told my GP that I would smoke my self well with a good UC diet and then quit for Evoo. ” I can’t disagree with a single thing you are doing” she said. Will you ever hear a doctor publicly endorsing smoking or  writing such a view, we will have the magic bullet before then?

        Weighing things up, are we really increasing the damage to ourselves by smoking temporarily in order to reset the colon and start fresh with a plan for long term remission? As long as there is a plan, in my case a good Evoo. In light of overwhelming evidence I have since added a better diet and take better care of my health generally. Even if you are quite young, having a serious disease so early on really focuses the mind on your life expectancy. 

        I have heard of a few people where smoking does not help, do these people have Crohns too, perhaps someone has statistics for this? I have a figure in mind of 90% but I think this is a very old statistic about how many UC’ers are ex smokers.

        If you are going to smoke, rolling your own is healthier. There are less harmful chemicals this way, some life insurance companies even consider rolling tobacco smokers more favourably.  

        I used to smoke 5 – 10 per day, Amber Leaf with liquorice papers to provide a smoother taste.

        From a fitness point of view, I used to smoke yet still covered more distance in 5 a side football than my friends. You can be fit and smoke just maybe not as fit as if you didn’t, obvious really..

        I don’t want to sell this too strongly but if you’ve suffered for long enough and tried everything then this is a very worthwhile experiment. This route has changed my entire outlook on life, the metaphorical clouds blew away after 6 months of remission.

        Ultimately your decision..

        • AndrewMarch 21, 2014 at 9:15 am #

          Hi Graham

          Thanks so much for your information.

          I’ll let you know how things go.

  34. David NixonMarch 19, 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    Yesterday I did some reading on fillipo berio oil, turns out that like you said, its probably not the best choice, their oil is just a mass produced “bottom of the barrel” stuff. Further, critical reviews say it consists of oil that may be years old thats mixed with fresh stuff to mask the rancidity, and that it’s not italian oil but inferior imported oil thats only bottled in italy, so that the bottle can say “produced in italy”.
    I went shopping yeaterday and after much searching the best I could find was a organic Oil with a stamped chemical analysis listing Acidity, K270/K232, peroxide, a best before date in 2016, and grove of origin(Kolymvari, Crete, Greece). And if price is any indication of quality, this oil is 2.5X the price of the same amount of Filippo Berio.
    Good olive oil is hard to come by in Canada, as Olive oil is more of a novelty item here, Canola Oil is the oil of choice.

    I did some searching online and found a canadian retailer of premium Italian olive oils, with analysis, groves of origin, press dates, and advertised as being pressed within 4 hours of harvest. So I will look there for my next botttle.

    Yes, i smoked for a few years prior to UC, and my first UC symptoms presented about 3 weeks after quitting cold turkey.
    I’ve quit cold turkey before and I am absolutely confident I can do it again when the time comes, I dont like smoking, and dont want to add another health ailment, but Ive been only smoking 6-7 a day, so I dont think Im taking a big risk. But the alternative of taking immunosuppresents has its own list of risks.

    I Read your previous links and the study with much interest, I also found other very recent studies with mice and EVOO which had some very promising results. Hopefully more research is done into this.

    Another thing thats interesting to note is UC prevalence by country, what I found is Canada has some of the highest rates of UC in the world, at 456 cases per 100,000.
    Spain and Italy, probably the largest consumers of EVOO, have some of the lowest rates in the world, at 1 and 1.5 per 100,000. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004417/ (towards the bottom of the article)

    I will dose my oil at 1 Tablespoon(15ml) twice a day until I feel Im ready to quit smoking, at which time I’ll increase to 3 doses, and see how that goes.

    Yes, you can use anything I’ve written for any purpose.

    • Graham from England
      graham leeMarch 21, 2014 at 9:19 am #

      H‎I David,

      Your assessment of that oil is spot on, sadly much of the mass produced stuff is a con. Sounds like you have found a good one though and also a plan going forward. If you ever get obsessed (like me) then read Extra Virginity by Tom Mueller. I’m not sure if you are near a big city but I’ve also heard of quite a few Oil bars in Canada. This could be another option where you can re stock once you are up and running on the good stuff!

