I'm at my wits end.
I am 23 years old, male.
At the age of 13 I was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis of which I have suffered with since, being hospitalised three times due to the pain, and complications including the pain spreading to my hips.
2 years after being diagnosed with it I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, extremely severe.
At the moment I am at the edge of saving my colon from having to be removed. I am studying nutrition and have learnt of the molecular mimicry and leaky gut theory of spondylitis.
I have been on antibiotics, immuno suppresants, NSAids etc on and off most of my life and I'm sure these have contributed to my ill health, and therefore i lean towards the idea that healing my gut somehow will help me with these problems.
According to the research I have been doing about leaky gut and spondylitis; it is caused by a bacteria klebsiella which have antigens (protein markers) which are very similar to that of collagen in the spine, which causes the immune system to mis-identify.
I also have candida according to the 'spit test' I did. I am not sure how accurate that test is though but I wouldn't be surprised.
I have started a no-starch diet but am finding it very difficult. I am two days in and today I experienced hypoglycemia for no reason I can think of. I have been eating a lot of complex carbs, salads, protein and taking a multi vitamin and B complex with fish oil.
I am at my wits end here and I'm really holding on for my life. I do not want to have my colon removed. Being a student of naturopathic nutrition, I learnt about a famous herbalists 'formula' endorsed by well respected ND Joseph Pizzorno called 'Bastyrs formula' for ulcerative colitis and have purchased it.
I also purchased a strong probiotic, pancreatin tablets, clove, wormwood and black wallnut.
I have no idea if all the money i have spent is going to help.
I also take glutemine once a day and slippery elm twice a day in hope that itl help heal my intestinal walls.
I am not considering cutting all Sugar out of my diet and doing the candida diet along with no starch. This will be extremely hard though and I am quite scared of taking the leap. I will have to eat A LOT and urgh!
What are your suggestions or ideas? (taking into account my history etc). Please dont just suggest an antifungal supplement.
I'm so sorry. You're too young to suffer so much. I just watched Kennnedy's home movies on the History channel and he was a very sick young man with colitis, Addison's and lumbar spine so bad he got a metal plate and almost died. He suffered so much and still became president. His story may help you. Hang in there.
Or herpies viruses? HHV6 and CMV cause colitis and all kinds of problems.
I've been diagnosed wrong many MANY times. Keep searching and hang on to your colon as long as you can! Have you talked to HV in "The Truth in Medicine" forum on curezone? He'll probably tell you to try ozone because it cures this stuff.
Email me if you like. I'm suffering with this stuff too and still searching for a doctor who knows something!
I am going to propose to you that you try a 10 day diet and see how it works out. Along with this, you could, if you read up on it and do your homework as Eric11 will tell you, I am going to suggest the Cutler protocol.
As a warning this is a long post, but the details are important.
This 10 days is not going to cure anything, but it could potentially affect your health drastically enough for you to notice a significant improvement and inspire an action by you to use more approaches based on natural healing and holistic means. And, also the identification of allergens.
I once had recurrent staph infections for 8 years of my life all over my body. It was extremely severe MRSA. I did something to the effect of the above, and within 2 weeks the infection was gone and never came back. Only when I ate gluten, would I get one small pimple/sign of staph. Early on I would get a very small staph sore if I ate gluten for that first 6 months of weight loss. So I knew for sure gluten had to go.
I also started to lose a great deal of weight. Upon realizing that this dietary change killed an 8 year battle with staph, I continued to cycle back and forth between light protein from fish and nuts, and more fruit and juicing. I used intermittent calories. Low cal days followed by high cal days. My methods were not perfect, or guided by a program at that time. I have since learned a great deal more. But, through and through I was able over the course of 12 months to lose roughly 120 lbs.
I never addressed the pathology of colon diseases nor the physical regeneration of the colon, however. I also did not take into account heavy metal chelation. Because of poor diet and lifestyle over the last 2 years I have found myself again in the throws of overwhelming fatigue and depression and severe cognitive impairment and social anxiety. These were the problems had before I lost the weight. It is very likely, that once I go back on a new intense elimination and detoxification diet, many of these problems will go away.
