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Case Study: Camel Milk allows full stop of Entocort steroid and not needing Humira

A case study published in the American Journal of Gastroenterology showed that a 22-year-old patient with moderate to severe Crohn’s Disease showed significant improvement from this milk.

For this article, I’ll call this man John.

His Crohn’s Disease Activity Index(CDAI) score of 400.

According to the Merck Manual, his CDAI reveals mild to moderately active Crohns’ Disease

0 to 149 points:  Asymptomatic remission
150 to 220 points: Mildly to moderately active Crohn’s disease
221 to 450 points: Moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease
451 to 1100 points: Severely active to fulminant disease

John had watery diarrhea and left-sided abdominal pain. His stool cultures were negative, blood was seen in his stool and he was given both Flagyl® and Cipro® in the ER.

A CT scan of the abdomen/pelvis revealed diffused long segment thickening of the terminal ileum and mild thickening of the cecum.

A colonoscopy revealed moderate to severe pancolitis, ulcerations, and cobblestoning of the terminal ileum. Biopsies revealed chronic active colitis, crypt abscesses, and chronic active ileitis.

John started the steroid Entocort(budesonide) at 9mg daily and he saw improvement. According to Entocort EC oral delayed-release capsules 3mg  cost $2412.28 for quantity 100. 

Humira (adalimumab)‎ was suggested however John and his family chose an alternative therapy. According to a Humira subcutaneous kit costs $5810.97 for  a 2ea kit. AbbVie, the manufacture of Humira states that you may receive vaccines, except for live vaccines while using HUMIRA and that children should be brought up to date with all vaccines before starting HUMIRA

Humira is a a tumor necrosis factor (TNF) blocker indicated for treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PsA), Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS), Adult Crohn’s Disease (CD), Pediatric Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis (UC), Plaque Psoriasis (Ps), Hidradenitis Suppurativa (HS) and Uveitis (UV).

AbbVie’s recommend dosage ranges from weekly or every other week.  Based on the pricing this would come out to $302,170 or $151,085 annually. Some may qualify for pharmacy card savings.

Instead of Humira, t
hey decided on a natural and more affordable option, namely  Camel Milk, just 8oz three times daily. If you’re in Europe,  use this link.

John’s symptoms reduced enough that he was able to stop Entocort just a week later. Except for right hip pain from Arthritis, his symptoms were completely lessened, according to the case report.

John had another colonoscopy a year later which showed much improvement, with less and shallower ulcerations in his terminal ileum.

Inflammation was now limited to just the cecum and pseudopolyp (scar tissue mass), in just the ascending colon.

He was entirely asymptomatic and even gained 11pounds, increasing from 139 to 150lb.

A multi-site study out of Egypt and Saudi Arabia showed that  Camel Milk (Europe: use this link.)  reduced colitis inflammation and oxidative stress in rats. Both the TNF-a and IL-10 cytokines were checked

To learn which inflammatory markers are high in your body, you can order lab tests from home here

Camel Milk has been known to promote glutathione production, deliver beneficial strains of Oligosaccharides, which contribute to digestive health by decreasing gut permeability and nourishing a healthy microbiome. They also serve as prebiotics. Because oligosaccharides also aid in cell recognition and cell binding, they play a vital role in immune function.

Camel Milk has three times more vitamin C than cow’s milk and 10 times higher in iron. With malabsorption and anemia often problems amongst those with gut dysbiosis, leaky gut, and often those with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, this could be another reason why Camel Milk yielded such positive results to John.

Several studies on allergies (children who were allergic to dairy and just about everything else) showed significant improvement with camel’s milk They tolerated the milk, healed, and became less allergic and reactive in general.

Goat milk is often more tolerable than Cows milk for adults and children with Crohn’s and Colitis.  Studies have actually shown that Camel Milk is an even safer choice than Goat Milk.

Camel Milk has even been shown to inhibit mycotoxins, including Aspergillus. Mold and mycotoxins are often a  hidden root-cause of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and other auto-immune experiences.

My favorite Camel Milk (Europe: use this link.) company has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and even Time Magazine.

Right now they are offering a risk-free trial. This means that you can return it if you do not like it.


