April 14th marks one full year since I stopped taking medication for what doctors call a “chronic illness.” In November 2009 I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. This was certainly a low point in my health. I had lost approximately 20lbs in a matter of months and felt continuous pain in my intestines. Finding out that I was actually suffering from a condition was a relief. It means the Doctors would know how to treat my illness. But discovering that I would need to take medication for the rest of my life – not good news.
My Gastroenterologist told me the cause of Ulcerative Colitis was unknown. It might be an auto-immune problem. I was shocked when I asked if the disease in my colon could be related to diet and nutrition. My Doctor’s response was “no.” How could this be? How could an illness in my colon be unrelated to nutrition? I was desperate, so of course I agreed to start taking the medication to clear up the inflammation in my colon and get back to what I knew as a normal life.
I read a book authored by a man who was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease (related to Ulcerative Colitis) and who claimed he had been medication free and symptom free for more than ten years. That got my attention. How did he do it? It was diet and nutrition! So I had a choice. Do I want to take medication for the rest of my life? Or do I want to improve my nutrition? The answer for me was obvious. I wanted to explore a diet that could lead to a healthy life.
My wife and I made a commitment to eat organic whenever possible. This change has not been easy (or cheap), but the health benefits have proved beneficial to everyone in my family. We also began taking a small selection of raw vitamins. And if there was any one variable I could attribute to my colon health it would be raw probiotics. These choices collectively have brought me to April 14th, 2013, one year removed from my last prescribed medication and by the grace of God no more symptoms!