Mom of a 16 years old girl who was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis(UC) second week of January 2012. We are living at the moment in Paris, France.
Blueberries & Colitis:
My daughter (16) started feeling sick with bloody stool early December 2011 – she was very stressed out with a huge work load at school, including studying for exams, and extra curriculum activities. Her primary doctor advised us to see a Gastroenterologist after a blood test. She had a colonoscopy within 3 days after her first visit the Specialist, and we were told she had UC (her entire colon was inflamed). He put her on Pentasa (both oral and rectal) for 2 weeks. Within a month she will reduce her medicine to once a day.
I attacked Google to learn anything I could about this terrible condition. First, I was amazed at how “common” this decease is as I had never heard anyone mention it. By know I have met several people who knows someone who has the diagnosis. I ordered the book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” and put my daughter on a SCD diet as soon as she started the medicine. Within 4 days she had completely stopped the bleeding and diarrhea. I also serve her a serving of Blueberries and Omega 3 every day. There has been a study done at Lund University in Sweden where they researched the benefit of Blueberries (which I pick lots of during our summer months in Norway) and Biotic for UC patients. Very positive results. I do want to believe that a good diet benefit people with Chrons or UC.
The specialist did not want to hear about such a thing,
but I would like to prove him wrong…
Meanwhile, I will encourage my daughter to be wise about what she eats and drinks. She will be moving to college after next year, and she will have to figure out how to deal with this on her own. I wish all of you who suffer with this all the best. You just can’t give up! (I met a French lady the other day who was diagnosed with Crohn’s 30 years ago. She eats lots of bananas even if she hates bananas:)
written by Rose
submitted in the Colitis Venting Area