Camel Milk also delivers Rare Proteins The most powerful immune active components are Lactoferrin, Immunoglobulins, Cytokines, and Lysozyme. These proteins are unique to camel milk and provide ultimate support to your brain, gut, and immune health. All these are antioxidants that can scavenge free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

They have been verified by the non-GMO project, are Keto certified, EWG Verified, Gluten-Free, and Paleo Approved.
No Added Hormones, ✓Seasonally Grass-Fed, ✓Non-Homogenized

Camel milk (Europe: use this link.) contains a low-fat content of 2% and these fats are mostly omegas. The proteins are thought to contain a number of powerful bactericides, viricides, and fungicides. The immune proteins are 1/10 the size of human ones and are very potent. Some of the proteins are thought to repair tissue damage. The potential efficacy of camel milk in Crohn’s disease has not been studied although there are antidotal accounts for its effectiveness. It is, therefore concluded that camel milk has the potential of repairing damaged tissue. Further studies need to be done.


The inhibitory effect of camel’s urine on mycotoxins and fungal growth: African Journal of Agricultural Research: Amira Hassan Abdullah Al-Abdalall: Department of Botany and Microbiology, Faculty of Science for Girls, King Faisal University, El-Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: 2010:


International Scholarly Research Notices: Camel Milk Is a Safer Choice than Goat Milk for Feeding Children with Cow Milk Allergy: Mohammad Ehlayel,  Abdulbari Bener, Khalid Abu Hazeima,  and Fatima Al-Mesaifri 

International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research – Z. Farah, R.Rettenmaier, D. Atkins:  Vitamin Content of Camel Milk: 1991: 1 Laboratory of Dairy Science, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland and Ol Maisor Farm Rumuruti Kenya:

International Journal of Research Studies in Biosciences (IJRSB): Camel Milk: A Boon to Mankind
Wajiha Gul, Najaf Farooq, Dania Anees, Uroosa Khan, Filza Rehan.
Faculty of Pharmacy, Jinnah University for Women, Karachi, Pakistan

Predicting the Crohn’s disease activity index from the Harvey-Bradshaw Index

Development of a Crohn’s disease activity index. National Cooperative Crohn’s Disease Study

Camel Milk as an Alternative Treatment for Crohn’s Disease
Rosenheck, David MD; Ravee, Yaniv MS; Yagil, Reuven DVM

JFK Medical Center in Edison, NJ,  University of Medicine of New Jersey in Newark, NJ and Ben-Gurion University of The Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel.

Food and Chemical Toxicology: Camel’s milk ameliorates TNBS-induced colitis in rats via downregulation of inflammatory cytokines and oxidative stress
Hany H Arab, Samir Salamaa,  Ahmed H Eidde, Hany A Omard, El-Shaimaa A Arafad, Ibrahim A Maghrabi
Taif University, Saudi Arabia, Cairo University, Cairo Egypt, National Organization for Drug Control and Research (NODCAR), Dokki, Cairo, Egypt, Beni-Suef University, Beni-Suef

Abbvie Humira Medicine Guide and Humira: One Drug, Nine Uses, Billions of Dollars:


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World IBD Day 2020

Happy World IBD Day

On May 19th, the official World IBD Day we posted a shortened version of this post on Instagram, I finally have the time to post this here as well.

World IBD Day 2020
This is our day. A day to shine. A day to Thrive. A day to remember those lost. A day to tell a story that doesn’t always get told. A day to take action towards your unique Great Gut.

Today I am grateful for these fine people from the One Great Gut Community, and some from the One Great Gut Network

Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, PharmD from Digestive Reset, who healed herself and now helps others get the same results. Special One Great Gut gift if you have a call with her. Dr. Inna is a doctor of pharmacy, a best selling author, functional medicine practitioner, gut and hormone expert, a creator of digestive solutions for Crohn’s/colitis and a mom of three boys. She works with clients locally and nationally. Her practice is focused on helping people reset their digestion, balance hormones, reduce inflammatory symptoms, get more energy and restore their immune system. She lives with her family in Marlboro, New Jersey. Contact her through her website, or directly at 732-414-6223 for extra savings.

