Written by James Waller:
I wanted to share my experience and success I’ve had this far with the Paleo diet, and how I’ve reduced the symptoms of my Crohn’s disease pretty much 100%. I really hope anyone reading this who currently has Crohn’s and has recently been diagnosed will see this as an inspiration and be encouraged to give the Paleo diet a try.
Firstly some background about me and my condition. My name is James Waller, I am 28 years old, and have had Crohn’s disease for 10 years. When I was first diagnosed I was put on Cemetedine and given the usual totally in-adequate advice of ‘just don’t eat anything that upsets you’. Well for the first few years I actually felt ‘OK’ like this, but as time went on and I kept unknowingly eating and doing things that were having a horrendous effect on my condition, and it started to flare up more often. I did contact my first specialist about 6 years ago, as I wanted a review of my condition and her advice on the phone was, ‘ so long as it settles down after a flare I don’t think you need to see me again’. So I carried on assuming this was fine.
About a year ago I asked to see a new specialist at a new hospital in London, as I felt I really should be seen. My new specialist was a leading expert in Crohn’s, and after tests he immediately prescribed new drugs and said that I urgently needed to get my disease under control. Basically over the ten years of having Crohn’s I had actually been really unwell with diarrhea everyday and some kind of intestinal pain, but I actually thought this was normal as it had been so long since I’d been healthy. I now started to take my condition seriously and experimented with a gluten free diet which improved my symptoms slightly, but I was still experiencing discomfort.
About 6 months ago I was prescribed a combination treatment of Azathrioprine and Infliximab for a fistula of the large and small intestine, just a lovely little complication of Crohn’s disease. I asked if I could have a month to consider the treatments as I wasn’t totally keen on it, although I really had no choice. It was in this period that I spoke to a friend who is training to become a doctor, and he mentioned he’d heard about a medical doctor in America who had cured herself of an auto-immune disease with a special diet.
A couple weeks later, at home, bored and on Youtube, a video about the Paleo diet popped up and after watching this I was fascinated; For the next week I was locked to my laptop finding out all I could about it. I immediately decided to give the auto-immune protocol a try, and after a few trials and errors to discover what I could and couldn’t tolerate, virtually ALL my symptoms of Crohn’s were gone!
Let me break that down for you,
Intestinal pain-100% gone
In other words I felt absolutely normal and well for the first time in 10 years, which was and is a miracle! For the last 4 months or so I’ve been experimenting on and off, but during the periods when I follow the diet, in the way that works for me, religiously, with no cheating whatsoever I feel 100% remission of all my symptoms. I can’t tell you what an amazing feeling this is to be free of a disease you’ve lived with for so long. I am not saying it’s easy by any means, or that I never make mistakes as I still I have a long way to go, but if you have Crohn’s I urge you to give this a try.
The next step for me will be to ask my specialist if I can stop Infliximab, and have some tests to see if the bio-markers show that the diet is keeping my disease under control. I know I’ll feel great as I’ve tried being Paleo before and after I started my current treatments, but if I can get some blood results to prove it, then that will really motivate me to follow the Paleo diet and lifestyle forever and hopefully one day achieve total clinical remission of Crohn’s.
Thanks to all the Paleo researchers for your work.