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Helping Crohn’s and P
I read your site every now and again because my husband has P as
well as Crohn’s disease. He
first exhibited symptoms of these diseases after getting sick in Panama
while he was in the army, at age 26 or so. Anyway — I'm the one who goes online so I'm writing you
about his experiences with diet and autoimmune.
was officially diagnosed with Crohn’s about a year ago and I have since
discovered that people usually have more than one autoimmune problem.
My husband had never tried much medication to deal with the P — a
few creams, etc. He had a
relatively mild case, but thick P on his scalp, some on his elbows and
knees, and, most distressing,
increasing areas across his cheeks and nose.
were more concerned about the Crohn’s, and I thought he might find
improvement by going on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet suggested by E.
Gottschall in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle.
As you might guess, the diet eliminates complex processed
carbohydrates and advocates eating a lot of yogurt — kind of like Atkins
but with more fruit/legume choices. So,
he's been eating this way for about a year.
The doctor told him diet has nothing to do with Crohn’s or P.
The doc also prescribed some seriously expensive anti-inflammatory
drug. He took it for 3 months
then stopped when the prescription ran out.
are the results:
has not had a Crohn’s episode (which is cramping and bloody diarrhea —
he'd love to know I'm telling everyone about this, ha ha) since going on
this diet, except once when he was cheating and eating a lot of pizza. But, more interesting for you guys, his scalp psoriasis has
used to rub baby oil into his scalp every night for years, and I'd comb it
for 20 minutes to get most of the flakes off so that the next morning when
he'd shower it would be presentable enough for work.
The patches of P on his nose are completely gone.
The P in his eyebrows is completely gone.
The only place on his face with P is one cheek lesion, reduced to
the size of a nickel. It is only red and never flakes, but it is there.
He still has P on his elbows, but it's greatly reduced.
My feeling is that if he were extremely strict with the diet, he'd
be completely clear, but he does pig out on "bad" food every
couple of weeks.
know this is anecdotal evidence and my husband has a relatively mild case
of P. But, I would highly
recommend flakers at least try a diet that eliminates most
sugar/wheat/yeast and limits fruit and juice.
It's not that bad. There
are so many low carb products on the market now that you can order candy
and bread, etc. made from other sources.
He mainly eats as much meat and fat as he wants, dairy, nuts,
vegetables, most fruits, yogurt, low carb breads/cakes/sweets, and some
legumes. And once in a while
he goes nuts and eats all the other stuff for a day.
really happy with the results. He
doesn't do much supplement stuff. I
used to spend a lot of money on vitamins/oils/etc. but I've found the
organic yogurt (Stonyfield full-fat with added berries and Splenda sweetener)
is better than all the expensive things he was taking.
So, he takes a multi-vitamin and fish oil every day.
And he tries to get at least 15 mins a day sun on his face.
A few sacrifices for clearer skin and no diarrhea.
It's worth a shot.
sorry it's long. I just
wanted to tell his story and thank you for your site.
It's great. -Indira S. "Wife of a NYC Flake"
Response: It’s for us to
thank YOU, Indira. You have
provided a glimmer of hope that eating our way to better skin may NOT be
the torturous practice so many of the diets seem to be.
get so ANGRY at doctors who claim anything is categorically not associated
with P. In this case, diet.
You know, it’s these doctors who are gullible!
They have been brainwashed into thinking an unproven thing is
untrue. Bad logic!
Simple minds! And we
let these people poke and prod us? Cut, sew and staple us?
Force things into our veins and down our throats?
swear, not only will I walk out on the next doctor who categorically
denies anything, I think I’ll punch him in the eye on my way out.