      That was a very interesting link about UC rates per 100,000 and I’ve not seen that one before. For some time now my favourite theory is that us UC’ers have digestive genes from Southern Europe and or the more ancient civilisations that don’t travel as well as our ancestors have. Is our digestive DNA reminding some of us we are all immigrants, this is also one of the reasons I now embrace the Mediterranean Diet? 

      Thanks again for posting David, a great contribution!

  35. Graham from England
    graham leeMarch 20, 2014 at 8:19 am #

    Thanks as always for your kind words Bev and it’s good to get an update from you.

    Your comments remind me that perhaps I need a mantra of my own to address this often missed point. Evoo is most effective for preventing a flare rather than at reversing one. Think of it as flare insurance.

    Even 2 spoons a day will be good for your UC and health generally. We need to preserve you Bev, to make sure you are here for the little UC’ers that haven’t even been born yet!

    We could keep it our little secret..

  36. bevMarch 20, 2014 at 8:22 am #

    I think that’s it, Graham.

    Prevention. Insurance. Why not, right? If it is working, keep on doing it.

    You are a sweet talker…very persuasive…I may just add it in…

    • Graham from England
      graham leeMarch 20, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      I won’t tell a soul, long remissions all round…

  37. Graham from England
    graham leeMay 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm #

    I hope everyone is doing well?

    Just thought I would confirm that I’ve cleared the month number 4 hurdle without a hitch..

    This is the 2nd time I’ve made the journey from cigarettes to no meds and it still feels like a dream at times. Even with all that we’ve uncovered to prove it’s benefits, tackling such a serious disease with something so simple is a miracle.

    Hope you discover your UC miracle very soon!

    • BevMay 7, 2014 at 3:11 pm #

      Graham I could not agree more. I feel the same about the probiotic that I am using. It IS like a dram.

      I am over the moon for you!! Chuffed!!

  38. Graham from England
    graham leeMay 8, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    Hi Bev,

    Likewise, are you on a different Probiotic now, if so which one?

  39. bevMay 8, 2014 at 6:34 am #

    I am still on the Ultimate Flora and doing fab on it…of course there is the L-glutamine as well, along with the vitamin D, the astaxanthin, and perhaps even the LDN… but one is never really sure just what is doing the trick when one takes ‘things’ plural.

    At least you KNOW it’s the EVOO!! Perhaps it is the combination of ‘things’ for me. Who can say, really?

  40. David NixonMay 17, 2014 at 8:20 pm #

    Hi Graham, Im glad to hear you are still without symptoms.

    Im still doing the olive oil, 1 table spoon every morning and night.
    Im so glad to say that I have zero symptoms, I go once a day with no urgency. Everythings 100%Normal.
    Still havent taken any meds since I stopped them in january at the worst point of that terrible flare that lasted almost 2 years and started smoking instead.
    I am still smoking though.. only 2-3 day now and Im good at self control with it. Its just that after finding something that works, its a scary thing to stop it.
    Taking 2000mg of timed release vitamin C because smokers are deficient, eating healthy, and strenuous running to offset smoking damage, which hopefully 2-3 wont cause anyway. But hearing that you have made it 4 months gives me courage to at least try olive oil alone.

    What changes have you made this time around that you feel are making a difference?

    I also have cut out all sources of Omega-6’s, which I think is a good long term strategy to make the body less inflammatory.

  41. Graham from England
    graham leeMay 18, 2014 at 2:38 am #

    Hi David, 

    You are doing great and I’m sure would be just fine dropping the last couple of daily cigarettes for a midday dose of EVOO, your call.

    Although I had success for well over a year on just the oil and non extra virgin caused my flare I have now adopted many of the other things we UC’ers must do.‎

    Some recent news I had suggests this was a great decision and something for those who ignore diet as well as lifestyle improvements should take note of.

    I’ve been diagnosed with inflammation of the spinal cord (transverse myelitis/neck) which probably caused my stroke like episode and some other related issues. Notice the word inflammation, it is apparently common for a person with one autoimmune disease to be diagnosed with another, who knew? It could be from an old whiplash injury but I’m not taking any chances.

    From what they saw it could lead to MS but fortunately I already have an anti inflammation diet, good sleep, try to reduce stress (where possible) and they also put me on a Vitamin D supplement.

    Sensible exercise is also important and though nicotine helps with inflammation smoking accelerates MS so “phew” that I’ve hardly done that for the last few years.

