“Not a pill in sight and happy”

Before and after

Before and after

Can you eat yourself free from the common digestive disease ulcerative colitis? Recently another reader – Bella – told her story about how she set herself free from her digestive disease.

Many people felt the story resonated with them, and one of them is Hanna. Here’s her story about how she went from “fat, pill-popping and not enjoying life” – picture to the left – to leaner, healthier and happier. Just like Bella:

The Email

Hi Andreas!

I read your post about Bella and her story about ulcerative colitis. I have a similar condition.

I too have been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I was about 8-9 years old when they realized that I had the chronic bowel disease ulcerative colitis. By that time I had lived with a problematic digestion and gone in for exams for the major part of my life. From the age of 9, I was on medication at least 3 times per day. Among others Asacol and Pentasa. The dose was increased during relapses, and went back to 3 times per day when I felt “good”.

I had to stay home quite a lot from school, and later work, because of my digestive problems. I simply couldn’t trust that I would manage an entire day. If we went somewhere I had to know where to find the closest restroom. I never knew what my digestive system would decide to do. Food was a constant problem, and most foods made me sick. If things were stressful I got sick, being together with people – sick, being alone – sick etc.

Two years ago I went to a dietitian in the town where I lived at the time. As a student my weight escalated and my digestive system went crazy each and every day. I was in a downward spiral – the only thing I wanted made me sick. He recommended low-fat products and some more exercise. I almost threw up on him. I wanted to know what to eat to feel good, and I already knew I had to lose weight. During this year I also had two cysts on my ovaries removed  – both the size of tennis balls… During the second surgery I received blood-thinning medication a couple of times per hour. I still hadn’t lost weight, despite following the dietitians advice.

It was at that time I felt I had had enough. I started an LCHF diet in January 2013. Today’s date is May 9th, 2014, and I have lost 60 lbs/27 kg. But that’s not all. I haven’t taken a single tablet of my medications since February 2013! My relapses during this past year can be counted on the fingers of one hand. I feel great.

I’m enclosing two pictures:

Outdoors – fat, pill-popping and not enjoying life
Indoors – 60 lbs/27 kg lighter, not a pill in sight and happy

Thank you LCHF for letting me live my life to the fullest!

And thank you for your website and blog. It has been a great tool during this journey!



Congratulations, Hanna!

Let’s hope that more health care professionals open their eyes for the possibility of a diet change. Medications and surgery aren’t everything. They have their place, but with chronic diseases like UC they don’t remove the underlying cause. They’re only suppressing the symptoms.

As I said before, there is no certain scientific proof that a dietary change may alleviate symptoms of ulcerative colitis. There aren’t any good studies. But the stories from people who have succeeded are increasing in numbers.

Unfortunately, almost all scientific studies on drug treatment of similar conditions are still funded by pharmaceutical companies. Their nightmare is that patients start to eat themselves well and no longer need medication with expensive pills every day for the rest of their lives. Pharmaceutical companies will never pay for studies, from which they only have a lot to lose.

What about government funded studies? Well, hopefully there will be more of them when more people open their eyes to the possibilities.

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if the pharmaceutical industry made less money in the future? This is what will happen if more people eat themselves well on their own. Like Bella and Hanna did.


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  1. tony
    "What about government funded studies?" That's not going to happen in USA. Unfortunately Big Pharma bribes and controls the government.

    Our success is the only weapon we have. The word is spreading.

  2. Dave
    Amazing story. I'd love to know how and when Hannah decided that she was not going to take her meds. She started LCHF diet in Jan and quit her meds one month later but how did she know this was the right thing to do? Was she worried about the risk of quitting her meds?
    Reply: #4
  3. François
    Of course, there is always a risk for not taking those meds. On the other hand, there is a significant risk to take them. In the US where I live, pharmaceutical companies are allowed to run ads on whatever product they want to sell and get the patients asking directly for them (unlike Canada where it is forbidden, thank God).

    Most of the ads target either a symptom (heartburn with an idiot redneck explaining that since he takes his prilosec everyday, he can eat all the crap he wants with no pain) or a disease - rhumatoid arthritis or inflammatory bowel disease, with immune system modulators.that have so many side effects it is scary, from activating tuberculosis to diabetes, from cancer to myocardial infarct to hepatitis. The ads show pictures of people looking healthy and doing normal things while off camera, a voice narrates all the complications, thus making patients aware of those complications and reducing the odds of anyone winning a legal battle with the company. "We told you so".

    I fully agree with doc Eenfeldt that the chances of seeing a pharmaceutical company doing a study on the effects of diet on immune disease are pretty slim. And if they do, I fear they will make sure the protocol is faulty to "prove" LCHF doesn't work.

    I hope she had a physician to support her in her venture, but I doubt it. Very few physicians are open-minded enough to risk stopping medication. Usually, they push even more. So how did she do it? My guess is that she followed her symptoms: no pain, no diarrhea, no bloody stools and weight loss. It's a shame no health professional was there to support her.

    As Tony stated: "our success is the only weapon we have". For now. For those who may want to try what she did, there is online a list of more open-minded paleo-docs.

