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US FDA approves Stelara for ulcerative colitis

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This past October, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved ustekinumab (Stelara by Janssen), a human IL-12 and IL-23 antagonist.

This is based on data from a phase 3 UNIFI trial, which demonstrated that ustekinumab induced and maintained clinical remission in a significantly greater proportion of adults with moderately to severely active UC compared with placebo.

Trial And Study Results

Janssen said at the time the UNIFI data was released that at Week 8, the trial data showed Stelara hit some of its major secondary endpoints, which includes the proportion of patients in clinical response, endoscopic healing, as well as health-related quality of life scores. In addition, Janssen said that at least 50 percent of study participants were considered biologically refractory, and 17 percent had a history of inadequate response or intolerance to any anti-TNF antibody and Takeda’s Entyvio (vedolizumab). It is unknown if diet and lifestyle were tracked in these studies.

Stelara, Janssen said, is the first and only approved biologic therapy for UC that targets the interleukin (IL)-12 and IL-23 cytokines. The IL-12 and IL-23 cytokines have been shown to play an important role in inflammatory and immune responses.

The UNIFI trial includes an initial induction study and was followed by a maintenance study eight weeks later where patients received subcutaneous injections of Stelara every 8 weeks for 44 weeks. In the Induction study, 19% of patients receiving Stelara achieved clinical remission in 8 weeks. Janssen also noted that Stelara provided rapid relief of symptoms as 58 percent of patients experienced a clinical response at Week 8. It is not known what diet or lifestyle factors were being implemented by the patients during the study

In the maintenance study, 45% of patients who received Stelara remained in remission after one year. Stelara also helped patients achieve clinical remission without the use of corticosteroids, the company noted. At the end of the first year, 43% of patients treated with Stelara were in clinical remission and not receiving steroids, Janssen said. At the risk of sounding repetitive, it is not known what diet or lifestyle factors were being implemented by the patients during the study. Not the downplay the efficacy and results of these studies and trials, we know from both the Crohn’s And Colitis Summit and One Great Gut Collection that Diet and Lifestyle alone can induce long term remission, deep mucosal healing sometimes confirmed by visual examination via Colononsocopy per the patient request, sometimes simply confirmed by a high Quality of Life, Thriving lifestyle, and lack of debilitating symptoms

In addition to the latest approval from the FDA, Stelara has been approved as a treatment for adults living with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, adolescent patients with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis, adults with active psoriatic arthritis and adults with moderately to severely active Crohn’s disease. The drug brings in about $4 billion in annual sales which shows the need for this drug in today’s current environment and the additional need for Dietary and Lifestyle guidance.

If you’re unsure which pro inflamantroy markers are high in your body, consider your options here: IBD Crohn’s Colitis test you can order from home. Doctor approval is direct from the companies listed, you do not need to obtain prior approval from your personal Doctor, which can lead to unwanted delays, or being denied to have the blood test you wish to see the results of for your body to make the most educated decision for your health.

Monitoring your health. 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, consider the Pediatric Crohn’s Disease Activity Index(PCDAI ) or Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis Activity Index (PUCAI).

Lab Tests to Consider

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.

Any purchase from the lab test companies above using the above links will allow the One Great Gut Foundation to get closer to curing IBD Crohn’s and Colitis. So you can invest in your health and build a healthier world through our initiatives, at the same time.

Stelara Efficacy and Frequency

Many of us are already familiar with the efficacy and safety of ustekinumab in Crohn’s disease given that it has been commercially available for more than 3 years now,” Edward V. Loftus Jr., MD, Chief Medical Editor of Healio Gastroenterology and Liver Disease, said in an interview. The approval was based on the UNIFI induction and maintenance trials, which was published late last month in The New England Journal of Medicine. Along with the usual endpoints, ustekinumab was found to be significantly more effective than a placebo at inducing and maintaining a combined endpoint of both endoscopic and histologic improvement.”

The first dose of ustekinumab will be administered intravenously in a health care facility. After that, the remaining doses will be given subcutaneously 8 weeks after the first dose and then every 8 weeks thereafter. Sometimes varying frequencies outside of the 8-week window is needed. I know of patients who are approved to take ustekinumab every 6 or 7 weeks to manage their symptoms.

