By: Charlie Barker
In 2008 I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis after a flare-up that left me very anaemic and lasted 4 months. I was prescribed steroids, which worked, and put on mesalazine long term. I thought it was all sorted, when I got another flare up about a year later. The consultant said this was quite normal and I got more steroids. However, this time, when I weened off them, the flare-up came back. More steroids, and they worked, but I came off them, the flare up came back. This went on for about a year, I was constantly on steroids. My shoulders and back were spotty, and I was tearing muscles at training. The consultant was getting concerned and gave me a big dose of steroids, and put me on Remicade, an immune suppressing drug that is reserved as a last option. This worked, and I got off steroids (a thumb tendon rupture was later blamed on steroids as well by the plastic surgeon) replaced by Remicade. This kind of worked, but I was still going to the toilet too much, and now I was very prone to rashes and tooth infections. As you can see none of this is a cure.
Then I got another flare up. At this time, a crossfit trainer called Kris told me to read ‘Lights Out’ by TS Wiley, The Paleo Solution by Robb Wolf and The Paleo Diet by Loren Cordain. He didn’t know I had colitis, but as I got through this reading it dawned on me that this approach could make a difference to my condition. I cut out everything that Robb Wolf suggested, legumes, grains, dairy, nuts, eggs, tomatoes… After 2 weeks, my toilet habits had calmed down. No pains, no blood. After one month, I was back to like I was when I was 15. Perfect. That was in August 2011. Since then I told a doctor that I didn’t need medication anymore. He said that it was my decision. I stopped Remicade and mesalazine instantly. 5 months later, I am fitter, stronger and healthier than I have ever been. The condition is effectively reversed. The Paleo diet has reversed a course that was going to end with my colon being removed, and it can for anyone else out who is willing to eat and sleep like we have evolved to do. I owe my health to TS Wiley, Robb Wolf and Loren Cordain. I can’t thank you enough.
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