    These things build up over years and what we can do won’t change it overnight but are surely the 1st and best place to start?

    Rightly or wrongly I have adopted these items to my almost daily diet.

    Walnuts, eggs (raw or poached), coconut milk, grass fed butter, pure cocoa, herbal teas, apple/banana (every day), avocado, garlic, parsley, lots of veggies, whole foods and EVOO obviously..

    Little or no refined carbs, sugar, processed, omega 6. Sensible meat and alcohol intake.

  42. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 2, 2014 at 11:36 am #

    “Modern plagues” and an “antibiotic winter”…
    http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jun/01/why-antibiotics-making-us-ill-bacteria-martin-blaser?CMP=twt_gu

    • bevJune 2, 2014 at 4:39 pm #

      Good one, Graham!

      It’s all very sad, really. Something that was developed and found to help us, is now actually hurting us.

      Leave it to we humans to take a good thing too far…climate change too…

    • AdamJune 2, 2014 at 5:21 pm #

      Thanks Graham for sharing. It’s pretty darn impressive to see the stats the article presents in terms of the progress regarding childbirth/deaths. Super amazing when you sit back and think about it and how far we’ve come.
      Just got to make you think that there’s a crapload of potential for people like us living with UC.

  43. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 3, 2014 at 4:20 am #

    I thought it summed things up pretty well. Not sure when we will see enough research on immunity, only more drugs countering the effects of it’s related illnesses. That’s enough cynicism, apparently it leads to dementia!

    On a related note.. I recently had a splinter removed from a slightly inflamed/infected finger and was told to take an antibiotic, NO!!! I explained that I had autoimmune issues and had spent the last 18 months cultivating a more diverse intestinal garden full of good guys. I said no thank you but will take them with me just in case, I felt like he was offering to hit me round the head with a shovel! I’m not sure if this should be to his credit or not but he then strongly advised me to take them along with a supermarket Probiotic drink, not even an Ultimate Flora Critical Care 50 Billion Bev!

    Anyway no surprises, my finger healed by itself after 2 weeks and no unwanted friendly fire from antibiotics or my immune system….

    • AdamJune 3, 2014 at 8:23 am #

      YEAH Graham!

      nice going on giving your body the chance to prove it can actually…dare I say it…heal itself!!

    • bevJune 3, 2014 at 8:35 am #

      :)

    • shelly in maineJune 3, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Way to go Graham…guess the Dr. didn’t get the memo to stop prescribing antibiotics for everything. No wonder we have resistant strains o everything.
      Healthy thoughts, Shelly

  44. Graham from England
    Graham LeeJune 4, 2014 at 1:21 am #

    Great to hear from you all and I hope wellness is yours. Sorry for my limited input recently, ive had to be more selfish with my time but should be back to normal next year..

    You have been warned!

  45. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 23, 2014 at 5:01 am #

    Well, all good things must come to an end….

    My 2nd longest drug free, flare free remission appears to have ended this morning with some blood on the paper.

    I was shocked and obviously very sad but 6 months is still a great achievement in my view. Work is busy and more stressful at this time of the year, the diet/sleep also slid a little.

    Back on the cigarettes for short while….

    • bevJune 23, 2014 at 5:45 am #

      Like Shelly said…no biggie, Graham. You now know what can be and what is achievable. I too bleed from time to time, even still, and it is often just as simple as my eating wheat that day, or something else that I didn’t even know bothers my colon!

      I know how our hearts just drop when we see the red stuff. All will be okay…you`ll see that again.

      We all go through this. Again, like Shelly says, we are never really ‘cured’…the UC is always there. I look forward to the day when we can REALLY kiss it goodbye!

  46. shelly in maineJune 23, 2014 at 5:18 am #

    Graham,
    Not an end just a speed bump! Now that you’ve settled in from pressing the panic button…go back to basics and focus forward. Since you are catching it early you should be able to tackle it faster and alleviate the symptoms. I have had a few bouts of bleeding along with the iritis and a continuing 2+ week of sinus infections, insurmountable stress and i just buckle down and try and focus forward. It seems no matter what, that Grimm Reaper UC will always be chasing us down and that everyone seems to bleed now and again.
    So hang in there, pull up your evoo straps and get refocused forward and go, fight, win!
    P.s. sorry about the World Cup….go USA( truly surprising! :-) )
    Best, Shelly

  47. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 23, 2014 at 5:30 am #

    Great Shelly and with some knowledge I will go again…

    And indeed go USA, maybe it was brought on by the England football team!

