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I also have ulcerative colitis. I was diagnosed in Oct. 2008. After a ton of medications and trial and error with them, I finally found the diet called SCD which is what I currently use to treat my disease. It's been working great, and I can't say enough about it.

Mucosal Healing Ulcerative Colitis Studies

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Mucosal Lining of the Colon

One of the most common questions we all ask ourselves is with regards to the healing of colon.  Some of us might refer to it as mucosal healing.  Especially when we are in the middle of a nasty flare up and maybe even more when we have just gotten out of a nasty period of active symptoms and bleeding.

There is all sorts of different data and methods of determining “how much” or “how little” the colon has actually healed.  Sometimes its easier to find out what’s really happening when we go in for a colonoscopy, but come one, that’s not easy is it…

So what the heck are the recent news articles or published studies saying about the health of our colon?  What are the studies recommending as to best practices for colitis patients?  How best can we reach quality healing of the inner membranes of our colon?

I’ve decided that its time to do some searching for recent studies on the topic of mucosal healing and present them in a list below for all of you to read about.  Feel free to read further on any of the studies for the full text versions.  Some of which have great detail into how, why, and if certain colitis therapies are potentially better than others to reach this goal.

  1. Histological healing favors lower risk of colon carcinoma in extensive ulcerative colitis
  2. Frequency and prognostic role of mucosal healing in patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis after one-year of biological Therapy  (The conclusion from this article I found pretty amazing: Mucosal healing did not predict sustained clinical remission in patients in whom the biological therapies had been stopped.)
  3. Clinical Study of the Relation between Mucosal Healing and Long-Term Outcomes in Ulcerative Colitis  (Dr. Kaoru Yokoyama from the Department of Gastroenterologist, Kitasato University School of Medicine, Japan)

  4. Predictors of Endoscopic Inflammation in Patients with Ulcerative Colitis in Clinical Remission  (So many of us, probably myself included at many times along the way in the past 6 years since my UC diagnosis may feel that we are in clinical remission, BUT, does that mean the the insides of our colons are looking perfectly pink as well?, this study addresses this in some interesting ways)

SCD Chicken Curry

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SCD Chicken Curry
 
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Tasty chicken dish that is gonna warm you up especially if you miss and enjoy curry spices.
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Indian
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • medium onion
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 2 large carrots
  • half bunch of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon curry spice (add more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 large tomato
Instructions
  1. Heat Olive Oil in frying pan medium heat
  2. Dice Onion and add to olive oil in pan
  3. Saute until color change but before brown
  4. Add cubed Chicken and cook together in pan, not brown, but cooked all around
  5. Add curry spices and mix together and cook for a minute
  6. Add carrots and cook for another minute
  7. Add tomato and cook for another few minutes
  8. Add salt and pepper and continue cooking
  9. Cover and put on simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Check to make sure enough liquid, you want meat to be tender, but not dry. If too dry, add some water to pan.
  10. Ten minutes before complete add asparagus and you're done!

 

Colitis Ebooks

The two eBooks I’ve written are specifically for people living with UC and/or family members who are watching someone go through active colitis symptoms.  If you click on the books image above, you will be able to purchase them with either a credit card or with your PayPal account.

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SCD Diet For Colitis Success Stories

SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) and UC Success Stories

One of the most important things for people who are considering trying the SCD for treating their ulcerative colitis is to know that other people before them have had success. This is by far the most important thing to know with many things in life, but especially when you are dealing with symptoms, and looking at alternative treatments because medications just aren’t working. What makes SCD success stories even more important, is the fact that nearly every doctor who practices Western medicine will deny that the SCD is a valid treatment for UC. So as you can see, the cards are already stacked against people who want to use the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Since there are so many people treating their inflammatory bowel disease with SCD, the time is getting closer to when doctors will have to start recognizing the effects that diet has on the gut.

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SCD Does Work Well for Some People Who Are Suffering with Symptoms

The good news is that the SCD does work for many people. Many of the people who’s stories are listed below had been dealing with ulcerative colitis symptoms for many years and were literally at their last options before having to seriously consider surgery.

