Meet Stefan (The first writer on the site from Iceland!)
My name is Stefan Steinsen and I was born in Iceland 45 years ago. I’ve been married for 23 years and we have four children, three girls and one boy. Our oldest daughters gave birth to a baby boy and a baby girl this year so we are proud grandparents. I took my undergraduate, along my wife, in Alabama, US. Currently I’m taking my Masters in EU Law & Business in Denmark. I was diagnosed with UC earlier this year and after going through hard times and many toilet trips the disease is sort of under control today with me taking two Asacol suppositories each day. I have to watch my diet and only drink beer and red wine during the weekend unless I want to increase my toilet trips. By the way I love beer and a glass of red wine. Usually one day a week I tend to flare up a bit with many toilet trips but I think its only to get rid of the leftovers.
Here’s some more abut Stefan:
I’ve been with the same woman since I was 13 years old or for almost 32 years. I used to play soccer (football in Europe) and played on scholarship for Unviversity of South Alabama in 1990′s. I come from Iceland and I love to play golf. Sometimes during the summer in Iceland I play up to 25 times in a month. Reason being, we only have 4 months to play because the other months we have winter and dark outside. I love sports and a big fan of the NBA.
LDN or Low Dose Naltrexone
Since being diagnosed I have been very interested in what steps I need to take to get better. One of the first thing that I changed was my diet and I almost immediately found a big difference. I’ve been doing my own research and reading everything I see, whether articles or something on the world wide web. Just recently I stumbled upon a article about LDN (low dose naltrexone). This medicine apparently has worked extremely well with different diseases, Crohn’s and Colitis being one of them.
There is an interesting event going on in the worldwide online patient community. There is a mass movement driven by people, not pharmaceutical corporations, striving to get the attention of mainstream doctors for the use of the medicine LDN (Low Dose Naltrexone) for effective healing of a variety of conditions, sometimes previously considered untreatable. The ´problem´ is no pharmaceutical company has the sole rights to profit from it since the immuno-modular effects of it where discovered long after it was marketed and the patent has become free. So millions of dollars needed for research and marketing have not been available. This is slowly changing though and one research from Stanford University (fibromyalgia centered) has recently verified what patients have been putting forward. The effect from it does not seem to fade even in known instances of 20 years of use. It is as toxic- & side effects free as medicine can get. Given in almost homeopathic proportions before sleep, just about when the body is about to evaluate it´s need for the immuno-modeling hormone endorphin, it increases the amounts of certain immune-system-directing type of white blood cells by up to 300% Considered one of the greatest medical discoveries of the last century, you won´t hear about this from your usual doctor – yet.
In today’s world of specialized medical care it may feel strange that a single drug is helping in so many conditions. But as you understand how it works it soon becomes clear that this is no ordinary medicine. I urge all of you to do some research on your own and ask your doctor about LDN.
Here are some links to some more information on the topic:
written by Stefan
submitted in the colitis venting area