“LCHF Has Set Me Free”

Before and after

Before and after

Can you eat yourself free from a severe inflammatory bowel disease, that could otherwise lead to the need for a bowel resection, resulting in a life with a colostomy?

Nobody knows for sure yet – there are no studies. But more and more stories point in the same direction as Bella’s.

Here’s an email I received recently:

Hi!

You may call me Bella, and I’m 24 happy years young!

During the winter, in my third high-school year, I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease, which makes the body “reject” the colon. One could liken it to having a relapsing cold sore on the inside of parts, or the entire, intestinal wall. In the beginning there wasn’t much in the way of symptoms. Two years later I suffered a relapse that ended in a week at the hospital, where doctors were just hours from removing the entire colon and replacing it with an ostomy pouch.

After years of Remicade and Humira, I met a co-worker at my summer job, who told me about the stone age, gluten and an LCHF/paleo diet. I’ve experimented with changing my diet in the past and I had no faith that this would help me, but after allergic reactions from Humiran they wanted to put me on Imurel (a chemotherapy drug), so I thought that “I had nothing to lose except my bowel and you can do without it”. I compared a life without a colon to a life where I had to undergo testing at the hospital every week, endure a lot of side effects and being banned from sun bathing.

I asked to go off Humira and instead wait before starting taking Remicade and Imurel until I started to experience symptoms. My doctor was an angel and agreed to let me go without for a while, as long as I had blood and stool testing done every four weeks.

Changing eating habits is difficult and takes time, but I embraced LCHF with all my heart (and my gut). After 6 months, when it was assumed that all pharmaceutical effect from the drugs had run out, I went in for a check-up with my doctor, who was surprised. He thought that I should “continue whatever I was doing” and continue to get tested regularly. After another 6 months I didn’t have to test as often and three weeks ago I had another follow-up visit. My doctor just wanted to inform me that I now didn’t have to do any more testing as long as I promised to let him know if I feel sick. I’ve now been free as a bird for 1 year and 9 months.

Others claim that diet has no impact and that the disease goes into relapse, making it quite possible to get sick again at any time. But if I cheat every day for four days with gluten in particular, I come down with symptoms right away! LCHF makes me free!

Commentary

Bowel diseases as ulcerative colitis may come and go in relapses, and the story above could be a coincidence. But I hear similar stories – particularly regarding ulcerative colitis and sometimes even Chron’s disease – so often that I’m convinced that this is not a coincidence.

Something in the modern diet – perhaps gluten, perhaps something else (an overload of omega-6?) – has caused the enormous increase in similar diseases we have seen in recent decades. And those who stop eating modern food may often get well, like Bella.

More

LCHF for Beginners

New Study: Is Today’s Wheat Bad for You?

LCHF and Common Digestive Issues (“IBS”)

PS

Do you have a success story you want to share on this blog? Send it (photos appreciated) to andreas@dietdoctor.com, and please let me know if it’s OK to publish your photo and name or if you’d rather remain anonymous.

8 comments

  1. Lia
    Hello! I have ulcerative colitis since 10 years now. Even tho in my case the medication made me feel fine, without having strong symptoms, I didnt feel perfectly. My mom told me about this diet and I was very skeptical about it. But then I gave it a chance and I started feeling so well!!! I didnt feel swollen anymore and never ever got bowel pain again. I love LCHF and I recommend this diet to everyone, but specially to people who has digestive diseases. You will start feeling better since the first day!
  2. murray
    It is a blessing that you learned the health advantage of LCHF at a young age, before developing problems in other respects.
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  4. Marijke
    It is not just the gluten. When people eat a diet rich in carbohydrates, lots of carbohydrate loving bacteria - and also candida, yeasts and parasites - will start growing in their gut. It is the so called 'bad gut flora' that lives on carbohydrates. In sensitive people this leads to inflammation of the gut wall. When you stop feeding them with sugars, they die off, good bacteria take over and life gets a lot better. I know because I did just that with the GAPS diet followed by LCHF.
  5. dobrin
    I have UC, with entire colon affected, now im in remission and i wonder if i could start LCHF diet and to stop my Salofalk. Someone tried it yet??
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  7. Cathy
    How can I get hold off this dieet my email address is saundersoncathy918@Gmail.com. My daughter have ulcerative kolittis
  8. Paul DTS
    I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis about 20 years ago. About 10 years ago I had to stop taking my medication, for the simple fact that they did not work. So I had to manage on diet alone, which took time to adjust. Then at the beginning of 2016 I was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, and since discovering this site, it is the best it has ever been. The LCHF diet works for me.
  9. Bernt
    Hi,

    I have a very similar story. Got diagnosed with UC at 18 after loosing about 30kg.. was down to 47kg and I am 190cm... Luckily I responded very well to prednisone..

    However, I was on zalozyparin and with frequent cortisone and hospitlisation. 9 years after I met my wife whom introduced me to LCHF. I have stopped taking medication, and I am now only sick once a year when we visit my mum for xmas.. :-)

    Worst thing was a regular check up at the hospital a couple of years later. I told the doctor I was no longer sick. I told them I was on LCHF. I was then told that they knew LCHF would remove the symptoms, but they couldn't ask ppl to change diet.. WTF

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