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How Deep Is Your Love?

HOW DEEP IS YOUR LOVE?

Can you love your perceived flaws?

Can you love your pain and suffering?

Can you love the darkest aspects of yourself?

Can you love those that don’t love you back?

Can you love ALL of your ex-partners? In-Laws and  Out-Laws?

Can you love those who you strongly disagree with?

Can you love those that judge you?

Can you love the ugly?

Can you love the ignorant?

Can you love everyone who is an “-ist?”


Can you love the psychopathic?

Can you love the depraved?

Can you love the murderous?

Can you love the genocidal?

Can you love your IBD, Crohn’s, Colitis, Arthritis, Osteoporosis, microscopic colitis, hemorrhoids, and skin tags?

Can you love any anxiety, depression, or lack of energy?

Can you love your first surgery?

Can you love your J-Pouch?

Can you love your Ostomy?

Can you love your Colostomy?

Can you love your “Barbie Butt”?

Can you love your last surgery?

Can you love your gut?

Can you love your colon?

Can you love the parts of your colon you still have left?

Can you love the fact that you may no longer have a colon?

Can you love the surgeon, gastroenterologist, nurse and registered dietitian regardless of what they said or did?

Can you love the Integrative Medicine Doctor, Functional Medicine Coach, Doctor Of Osteopathy, Health Coach, Consultant, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Naturopathic Physician,  Naturopath and Massage Therapist – regardless of the results?

Can you love your flatulence, gas, constipation, diarrhea and any other embarrassing symptoms you may be feeling today or have in the past?

Can you love the fissure, fistula, abscess, and pain?

Can you love your Colonoscopy, MRI, MRI, Endoscopy no matter what the results show?

Can you love those who you wish were more supportive of your journey?

Can you love those that you feel abandoned by?

Can you love your sex drive, libido, vaginal wetness and morning wood wether it’s there, or not?

Can you love your moon-face, excess or under weight?

Can you love those that you feel hurt you?

Can you love yourself for the times you said those things that you didn’t really mean?

The strength, depth, breadth, commitment, and unconditionality of your love is the key determinant of your spiritual evolution.

Love doesn’t mean you condone someone’s actions.

Love doesn’t mean accepting what-is and giving up on consciously, intentionally, and mindfully moving forward.

Can you love your life regardless of circumstance?

This isn’t ordinary love.

This is radical, infinite love, which I know deep in my heart that we are all capable of.

We all come from infinite love and are all returning to it.

Humanity has been living by the maxim, “If we hate it enough, it will just go away.”

That approach does not, cannot, and will never work.

What we resist will persist.

The ONLY way out is through.

And the only way through is love

What if Rumi was right – “Thorugh love, all pain will turn to medicine”

Inspired by Lars King

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Accidental Fear or Valid reporting? Risk of New IBD Rises for Patients Treated With Etanercept

The Center for Biosimilars today published an article that concluded that there is a fearful risk of being diagnosed with IBD Crohn’s or Colitis for those currently being treated with Etanercept.

Respectfully, I believe this study is incomplete and does not tell the full story. Though I don’t currently have access to the full study, just the Wiley Online Library Summary and the Center for Biosimilars article, until Lifestyle and Diet are factored into these studies I believe they do not tell the complete story.  20 years of clinical and cost outcomes from Integrative Medicine* have demonstrated the following results:

60% Decrease in hospital admissions
59% Reduction in hospital days
62% Savings in Outpatient surgeries and procedures
85% Reduction in Pharmaceutical costs
*Data provided by Patient-centered integrative medicine Independent Practice Association (IPA) per Advanced Medicine Integration Group, L.P. (AMI)

With the efficacy of leverage of using Integrative Medicine Lifestyle and Dietary changes, and the rise of it’s usage I believe a study like this is incomplete and may be unintentionally promoting accidental fear. What do you think?

Combined with the recent news that the United States Congress is grappling with tainted Chinese drugs, baffled by lack of FDA oversight in the U.S. pharmaceutical supply chain*. Remember when lead paint in children’s toys were a problem? That’s nothing compared to my concern to FDA Approved drugs potentially containing unwanted excipients.

As shown by the patients I interviewed during the Crohn’s And Colitis Summit who believe they are now cured of IBD Crohn’s and Colitis it’s becoming increasingly apparent for all of us to pay attention to our Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual healing and growth.

Etanercept is a biopharmaceutical that treats autoimmune diseases by interfering with tumor necrosis factor by acting as a TNF inhibitor. It has U.S. F.D.A. approval to treat rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, plaque psoriasis and ankylosing spondylitis.

They state that while anti-tumor necrosis factor (anti-TNF) drugs are effective at treating a range of inflammatory diseases, some limited data suggest that they may, paradoxically, result in a higher risk of developing other de novo inflammatory conditions.