Lifestyle and Diet

In many patients, diet and lifestyle changes have increased the success of ustekinumab and decreased unwanted side effects. To learn about the most effective dietary and lifestyle techniques that worked for other’s who found full remission, some claiming they are cured, with evidence-backed by Colonoscopy which showed no sign of IBD, ever. As a matter of fact the Gastroentrolgist stated that if the patient had not let him know that they previously had a challenging case of Crohn’s or Colitis, they would never have known. ref: Crohn’s And Colitis Summit and One Great Gut Collection

Remember, what works for one may not work for another. I recommend that you allow Science to be your map, and intuition to be your compass. We’ve noticed that healing is accelerated when the patient heals themselves not just Physically, but also Emotionally, Mentally and Spiritually.  As a matter of fact I’ve interviewed some who claim to be cured, simply by doing the work mentally(Paul), or spiritually(Joshua).

Look, You didn’t get into this alone, and you aren’t getting out of it that way, either. Join this community and your poops will soon shine. Friends don’t let friends suffer alone.

I’ve been Thriving with IBD since 2019

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

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Myth: You are one illness away from bankruptcy

Yesterday: “You are one illness away from bankruptcy” 😕

Today: “You are one ambulance ride away from bankruptcy” 😧😲

Only 23% of Americans are able to afford an unexpected medical bill that more than $2,000, yet out-of-pocket medical costs keep rising.

That’s because the #1 reason for bankruptcy in America is medical bills

Not Job Loss

Not Divorce

Not Student Loans, Foreclosure or a Failed Business


My last Ambulance🚑 Ride on March 26, 2017, cost me over $2,500 – for a six-mile ride from Sorrento Valley when I was living with Ipek, Craig, and Faith who were at work.

I could barely walk.

A world of pain

Hyper-inflammation destroying my body

3:45pm is when my body said enough was enough

I called 9️⃣1️⃣1️⃣

My body relaxed

I curled up on the floor

🆘 Help was on the way

I remember the embarrassment and shame wondering what the neighbors would think about an ambulance pulling up to the house

My body told my mind to chill. That’s not important. What’s important is that I finally reached out for help.

The doorbell rang

I waited

Determination to save the 🏠front door and windows kicked in

Ipek kept the home so clean I’d hate for her to have to clean up broken glass.

Somehow I made it to the front door

The paramedics questioned why I even called them in the first place

My disheveled unshowered look while wearing Lululemon sweats didn’t explain the full story

There was no obvious bleeding or broken bones

Crohn’s and Colitis are known as INVISIBLE ILLNESSES

An umbrella🌂 term for any medical condition that isn’t easily visible to others

Conditions like heart disease, diabetes, dementia, psychiatric illness, other autoimmune disorders, and even cancer

Exactly why we all should BE KIND, ALWAYS 

 You Never Know What Someone Is Going Through 

Most of those are who filed for bankruptcy due to medical bills had health insurance

That’s because if you’re dealing with a chronic disease you’re likely spending a boatload of money that’s not covered by insurance

According to Medical Billing Advocates of America up to 80% of medical bills contain errors – and the problem is getting worse

With 70,000 diagnosis codes and 71,000 procedure codes to sift through not even a person with an IQ of 180 would get this right 100% of the time.

The system is beyond broken

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There’s No Crying In Baseball

Stop being a wuss

Man up

You throw like a girl

Doesn’t she look fat? She looks large and in charge.

I think it’s time you get over it

You would look so pretty if_____

You’re single? You must be so lonely!

Quit whining

What do these insensitive comments have to do with gut health?


Dr. Detko Emotional Health Crohn's ColitisHarvard Medical School reviewed 13 studies showing that patients who tried psychologically based approaches had greater improvement in their digestive symptoms compared with patients who received only conventional medical treatment.

Words can affect your emotions which then impact your physical body.

I was once asked to reprimand an employee. As I was about to enter her office I was hit with a massive headache.

Another time I was receiving an award at toastmasters and looking back at the pictures you can see my stomach go from flat to massively bloated in just a few picture frames solely because of this thing called “receiving an award”.

No food or drink played a part in the bloating!

Emotional Constipation and Emotional Hangovers are real

In this module, Dr. Eva Detko PhD has created an exclusive personalized PDF specific for gut health. For IBD Crohn’s and Colitis.