Emma Becca the authentic, vulnerable, and hilarious author of Gut Tales. A must-read! Especially for family and friends to understand what our life looks like sometimes. 100% proceeds of her fun read helps others with IBD Thrive. Follow her on Instagram here: @haute_wellness

Brad Brinkman aka “The Beach Seller”. Brad is a Crohn’s Warrior and Realtor. He has  21 years of experience and experience in buying, selling, and investing in real estate. He specializes in coastal San Diego – Ocean Beach, Pacific Beach & La Jolla. He’s a speaker, dad, coach, and best known for his Real Estate Survival Guide and appearances on ESPN Radio. Finally, he’s one of the only real estate agents willing to guarantee your property sold in 37 days, or he’ll paying your mortgage until it sells. Contact him through his website, or directly at 858-225-7385 for a discount. Just tell him you found him on One Great Gut

Dr. Lorna Walker PhD.  Dr. Lorna has a Ph.D. in Nutrition Education with a B.S. in Clinical Laboratory Science. She is also a Certified Nutritionist Consultant. Her traditional medical background coupled with my doctorate in nutrition gives her a unique ability to view health conditions from a functional and medical perspective. She specializes in nutrition for autoimmune conditions, diabetes, gastrointestinal diseases, histamine intolerance, hypoglycemia, mast cell activation syndrome, nutrigenomics, and weight loss, as well as general overall health. She will work remotely with you. Contact her through her website or directly at 954-205-2218

Joe and Paul who state they are 100% healed or cured from IBD as we discovered in The Crohns and Colitis Summit

Joel Sprechman(me!) our fearless, compassionate, driven and Transformational Coaching Founder. Yes, you’re allowed to be grateful for yourself.

Christopher Gasink – The man behind the team who created Stelara! Lead, Medical Affairs- Gastroenterology, Immunology at Janssen Scientific Affairs, Johnson and Johnson .

And to you , loyal dear follower, leader, and reader. Thank You for being with us on this Great Journey. Your support is appreciated and noticed.

Who are you most grateful on 2020 World IBD Day?


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Malibu Microbiome Meeting

UPDATE: Postponed until August 22nd and 23rd

One of our volunteer advisers has been planning something special behind the scenes, and it’s finally around the corner…a continuing medical education(CME) event for both practitioners and patients.

Dr. Sabine Hazen MD, CEO of Ventura Clinical Trials, Malibu Specialty Center and Progenabiome is putting together a meeting of the minds.

Physicians, government, and industry share the latest in microbiome research, discoveries, and news on the gut flora and its role in dis-ease and healing potential.

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Malibu Microbiome Meeting Conference
March 28 and 29 at Pepperdine University in the beautiful warm beach city of Malibu California.


Patients, friends and family members who want to learn from the best of the best, tap into a collaborative supportive community and learn about evidence-based Integrative research and treatment options that normally take months or years to reach you while having a healthy fun time – yes this is for you.

Practitioners who want to connect with like-minded colleagues while learning about the latest clinical research, standards, and applications to elevate your toolbox and practice to a new level and be able to help more patients – yes this is for you

Researchers who want to connect with like-minded colleagues while learning about the latest findings to bring back to your clinic and further advance research which goes along with our Mission to HAMAPASAP – Help As Many As Possible As Soon As Possible

CME’s available

Because the World Needs Superheroes, These Doctors Work to Advance Medical Research and Save Lives

Expert Speakers Include:

Dr. Thomas Borody – from Centre for Digestive Diseases in Australia
Dr. Neil Stollman – UCSF / East Bay Center for Digestive Health
Dr. Sabine Hazen Progenabiome
Dr. Alex Khoruts – University of Minnesota
Dr. Colleen Kelly – Brown University
Dr. Yinghong Wang – MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dr. Paul Feurstadt – Yale School Of Medicine
Dr. Howard Young – National Institutes of Health(NIH)
Dr. Jessica Allegretti – Harvard Medical School
Dr. Sahil Khanna – Mayo Clinic

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– Topics Include IBD Crohn’s, Colitis, Alzheimers, Autism, C.Diff, Cancer, Children, UTI and other applications

– Catering by Malibu Farms providing fresh, organic and local farm-to-table food

– Hootenanny For Healing with The Malibu Guitar Festival Saturday night w/ Live Music. Dinner. Drinks. Dancing. Fun Benefiting Microbiome Research Foundation @ Private Malibu Estate with Live Music from Brandon Jenner, The Kenneth Brian Band, and a special guest appearance we’re not yet at the liberty to announce 😉

