I have had UC for roughly 10 years, although it wasn’t diagnosed until 5 years ago.
After diagnosis, it was recommended going on Asacol which I did for several weeks. But this stuff did not resolve my symptoms. In fact, it seemed they were worse: More diarrhea.
The doc had told me that Prednisone was the next step if the Asacol didn’t work. But, because it is a hormone I was very reluctant in taking it.
Then I tried a heavy dose of Probiotics. This seemed to reduce the symptoms dramatically (i.e., no blood, no diarrhea, no pain during bowel movements). I ran out of Probiotics for a time and thought everything might be OK. But it wasn’t. The symptoms returned. This time on taking the Probiotics there was no affect on the symptoms.
I then came across some info on a person who had taken Humic/Fulvic Acid and a Thai doctor who uses it to help with symptoms. So, I started taking it. I was taking 2oz – 3 times per day. The stuff I used was in liquid form and called Master Detox. It is touted as an anti-inflammatory among other things. It costs $32 cdn for a 16oz bottle and as a result fairly expensive in the amount I was taking. However, I was feeling so much better it was worth it. It did not rid me of my Diarrhea, but it greatly reduced the painful bowel movements and gave me a more energetic feeling. Previous to this I had spent many days sleeping due to fatigue. I had not been loosing any weight and I attributed this to the fact that I have UC as opposed to Crohn’s (i.e., adsorption of nutrients was happening adequately in the unaffected upper bowel).
I then came across “this” website that mentioned the SCD Diet. Once I had determined that the Humic/Fulvic acid was not going to resolve all my symptoms I decided to give the SCD a try. I purchased the SCD Diet ($30) and also bought the book by Elaine Gottschall and another with SCD recipes by Kendall Conrad. After digesting all of this, I started on the SCD Diet (by SCDlifestyle ). The first 4 or 5 days were the worst as the diet made me feel lack luster plus brain fog. I assumed this was the die-off symptoms they had mentioned in the SCDLifestyle book. I stuck to the diet religiously. The book and various emails back and forth indicated that my diarrhea symptoms should have abated within 5 days or so. This did not occur. I am at day 21 and still am experiencing diarrhea. Although, there is very little blood now and very little discomfort with a bowel movement. I am still taking Humic/Fulvic acid alongside the SCD Diet. So, it appears the diet has improved conditions (i.e., I was having a lot of fresh blood bowel movements previous to the diet). The only problem is that since being on the diet I have lost roughly 14 lbs. Not good since I was 154 before the diet. Due to this weight loss I have cheated on the diet by trying potatoes and rice (which are strictly prohibited). I have also stopped pureeing vegetables as the diet suggests. All of this had no ill affect as far as I could tell. There is a section of the book that suggests what to try if the diarrhea symptoms persist. One of these was to remove eggs from the diet. I did this for the first time this morning. In it’s place I substituted milk + corn flakes. Milk and cereal are also prohibited by the diet. So far no ill affects. In my case, I am not sure the diet is the best for me as it is proscribed. I couldn’t even come to grips with having the same meat and vegetables for breakfast as I do for lunch and dinner. That’s why I thought I would try the milk + cereal.
The bottom line so far is that there has been a significant overall improvement in my well-being as a result of the diet plus the Humic/Fulvic acid. Incidentally, I am not taking any drugs. Maybe in time I might see an abatement in my diarrhea symptoms as well.