Since Dr. Detko created this specifically for the One Great Gut Community, this PDF is not available anywhere else. It explains why addressing diet on its own is not sufficient, how and why the body can not heal when it is stressed, and how your physiological processes can make you sick, or make you THRIVE depending on your response to them.

This PDF is not just about information. It’s about solutions. Dr. Detko offers more than eight solutions that will accelerate your healing.

Thank You Dr. Detko!

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The Breakfast Of Champions


“At the risk of sounding like a salesman, one product completely changed my life. I’d like to send you info on it if you’re open to receiving it. Bless you, on your path of a healer.”

That was the DM I received when Juan slid into my DMs. The more I learned, the more I was impressed

You see, Glyphosate, the most common being Roundup from Monsanto, is the most widely sold and used pesticide in the world.

It’s used on food crops, in parks, gardens, along roads and railway tracks, and in cemeteries.

Affording to Monsanto it is even safer than table salt.

As a consequence, the presence of glyphosate is tolerated at high levels in food and tap water.

After more than 30 years of a “don’t look, don’t see” policy on glyphosate’s secondary side effects, many studies in recent years have suggested that glyphosate has worrying health effects at levels regularly detected in food and tap water.

From Cheerios and Wheaties to Cambell Soup Companies Goldfish Crackers and even products from Whole Foods, Lucy’s and Back-To-Nature, it’s in a lot of your everyday food

Yes, if you believed General Mills you’d think all champions want to live with full-blown Cancer, Crohn’s or Colitis.

Dave Sanoval Purium BioMedic

In three civil cases Monsanto, now owned by Bayer, has been ordered to pay huge sums of money. Millions to those cancer survivors. Thousands of more lawsuits have been filed.

Farmers have been using this chemical, often under the trade name Roundup, for about four decades now.

A UCSF Presentation revealed that Glyphosate was found in the urine of 93% of the American public. At an average level of 3.096 parts per billion (PPB). Children had the highest levels with an average of 3.586 PPB.

The regions with the highest levels were the West and the Midwest with an average of 3.053 PPB and 3.050 PPB respectively.

The results from the UCSF urine testing in America showed a much higher frequency and average glyphosate level than those observed in urine samples in the European Union in 2013. The average level in Europe was around 1 PPB with a frequency of detection of 43.9%.

Glyphosate is likely to be one of these hormone hacking chemicals at real-life exposure levels down to 0.1 ppb or below, according to independent science.

Even though the government, companies, and cities are starting to crack down, it’s almost unavoidable.

Which is why I’m excited to share my interview with Dave Sandoval Founder of Purium

BioMedic has been clinically proven to reduce Glyphosate by 74%, resulting in a 75% reduction in C-Reactive Protein. C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance produced by the liver in response to inflammation.

CRP shows the level of systemic full-body inflammation.

Inflammation is one of the easiest “root-causes” of dis-ease to measure and influence.

BioMedic also showed a 35% increase in gut immune response as measured by a reduction in food sensitivities.

Yes, one supplement will both reduce inflammation and increase the amount of delish food you can eat!

Our interview will be released shortly as part of the One Great Gut Collection. Jump on the Early-Bird list to get access as soon as it’s released.

If you can not wait and want to try Biomedic today, visit Purium’s Website Today and use the code onegreatgut to save $50 off your $75 order.

Thank You Juan de la Cruz and J Mathias Bennett for the introduction to this game-changing product.

NPR – Safe Or Scary? The Shifting Reputation Of Glyphosate, AKA Roundup by Dan Charles

PBS News Hour – What you need to know about a popular weed killer’s alleged link to cancer by Kaiser Health News

The Detox Project – A research and certification platform that encourages transparency in the food and supplement industries on the subject of toxic chemicals.

Food Democracy Now – A grassroots movement and non-governmental organization whose aim is to build a sustainable food system that protects our natural environment sustains farmers, and nourishes families.

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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!

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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.

money healthcare sickcareA 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 benefits. They also looked at data on 12 to 14 million people without IBD.

Overall, average annual costs for patients with IBD were $22,987 compared with $6,956 without IBD, the study found.

And out-of-pocket costs like co-payments and deductibles were more than doubled with IBD: $2,213 a year compared with $979 annually without IBD.

