Posts by Joel Sprechman

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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I’ve been too quiet…

…For too long Shaming myself For where I am For what others would think Friends Family Framily Business and Medical Colleagues Mentors and Friendtors Woman I’ve been dating, courting, flirting with as I “call in” the ONE No more shame This is My truth My experience My life I’m no longer afraid Wrong Strike that Reverse it I’m still afraid Doing my BEST CHOOSING faith over fear No longer allowing MY VOICE to be numbed My experience is raw It’s real It’s scary AF A Hollywood worthy movie Birdbox and Overlord do not come close This isn’t Fiction This story
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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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