Monthly Archives June 2016

Playground Talk: “You Go To The Bathroom Daily”?!

“You go to the bathroom daily”?! I exclaimed and questioned my friend in High School Talking about bathroom activities was not normal conversation Except for the one time I left a hard lump in my pants on the bus ride home from nursery school (Thank God it was a ghost poop. Yes, I’m writing about bowel movements. Great Gut’s are all about them. Boy was that embarrassing, walking off of the school bus feeling like a dumbbell was in my pants, between my legs. That was the first time bowel movements were ever spoken about with my family This time
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Categories: Constipation, Joel's Story, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Ulcerative Colitis.

My Gut Health Turning Point by Kimball Willson Functional Diagnostic Nutrition® Practitioner

The Journey I used to think that once I discovered the ONE problem, infection, or imbalance in my body, all of my health issues would be resolved – the pain down the right side of my abdomen, the bloating that made me look 5 months pregnant, the low energy, bad skin, excess weight, brain fog, and of course, the dreaded constipation. As I began my journey, a shift from fifteen years on a “pastry vegetarian diet” to a whole foods Paleo-template helped me experience some improvement.  Next, I thought there must be an herb (or half the bottles in the
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Categories: Abdominal Bloating, abdominal ultrasound, Appendicitis, bad skin, Brain Fog, Colonoscopy, endoscopy, excess weight, IBS, Inflammation, Nutrition, and Stress.

My body froze! Where’s my Lialda?

June 25, 2016 – Exciting day today My friends put on the FitLife Live Transformation Summit at the Hard Rock Cafe in San Diego CA Djamel Bettahar, Shanna Yvonne, Sheree Trask work with Drew Canole Performing were other friends including Kiyoshi Shelton and Dallas Michael Cyr I didn’t even have to ask who the remaining speakers were, I knew I’d be blown away I packed my digestive enzymes, meal replacement bars, and headed downtown     I parked, closed the door, and walked towards the event A block away my body froze I freaked out I literally checked my pockets to
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Categories: EAT, Joel's Story, Lialda-Mesalamine, and Nutrition.

Q&A With Tara Rosas, Aka Crohn’s Babe

When I was studying at Institute for Integrative Nutrition I met Tara Rosas. Here we sit down for a deep dive into her personal healing journey. “Your interview with Tara was the best I have ever listened to with someone with IBD! And I read and listened to almost everything IBD/gut health related the past 5 years.” – Katalin Tara has been a student of health and nutrition for the last fourteen years. She is a certified Holistic Health Coach and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Through countless hours learning and researching the topic of holistic health she
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Categories: BREATHE, Colonoscopy, Cravings, Crohn's Disease, EAT, Friendships, Healthy Weight, Meditation, Nutrition, Parenting, and STORIES-OF-HOPE.

How Chinese Medicine Helped My Gut Health

I used to wake up and go through my undergrad days with asthma, sinus congestion, brain fog, difficulty concentrating, and digestive issues such as bloating, gas, and constipation. Now, I am free of many of these symptoms. I’ve stopped using inhalers and antihistamines. I am able to stay alert and concentrate even in some of the most tedious situations. How did I overcome this? Chinese medicine. Acupuncture, moxibustion, herbs, and diet turned my life around after my first year in grad school. I was able to do the things I love more effectively and easily like breathing, running, and eating.
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Categories: Abdominal Bloating, Acupuncture, Asthma, Botanical Medicine, Brain Fog, BREATHE, Constipation, Difficulty Concentrating, EAT, Gas-Flatulence, Herbal Medicine, MOVE, Nutrition, and Stories.

Q&A With Bob Stickles – Reportedly Cured Of Crohn’s Disease – 30 Years Symptom Free, No Medication

I first met Bob in 2012, we had a conversation that was transformative. I learned of someone who had healed this Crohn’s Disease. He has been symptom and medicine free, without a strict diet for 30 years. Miraculous indeed!  It feels scary and vulnerable to release this video, it was my first, I appear unpolished, my bedroom is a mess ,and the interview takes unexpected turns and twists that are embarrassing. This post isn’t about my pride or ego, it’s about serving the Crohn’s and Colitis community. If one person can benefit from this miraculous story of hope and gain
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Categories: BREATHE, Cramps, Crohn's Disease, Hematochezia(Blood in Stool), Hypnosis, Meditation, Relationships, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Visualization.

Injecting Yourself With Worms To Heal Your Gut?

Helmethic therapy, or worm injection has been gaining popularity the last few years Read here about Vik’s experience with worm therapy for his severe Ulcerative Colitis The Parasite Underground A shadow network of patients are trying to treat their own debilitating diseases — by infecting themselves with gastrointestinal worms. By MOISES VELASQUEZ-MANOFF JUNE 16, 2016 When Vik was in his late 20s, blood started appearing in his stool. He found himself rushing to the bathroom as many as nine times a day, and he quit his job at a software company. He received a diagnosis of severe ulcerative colitis, an
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Categories: Crohn's Disease, Helminthic Therapy, Ulcerative Colitis, and Uncategorized.

It All Started Here – Circa 2001

On career day in school I never raised my hand and said “When I grow up I want to tell the world and blog about my shitty disease called Ulcerative Colitis” Not in my wildest of dreams Or scariest nightmares I actually wanted to be an Astronaut That’s as out of this world as what I’m doing here Blogging about my life with a chronic bowel disease Where do I even begin? Medicine. Diet. Diarrhea for Days, Constipation, Hemorrhoids, Bloody Stools. I almost didn’t write this, but let’s be real, it’s a reality for some of us. Fatigue. Flare-Ups. Colonoscopies.
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Categories: BREATHE, Cramps, Joel's Story, Parenting, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Ulcerative Colitis.