One Great Gut Foundation

Our Purpose: We help those with IBD Crohn’s Colitis Thrive by working together to accelerate healing.

Our Vision: We are popularizing a new gold standard of care – empowering and educating IBD Crohn’s Colitis patients on the four pillars of true health: Physical, Emotional, Mental and Spiritual healing to heal the issues in your tissues, forever.


One of our main goals in our research is so that no one needs surgery again for chronic conditions – William Parker PhD Duke University Associate Professor of Surgery #Crohns #Colitis #Ostomy #Colostomy Click To Tweet

The best way to predict the future is to create it. Let’s ERADICATE IBD – together.

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you. “



Thanks for your excellent work and big hearted efforts to help those with digestive issues find ways to heal. I am happy to contribute to your sure success. Wishing you all the very best! – Jeni Hogenson

Wanted to send you a thank you note for your quick personal response regarding our daughter Mia that has been diagnosed with Crohn’s when she was 11.  Joel has been a great resource to help us find  an alternate solution to immunosuppressant medication that our daughter has been taking for 2 years. Lots of new therapies we are looking into right now,  and we are planning to stop the heavy medication in the next few weeks, and start a real healing journey not just a “bandage”  Sincerely, Pascal

Emma Becker Gut Tales One Great Gut Joel Sprechman
Buy this book and 100% of Emma's proceeds will be donated to the One Great Gut Foundation

Whether you are newly diagnosed or are a veteran of Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, you don’t want to miss this hilarious, down and dirty, truthful life journey. Thank You Emma Becker for choosing to donate 100% of proceeds of your “Gut Tales” book to the One Great Gut Foundation. We’re grateful for you. Wishing your Great Gut to continue!

Dr. Pereira 5 out of 5 stars

Humorous Read On A Serious Health Subject

A humorous read on a serious health subject. After meeting several people with chronic illnesses, such as Crohn’s/Ulcerative Colitis/IBD, it became clear to me that I should read up on this issue impacting so many people in the U.S. The descriptors to the symptoms are normally matter-of-fact, but when I purchased Gut Tales by Emma Becker and read it, this author clearly lays out more than mere symptoms. Emma Becker helps readers understand what the daily struggles sufferers of this disease go through are, the realities of the mind-body connection being impacted, how relationships can be affected, but most importantly – how to thrive, charge ahead with a positive mindset, live life to the fullest amidst tough times, and embrace this disease as a part that is not the whole of who a person is that is enduring this. Since Becker shares a lot of wisdom and humor applicable well outside the scope of this subject matter that is relatable to everyday experiences most people have, Gut Tales is recommended not only for people going through this chronic illness, but for a wider audience.

Arthur Trujillo – 5 out of 5 stars

Terrific read! WOW! Wonderfully entertaining book. Could not put it down!


Dr. Matt Kreinheder

“The truth of it is, that there is a lack of sophisticated alternatives for people suffering with chronic digestive issues. As a chiropractor I’ve seen people with all kinds of digestive issues that are desperately seeking solutions they couldn’t find within the mainstream. I’m excited for what One Great Gut is doing, the direction their seeking and the relief it will provide for so many.”
Dr. Matt Kreinheder

Dr. Jason Klop

“To solve big problems, I believe it takes a bold vision and outside of the box thinking. Joel and One Great Gut are working to create meaningful change for IBD patients that transcends the current dogma and paints a bright picture of future possibilities” 

Dr. Jason Klop, ND

Dr. Christine Peterson

“I am excited by the mission and work of One Great Gut.  With so much suffering due to IBD and other chronic digestive complaints, it’s important to have advocacy, education, basic research and outreach available in this space.”

Christine Tara Peterson, PhD  UCSD School Of Medicine


The intention of the One Great Gut Foundation 501c3 nonprofit organization is to serve all IBD, Crohn’s and Colitis stakeholders, with patient dreams and desires at the forefront of any and all initiatives.

To improve diagnostic tools, treatment options, and protocols, reduce the need for surgeries, to save lives and improve the quality of life of those living with IBD.

“The proper aim of giving is to put the recipients in a state where they no longer need our gifts.”

Once we are formally incorporated this page will migrate to a separate website and entity entirely. Until then this page will be updated with updates and advances. To stay in the loop through email you can sign up with the form below on this page.


– Patient scholarships and micro-grants.

– Celebration of those who have lost their lives to IBD, Crohn’s or Colitis. See Celebration Of Life Memorial. 
– Research of Integrative and Functional Medicine scientific research for IBD.
– If those studies prove safe and effective, the presentation of these results to insurance companies so more therapies are covered.
– Events specifically for children and adults living with IBD.
– Patient advocates to assist with in-hospital care, medical billing errors, and generally navigating the complex healthcare system. Including Canada, United Kingdom, and Australia.
– Stage theater and Improvisational workshops to build patient confidence and have fun.