    Thank you so much…

    • bevJune 23, 2014 at 5:46 am #

      Oooh…I`m still smarting about England….let`s just not think about that…

      • shelly in maineJune 23, 2014 at 7:37 am #

        It is definitely a new generation World Cup…I’m addicted! ;)
        Positive thoughts and good health and healing…baby steps and focus forward!

        • bevJune 23, 2014 at 8:16 am #

          I’m right there with ya Shel! Addicted!! My son is sitting pretty at the moment…his team is Holland (Netherlands) and they are doing really good.

          We’ll see how they do today against Chile…everything could change

          Cheers my friend :)

  48. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 23, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    Thanks Bev, very true…

    • bevJune 23, 2014 at 8:14 am #

      Yeah, well, we all care about you Graham…gotta keep that positive attitude after we see the dreaded blood…it sometimes isn’t easy, but we gotta!

  49. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 23, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    Thanks again ladies we don’t deserve you!

    Glass half full by tomorrow.

  50. bevJune 23, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    :)

  51. shelly in maineJune 23, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    :-) we all NEEd and deserve each other…so line up those EVOO shot glasses and get goin’! ;)

    Bev, Netherlands looks very good! But Portugal and a couple others (maybe the USA team) are still very much alive and dangerous!

  52. bevJune 23, 2014 at 9:35 am #

    Definitely Shelly! My son and I do not cheer for the same team…I preferred England or Italy myself…so much for my teams!

    Sure, I’ll say GO USA!!

  53. Graham from England
    graham leeJune 23, 2014 at 9:57 am #

    Given the nature of this thread I will be supporting the Italians, (as well as the USA and Netherlands).

  54. bevJune 23, 2014 at 10:33 am #

    Good choices Graham!

    :)

  55. Graham from England
    graham leeJuly 2, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    I have recently been noticing links with colitis and liver disease, apparently Evoo relieves oxidative stress in the liver too.

    Here’s another link about this plus more information about the good stuff….

    http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266258.php

  56. Graham from England
    graham leeJuly 4, 2014 at 3:41 am #

    For any of you using M+S Italian (fruity with peppery finish) the newer harvest oil is now available. I had to sort through to get 2013/2014 harvest as some 2012/2013 bottles were still on sale.

    There will be a greater benefit from the newer oil so probably worth disposing of the the 2012 asap.‎

  57. David NixonJuly 7, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

    Hi Graham

    Sorry to hear about seeing blood, hopefully you manage to get that under control. Stress has a powerful effect on the body.

    Thanks for the recent link, great info, now I have even more reasons to take EVOO.

    I’m still taking EVOO, three times a day, everyday, though sometimes I slip up and only do 2. As of about 1 month, I haven’t smoked, no symptoms, no change whatsoever, just 1 normal BM daily.
    Feels good to be normal like this with no medication.

    Caustiously optimistic, if I notice anything suspicious, I won’t hesitate to light up again until it goes away.

    I’ve also drastically changed my diet in the last few months, everything natural, lots of soluable fiber foods for beneficial bacteria and eat mostly fish for meat, especially wild Salmon, for Omega3, all the time. I treat high omega 6 foods like poison. Also I take a supplement called CLA, technically its a Omega 6 but its anti inflammatory, its found in grass fed meat and butter.
    Lipids play a big part in either promoting or decreasing inflammation.

    Now to see if I can beat your record :p

  58. Graham from England
    graham leeJuly 8, 2014 at 3:37 am #

    Hi David,

    That all sounds pretty exciting, a long period without drugs/nicotine gives an amazing buzz. I remember likening it to all the permanent (UC) clouds disappearing and tasting true freedom at last!

    I can’t say these diet changes have prolonged remission for me but we cannot ignore the evidence and it must help the overall condition of our bodies. I had acne for over 20 years and now only get the occasional spot. My gum disease is also slowly improving, maybe our colon’s are the last to benefit?

    There is still occasional blood but I expect it to dissappear by the end of the week, though I was a fool to drink alcohol Friday, Saturday and Sunday!