Yes, that Jenner. Brandon’s parents are U.S. track and field Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and actress Linda Thompson. He is the brother of Brody Jenner, half-brother of Kendall, Kylie, and Burton Jenner, and Cassandra Marino. Brandon is now the ex-stepbrother of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, and Rob Kardashian,

– Vendor Booths including Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory – Creators of GI-MAP and CytoDX. (Patients: You may now order these tests on your own here)

– Affordable pricing and for additional savings use code onegreatgut for 25% off + they have been kind to donate back to the One Great Gut Foundation for every ticket purchased using that code. So if you decide to attend you not only will receive the most advanced and up to date information about microbiome research and applications you’ll help us achieve our mission which is to help 10M Integratively Thrive with IBD,. Thrive Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually.

NOTE:  One Great Gut does not promote or advocate for the clinical practices of the speakers as we are personally not familiar with their treatment recommendations, and more importantly, the results they are able to provide to their patients. We are promoting the Malibu Microbiome Meeting as a meaningful event to attend for up to the date scientific information and research. If you are looking for a vetted qualified practitioner you may consider the One Great Gut Network to help you Thrive. Many of the practitioners not only have IBD themselves but have fixed it, no longer suffer and now help other’s achieve those same results.

More on some of the speakers:

Professor Thomas Borody, founded the Centre for Digestive Diseases (CDD) in 1984 after a distinguished career with leading hospitals including St Vincent’s in Sydney and the Mayo Clinic in the USA.
He is a world-renowned leader in the clinical microbiota dating back to 1988 when he started performing what is now called Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT).
The CDD has published 220+ scientific papers, treated 78,000+ patients, has 14+ inventions in market or trials, and Professor Borody holds over 150 patents in areas such as: treatment of Helicobacter pylori, Crohn’s disease, bowel lavage, IBS and FMT.


• medical degree: NYU School of Medicine
• residency: Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons
• chief residency (Internal Medicine): Columbia University – College of Physicians and Surgeons
• fellowship (gastroenterology & advanced therapeutic endoscopy): University of Miami School of Medicine
An expert in C difficile infection and fecal transplantation, diverticular disease and H pylori, Dr. Stollman has published his work in journals such as Lancet, Gastroenterology, the American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
He has served on the American Gastroenterological Association Research and Clinical Guidelines Committees, the American College of Gastroenterology Educational Affairs, Patient Care, and Credentialing Committees and the Editorial Advisory Board of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.
Dr. Stollman is also a Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG). He is currently the Chairman of the ACG Board of Governors.
He is currently an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, and prior Chief of Gastroenterology at the Miami VA Medical Center and San Francisco General Hospital.

• medical degree: Weill Medical College of Cornell University
• residency: New York Presbyterian Hospital
• fellowship: Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Throughout Dr. Feuerstadt’s career he has been involved in research and other academic pursuits. His research focuses include fecal microbiota transplantation, Clostridioides difficile infection, irritable bowel syndrome and ischemic bowel disorders. He has presented his research extensively and has authored and co-authored many manuscripts and textbook chapters.
Another passion of Dr. Feuerstadt’s is teaching, frequently giving lectures locally, regionally, nationally and internationally and mentoring the fellows in the Division of Digestive Disease at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine.
We are honored to have Dr. Feuerstadt speaking on “Challenges Around Clinical Trials in C.difficile” at the Malibu Microbiome Meeting on March 28-29, 2020


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The Crohns Colitis Summit Changed My Life. Don’t give up the good fight! You are bringing so much healing to the world….

…that’s what Mia emailed me. After asking her to elaborate, this is what she said next:

I have rheumatoid arthritis. I got diagnosed at the end of 2016, with a 4 months wait to see a rheumatologist, on state insurance because I wasn’t able to work from the pain and fatigue, and with Trump attacking the ACA I was terrorized over the idea of being dependent on the US medical system and then being denied coverage.
I decided to seek further education in proactive healthcare I could rely on. I spent that time doing AIP to see if anything besides gluten was triggering my flares and researching anything holistic or lifestyle-related that I could try to help my symptoms. I was terrified of pharma, and putting off trying it. My rheumatologist was hitting the scare tactics pretty hard, so I didn’t really trust him. But they were ok monitoring my attempts with the diet etc. And just checking in every 4 months. They had nothing to offer me except to take the meds and no real dialogue about the medications.

