Tuesday, June 24, 2014

On the road to healing from UC

I am still doing great. No symptoms, taking no drugs, just a few supplements. I am back up to my usual weight of 107 lbs, up from 95 lbs.

All I can say is FMT works, combined with staying away from any processed foods, grains and sugar and adding fermented foods.

I am still eating the same - SCD - and eating feremented foods every day. I am eating fresh lettuce out of the garden, barely rinsed to get all the natural bacteria from the garden to my gut. Growing cucumbers, dill and garlic and planning to make fermented pickles as soon as the cucumbers are ready.

If you don't know how to make fermented foods, here is one place you can order them from:

Agri - Cultured, Sycamore St, Dallas Center, Iowa 50063 - (319) 400-2465

Their Facebook page is here:
https://www.facebook.com/Agricultured.Iowa

Making your own fermented foods is very easy. You can search on Google and find LOTS of information on fermenting foods at home.

One thing I have learned is that even though my mouth would love to eat some nuts, my gut is not ready for them yet.

Teri

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Ulcerative Colitis - healing and moving forward

I haven't posted in a while... I had a slight setback in December after eating too many nuts, but a few FMTs and it got me right back to normal.

Since we had met our out-of-pocket maximum for our insurance last year, I had asked my doctor for a prescription for a three-month supply of VSL#3-DS.

VSL#3 high-potency probiotic medical food contains 8 different strains of live lactic acid bacteria that were specially selected to produce an optimal synergistic composition of bacteria. The 8 strains are:

    Bifidobacterium breve
    Bifidobacterium longum
    Bifidobacterium infantis
    Lactobacillus acidophilus
    Lactobacillus plantarum
    Lactobacillus paracasei
    Lactobacillus bulgaricus
    Streptococcus thermophilus

I don't want to keep having setbacks. I want to do all I can to completely heal the lining of my colon so I can go forward in life, leaving these symptoms behind forever.

I used VSL#3-DS every day for about a month, then about twice a week. Now I am down to once a week or so and doing amazingly great. It feels so good to have energy again and casually stroll to the bathroom once or twice a day instead of having to know where every bathroom was, everywhere I went.

I am still drinking homemade kefir, eating homemade yogurt and homemade sauerkraut regularly. In January I started taking an over the counter L-Glutamine, which may help heal the lining of the gut. This is in addition to the other supplements I take every day - fish oil, vitamins B, C and D and a few others.

I have also been drinking a lot of gelatin, with a bit of 100% natural grape juice added for flavor. This is beef gelatin that I buy in powder form with no sugar added - just the powdered gelatin.

I am still eating SCD although I have added greenish-yellow bananas, which contain resistant starch to feed the good bacteria. I started slowly but can now eat 2 green bananas a day with no problems.

I hope anyone who read this will find home for recovering from Ulcerative Colitis, using food and FMT, instead of expensive drugs to repress their immune system or surgery. Doctors are not yet promoting FMT as a way to replace the bacteria that was killed off when they gave you an antibiotic. Maybe someday... until then, you and I have the Internet to help us learn how to do a FMT at home and how to make homemade kefir, sauerkraut and yogurt as well as how to eat healthy and heal from UC,

Teri

Monday, November 11, 2013

DIY Fecal Transplants to cure yourself

It is hard not to get angry at doctors - even specialists - who look right at you and say "It has nothing to do with what you eat." and "No one knows what causes UC."

Really, it has a lot to do with what we eat - or don't eat. What we eat either starves our microbiome or feeds it - the good bacteria or the bad bacterial.

Over the last year and a half I have learned SO much about how we need our microbes in our environment and how antibiotics are killing off our microbes. Sometimes antibiotics are necessary but we should be told to be consuming probiotic and prebiotic foods especially while on antibiotics.

Fermented vegetables, homemade yogurt, kefir, etc, all help feed our microbiome.

For those of you who suffering with UC, Crohns, or IBS and want to find a solution to end your suffering, a home fecal transplant may be the answer.

This video by Michael Hurst from www.fecaltransplant.org will show you the steps to doing a home FMT:
http://youtu.be/WEMnRC22oOs

I recommend this site as well as http://thepowerofpoop.com to read how others have been cured by doing a home FMT by restoring the bacteria in their microbiome that antibiotics had killed off, creating dreadful colitis symptoms.

Just think how nice it will be to leave your house again and not have to know where every bathroom is!

Teri

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Almost 1 year since the first FMT

It has now been almost 1 year since doing the first FMT. I am still symptom free and drug free.

I am still eating SCD, although I did eat a Subway sandwich about a week ago with no reaction at all. Perhaps I the good bacteria is getting a good colony going and I am healing on the inside.

I can eat grapes now, which I couldn't eat before doing a FMT. That shows me that I am able to digest more of what I am eating, which is a good sign.

I am still eating homemade yogurt,homemade sauerkraut, and homemade kefir, every day. I know that helps feed the good bacteria in my gut.

I don't think I will ever go back to eating all the sugar and bread I used to. I feel SO much better and feel I have regained all my strength back that I had lost over those 3 1/2 years of not digesting food.

I am SO glad I was able to find where others wrote about how they did a FMT and it helped them. I firmly believe that the combination of SCD and FMT is what is healing me from UC.

Sugar, yeast, starch, gluten (grains) and lactose all feed the bacteria. Stop feeding the bad bacteria and start feeding the good bacteria and the symptoms go away.

Not sure how long I will stay exclusively SCD, but I want to be positive I don't have any setbacks.


If you have every wondered of doing a home fecal transplant will put you on the road to recovery, what have you got to lose?

(Read the procedure I did for a home fecal transplant on my November 2012 post.)

Teri