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Interesting Article Possibly Confirming Diet as Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

I came across an article today from the Garvan Institute for Medical Research that talks about the proper balance of gut flora and it’s relationship to the immune system, specifically to autoimmune diseases. I found this article while doing research to refute an argument from someone that the SCD is nutritionally unbalanced because it lacks starches and grains, which are important sources of small-chain fatty acids. Turns out these fatty acids are formed in the gut from all sources of fiber (veggies, fruits, nuts, legumes), and they play a hugely important role in reducing inflammation. I figure if our ancestors thrived on a whole foods diet free of grains and sugars, it’s plenty nutritionally sound.

Read the article here.

2 thoughts on “Interesting Article Possibly Confirming Diet as Ulcerative Colitis Treatment”

  1. Does anyone out there know if forms of colitis ever go away for good. I was diagnosed with IBD 2 wks. ago from a ct scan – the doc said that my whole colon was inflamed. I have had 4 other attacks all spaced apart by about 6 months, but they were for the most part gone in 2 to 3 days with no blood just an obstruction(B.M.) for about 12 to 24 hrs(very painful to say the least). 15 yrs. ago I had bad colon problems and for 3 yrs. I suffered badly while all the time trying to get a doctor that would help me(I had no ins.) Finally a surgeon paid attention to me and cut out part of my sigmoid colon- she said that I had an abscess that had perforated and the infection had ate into my bladder. I was very grateful to her for that but nothing was ever mentioned about me having IBD. I am scheduled for a colonoscopy in about 3 wks. I was also tested for food allergies 15 yrs. ago and I lit up like a christmas tree – 13 foods – I cut out all from my diet and that helped a lot but then I noticed I was having problems with gluten – so I cut that out and the trips to the toilet decreased to about 4 times a day with formed stools. After this last time(alot of blood and pain)I cut out taking acid blockers and am getting better quick with no heartburn at all(I had taken acid blockers for 15 yrs. because of Barrets esophagus). I did some reading on this and found out that the long term use of acid blockers can really mess things up. I am also using dgl and probiotics.

    1. Hey TR,

      I think most people with UC would agree that signs and symptoms of the disease are likely to come and go over time. As for going away for good, well, it’s rare, but I have heard from and actually have a personal friend who was diagnosed when she was 3 years old and after 1 year of pain from UC, she never has had symptoms since and she is now 33 years old. But, that’s is quite rare, and I can only recall a few people who have had similar experiences. this said, long remission periods are definitely possible. I think getting the colonoscopy might be one of the best ways to get you an up-to-date bird’s eye view into what’s happening with you right now. Wishing you the best,

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