Note: For credible AIP information check out The Alternative Autoimmune Cookbook: Eating for All Phases of the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol by Angie Alt and the SAD to AIP in SIX online course which runs a few times a year.

I signed up dor anything autoimmune-related because I realized that was the better diagnosis. Sticking to RA focused information isolated me from a larger pool of information. So I signed up for the Crohns And Colitis Summit. And I saw you had an interview with Dr. Konijeti about medication. I trusted her input because she led that study on the AIP diet. Your interview questions were SO good and her answers were equally valuable. After that interview, all my questions about medication were touched on, and I felt better about trying pharma. I also noticed in the interviews with people who are controlling their AI without medication, there was a common pattern. They used pharma to break the inflammation cycles and get to a place where they could maintain their status quo without the medication.
I’m now 14 months pain-free. 20 months on medication. We’re planning to start trying to conceive my first child next month. Which was my dearest dream for getting my RA under control.
I’ve learned so much. A big one no one talks about is how autoimmune diseases are often catabolic that means recovery and ramping down the immune system includes expected weight gain as the metabolism adjusts. For a woman, that is terrifying in our society. Its a huge fear for us in everyday situations, and will stop a woman from continuing treatment.
Its been a wild 2 years. Your summit was a big turning point in my approach to treatment. By the time I started meds, I was a peace with it, and I think that absolutely contributed to how fast my first medication worked for me.
So. Thank you.
Mia Maria Siler
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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




Until there was a change

A reunion




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

Your emotional body will improve

Your spiritually body will awaken even further

God will provide more than ever before

As it did for me

You may no longer be thinking if the hospital is the next right next step

Like I was close to, one year ago today

Yes, I avoided needing Solumedrol, a cocktail of broad spectrum antibiotics, PICC line, TPN and a likely gargantuan hospital bill

By setting boundaries

Sticking to them

Reinforcing them

Be your own best doctor.



The CEO of your health-team

Set boundaries.

Listen to your heART it’s smart

1 Year Ago Today:

The more I release, let go, move on from things that no longer serve me and my current and future goals, the more goodness …and alignment comes.

We can only receive when we make space. A full cup can not receive without overflowing and making a mess. A messy life is a lot of work to live and clean up.

There’s no need to feel bad for shedding layers and moving on. It’s the ultimate form of self respect and self love.

It may not always be pretty and easy, but you’re guaranteed strength and greater energy by following your inner voice, that gut feeling. 
The more we honor that voice, the closer we get to ONE GREAT GUT.

To hear the voice, you need to slow down. Sometimes the voice is loud and clear, that usually means you missed all the subtle nudges prior, which may have been speaking to you for years.

And that’s okay. Life isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon.

What matters most is that you listened, acknowledged, and took action.

Slow down, enjoy the ride, and the ebbs and flows of life.

Just like nature, go with the stream and you’ll find an easier ride.

Go against the calling of God and nature, prepare for a challenging existence.

See you in the warm stream of our juiciest dreams, desires and lovable things, experiences and people.



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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 Research trial to compare the ability of psilocybin, or “magic,” mushrooms and leading antidepressants to treat depression.

He told The Independent that so far, participants are reporting that the psilocybin leaves them feeling like they’ve experienced an emotional “release,” while patients often criticize antidepressants for making them feel like their emotions are “blunted.”

Given the positive feedback from study participants and psilocybin mushrooms’ extremely low risk for overdose or addiction, it’s not hard to see why Carhart-Harris is optimistic that doctors will soon be able to use psychedelics to treat patients.

In 2014 I interviewed Roman Hanis who shared his health journey dealing with Crohn’s after Western and Eastern medicine were not sufficient and Doctors were recommending surgery. From Israel to New York to Peru he found entheogenic plants and cured himself.