It’s worth mentioning that anti-TNF drugs are not the only drugs available to those with inflammatory diseases. Recently the United States FDA approved Stelara for ulcerative colitis. It’s also important to note that there are different inflammatory markers in the body. TNFa is only one of those markers. When my TNFa was low, I failed Remicade. Though this was the recommendation of my then specialist Doctors, it seemed apparent to me that I would fail Remicade, and subsequently, I did. This resulted in a horrific QOL(Quality of Life) and a very small regretful view of the world and shitty symptoms.  In hindsight, I should never have tried Remicade knowing that my TNFa was within the normal range. If you are wondering what your inflammatory markers look like I recommend ordering a test from this page: IBD Crohn’s Colitis test you can order from home.

Recently, Danish researchers sought to assess whether there is a link between anti-TNF therapy and the development of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).1 Using nationwide Danish registries, the group examined data for all patients with rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, pemphigus, alopecia areata, and vitiligo who were enrolled between 1994 and 2017. Anti-TNF agents were introduced in Denmark in 2004, and there were 17,018 individuals who had been exposed to anti-TNF drugs and 63,308 who had not been exposed.

Overall, 7344 patients were treated with infliximab, 9072 were treated with etanercept, and 8355 were treated with adalimumab. Fewer patients were treated with golimumab (n = 1973) or certolizumab pegol (n = 2503). Overall, 34.1% of patients were exposed to 2 anti-TNF drugs, and 16.7% were exposed to 3 or more.

The researchers found that patients treated with etanercept had a significant increase in the risk of developing new Crohn disease (CD), with an adjusted hazard ratio (HR) of 2.0 (95% CI, 0.8-2.2). The adjusted HRs for developing CD were 1.3 (95% CI, 0.8-2.22) for infliximab and 1.2 (95% CI, 0.8-1.8) for adalimumab. There was no statistically significant increased risk for new CD with golimumab or certolizumab pegol.

Additionally, patients treated with etanercept had a significant increase in the risk for developing new ulcerative colitis (UC), with an adjusted HR of 2.0 (95% CI, 1.5-2.8). The adjusted HRs for developing new UC were 1.0 (95% CI, 0.6-1.6) for infliximab and 0.6 (95% CI, 0.3-1.0) for adalimumab. Again, there was no statistically significant increased risk for new UC with golimumab or certolizumab pegol.

According to the authors, “This study firmly establishes the risk of developing de novo IBD while on anti‐TNFα agents, particularly with etanercept.”

In a letter linked to the publication, a separate group of authors from the centers in China noted that a different TNF binding pattern may be responsible for the increased risk of new IBD with etanercept versus other anti-TNFs.2

Etanercept binds to 2 of 3 sites of the TNF molecule, while infliximab binds to all 3, they explain. Additionally, unlike infliximab or adalimumab, etanercept does not bind to peripheral blood cells and lamina propria mononuclear cells derived from patients with IBD. Infliximab and etanercept also have different effects on cytokine production of T lymphocytes, “possibly inducing IBD in genetically predisposed patients,” say the authors, adding that more research into IBD-triggering pathways is warranted.

Lessons Learned:

If you’re unsure which pro-inflammatory 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.

Any purchase from the lab test companies on that page, or the below links will allow the One Great Gut Foundation to get closer to meeting our initiatives which help you Thrive with IBD Crohn’s and Colitis. So you can invest in your health and build a healthier world through our initiatives, at the same time. Thrive Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually.

Monitoring your health. The Crohn’s Disease Activity Index (CDAI) and the 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 meeting our initiatives which help you Thrive with IBD Crohn’s and Colitis. So you can invest in your health and build a healthier world through our initiatives, at the same time. Thrive Physically, Mentally, Emotionally and Spiritually.

References
1. Korzenik J, Larsen MD, Nielsen J, Kjeldsen J, Norgard BM. Increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in 17,018 patients while under treatment with anti‐TNFα agents, particularly etanercept, for autoimmune diseases other than inflammatory bowel disease. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2019;50(3):289-294. doi: 10.1111/apt.15370.

2. Dai C, Jian M, Sun MJ. Letter: increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in 17 018 patients while under treatment with anti‐TNFα agents, particularly etanercept, for autoimmune diseases other than IBD. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2019;50(7):834-835. doi: 10.1111/apt.15460.

3. AP&T – Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics – Increased risk of developing Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis in 17 018 patients while under treatment with anti‐TNFα agents, particularly etanercept, for autoimmune diseases other than inflammatory bowel disease – Joshua Korzenik Michael Due Larsen Jan Nielsen Jens Kjeldsen Bente Mertz Nørgård First published: 02 July 2019 https://doi.org/10.1111/apt.15370  The Handling Editor for the article was Professor Richard Gearry, and it was accepted for publication after full peer‐review. Funding information: University of Odense Hospital Free Research Foundation.

