Posts by Joel Sprechman

John Of God

A few years ago I was invited on a trip to visit “John of God” (Joao Teixeira de Faria) . The apparent spiritual surgical noninvasive healings he performed intrigued me. Oprah visited him, witnessed him perform “psychic surgery” at his clinic. Dr. Wayne Dyer received work and healing through the his distant healing procedure which contributed to his recovery from leukemia. I believe New York Times bestseller Dr. Lissa Rankin MD visited him for her book The Anatomy Of A Calling. The videos on YouTube further intrigued me. I researched flights and found an affordable round trip options. However my
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Do you love Booch? ie Kombucha

My friend, and contributor to the upcoming Crohn’s And Colitis Collection,  Hannah Crum from Kombucha Kamp has partnered with Boochfest (based in Canada) to create the first ever Virtual Kombucha Conference. The online virtual conference includes 4 days of Kombucha content for both home-brewers as well as those considering going commercial with their brew. Other speakers include Sandor Katz (Author of Wild Fermentation: The Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live-Culture Foods and The Art of Fermentation: An In-Depth Exploration of Essential Concepts and Processes from around the World); Shabnam Weber (President & Tea Sommelier; Tea & Herbal Assn of Canada); Elina Fedotova
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Causes of Inflammation – An Alternative Point of View

Causes of chronic inflammation – An Alternative Point of View Gut Flora Imbalance An imbalance of gut flora with too many “bad guys” producing toxins can create quite a reaction in your immune system. A large part of the immune system is in the gut lining. This is called the gastrointestinal associated lymphatic tissues (GALT). 80% of the antibodies in your body are made here. This makes sense as the outside world has somewhat easy access into the digestive tract by way of hitchhiking in, on food and drink. Bacterial population patterns in the human gut predict occurrence of a
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Today I woke up in a funk. A “mood”…

Today I woke up in a funk. A “mood” This surprised me as life as been recently full of gifts. Gratitude My nightly gratitude practice includes a mental list of what I have to be grateful for. The Crohns Colitis Collection product launch creation is going smoooooth. (Formerly The IBD Crohns Colitis Bundle) The other day “A” told me that she contributed to my GoFundMe last year, and invited her whole company to do the same. Yesterday “M” told me: “I never told you this before, Joel, but I owe you my life” I was invited to speak in “The
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IBD Treatment Guidelines Are Often Influenced By Financial Gains

Back in August my GI Doctor, Dr. Pratha, gave me an article to read. She knows that my life mission is to serve the IBD community to reach better health, happiness and self-love, despite circumstance.  This is important news, I wish I had read this earlier to share with you sooner. Better late than never, right? The publication Gastroenterology & Endoscopy News published an article based on a new study that indicates many authors of clinical practice guidelines for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) have financial conflicts of interest.  Are you surprised? I’ve suspected this for years and am glad, and
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Coconut Oil Enemas Saves Woman From Surgery

A new case study out of Germany was just published in the October 2018 American Journal of Gastroenterology. A 32-year old woman was experiencing fistulizing Crohn’s Disease complicated with diversion colitis.  Diversion colitis is inflammation of the large intestine brought on after surgical treatment (Usually an ileostomy or colostomy). In early 2016 her perianal fistula, after not responding to pharmaceutical drugs, was treated with a diverting sigmoidostomy which is when surgery creates an artificial anus in the sigmoid colon.  After the surgery, she initially responded well to ENTYVIO®(vedolizumab), although the symptoms from the fistula did not go away. Just a few months later
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Fecal Transplants for IBD & IBS – is this a miracle cure? (LIVE Training)

Quick question for you: Do you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) such as Crohn’s, Colitis and/or treatment-resistant IBS? And one more: Are you facing (more) invasive surgeries and or increasingly dangerous drugs to manage your condition… if you haven’t already started down that path? If this sounds like you, then you are going to want to be aware of a practice that has been used safely since the 4th century called Fecal Microbiota Transplants (FMT). This coming Friday, October 19, at 3 PM PST / 6 PM EST, we are hosting a LIVE training discussing the use of FMT in IBD and IBS as
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Dating Dilemma’s

Whew! One Great Accomplishment. I just canceled my Match account, uninstalled Bumble, Tinder, Coffee Meets Bagel, and OkCupid. I even left Ashley Madison. Kidding. No judgement for other’s, but you’d never find me on that type of website. With those accounts cancelled, apps’s deleted, I feel SO much lighter. Happier. Spacious. Empty. Empty so someone aligned with my personal values can complement my life. A full cup has no space for more. It’s full. Add more, and it spills over, making a mess you then should clean up. I have my lonely moments, at it’s worst I am comparing myself to
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Have you heard of Leaky Vagina?

Warning. I’m about to get raw, and real. It may make some of you uncomfortable. Science fascinates me. Have you ever heard of leaky vagina? I hadn’t until today. Leaky gut? Yes. Leaky Blood Brain barrier? Yes. But leaky vagina!?!? I’ve never heard the term before. Yes, your intestinal dysbiosis and leaky gut from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis could be contributing to unhealthy genital health. This is also 100% applicable to the microbiome in the penis. It all makes sense. Let me share a vulnerable, embarrassing, scary story. I remember dating a beautiful woman a few years ago, and
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What an emotional day

All my material possessions were delivered home today. I last saw the insides of this Pod fourteen months ago in June 2017 before I asked Ipek to drive me to UCSD Thorton Hospital. The same day I heard those fateful words, “Joel, you may die at home if you don’t goto the hospital ASAP”. Days prior I heard, “Worst colon I’ve seen in 40 years, a meat grinder”.I have the pictures as evidence. It was my first hospital stay, and continued proof natural healing works. Integratively. My ego took a blow learning the hard way which doctors to trust and
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