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Trichocereus pachanoi – known as San Pedro cactus, or Huachuma

In 2016 I interviewed Marcus from Europe who was able to safely stop all pharmaceutical medications after being diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, treating himself with entheogenic plants. 😮

Both of these interviews were released in 2017 as part of The Crohn’s And Colitis Summit. 92% of our listeners loved my interviewing style. That’s quite a feat considering I was still very sick then detoxing from toxic metals, mold and more. 😥

In 2016 my friend Jack told me that Ayauasca cured his Autoimmune disorder called Pemphigoid in just two days, 👍after 9 years of various conventional and alternative treatments where only corticosteroid steroids were most helpful and they also were causing damage to his bones.

Also in 2016 I was on a Skype call with a Shamen in Peru who told me I am a shaman. I’m not so sure about that. Nor the recent claims I’m a Doctor. Nope, sorry to disappoint 

A recent 2019 study published in The American Journal Of Alcohol And Drug Abuse, DMT, also an entheogen was shown to improve depression and anxiety when administered in a group setting as shown by the Johns Hopkins University survey 80% of the participants.

In the One Great Gut Collection I interview Erica Sandstedt, a shaman, and Caitlin Thompson who with a background in neurobiology defeated a difficult case of IBS, lyme, SIBO, microbiome dysbiosis, emotional trauma and depression through various Integrative methods including entheogens. Today she is an IAKP certified Kambo practitioner – 🐸

Note: Originally published in June 2019, this article has been revised and updated for accuracy and thoroughness.

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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 in late 2016, symptoms increased. This included looser stools, increasingly worse abdominal pain(most patients refer to this as stomach pain), and increased mucus and blood.

“Joel Sprechman wasn’t around when I was diagnosed. If he was, with The Crohn’s and Colitis Summit, I am sure I would have avoided surgery.” – Summit Member


She switched to STELARA® (ustekinumab), which did not work for her, and also added topical hydrocortisone.  As this too failed, she tried REMICADE® (infliximab) and the chemotherapy drug Purinethol®(6-MP).  Unfortunately, the disease continued to worsen.  Because of the persisting fistula, a reversal of the sigmoidostomy was not an option. She also failed 5-ASA(Mesalamine usually sold as Asacol® HD, Pentasa®, Lialda™, Apriso®, or Delzicol™and glucocorticoids (Usually prednisone or prednisolone).  Her doctor’s next wanted to try short-chain fatty acid(SCFA) enemas as they have been shown to successfully treat colitis.[1][2] However, they were unable to find a compounding pharmacy offering this therapy.

Since she had failed at least five pharmaceutical options and experienced increasing symptoms of post-surgery, her doctors recommend a proctectomy. This would remove all or part of her rectum. She refused this option.

An October 2020 study found that surgery for Inflammatory Bowel Disease persistently lowers microbiome and metabolome diversity and further increased the instability in the gut microbiome of IBD patients.

I can understand this challenging decision, while some live (mostly) symptom-free post-surgery lives, many continue to experience shitty symptoms. Perhaps she was aware of the following statistics. Up to 75% of those with Crohn’s and up to 45% of those with Ulcerative Colitis will have surgery. Also, post-surgery recurrence rates are up to 60% with Crohn’s Disease and 50% with Ulcerative Colitis, and the fertility rates of women post-surgery are one-third of normal. These numbers are from a 2014 publication. [3]

The diagnosed rates of Inflammatory Bowel Disease have likely significantly increased since 2014. [4]

As she decided to refuse another surgery, she asked her doctors for an alternative option. 100ml of prewarmed Coconut Oil was recommended as a suspension enema. Coconut oil contains fatty acids with relatively short chain length to SCFA’s.[5]

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Just one week into this alternative treatment, abdominal pain, and mucus in her stools decreased. After another six weeks, blood and mucus completely stopped! After 8 weeks of daily enemas, a sigmoidoscopy showed a clear improvement of inflammation(Both endoscopic and histologic).  After 12 weeks of treatment, all pain was gone, and she was able to return to work and resume physical activities up to four times a week!

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She has continued daily enemas for 6 months with additional symptom reduction, without any adverse effects.

Endoscopic and histopathological findings of diversion colitis. Representative endoscopic images of the rectum prior (left) and after two (middle) and five (right) months of local coconut oil therapy. Before therapy, spontaneous bleeding, erosions, and fibrin indicated moderate mucosal inflammation. Follow-up endoscopies under treatment with coconut oil demonstrated only low-grade inflammation indicated by reduced vasculature and diffuse erythema.