    Another diet modification I’ve made is to add some healty fat to my meals. There are many nutrients that we apparently can’t absorb without it. Usually a small amount of evoo, grass fed butter, nuts etc..

    Thanks for another good contribution and I sincerely hope you beat my record!

  59. Graham from England
    graham leeJuly 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

    Butyrate/carb rich diets/colon cancer

    This is a bit off message for me but well worth a read….

    https://www.sciencenews.org/article/carbs-and-gut-microbes-fuel-colon-cancer

  60. Graham from England
    Graham LeeAugust 18, 2014 at 6:58 am #

    ‎How is everyone?

    I’ve just returned from Cyprus, another ancient land of EVOO….

    I asked a Cypriot restaurant owner‎ where I could find good oil and she immediately said “well you don’t buy it from the supermarket”. However, I did and she was correct, 3 carefully selected oils were ok but slightly greasy tasting and lacking the obvious throat burn. I returned with a litre of the oil she used in their food, it was fresh tasting and not too strong so ideal for cooking for the uninitiated (my family).

    Dr Bashirullah mentioned this on my 1st post‎ “EVOO should be our primary source of fat”. Breaking news…It already is for me! Just as it is for many in the Mediterranean and as it was for many of our ancestors. I’m refering to way back farther than any of us can imagine our most distant family tree. There are lots of things going on with EVOO, balancing fats, anti inflammatory, antioxidants, greater vitamin absorption. The fact that (in a very short space of time) we have gone from natural oils or fatty acids’s to mostly hydrogenated vegetable fat should alarm us. Im going a bit Paleo here but lets face it, a capsule of fish oil alone aint gonna “cut the mustard”. It is also worth mentioning that with many of us cutting refined carbs and sugar, fat becomes crucially important to provide energy to our body. There are many reports that the intake of good fats should be increased in this situation.

    I’ve been reading about the Vagus nerve again recently (see link below) and ‎it is involved with controlling inflammation and the immune system. Some studies have proved Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS) has helped Arthritis as well as other illnesses, though this method is in its infancy. Gary Beauchamp discovered Oleocanthal in 2000 when he experienced the same throat irritation from good EVOO as with liquid Ibuprofen. The pharyngeal branch of the vagus nerve is stimulated (the throat burn) by Oleocanthal and could be the main receptor for the oils benefits. This sensation can be increased by “Stripaggio” for anyone wishing to give it a go. It certainly heightens the burn sensation, you place a big spoon of oil in your mouth, roll the tip of your tongue up behind your top teeth and suck in air through your mouth for a few breaths, cough, cough! I cant say if this helps or not because I am not flaring at present but why give it a try?

    ‎http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/05/25/magazine/can-the-nervous-system-be-hacked.html?referrer=&_r=0

  61. Graham from England
    graham leeAugust 18, 2014 at 7:45 am #

    Yet more research with positive results for the use of dietary EVOO for IBD…

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/24837962/

    • BevAugust 18, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

      Exactly! Let’s sing it from the rooftops!!

  62. BevAugust 18, 2014 at 8:24 am #

    I am fine, thank you Graham and I am happy to hear that you are as well.

    As always, thank you for the so very interesting post…the vagus nerve stimulation…wow!

    :)

    • Graham from England
      graham leeAugust 19, 2014 at 2:04 am #

      Hey Bev,

      I’m glad you are well and hope you are enjoying the summer..

      Thanks as always for the positive feedback, you know I like to keep searching for the missing pieces even if there are a few dead ends.

      Just off to stimulate my Vagus nerve, as one does..

      • BevAugust 19, 2014 at 5:47 am #

        Hahahahaha…or should I just say LOL…good one Graham…good one!!

        :)
        :)
        :)

  63. PrinceAugust 20, 2014 at 12:10 am #

    Hii bev
    I m prince Choudhary from India
    I have uc from past three years.when I saw your story then I used two capsules of vsl-3 and they effected me very good .i m using this from one year and I had not uc but now I have some bleed in toilet from 10 days what should I do now.
    From one year I wasvery happy and any things I want to eat also drink sometimes nothing wrong with me .no bleed in my toilet sometimes losse BM .

    Please tell me should I take something other .
    I m waiting ur answer .i m using only two capsules one in morning and oher in eve no oher medication.

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