For people like us, our colon linings are severely damaged. We do not absorb or metabolize food properly. We do not even tolerate normal food properly. Suddenly the mundane becomes inflammatory. I cannot even tolerate green beans and broccoli.
I was highly surprised, astonished even, that you do not have a more rigorous diet. To have severe ulceritive colitis, I almost assumed you would have been on a grain free, gluten free diet.
Immunology underlays a great deal of these digestive conditions. Therefor, my theory which is well supported by many other people on curezone. Is that an elimination diet allows the body to spare its immune defenses and cell repair resources fully to healing the damaged parts of the colon and restoring a highly integral gut flora capable of killing off the bad viruses and pathogens.
The human gut flora is the source of the immunity to severe diseases, by far. Were it not for our gut flora, we would all be overcome by things like Ebola randomly out of the blue.
If you can make it through this fast, when you go back to eating solid foods, you might decide that grains and legumes are not helpful, but on the other hand you may still benefit. It could be that you decide meat was a problem, especially non organic- non-wild kinds..
One thing I was also reading that struck a chord with me, was the idea that after doing a fast, you would try to eat about 3000 calories ( a lot) in very healthy balance food each day, nut butters, tropical fats, collards, squash, yams, wild fish, wild game, perhaps grass fed beef, ghee, even raw milk or grass fed butter. Perhaps amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, even. And one other thing.. and this is crucial
Exercise and sunlight for at least 3 hours a day. Walking, high intensity weight lifting, basket ball, exercises that stimulate growth hormone ( something needed to repair the colon mucosa and villi)and stimulate oxygenation of the cells for repair. Additionally, exercise is the main way to stimulate proper lymphatic flow, which is also highly indicated with degenerative digestive disorders.
And then more fasts as needed when the digestive system seems to start to need a break again. This is sort of my current plan I believe is so essential.
A very half botched attempt of this prior helped me lose 120 lbs. Now I need to do it even better to get rid of colon disease and severe mental and cognitive problems. I am positive it could help you in some way.
So I would suggest you get
2. Kale, Cucumbers, oranges, mangoes, papaya, apples, melons, lots of celery, fresh ginger, and possibly other juice-able fruit and vegetables.
3. Do not get night shades! No tomatoes and no potatoes
4. Alpha Lipoic Acid
5. Virgin Red Palm Oil AND Virgin Coconut Oil
Those tropical oils are phenomenally anti-viral. My health got a great deal better for a few months when I was eating red palm oil. But alas, I ran out of the stuff.
As you can see, this allows for a liquid diet, with ample calories and vitamins. In fact it is extremely nutrient dense. The kale, cucumbers, and Celery are very important. You need a lot of green vegetable juice. This WILL stabilize blood Sugar cravings, especially by the the third or fourth day of the 10 day fast.
You could even do this fast for 5 days..but 10 days would be ideal.
As a basis, Alpha Lipoic Acid taken every 3 hours, and once in the middle of the night, serves as the basic heavy metal chelator.
Once again, during the 10 day window, you would probably have to do 3 or 4 days on 3 or 4 days off and perhaps a 2 day cycle to finish it off.
As perhaps, Eric11 can explain, there would for further attempt/cycles/rounds of chelation, be a need for DMSA or DMPS to aid in chelation. People also argue that these be taken before you ever take the ALA. People also argue that if you have silver fillings, you may have to get them out before it is even safe to do a chelation.
The reason why I at least suggest this ALA regime, is because ALA has broad use as an antioxidant supplement. It seems like a good starting point.
So, I believe that after 5 to 10 days of this, you would notice some improvement and probably have a feeling towards which foods may have been aggravating this condition of Ankylosing Spondylitis.
Anybody who's chelating should definitely replace silver fillings first before they begin chelating. Not doing so can lead to serious problems (the chelator will pull mercury out of the fillings and make a person even sicker).
Regarding the juice diet you suggested. With that much fruit it seems it will be very high in simle sugars. If klebsiella is the cause of my spondylitis, reducing starch is one thing, but if I have a candida infection (which indicated by a spit test I do), then that amount of Sugar surely feed the candida. Argh :(