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Eat those little green trees

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Recent research shows that “Plantain and broccoli fibers may block key stage in Crohn’s disease development”.

Yeah, leave out the plantains though.

Report on WebMD.

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Phase II update

A few have inquired as to how I’m doing in “Phase II” since I talked about my experience roughly a year ago. Long story short, I’m pretty much back on the SCD. Allow me to clarify. Remember what the BTVC book says about “fanatical adherence”? In that sense, I am no longer doing the SCD as I allow myself to digress about ten percent of the time.

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B12 and Crohn’s

If you have Crohn’s disease, it probably affects your ileum, and you’ve probably learned that you are at risk of vitamin B12 deficiency.  If this is news to you, take a moment to read up. I used to take B12 shots which were effective, but when I leaned that they contained aluminum I sought out a metal-free alternative.

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Phase II

I have read somewhere that  for someone with Crohn’s on the SCD it will probably take 3-4 years to recover. The rule of thumb was to wait for one year past the last symptom before trying any illegals. I’ve been SCD for four plus years and it has been about a year and a half since my last symptom. Now comes phase two of the great experiment. Click through to see what I mean.

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‘scope pics

colonoscopy pictures 02/12/09For the extra curious crowd I’ve uploaded pictures from my recent colonoscopy. I’m just a tourist in there, but the doc told me that these are the pics from the perspective of my colon looking at my Crohn’s. I think the pics on the left and the bottom show it best.

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Measuring progress

As you begin the SCD, you may notice significant and obvious changes one day and maybe not so much the next. This sort of up and down over a long period of time can make it difficult to determine your progress. I suppose it’s sort of like being a passenger in the back of the bus with dirty windows and trying to guess how fast the bus is going.

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