My Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

mytreatmentplanThe two great non-traditional approaches to healing ulcerative colitis, in my experience, are the SCD diet and the Anti-fungal diet.

As I think back on what worked for me, here are the ingredients that helped me get better:

1. Diet
2. Anti-fungal Treatment
3. Probiotics
4. Fiber

Let’s talk about the components:

1. Diet

I would NOT have been successful had I not changed my diet. But, this was initially brutally hard. In a nutshell, for a long time I needed to cut out carbs and sugar out of my life. There are a number of tricks, supplements and recipes to make that transition easier.

2. Anti-fungal Treatment

In addition to not feeding the bad bacteria and fungi in my body with carbs and sugar, I also needed to take some supplements to kill off the bad bacteria and fungi. If you are tempted to take the supplements without the diet change, save your money, it won’t work. I tried it.

3. Probiotics

These are essential to populate your digestive track with good bacteria. I still take them daily. We used to get them in our food (yogurt, fermented vegetables, etc.) but less and less people eat them. Thus we need supplements. Much better than supplements is home-made yogurt, which is bursting full with good bacteria. Yogurt is easy to make once you get the hang of it. Store-bought yogurt unfortunately is really not that good. You can read more about it here.

4. Fiber

Another item we used to get more of when we all ate home-cooked meals. Think of fiber as a broom cleaning up your digestive track. Without it, you don’t want to know. I still use Psyllium Husk powder and Psyllium Seed powder on a daily basis.

The SCD Diet

Most people are familiar with Elaine’s Diet. I will not bore you in repeating all the details of her approach. It suffices to say that she is a great person, who helped a great many people. If you are not familiar with her diet and are interested in finding out more on her approach, you can read more about her here.

The Antifungal Diet

The treatment that got my illness over the finish line, was the anti-fungal diet treatment proposed by Doug A Kaufmann and David Holland. Their basic theory is that UC is caused by a deep fungus poising, and can be healed by a combination of diet (very similar to Elaine’s Diet) and anti-fungal medication (prescription & non-prescription).

Anyone who is familiar with Elaine’s Diet already knows it, but the hardest part in implementing the treatment is the radical change to the diet. Kaufmann/Holland and Elaine both recommended a near total elimination of sugar and carbohydrates from the diet.

After being on Elaine’s diet for over a year, I changed to the anti-fungal diet (which is very similar) and added the following medication and supplements:

For about 9 months, I took the following medication and supplements, as recommended by my doctor:

WHENMEDICATION AND SUPPLEMENTS
Morning• 2 Nystatin
• 1 Diflucan (100 mg)
• 1 Teaspoon of Psyllium Husk mixed with Water
Lunch• Probiotics – It is important to take them apart from garlic, anti-fungal supplements and prescription medication
Evening• 2 Nystatin
• 1 Teaspoon of Psyllium Husk mixed with Water

Then I switched solely to non-prescription supplements, and I am still on them:

WHENSUPPLEMENTS
Morning• 1 Olive Leaf (Brand: Gaia Herbs, Liquid Phyto-Capts)
• 1 Oil of Oregano (Brand: Gaia Herbs, Liquid Phyto-Capts)
• 1 Teaspoon of Psyllium Husk mixed with Water
Lunch• Probiotics – It is important to take them apart from garlic, anti-fungal supplements and prescription medication
Evening• 1 Olive Leaf (Brand: Gaia Herbs, Liquid Phyto-Capts)
• 1 Oil of Oregano (Brand: Gaia Herbs, Liquid Phyto-Capts)
• 1 Teaspoon of Psyllium Husk mixed with Water
• Freshly pressed Juice (2 medium sized carrots, 1 medium cucumber & a small piece of fresh ginger)

In hindsight, I don’t think the prescription medication anti-fungals (Nystatin & Diflucan) were necessary. The herbal supplement anti-fungals Olive Leaf and Oil of Oregano are quite effective.

But I can’t emphasize it enough. The supplements won’t work without changing your diet. Believe me, I tried it.

2 Responses to My Ulcerative Colitis Treatment

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Excellent site! Everything you write I’m experiencing to some degree myself. I’ve had UC since 2011 and after being tired of constant flares, expensive meds, I decided to drastically change my diet and add in oregano oil.
    It makes me think if the SAD of grains, sugar, and starch tipped our systems to the point of bleeding intestines, how good is it for anyone?
    My question for you- at what point in your process did you stop prescription UC meds? Was it after success of diet/ anti fungal treatment?
    Thank you for your input!
    Liz

  2. Mike says:

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I never got started with Ulcerative Colitis prescription medication. When I was initially diagnosed my ulcerative colitis doctor at the time prescribed me Asacol but I never started taking it. Instead I started immediately looking for a holistic doctor. At the time I didn’t know how to find one, but I found some good resources over time. I listed on how to find a good holistic doctor on this webpage (https://www.byebyeuc.com/finding-a-good-doctor-and-ulcerative-colitis). In any case, I am not a doctor, but based on my experience if I were in your situation I would try to find a holistic doctor, discuss your situation (all the prescription drugs you are currently taking) and that you desire to heal through dietary changes. There is probably a way to slowly get you of the prescription drugs. I believe that the UC prescription drugs, while helpful in the short term, actually undermine the ability of our body to heal. But I also believe that once you are on it, you need to help of an expert (doctor) to get you on a journey of being prescription drug & UC free. Good luck & let me know if you have any further question. Mike

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