Costs for patients with IBD averaged $26,555 over the first year after diagnosis, researchers report in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases.

This didn’t include the cost of insurance premiums.

Several factors were tied to higher costs with IBD, including the use of expensive biotech drugs, opioids, or steroids; emergency room use; anemia; relapsing disease; and mental illness.

When patients had at least one emergency room visit in a year, for example, average annual costs were $37,759 compared to $15,237 without an ER visit.

And when patients had a mental illness, annual average costs were $35,740 compared to $18,520 without a psychological disorder.

Average costs for IBD were stable from year to year before 2012. After that, however, costs have been rising more sharply.

Worldwide, IBD is becoming more common, especially in newly industrialized countries, making it essential to determine cost drivers that may make it challenging for patients to afford care, said Dr. Chang Kyun Lee of the Kyung Hee University College of Medicine in Seoul, South Korea.

Now that we’re clear of the growing problem, let’s talk about solutions.

First, I want you to know that we are continually looking for and working on solutions. This is a large effort! If you have any proposed solutions, let us know in the comments below!

“Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much” – Helen Keller

a) Focus. Don’t roll your eyes at me! 🙂  I know this is an obvious one, but it is worth mentioning here, first.  Focus is not only important, it’s also more challenging for those with IBD. Crohn’s and Colitis impact brain function, including concentration and focus. Optimizing your microbiome is best way to improve your focus. Since you’re reading this post you likely are already doing that.  Consider taking supplements that specifically target brain health and  improve concentration.

In the One Great Gut Dispensary you will find natural supplements called nootropics, also known as smart drugs and cognitive enhancers,  that can improve your thinking, memory recall, focus, concentration and motivation and creativity.

While taking supplements will cost you money in the short term, with improved focus, thinking and motivation you can set yourself up for success in your goal to greater health, and money. See below for S.M.A.R.T goal setting to increase your chance of success!

The One Great Gut Dispensary will save you money on your favorite supplements and insure both freshness and quality. If you do not see your favorite supplement, let me know and I will see what I can do about adding them to the dispensary. Other online marketplaces are often hidden with counterfeit supplements that can be dangerous. The One Great Gut Dispensary is guaranteed to only have product directly from the manufacturer.

One of my favorites is Qualia Mind by Neurohacker Collective. Mind is available in caffeine and caffeine-free versions. They also offer Qualia Focus which is a more affordable version of Qualia Mind.

It may take you a few tries to find the exact nootropic supplement stack that works best for you specially. It’s worth finding what works for you because your life will be more focused, aligned with grater productivity about the things that you care about.

b) Set S.M.A.R.T goals.


You probably have some pretty awesome dreams and goals. By using the S.M.A.R.T formula you will make your dreams a reality and achieve your goals quicker.

Consider making health and money a priority. Focus on the most important things that can make a difference in both your health, and your bank account.

b) Be honest with yourself, friends and family. Transparency builds trust.  When I was an Engineer I didn’t worry about much financially. I naturally save money and don’t overspend. However, once I left Engineering everything changed. I no longer had a regular paycheck to rely on. Life was extremely hard and while I was very sick back then I was also speaking to attorneys about disability insurance. I finally got real with myself  and sat down with a few trusted friends, mentors and advisers. The more honest I was with them the better recommendations I would receive. It was certainly a blow to my ego and was very humbling, but without that level of honesty and rawness I would never have received the tips and tricks needed to work on my finances, and health.

After getting honest with myself and family during my 2018 month long hospital stay I decided to start a Medical GoFundMe. It was humbling to ask friends for help, and actually offended some family members whose ego’s and pride were hurt. It reminded them of their fears and parental teachings. I took their fears into account, but ultimately the decision was mine because I truly was in need. I was shocked and surprised how many friends and family contributed. Even strangers! Some of those friends and family I hadn’t seen in years, or decades. It was beautiful experience that showed me how loved and supported I am, even when the physical pain was extraordinary and my future looked bad.  It was through that support, emotionally and financially that I was able to safely be discharged after a roller coaster one month hospitalization.

c) The undeniable link between health and money. You must watch the Money Revealed docuseries.  There’s not many things I will recommend other’s to watch. This is one of them. 100%. You will learn directly from 36 self-made millionaires, multi-millionaires and billionaires. They sit down with you and share how they achieved the success they enjoy with money. Stop guessing, and learn from the very best.

d) Do you drink alcohol?

