What’s Love Got To Do With It?

  I was eleven years old when Tina Turner released her album Private Dancer featuring the single What’s Love Got To Do With It that rose to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100. In 2012 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame, in addition to claiming a prize at the MTV Video Music Awards in 1985 for Best Female Video. What’s Love Got To Do with It also rose to #1 in Australia and Canada, #2 in South Africa, #3 in New Zealand and the UK plus top 10 in Austria, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, and 
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Categories: Events, LOVE, MOVE, and Resources.

Celebrities with Crohn’s

Samantha Irby is an American comedian, author, and blogger. As an IBD patient advocate, she wrote “I’ve Been Battling Chronic Illness For Years. Why Won’t Doctors Just Believe Me?” for Elle Magazine which is an excerpt from the book Believe Me: How Trusting Women Can Change the World by Jessica Valenti and, Jaclyn Friedman. To get an idea of her style of writing, this is pulled from that article: I am in a ridiculous amount of pain (like, childbirth pain), which is typically followed by a torrent of bloody shit (and much humiliated apologizing to whomever I happen to be
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Categories: Cannabis, Crohn's Disease, DIAGNOSIS, Stories, STORIES-OF-HOPE, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Pharmaceutical Options

Aminosalicylates (5-ASA) – Oral Sulfasalazine [Azulfidine, Azulfidine EN-tabs] Mesalamine [Lialda, Pentasa, Delzicol, Asacol HD] Olsalazine [Dipentum] Balsalazide [Giazo, Colazal] Aminosalicylates (5-ASA) – Rectal suppositories and enemas Mesalamine [Canasa, Rowasa, sfRowasa] Corticosteroids and Glucocorticoids Prednisolone [Pred Forte, Omnipred, Pred Mild, , Orapred ODT, Millipred DP, Veripred 20, and Pediapred] Prednisone [Deltasone, Rayos, Prednisone Intensol] Budesonide [Entocort, Uceris, Pulmicort, Rhinocort Allergy, and Pulmicort Flexhaler] Methylprednisolone [Solu-Medrol, Medrol, ReadySharp Methylprednisolone, P-Care D40, P-Care D80, and Depo-Medrol] Immunosuppressive and Immunomodulators Ustekinumab [Stelara] Adalimumab [Humira, Humira Pen, Humira Pen Crohn’s-UC-HS Start, Humira Pediatric Crohn’s Start, Humira, and Humira Pen Psoriasis-Uveitis] Azathioprine [Azasan, Imuran] Infliximab [Remicade]
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Categories: Asacol, Corticosteroids, Enemas, Lialda-Mesalamine, Pharmaceuticals, Prednisone-Deltasone, Rowasa, Suppository, and TREATMENT.

IBD Crohn’s Colitis Lab Testing You Can Order

Lab Testing I recommend checking your Inflammatory markers throughout the year at regular intervals so you can track your progress. What gets measured gets managed. What gets managed can improve. Your lived experience and quality of life is most important. Keeping a regular journal is helpful because we often forget how good things are until they sometimes turn sour. Heck, I can’t even remember what I had for breakfast yesterday! The Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and  Simple Clinical Colitis Activity Index (SCCAI) are useful tools to consider using.  They access disease activity in Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis. For children,
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Categories: CalProctetin, Crohn's Disease, DIAGNOSIS, DIAGNOSTIC TESTING, Hematochezia(Blood in Stool), Inflammation, Stool Analysis, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Happiness Quiz

The Oxford Happiness Questionnaire was developed by psychologists Michael Argyle and Peter Hills at Oxford University. Take a few moments to take the survey. This is a good way to get a snapshot of your current level of happiness. You can even use your score to compare to your happiness level at some point in the future by taking the survey again. If you are using some of the interventions presented on this site to raise your happiness level, you can see whether your score on the Oxford Happiness Questionnaire goes up as a result. Instructions Below are a number
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Categories: Depression, Gratitude, LOVE, Quiz, RESEARCH, and Resources.