“Giving is better than receiving because giving starts the receiving process.”


“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up. “

Donations are accepted via Credit Card, Paypal, Bitcoin & Other Cryptocurrencies.

Donations are also accepted by mail and telephone.
Mailing address: One Great Gut 1968 S. Coast Hwy #930 Laguna Beach CA 92651 703-608-9933

You can specify in the notes section which initiative you would like your donation to go towards. If no initiative is mentioned we will appropriate as most needed.

We are in the process of incorporating as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. With your generous support, we will research and present potentially curative solutions to shape a world where Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis no longer exist. Can you imagine a world like that? We can and hope you will support this courageous vision.

“Giving is not just about making a donation. It is about making a difference.”

We are currently accepting donations and are deeply grateful for your contribution and partnership. Until we are formally incorporated gifts and donations are not tax-deductible.

The following is an evolving collection of researchers we currently support and research studies we are interested in seeing the results of.

  • Dr. Inna Lukyanovsky, PharmD
  • Dr. Lukyanovsky is a Doctor of Pharmacy, Functional Medicine Practitioner, Gut Health Expert and Best Selling Author of the book “Crohn’s and Colitis Fix.” In her practice, she incorporates lifestyle interventions, gut-healing, and hormone expertise, clinical knowledge, and experience as an Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s disease patient, who is in full remission. She works with clients locally and nationally, her practice is focused on helping people reset their digestion, balance their hormones, reduce inflammatory symptoms, get more energy and restore the immune system. She is a wife and mother of three boys living with her family in Marlboro, New Jersey. She is also a certified PureBioenergy Therapist and Geriatric Consultant Pharmacist. For almost 20 years she practiced as a Pharmacist, was diagnosed with UC in 2000 and later Crohn’s experiencing debilitating symptoms of this autoimmune disorder that has no cure. Using her clinical knowledge she healed herself and now helps others reach the same level of deep full remission. Learn more about Dr.  Lukyanovsky’s practice at Digestive Reset. If you choose to work with her, she will donate a percentage to One Great Gut the One Great Gut Foundation.  So you can invest in your health and build a healthier world through for children at the same time! Mention One Great Gut for a special discount.
  • Virginia Rodriguez Publisher/Editor E.P.I.C. North County Conscious Living Magazine
  • Virginia Rodriguez
  • Virginia is the Publisher of E.P.I.C. Empowering People, Inspiring Community®, a free local conscious living magazine with a circulation of 10,000 copies distributed throughout North County San Diego, and the co-founder of Self-Care for Entrepreneurs, a live monthly speaker series. Find her at,, and
  • Alisa Rowland Yoga4IBD One Great Gut
  • Alisa RowlandAlisa was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2004, is the founder of Yoga for IBD, a flow yoga series specifically designed for adults with gut issues who are seeking hope, options, and resources for balance in their life. She teaches yoga workshops in San Diego and holds individual consultations. She is also a professional college counselor and mother of two. Previously, Alisa taught yoga for CorePower and has blogged for One Great Gut and other leading Gut Health /IBD publications. She has healed her ulcerated colon through a mostly plant-based, whole foods diet paired with a steady yoga practice and a mindful approach to life. She worked through her many emotional issues to address the root cause of her disease after traditional western medicine held no long-term answers for her. She recently celebrated seven years of living medication-free with long-term periods of full remission of symptoms. You can find Alisa listening to music or singing when she isn’t at the beach or with her family. You can read about Alisa’s journey at her blog and check out the upcoming She shared the depth of her IBD journey and exactly what she did to heal in her extensive interview that is included with the One Great Gut Collection.
  •  brad brinkman one great gutBrad Brinkman

    Since his first 5 hospital stays in 2001, Brad has taken consistent massive action to put Crohn’s disease into remission.  Ever positive and inspired to live in an optimal state of health, Brad has learned from his 19 years of experimentation with over 100 different alternative Crohn’s healing modalities.

Although he believes that there is a time and place for Western medicine, Brad has been able to manage and eliminate the ungodly pains of the disease without it. Brad is an entrepreneur specializing in residential real estate marketing and sales full time for over 23 years, publishing four books on residential real estate.  He enjoys spending time with his family, prioritizes self-care, and enjoys surfing and writing.

Dry Farms Wine One Great Gut Crohn's Colitis
Dry Farms Wine One Great Gut Crohn's Colitis
  • As an integrative health care provider who has worked with individuals diagnosed with autoimmune diseases since the 80’s I so appreciate Joel’s work and dedication. I have fought consistently with allopathic providers who dismissed the Body/Mind/Spirit approach to healing in spite of the evidence of the individuals success. Finally research is catching up with what we all found in practice! Personally, I have watched 2 siblings struggle with flares and restrictions as well as hospitalizations. Joel’s work gives me hope for them and supports me in supporting them!