First Hand SCD Experiences That May Change Your Colitis

I had such a negative image of this SCD diet when I was originally introduced to it. I learned about it from a book that was sent to me in the mail by a family friend. The book didn’t look too interesting, and when I started reading it, I remember thinking the SCD could not possibly be a practical long term diet. The food was just too limiting I thought. That was three years ago. What a difference three years can make. Not only have I finally found a way to control my ulcerative colitis symptoms, but I have learned that there are literally thousands of other people with IBD who use the SCD just like I do.

Examples of 3 Different SCD Success Stories from Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Jessica began the SCD diet just a short while ago, and was able to see some great results within 3 months on the diet. Her ulcerative colitis was beginning to really get bad, so it was great that she found a new treatment. You can read Jessica’s SCD diet story here.

Maisie had been dealing with ulcerative colitis for 5 years and had dealt with countless amounts of prednisone steroids too. Read how she finally started the SCD diet to treat her UC

Adam was dealing with one final option of surgery, that’s me. At the point when I started the SCD diet, it wasn’t even an option, it was my only option as all the medications had not worked out or were giving me very bad side effects. I was very happy to meet another person at my house who used SCD for her colitis, and that is what convinced me to begin the Specific Carbohydrate Diet also.

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How Hard is it to START the SCD Diet Today?

Whenever I hear of someone who is starting the SCD diet with the goal of putting their colitis symptoms into remission, I get really excited. And the reason for this is I hope that whoever it is that’s in pain with UC will find relief with this type of treatment like I have. Unfortunately, I am learning that it doesn’t always work out this way for the other person. And this is frustrating for me. And I’m sure it is super frustrating for the person who is dealing with bleeding and pain, and cramping and different medications, and everything else that comes along with active ulcerative colitis.

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Not too long after getting started, I was back drinking fruit juices and loving it once again.

It’s been almost two years now that I have been following the SCD diet, and not only have I seen its benefits, I have reduced pretty much down to nothing my health costs associated with my colitis. I don’t count my annual physical exam into a colitis related cost, and that’s pretty much all I have done this year. I know it’s not easy being on this diet for new people who are starting it for the first time, but with feeling better and getting back to my normal self, it sure has been easy to get used to it once I saw the results. And, since the results don’t always come right away, and it often takes time, I believe that is where the real issue lies for the majority of people who are not successful with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

People Who Follow SCD But Fail:

Now I don’t know all the details, but I have heard from quite a few people who have failed the SCD. And it bothers me, I’ve said that before in this post. But what is the reason for the failure? Is it that they have symptoms which are too severe that any diet even SCD can’t fix? Is it because they have something different with them genetically that prevents the diet from helping them? Or is it something totally different? I don’t know.

One thing that is for certain is that many of the people who fail to see colitis symptom relief from the SCD diet have not followed the diet during their trial period. By this, I mean, STRICTLY FOLLOWED the SCD diet rules. Does this bother me and make me angry, no… well actually YES it does. I know it doesn’t hurt my physically, but mentally it bugs the crap out of me because by breaking the rules of the diet, or following it only 90% ESPECIALLY when you are starting it is almost like you are NOT doing the SCD diet at all.

Let’s come up with some rules:

#1 The diet is NOT EASY for people who are not used to following a diet. If you’ve had problems following a diet before, you might not want to attempt this.

#2 If you can’t live without desserts and sweets, and you would rather eat those foods and live with colitis symptoms, don’t attempt this diet

#3 If you have a very hard time controlling yourself when you see a fast food restaurant, of if you LOVE friend food and can’t live without it, again, don’t try this diet

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If you are at rock bottom with your UC, and are facing surgery or other medicine treatments as your next step and you don’t want to do that. This might be something for you to consider. Even if you are just dealing with minor colitis symptoms, and are sick and tired of the disease jumping into and out of your life constantly for no reason, this as well might be something for you to try. Either way, the SCD diet requires 100% attention for quite some time, ESPECIALLY during the early introductory phases.

Well, this is enough of my ramblings, I just wanted to let it out that I’m frustrated when I see people trying SCD and failing initially, and then I learn that they are eating all sorts of foods that are NOT allowed. And of course then wondering why they are not seeing great results. I mean come one, you are either following the diet(and that means 100%) or you are not. End of story.

If after reading all of this you are ready to begin SCD, you can do that:

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