Colitis: My personal story!
Let me share with you my personal story of colitis and how I took care of it.
Four years ago, I contracted a combination of Ulcerative Colitis and
Clostridium difficile ( C.diff.) colitis. Over a period of one year, I
went thru three colonoscopies, three gastroenterologists, two infectious
disease specialists and one internist. Nothing worked!I was first given
Flagyl in high doses which did not work, then oral Vancomycin and
probiotics for almost a year but my symptoms continued. Asacol and other
similar medications did not work either. I also tried alternative
medicine remedies but none of them worked. After a weight loss of about
30 Lbs, I got in such bad shape that I was hospitalized at one of the
best IBD hospitals in the world. A week later,I was sent home on high
dose steroids which partially helped my symptoms but I still continued
to have frequent bowel movements mixed with blood and mucus, cramping
At this juncture, my gastroenterologist gave me the option to go on more toxic drugs such as 6 MP, or Cyclosporin. I knew the terrible potential side-effects from these drugs. So,I decided not to take either one of them. In stead, my wife did a lot of research on the internet. My gut feeling was that Diet has a lot to do with my illness. So my wife searched for a diet that would make sense. ( I could not even sit for any prolonged period of time ). In this pursuit she came across "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." This book made perfect medical sense to me. Therefore, I placed my self on this diet. I started seeing some results within a few days. A couple of months later, I was a bit better better but was still having symptoms.
Six months prior to the onset my illness, I had gone through my personal awakening, which helped me a great deal in coping with the illness. I stayed in touch with my inner true self and continued to live my life, by living in the Now, in stead of worrynig about "what if." I realized the real true me is the essence behind my body and does not die even when death comes by. It is the conditioned acquired self that worries and becomes fearful. With this realization, I felt an incredible inner peace, although I was still having symptoms of bloody diarrhea, gas and cramping.
Then I came across an article in a medical journal. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12811208
This researcher from Australia had treated several of his Ulcerative colitis patients with stool enema from a healthy donor and all of them were cured of their Ulcerative colitis. The results sounded too good to be true. But his approach made perfect medical sense. Like Elaine, he believed the root cause of any chronic colitis is the abnormal bacterial flora in the intestines. And stool enema from a healthy donor is the best way to normalize the bacterial flora. I was convinced this was the way to go for me. Therefore, I followed the protocol this doctor had described in the article. With the help of my loving wife, I underwent donor stool enema at home. The day after the first enema, I saw normal stools for the first time in over a year. I was ecstatic! It sounds crazy but if you are a chronic sufferer of colitis, you will understand why I was so thrilled. I continued to follow the specific carbohydrate diet that Elaine has described in "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." And continued to live in the now, free of my conditioned, acquired self. Gradually all of my symptoms resolved over one year.
For the last five years, I am completely symptom-free, back to my normal weight and pursue all of my activities including a busy medical practice. I am also back to my normal diet, pretty much eating any thing I want. But I do not eat any food that is processed, canned or genetically modified. I eat fresh vegetables and fruits, eggs, unprocessed meats,raw nuts,seeds, lentils, beans and small amounts of grains and starches.
I have more energy now than I ever did. Transformed, yes I am.
I live in the Now and stay free of my conditioned self, the source of
all sttress.I am enjoying every moment of living!
During this time, I also found that my Vitamin D level was quite low. I started to take vitamin D supplement. For the last two years I take Vitamin D3, 10,000 I.U. per day.
I believe my recovery from what appeared to be a double-dose of colitis is due to the combination of the Diet described in this book, my spiritual awakening, donor stool enema and vitamin D supplementation.
Since my illness, I have written three books, "Take Charge of Your Diabetes"," Power of Vitamin D"and "Stress Cure Now" which is based on my own personal awakening.
I have also dedicated myself to educate the public about the important health issues.
This article was written by Sarfraz Zaidi, MD, FACE. Dr. Zaidi specializes in Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Dr. Zaidi is a former assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director of the Jamila Diabetes and Endocrine Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, California.
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