Written by: Justin Dimech
I have suffered from Crohn’s disease for five years, I was first diagnosed when I had to have an emergency resection. My colon was so infected that it ruptured. I was put on 50mg of Azathioprine as medication.
At the end of last year I started to have a severe flare (CRP, an inflammatory marker, was at 569, a normal level is <5), and was having bowel movements entirely of blood multiple times a day. I was then also put on 50mg of Prednisolone (Prednisone) and tapered to zero mg over 4 months. During this period I saw improvements, but when the Pred dropped to 10mg, my symptoms came back. I saw my specialist and he recommended that I increase my Azathioprine to 75mg a day. It was at this point that I stopped taking Pred and Azathioprine and looked for alternatives.
I started to take only Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN), and had been seeing good results; however there was still blood in my bowel movements, so I was still flaring. I started listening to Joe Rogan’s podcast and he kept mentioning your name, and how autoimmune diseases were a result of our diets (you really must have had an effect, he kept mentioning you some twenty podcasts later). So I decided to look into the Paleo Lifestyle and started to follow your autoimmune diet.
I can’t remember the last time I had a bowel movement without blood, it was amazing. I had been following your diet for 2 days and there was no more blood. This has been my first week on Paleo, my lifts have gone up, my thoughts are clearer and come to me easier and there has been no blood in my stools.
To be sure it was the change in diet and not anything else, I experimented. I ate a slice of bread and within thirty minutes, I was in pain and my next bowel movements were bloody, Paleo works, it was amazing. I had completely stopped hurting and there was no blood in my stools, all by changing what I ate.
I had seen numerous specialists, dieticians and nutritionists about my disease and they all told me to keep taking my meds and that diet was not related, even remotely. It’s easy to get frustrated at the doctors, when they keep spouting the same nonsense to me for five years. I just hope new sufferers learn about alternatives early.
I just wanted to let you know that you have changed my life and I really appreciate what you are doing.
Cheers from the Gold Coast, Australia