* Newsweek October 2019 Congress grappling with tainted Chinese Drugs, is baffled by lack of FDA oversight in U.S. Pharmaceutical supply chain by Blake Dodge
https://www.newsweek.com/congress-spooked-tainted-chinese-drugs-eyeing-pharmaceutical-supply-chain-1468753?fbclid

* Newsweek December 2019 U.S. DRUG PRICES TO RISE IN 2020 AS COMPANIES PREPARE TO CHARGE MORE FOR IBRANCE, XELJANZ, 200 OTHERS by Jeffrey Martin
https://www.newsweek.com/us-drug-prices-rise-2020-companies-prepare-charge-more-ibrance-xeljanz-200-others-1479939

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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

MEDICAL BILLS

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

If you or someone you know is dealing with medical bills, now you can learn from a health care attorney who has negotiated over $500,000 in medical bills down for his clients.

And from patient advocate, David Dubé, who from his own personal journey with his Mom has negotiated over $50,000 in medical bills.

In a simple, proven 12-step process you will learn how to

👍Win Insurance Appeals

👍 Stop getting pushed by using attorney approved response letters and appeal resource

👍Spot & Correct The 80% Of Billing Errors

👍Negotiate Bills Down by leveraging statistics, industry data and time tested techniques

One user of this system said:

“I had no idea I could negotiate medical bills down. I was able to negotiate my medical bill from $2,348 down to $1000, That’s a 43% reduction on my first try!”

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The One Great Gut Collection includes a 20% off coupon for the program.

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Love,
Joel

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Impossible Burger = The Ecoside Burger

The Ecosystem of the Earth and the Ecosystem of your body.

Good Branding + good marketing, and a snazzy website does not necessarily mean good health

Health is Wealth. Without health, what do you have?

A companies claim that their Mission is to “Save Earth” needs substance, not just convincing words and fancy pictures on their website.

 If you think the Impossible Burger is in any way a health food, think again.

🤔And if you think eating this laboratory experiment is better for the environment, again, you’d better investigate this a little more.

😲 If you think Impossible Burger cares about Moms. Think again

🤢 YUCK! When we look at the ingredients, we see mostly genetically engineered soy – AKA soy that is heavily sprayed heavily with Roundup (glyphosate).

😲 Why is this bad? Well, Roundup is a WATER-SOLUBLE chemical. This means when it gets sprayed on crops, some of it works its way into our soil and then our streams and rivers, some of it gets evaporated into the air we breathe, and eventually, it can even come back down in the rain that falls on us. Yep, thanks to governing bodies that don’t have our backs, our entire environment is now contaminated with this junk.

🔘This wouldn’t be such an issue if Roundup consumption didn’t contribute to Cancer, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease, Fatty liver disease, Autism, Alzheimer’s, and a whole host of other chronic illnesses. The Impossible Burger tested POSITIVE for Glyphosate.

The Impossible Burger🤭So when you eat your Impossible Burger thinking you’re being healthy, remember that all you’re doing is slowly increasing your risk for cancer and chronic disease (Not that eating industrial meat would be any better. Always stick to local farms and grass-fed animals)

🤭And when you think you’re supporting the environment, remember that you’re really supporting the slow destruction of our planet because of More Genetically Engineered Crops = More Roundup Sprayed = More Toxic Earth

👩‍👧‍👦 Impossible Burger attacked Moms Across America (MAA) founded by Zen Honeycutt for speaking the truth and publishing the pesticide results of this impossibly unhealthy burger. Rather than acknowledging that glyphosate in their food could be a problem — especially in light of the recent court cases against Bayer (which acquired Monsanto in 2018) totaling billions in judgments due to people who developed cancer as a result of Roundup use — they engaged in a veritable smear campaign against MAA, including insults and name-calling.

As for MAA’s statements that glyphosate-based herbicides have been “proven to be carcinogenic,” Impossible Foods stated this is “a ridiculous claim” and “No regulatory authority in the world considers glyphosate to be carcinogenic to humans at current exposure levels,” tell this to the victims behind the at least 13,400 lawsuits that have been filed claiming exposure to glyphosate-containing Roundup caused health problems, including cancer.

🖍 Pat Brown, the CEO, and Founder of Impossible Foods wrote a Medium dot com article entitled How our commitment to consumers and our planet led us to use GM soy with a lot of numbers and “facts”🤥.

Three comments on that post sum up my opinion:
a) This is either asinine, diabolical, or both. One word: boycott.

b) Industrial legume ag is an act of violence upon the earth.

c) Bullshit

I actually tried the impossible burger highly processed pseudo-food recently, wasn’t too impressed with the flavor, nor how I felt afterward. 🤢 Swipe Left. Next!

🙏 Guy Fasciana for your research which inspired me to dig deeper

🙏 – Regenetarianism – Formerly L.A. Chef’s Column

🙏 Organic Consumers Association

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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

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

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.

Therapist

Coach

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.

Love, 
Joel

 

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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]

coconut oil enema

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.

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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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[3] CCFA 2014 Fact Book
[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.

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