Personal boundaries could save you a trip to the hospital.

True then and even more true today What you release doesn’t have to be forever Simply focus on the here and now Surrender to your intuition To what you need most In this case It was temporary For a long while Days Weeks Months Until there was a change A reunion It Was Beautiful Don’t be afraid to give up what no longer serves you in your current lifestyle Your current situation It could be the best decision you’ll ever make The strongest medicine No Insurance Plan or Co-Pay needed Your physical body will relax and start to feel better
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Categories: Abdominal Bloating, Abdominal Pain, Anxiety, BREATHE, Case Study, Cramps, Emotional, Friendships, Gratitude, Headache, Inflammation, Joel's Story, LOVE, Meditation, Mood Changes, Parenting, Prednisone-Deltasone, Relationships, Self Love, STORIES-OF-HOPE, TREATMENT, and Ulcerative Colitis.

IBD ranks as 1 of the 5 most expensive GI disorders despite its being the lowest in prevalence among the list of GI disorders.

Inflammatory bowel disease patients have higher health costs. Today’s blog post is not just about this growing problem, but also a few solutions I recommend you research and take action on today! I wish more people understood this. Including family, friends, doctor’s offices, hospital finance departments, and debt collectors. The title of this blog post came from the title of an article published in 2016. A study published May 21, 2019 where researchers examined data from 2007 to 2016 for almost 53,000 people with IBD who had either private health insurance or Medicare Advantage coverage with both medical and pharmacy
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Categories: Alcohol, Crohn's Disease, Depression, Documentary, Gratitude, Hospital, LIVE, One Great Gut Collection, Recommended Resources, Relationships, RESEARCH, Resources, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Second US City Decriminalize’s Entheogens

Oakland’s city council unanimously decriminalized 🍄magic mushrooms🍄 and other natural entheogenic or psychoactive plants and fungi including cactuses, ayahuasca, and iboga. Imperial College London Professor Dr. Robin Carhart-Harris in the Department of Medicine believes “magic mushrooms” could replace antidepressants. “I would imagine if you had some bookmakers doing the odds, there would be strong odds on that [psychedelic therapy] will be licensed sometime in the next five to 10 years – maybe sooner” Robin-Carthart-Harris told the Independent a British online newspaper. From Futurism an independently owned media company based out of New York City: Robin-Carhart-Harris is currently leading a Centre for Psychedelic
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Categories: BREATHE, Case Study, Crohn's Disease, Entheogens, Meditation, Nutrition, One Great Gut Collection, RESEARCH, Resources, STORIES-OF-HOPE, The Crohn's And Colitis Summit, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Does diet play a role in IBD Crohn’s Colitis progression?

Sometimes I think I live in an alternate reality. Is it really novel and new information that diet plays a role in our health? Especially a dis-ease of the GI tract. 1000 IBD patients 71% assumed that their diet affected their IBD  29% did not 61% considered their IBD specialist disregarded the importance of diet 44 % of GIs and 17% of dietitians considered that diet had a role in pathogenesis (the manner of development of a disease/ progression), which means that 56% of GI’s and 83% of dietitians do not consider diet to have played a role in disease
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Categories: Crohn's Disease, EAT, Nutrition, RESEARCH, and Ulcerative Colitis.

Therapeutic Retention Enemas: An Underutilized Modality for Ulcerative Colitis

The use of therapeutic enemas has a robust tradition in the history of naturopathic medicine. In addition, my own grandfather, a medical doctor, had a habit of administering a cleansing enema to any of his 8 children who displayed any sign of acute illness, which, in the words of my brother, “if nothing else, probably cut down on malingering.” Despite these facts, I made it into my 30s and through my entire professional training as a naturopathic doctor without having given, received, or even witnessed an enema of any type. This article focuses on the use of enemas in ulcerative
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Categories: Crohn's Disease, Digestive, Enemas, Pharmaceuticals, Supplements, Suppository, and Ulcerative Colitis.