  4. Galina L.
    I believe she took her medications in order to manage symptoms of her condition and feel better, not in order to get healed, she didn't risk a seizure or some catastrophic event when medication was not taken, but rather trip to a bathroom and a GI distress, all that was very unpleasant but not really dangerous.
  5. Paul the rat
    Imperium strikes back. (considering that Australia is a powerhouse in wheat production)
    Reply: #7
  6. Galina L.
    "Prof Gibson said those needlessly avoiding gluten were risking their nutrition, a range of mental health problems, eating too much sugar and facing an unnecessary economic burden."- may be it could be a fair assessment of the consequences of a gluten-free diet for the people who are trying to eat the same diet as before but in a gluten-free form.
    Even the professor of gastroenterology in his gluten-defensing speech suggestes that too much of carbohydrates leads to GI issues."While many people have been able to overcome bloating and other gut issues by cutting down on wheat, Prof Gibson said the benefit had more to do with reducing carbohydrates than gluten".
    I would be upset if I were a bread/pasta-industry representative.
  7. murray
    It seems to be a coordinated strike in the media:

    Any article or expert who claims that avoiding gluten is a baseless "fad" is not credible without discussing the findings of Dr. Alessio Fasano on how gluten stimulates zonulin which causes gut permeability. Clinical experience plainly shows many people who are not celiac get excessive gut permeability from gluten with myriad downstream effects. What remains a mystery to me is why it does not affect all people this way, so further research is obviously necessary. The critics seek to end inquiry because, it seems, they do not like what the research is showing so far.

    Reply: #8
  8. Galina L.
    Here is the PBS program sponsored by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield (a health insurance company) "the Second opinion" , and here is the link to the show on the topic of celiac disease, the very interesting quotes are there after the minute 23.
    http://secondopinion-tv.org/episode/celiac-disease, especially that one:

    "The problem is - gluten is hard to digest, everybody would feel better on a GF diet".

    I think people are fine as a population mixing into their life-style not very healthy practices, we are not evolved to live in a perfect environment. We are fine until the level of unhealthy practices have reached some tipping point.
    Many people would feel better without eating gluten, but many don't suffer much eating it, they enjoy benefits of eating gluten (social and culinary ones) way more than they are bothered by their stomach issues, others grew-up and have been living their lives with their GI tract ready to act-up, it became their norm.
    My son controls his eczema by not eating gluten, he never complained before that on any GI symptoms after eating bread or pasta . He sometimes complains now how socially inconvenient his diet is , and his main consolation on a social front - on a GF diet drinking alcohol doesn't cause him an eczema flares any longer, and not drinking any alcohol is also socially awkward and alcohol consumption is not healthy at all. Humans are social creatures , and social and life-style benefits often outweigh health reasons.

  9. Paul the rat
    The easiest way to detect a toxic agent is to expose to it the subjects who are most susceptible to it. (canary in a coal-mine)

    Curr Diab Rep. 2014 Aug;14(8):517. doi: 10.1007/s11892-014-0517-x.
    Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease: clinical overlap and new insights into disease pathogenesis.
    Cohn A1, Sofia AM, Kupfer SS.
    Author information

    Type 1 diabetes (T1D) and celiac disease (CD) are autoimmune diseases with clinical and pathogenic overlap. The mean prevalence of CD in patients with T1D is about 8 %. Classic intestinal symptoms of CD may not be present in T1D leading to the recommendation for active case finding in this higher risk group. Screening is done with sensitive and specific serologies including tissue transglutaminase (tTG) IgA and deaminated gliadin peptide (DGP) IgA and IgG. Positive serologies are confirmed by the presence of villous atrophy and increased intraepithelial lymphocytes on duodenal biopsy. A strict gluten free diet is recommended, although this can pose challenges for T1D patients who already have dietary restrictions. In aggregate, it appears as if the gluten free diet may help T1D management. T1D and CD have overlapping genetic and environmental risk factors. Among these, non-HLA genetic factors and the gut microbiome are among recent developments that will be discussed in this review.
    PMID: 24952108 [PubMed - in process]

  10. Galina L.
    The amount of the people with allergies grow in our populations, not only the people with D1 get more numerous. May be thous who have intestines tight into a knot after eating bread аre lucky in a way - they receive the feed-back immediately. I rarely experience a GI distress if I stay away from half-cooked broccoli and a raw potato starch , but I have several autoimmune conditions.
  11. Alain
    Here another one:


    It must be a coordinated effort to block people from leaving the grain bandwagon.

    If this happens, then the junk food industry will collapse and pharmaceutical industries will follow.

  12. Annieb
    Congratulations Hanna! I love reading success stories and find them inspirational. I am 5 weeks into my LcHF weight loss journey . I was inspired by my brothers weight loss and was directed to this site . I feel so much better already and my clothes are all looser !
    So well done Hanna again , you look great keep it up !
  13. Jon Xavier
    She doesn't look 60lbs lighter, but definitely lighter and a lot better.
    Reply: #14
  14. Pat
    Hanna does look lighter by the amount given. Look at her breasts, her thighs, her arms, her torso. She has lost the weight all over. She has trimmed down beautifully.

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