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Crohn’s Disease Successfully Treated With the Paleolithic Ketogenic Diet

Crohn’s disease is a relatively common inflammatory disease of the intestines. It’s usually a lifelong disease of unknown cause, and it’s mainly treated by drugs that suppress the immune system, like cortisone. These drugs do not treat the cause of the disease, and thus they can’t cure it.

It’s likely that the cause of the disease is something in the environment, and being a disease of the intestines it would make a lot of sense if the cause was something in our food.

I’ve heard many cases where people started a strict low-carb diet, or a Paleo diet, and vastly improved the symptoms of their Crohn’s disease or, even more commonly, the similar disease ulcerative colitis.

Another case

A new case report was just published, about a 14-years-old boy with severe Crohn’s disease. Conventional drug therapy was not very successful. Together with his parents he decided to try a paleolithic ketogenic diet that mainly consisted of “animal fat, meat, offal and eggs”.

IJCRI: Crohn’s disease successfully treated with the paleolithic ketogenic diet

The result?

The patient was able to discontinue medication within two weeks. Currently he is on the diet for 15 months and is free of symptoms as well as side effects.

Comment

Obviously a single case report is not proof that this will work equally well for anyone else, much less for everyone. So this has to be interpreted with a lot of caution. In addition, the diet the patient went on sounds like it could be too hard to maintain for many people.

However this is another example of what I’ve heard many, many times before. People getting off the Standard American Diet (SAD) often report big improvements in diseases like Crohn’s or ulcerative colitis. And often with a less restrictive version of the paleolithic ketogenic diet.

It seems highly likely that something in our food actually causes these diseases. And if we stop eating that, the diseases can be cured.

It’s also worth mentioning that neither a ketogenic low-carb diet, nor a Paleo diet, has anything like the side effects or risks of immunosuppressive drugs. And if there is a positive effect it often seems to be noticeable within weeks. So why not try it?

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7 Comments

  1. Paul DTS
    I have had Ulcerative Colitis for near 19 year... the prescribed medication was never very effective in my case, so for last 10-11 years I have controlled my condition by diet alone... took a long time to finely tweak my diet, although the odd minor symptom or two...

    But then in March 2016, I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, so commenced the LCHF lifestyle, I reversed it, lost weight, lowered my Blood Pressure, but the symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis have increased as I try to fine tune my diet once again...

  2. Warren
    Paleo AIP keeps my UC in remission. While not necessarily LCHF, as long as you don't gorge on fruit and sweet potatoes it's pretty low carb.
  3. Tracey Slingerland Sydney Australia
    Hi there. I live in Australia and my 20 year old son has suffered debilitating Crohns Disease and Ulcerative Colitis since early childhood. From the age of 2, he was NEVER ONCE without mouth ulcers which caused no end of pain when eating and drinking. Bowel exams also showed the ulcers to extend the whole way through his intestines. Four years ago, my mother died of the same condition which started me on a relentless quest to "find a fix". I came across an article which dictated on the perils of sugars and processed foods for bowel disease sufferers, so my quest intensified. I discovered all the pros for a ketogenic or LCHF diet and thought we should give it a go as nothing else had worked for at least 16 years. To my great joy the whole family (5 of us in total), decided to change the habits of the entire household and support my sons new way of eating. To my absolute delight my son was ulcer free within 10 days. His joints no longer ached and the constant nagging bowel pain was completely gone. An extension of this is that my husband and I have lost weight, myself losing 24kg. We will never look back at our old diet, except with horror at what we did to our bodies for so many years. To anyone with bowel issues of any kind....LCHF is the only way to heal and prevent it.
  4. Maureen TYLER
    Hi...i feel i must let people know about the astonishing effects of Aloe vera
    4 years ago,my brother was diagnosed as having a severe ulcerative collitus. we were all so worried..he went from a very healthy weight to looking like a belsen victim.He looked as though he was dieing..he was not eating and doubling up with pain.he ould only walk a few steps.
    He is special learning needs and unable to take painkillers.At diagnosis he was told to have steroids and other medication.
    We were all so worried as my brother was so ill.The medication was supposed to be put on his tounge.He wouldnt or couldnt take it.We couldnt give him the medication.
    I then told my mum to try Aloe Vera from the local health shop..1000mg.

    I also put healing crystals in the room..rose quartz.
    Clear Crystal and Amethyst . The Doctor told us that he didnt think aloe vera would have any affect.My Mum put my brother on Aloe Vera ..to our very great relief my brother started getting better.My Mum put the aloe vera in a drink ..my brother took it.With in days my brother started eating and drinking normally.that was 4 years ago..he has never had a relapse and now eats and drinks normaly..his weight is fine.We have now stoped the aloe vera as he is fine.My Mum takes it occasionaly for IBS as it really helps.i truly hope this helps some body else.
    Mo
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  5. James Wilkinson
    I have been on low carbohydrate diet for several years. I haven't had dramatic weight loss but slow and steady. Biggest difference is irritable bowel has disappeared. It reoccurs if I fall off the wagon; like at Christmas when there is too much carbohydrate temptation.
  6. Frank Linnhoff
    Dr. Wolfgang Lutz from Salzburg in Austria had already treated Crohns Disease and ulcerative colitis since 1958 with very great success by a low carb-high fat diet.
  7. CJ
    Been on low-carb, zero grains to control my Crohn's for ~9 years now. My blood values are normal, my fecal calprotectin is normal, and I've been asymptomatic sometimes for years at a stretch. Gottschall was right, but a diet without vegetable matter is what works best for me

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