It’s probably costing you a lot of money, and negatively impacting your gut, health and family.

Don’t worry though. You’re not alone.

How much is drinking actually costing you?

If you have three drinks a day, five days a week, at an average of $10 a pop, you’re spending $150 a week, $650 a month or $7,800 a year just on alcohol ― not including any additional costs, like server tips or taking a taxi instead of driving. Even if you drink only on weekends, at two drinks per day you are spending about $2,500 a year.

Prefer wine at home?

According to online wine retailer Vivino, the cost of a bottle of white wine averages $14.41, while an average bottle of red wine costs $15.66. If you drink one each per week for a year, that’s more than $1,563.

The Alcoholic Beverages Market is valued at over $1,400 Billion Dollars.

According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), 86% of people ages 18 or older reported that they drank alcohol at some point in their lifetime. 70% percent reported that they drank in the past year. 56% percent reported that they drank in the past month.

The same study revealed that 15 million adults ages 18 and older have AUD or Alcohol Use Disorder.  This includes 9.8 million men and 5.3 million women.

Only 6.7 percent of adults who had AUD in the past year received treatment.

It’s not only a problem with adults, but also with adolescents.

The study estimated that 623,000 adolescents ages 12–17 had AUD. This number included 298,000 males and 325,000 females.

Only 5.2 percent of youth who had AUD in the past year received treatment.

It gets worse.

An estimated 88,000 people die from alcohol-related causes annually, making alcohol the third leading preventable cause of death in the United States. The first is tobacco, and the second is poor diet and physical inactivity.  In 2014, alcohol-impaired driving fatalities accounted for 9,967 deaths (31 percent of overall driving fatalities).

This is not just a problem in the United States – it’s a global world wide problem!

In 2012, 3.3 million deaths, or 5.9 percent of all global deaths were attributable to alcohol consumption. In 2014, the World Health Organization reported that alcohol contributed to more than 200 diseases and injury-related health conditions, most notably DSM–IV alcohol dependence , liver cirrhosis, cancers, and injuries.

In 2012, 5.1 percent of the burden of disease and injury worldwide (139 million disability-adjusted life-years) was attributable to alcohol consumption. Globally, alcohol misuse was the fifth leading risk factor for premature death and disability in 2010. Among people between the ages of 15 and 49, it is the first.14 In the age group 20–39 years, approximately 25 percent of the total deaths are alcohol attributable.

Cutting back on alcohol will not only save you money, but also get you closer to a great gut as most alcohol has a negative impact on your microbiome.

Save money, and probably improve your gastrointestinal track including your colon and oral microbiome by cutting back on alcohol.

This is the best way I know:

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e) Use eFundYourHealth to crowdfund.

f) Gratitude and Love. This may come out of left field but I find money follows my emotions. The happier my emotions, the more I not only feel better, but it allows money to flow. Yes, this is metaphysical and not exactly yet proven by science but it has been true to both myself and many friends and mentors.

g) Check out the One Great Gut Collection. Everything I do is to save you money, time and achieve better health results. In the One Great Gut Collection there are numerous resources not only to improve your health, but you will also learn from  a team who has successfully negotiated $550,000 in medical bills to help other’s with the Insurance, Medical Bill and Debt Collection jigsaw puzzle.

h) Budget. There are many websites and apps to choose from. They all have their pluses and minuses. Mint, BudgetTracker and EveryDollar seem to be the most popular. The MMI (Millionaire Mind Intensive) weekend workshop was helpful or me as well, changing my mindset around money.  Through working with many coaches, mentors and my own personal research I have a customized system that works for me. If requested I shared this with clients during our coaching session.

I hope these solution’s help you on your journey to a Great Gut! We are continually looking for ways to help you with your health, and that includes your bank account. Check back often for updates.

Alcohol Research: The Gastrointestinal Microbiome: Alcohol Effects on the Composition of Intestinal Microbiota.

Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry – Alcohol, microbiome, and their effect on psychiatric disorders

Microbiome – Drinking alcohol is associated with variation in the human oral microbiome in a large study of American adults

Huffington Post: The Amount Of Money You Spend On Drinking May Blow Your Mind And your budget, too. By Ann Brenoff

NIAAA: Understanding the impact of alcohol on human health and well-being

Article – 2016 – Economic Implications of Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Its Management by Foram Mehta, MS, RPh in AJMC Managed Markets Network

Reuters – 2019 – Inflammatory bowel disease patients have higher health costs – Lisa Rapaport

Oxford Academic – 2019 – Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – The Cost of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

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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.

crohns ulcerative colitis grounding chakra wachuma cactus san pedro entheogen
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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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.


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 Gut Solution” documentary.

My interview in Interconnected – The Power To Heal From Within launched with Dr. Pedram Shojai from

Apparently these amazing gifts from the universe weren’t enough.

The techniques I teach others and use myself for turning a frown upside down into a smile weren’t working.

I thought about reaching out to friends, but decided I wanted to do this on my own.

Learning To Accept Rather Than Resist

Rather than fight the feels, I accepted the negative emotions.
What we resist, persists.

I began to accept what was truly going on inside this normally serial optimists body.
I now felt more grounded, rather than someone else I was hoping to be in these moments.

Though I was still in a funk, I accepted this mood. I honored this mood. I thanked this mood for showing up and allowing me to experience the full feels of life. The highs, and the lows.

I asked myself, my gut: “Why are you in a funk”?

I didn’t beat myself up or shame myself for feeling this way, I simply asked myself a question.

The answers surprised me. I had no idea these thoughts were underneath my normally cheerful self.

I then felt empowered. I knew what was going on underneath the surface of this beautiful soul.

With this new information I was easily able to use my proven techniques and strategies to cheer myself up.

It worked. Mostly.

My gut was still telling me something was still off.
My intuition then led me to my GoFundMe campaign last year where I raised $29,357 to #savejoelscolon
This was during my challenging month long hospital stay after my GI told me the colonoscopy showed

“The worst colon I’ve seen in my 40 years of practicing medicine”

Today, 15 months later I still have all my organs.
Despite being offered surgery numerous times during and after that hospital stay.
Despite one GI telling me “Joel, your colon is sick, it needs to come out”
Despite me initially not believing I would avoid the scalpel.

Though I’m grateful that surgeons can save my life if needed, it wasn’t.
I’m continual blown away by the strength and vitality of those who live the #NoColonStillRollin‘ lifestyle.

As a student of life, the the more I learn the more I learn how little I know.
However I obviously know how to save colons, my own, and others. #winning

Yes, I’m hoping to force a career change for a few surgeons #SorryNotSorry

As I looked through the 264 GoFundMe donations tears rolled down my cheeks.

Family, friends, “facebook friends”, even strangers all supporting me during a dire time of need.

Though it wasn’t easy to ask other’s for help, and embarrassed some family members, my brother Steven started the campaign.
I vulnerably updated everyone on my status and the rest is history.

The names on the list came from all walks of my life during the past few decades. High school, college, prior jobs, La Jolla Toastmasters, Yoga Teacher Training, Integrative Institute of Nutrition colleagues, meetinDC social group, volleyball teammates, Mankind Project brothers, Yoga studios, Doctors, Nurses, former girlfriends and their parents and siblings, Landmark Education, Yelp Elite, speakers from the Crohns and Colitis Summit, Burning man friends, family across the country, and globe in Israel and Australia, One Great Gut community members as far as Germany, former mens group friends, someone I once spoke to at the Encinitas Farmers Market, friends ex-wives, former roommates, freelancers I’ve hired, even Boston Redsox fans donated. 😉

Most touching were seeing names of those whose friendships didn’t end well.

Afterwards I felt like my normal self.
Whatever normal means.
I once again realized how supported and loved I am.
How supported and loved you are.
How supported and loved we are.

I don’t know why I shared this but my gut told me to share here rather than my private journal.

Be grateful.
Not just weekly or daily, but LIVE a gratitude filled life.
The benefits are profound and tangible, though you may not be able to see the results immediately.
Don’t fall out of the gratitude practice like I did, though the nurses and doctors are amazing, I guarantee you don’t want to experience a month long hospital stay.

The Gratitude Life.

It’s more than a lifestyle

It’s life saving.

Love you All 


Joel Sprechman namaste peaceful one great gut