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I contacted the authors of the study, who do not believe the type of Coconut Oil made a difference. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s organic virgin coconut oil in a glass jar.  I’ve met David Bronner and support their commitment to socially and environmentally responsible products. Like One Great Gut, they are also a B-Corp committed to social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. Their products do not contain any genetically modified ingredients/organisms (GMOs), are certified as kosher food, and are also vegan and never tested on animals.

Organic is important as you don’t want unwanted pesticides in your body, especially rectally where the bioavailability is higher. When medicine is delivered rectally it bypasses much of the body’s first-pass metabolism and will reach the circulatory system in greater concentration due to the higher bioavailability of rectal delivery. Glass is important for the same reason as you don’t want unwanted plastics that mix with the coconut oil in your body. Even BPA free plastic is not clean enough, it’s still a plastic you don’t want in your body. I’ve heard doctors refer to BPA-free as BPS(BP-“Sh#t”).

To deliver the coconut oil rectally, you can use an Enema bulb or a stainless steel enema bucket kit. The stainless steel enema bucket is the cleaner solution and allows you to re-use easily for other healing medicines like Slippery Elm, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera Juice, and Probiotics.   Most find the bulb to be more uncomfortable and more difficult to clean. I’d also recommend getting this protector pad. Great to protect your bedding or floors from any potential spills. The protector pad is waterproof, washable, and reusable.  I also used Organic Baby Wipes so you can clean your hand, fingers, and the tube as soon as you’re done.

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.

Inflammatory markers to track include Calprotectin, a stool test that measures inflammation in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, C-Reactive Protein which is a blood test marker to test inflammation in the body, and Sed rate, also known as erythrocyte sedimentation rate ( ESR) which is also a blood test used to test inflammation in the body and help monitor the status of inflammation, progression or decline.

Your doctor can order these tests for you or you can order directly from the One Great Gut account at Ultra Lab Tests. This is the first company that not just lets patients order their own labs (and receive the results), but also allows you to submit your receipts to your insurance for billing! Please be sure to check with your insurance, as each company has different rules.

Using the links on this page will allow the lab companies listed below to donate to the One Great Gut Foundation.

Here are the direct links to the tests at Ultra Lab Tests for your convenience:

Sed Rate by Modified Westergren (ESR)
Useful in differentiating inflammatory and neoplastic diseases and as an index of disease severity. CRP is also useful in monitoring inflammatory disease states.

Calprotectin, Stool 
Calprotectin, Stool – Canada
Indicator of inflammation specifically in the GI tract. Clinical Significance Used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, or to differentiate IBD from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

C-Reactive Protein Cardiac (hs-CRP)
Also useful in predicting risk for cardiovascular disease

Lactoferrin, Quantitative, Stool
This is an Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for measuring concentrations of fecal lactoferrin, a marker for leukocytes. An elevated level is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. The test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic aid to distinguish patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from those with noninflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Lactoferrin, Qualitative, Stool
The Lactoferrin IBD-CHEK® is a qualitative (QL) Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) for measuring concentrations of fecal lactoferrin, a marker for leukocytes. A positive level is an indicator of intestinal inflammation. The test can be used as an in vitro diagnostic aid to distinguish patients with active inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) from those with non-inflammatory irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry (InSure®)
The fecal occult blood test is an immunochromatographic fecal occult blood test that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

Fecal Globin by Immunochemistry (InSure®), Medicare Screen
The fecal occult blood test is an immunochromatographic fecal occult blood test that qualitatively detects human hemoglobin from blood in fecal samples. This is a useful screening aid for detecting primarily lower gastrointestinal (G.I.) disorders that may be related to iron deficiency anemia, diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, polyps, adenomas, colorectal cancers or other G.I. lesions that can bleed. It is recommended for use by health professionals as part of routine physical examinations and in screening for colorectal cancer or other sources of lower G.I. bleeding.

Another good company to use is True Health Labs who offer more specialized testing. TrueHealthLabs, founded in 2009, was created by a Doctor to make lab testing directly available to those who are uninsured, underinsured, whose doctor refuses to order tests and those who simply want to make their own healthcare choices. Your results will be sent to you via encrypted email. Turnaround times are usually 3-4 business days, however, more complex tests can take 14+ business days.  TrueHealthLabs  saves you 20-80% off lab tests by negotiating directly with CLIA certified labs. With a very high trust rating from thousands of users I am a fan.

They conveniently accept HSA +FSA Accounts, too! 

Some of these tests are more expensive than your usual test, and that is because they give specific insight into certain lab markers that other labs are not able to see. For example, the last time I tested my

pro-inflammatory IL2-TH1 with lab corp they were only able to tell me that I was under 31.2. Not exactly helpful!! CytoDx, seen below, will show you IL2-TH1 with greater granularity, and since we would like it to be below 12, this further shows that the <31 from the other lab is not very useful information.

Antibodies to Saccharomyces cerevisiae
These are found in approximately 75% of patients with Crohn’s disease, 15% of patients with ulcerative colitis, and 5% of the healthy population. High antibody titers increase the likelihood of disease, especially Crohn’s disease, and are associated with more aggressive disease. As the inflammation in Crohn’s disease is focused at the gut mucosa, most patients have IgA antibodies to S cerevisiae and half of these also have IgG antibodies. A minority of patients have only IgG antibodies to S cerevisiae.

TH1 TH2 Cytokine Test – Basic
For those with a confirmed autoimmune condition, the Th1 Th2 test is possibly the most important test. The test points out imbalances in the immune system by looking at cytokines, proteins that the immune system relies on to communicate. Bad communication results in complications for those with autoimmune conditions. The information this test provides helps your doctor develop a strong and effective treatment plan for you, especially when seeking alternative medicine support.
The immune system works like a seesaw. On one side you have Th1 cytokines that initiate the first line of defense. On the other side, you have Th2 cytokines that help produce antibodies to protect you from future invasions. However, when one side goes up, the other side goes down. This can contribute to a weak immune system and potentially promote autoimmune issues. Running this test will help to understand where the imbalance is. Because certain botanicals used in natural medicine can boost Th1 cytokines and Th2 cytokines, this test can help you and your doctor develop an effective plan to help balance a weak immune system and turn the volume down on autoimmune attacks.

TH1 TH2 TH17 Cytokine Test – Advanced aka CytoDX
This test is more detailed than the above with readings including

  • Inflammatory Cytokines- Th1
    • INF Gamma: Th1
    • IL-1 beta: Th1
    • IL-2: Th1
    • IL-6: Th1 and Th2
    • IL-7: Weak Th1
    • IL-8: Weak Th1
    • IL-12 p70: Th1
    • IL-17A: Th17
    • IL-18: Weak Th1
    • TNF alpha- Th1
  • Anti-Inflammatory Cytokines- Th2
    • IL-4: Th2
    • IL-5: Th2
    • IL-10: T-regulatory cells
    • IL-13: Th2
    • IL-15: Weak Th2

TH17 Test
New studies show that an increase in a particular type of white blood cell, called Th17 cells, can trigger and determine the severity of autoimmune conditions. Monitoring Th17 levels can help you and your doctor better treat the condition.

Basic CD4 CD8 Ratio Test
The CD4 CD8 ratio profile helps assess the immune system in detail. This test is crucial for patients who are suspected of having a compromised immune system as seen in autoimmune conditions and HIV.

I recommend to run the Th1 Th2 test along with this CD4/CD8 ratio test if you have any concerns with an autoimmune condition like Crohn’s or Colitis.

We continually update the IBD Crohn’s Colitis Lab Testing Page You Can Order Without A Doctor. I recommend checking that page to see if there are any tests that may be helpful for your health journey.

Using the links on this page will allow the lab companies to donate to the One Great Gut Foundation.

I hope this has been helpful for your journey towards a Great Gut!

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[4] CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) – Prevalence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Among Adults Aged ≥18 Years — United States, 2015 –  Published October 2016
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Case Study: The American Journal of Gastroenterology: Successful Long-term Treatment of Diversion Colitis with Topical Coconut Oil Application Dec 2018 : Zundler S, Dietz L, Matzel KE, Geppert CI, Becker E, Rath T, Neurath MF, Atreya R

Note: Originally published in October 2018, this article has been revised and updated for accuracy and thoroughness.