Category Archives: Blog: IBD

Defy Autoimmune Psoriasis: Green Tea, Black Tea, Lemon Juice Antioxidant

SUMMARY:  Plenty of studies find anti-inflammatory effects of dietary antioxidants such as green tea for chronic disease.  Even in IBD patients, who have a very messed up microbiome (a finding of the American Gut data), the  benefits of antioxidant therapy is well documented (see below studies).  Read here about a simple EASY N=1 hack for one IBD patient that shut down a mild psoriasis skin flare that began two years ago.  They flared psoriasis, but not the autoimmune IBD, eating strict healing diet Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) probably due to a gluten/sugar airborne exposure.  The hack that worked for stopping psoriasis: Green Tea, Black Tea with Lemon Juice antioxidant blend!  I share their recipe here!   It is simple enough that you may want to add it to your immune calming anti-inflammatory arsenal too!  Make sure to see below for why it is important to NOT drink Green Tea for antioxidant benefit along with Iron.  

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Microbiome, Emulsifiers, IBD & Metabolic Syndrome

SUMMARY: Don’t be duped into believing diet has nothing to do with your disease, or in preventing disease.  When the researchers themselves rethink and change up their own diet to eliminate the ubiquitous food additive emulsifiers because their research is finding serious adverse impact on the gut lining, I want everyone to rethink their emulsifier intake too, for your gut’s health.  Meet here, Dr. Andrew Gewirtz  and learn about his important work on Microbiome, Emulsifiers, and their association with IBD and Metabolic Syndrome (defined by NIH as having three or more of these factors or you take drugs to control them:  High triglyceride level, reduced high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, increased blood pressure, elevated fasting blood sugar, & large waist circumference.  How concerned should you be about chowing down emulsifiers?  Their connection to gut inflammation and microbiome skew at the mucosal level caused Dr. Gewirtz to eliminate such from his and his family’s diet.  One tenet of the healing diets — eliminate processed foods — results in the elimination of emulsifiers. Perhaps it is time to reconsider your emulsifier intake too.

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Finally, an IBD microbiome drug goes to clinical trial

Summary:  Seres Therapeutics began its Phase 1b placebo controlled clinical trial on Dec 14, 2015, for SER-287, which is the first drug aimed at the microbiome for a non-infectious, chronic condition, ulcerative colitis (UC).  This is the first IBD microbiome drug that actually targets the constituents of the microbiome. This approach treats chronic disease without suppressing  the body’s immune response. Instead, specific strains of bacteria are introduced that re-balance the billions of different types of bacteria that are in the digestive tract, which then increases immunity and manages the disease.  Instead of being immunosuppressive, this treatment targets the root cause of UC  which is gut dysbiosis, increasing immunity. SER-287 clinical trial is currently recruiting participants if you are interested; contact information is below.

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Do microbiomes on drugs look healthy? Biologics & PPI

Summary:  I’ve wondered literally for years now, ever since I first learned of the microbiome, do microbiomes on drugs look healthy?  I call it the “drugged microbiome,” and I (foolishly perhaps) expect the drugged microbiome to look like a “healthy microbiome”  since this is where 80 to 85% of our immune status resides.  We already know that ~60 drugs are known to be affected by the microbiome  though researchers suspect the real number is much higher.  My question turns this on it’s head and asks, 

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SCD thoughts given DrOz 3 Day Cleanse, Microbiome

SUMMARY:  Finally! A peek into our trillions of innards on a 3 day fruit and vegetable blitz!  Spoiler alert:  There is NOT much impact 10 days after stopping that 3 day cleanse, microbiome resulting from healing diet tenets persist!  

And that, I think, is the lesson to be learned for the healing diets such as SCD, GAPS, PALEO, AIP, WAHLs, to name a few.  Realize, the tenets of these healing diets are for everyone if you want to prevent chronic disease, not just those with chronic disease.  These protocols increase vegetables and fruits beyond what the normal Standard American Diet (SAD) yokel is consuming and adds in healthy fats so fat soluble vitamins are actually absorbed.  This is done concomitant with ditching processed foods,  including processed sugars, and other inflammatory foods.  How powerful are these tenets?  They are healing and inducing remission in messed up impoverished gut microbiomes, and some of those folks are only 80% compliant with the diet!  Nuff said.  Shouldn’t you know what these tenets are?

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50 IBD SCD remission patients: RUSH paper

SUMMARY:  In August, 2015, RUSH University published  their study of 50 IBD Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) remission patients: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet for Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Case Series. This is the largest report on a series of patients with IBD following the SCD to date and describes their clinical characteristics.  50 patients in remission eating SCD case series are reported which comprise: 36 subjects had Crohn’s Disease, 9 subjects had Ulcerative Colitis, and 5 subjects had in-determinant IBD.  

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Home test finds gut inflammation before relapse (3 months prior)

SUMMARY:  Imagine a home test differentiating between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and autoimmune Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)! The time is nearing…  IBdoc is a cheap easy to use home test that measures gut inflammation and presently is used in Europe.  It is still 2 to 3 years away from FDA approval in the US, but clinical trial recruitment has begun; make the call and participate (see below for details.) The device finds gut inflammation before relapse or flare: actually 3 months ahead of IBD relapse giving you (and your physician) time to address such.  The device hopefully too will be found capable of differentiating between IBD versus IBS.  Update: tweeted from 11th Congress of ECCO March 16-19, 2016 presentation: fecal calprotectin rises 4 months before flares. 

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Preserve & Restore Loss of Microbiome Diversity is Aggressive Preventative Medicine

SUMMARY:  Aggressive Preventative Medicine means preserving the microbiome you have and restoring any loss incurred.  See how far that thought goes with your doctor!  Diet really does work to alter the microbiome and can help to restore loss of microbiome; for example, fermented kimchi actually positively impacted metabolic syndrome factors including systolic and diastolic blood pressures, percent body fat, fasting glucose, and total cholesterol.  

⇒⇒  This post teaches how to reduce the loss of microbiome diversity and restore such – crowding out concept.

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Nice, SCD increased F. prausnitzii… hugh?!?

SUMMARY:  This post is a followup to the post, IBD CROHN’S: SCD INCREASED MICROBIOME DIVERSITY BUT LOW RESIDUAL DIET REDUCED DIVERSITY.   It discusses the significance of the finding that SCD increased F. prausnitzii within the microbiome for Crohn’s patients eating SCD.  I’d suspect however, that similar results occur even for non-Crohn’s SCD consumers,which would be a good thing.  For details of the microbiome changes due to SCD, such as the microbial diversity increased to include 134 bacteria belonging to 32 different classes (Figure 8), the bacterial families over represented in the increase in SCD included over 20 species of the non-pathogenic clostridia family…  read the post  IBD CROHN’S: SCD INCREASED MICROBIOME DIVERSITY BUT LOW RESIDUAL DIET REDUCED DIVERSITY.

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IBD CAM, LDN, probiotics, SCD… & Integrative Medicine benefits gut health

SUMMARY:   IBD CAM “Probiotics, Special Diets [SCD], and Complementary Therapies:  We Know Patients Want Them, So What Do We Tell Them? was presented at the Dec. 2014  Advances in IBD conference, by Dr. Sandra Kim, MD, who noted, “SO CERTAINLY THERE IS SOME PROMISE IN AT LEAST THINKING ABOUT THIS.”  Now that’s a first!!!  At least one conventional doctor is encouraging her peers to  seriously educate themselves about IBD CAM, LDN, probiotics, SCD… and  Integrative  Medicine and to ask their patients if they are interested in them, using them and if so, what do they use, and to actively seek funding for further study of them!  And… Dr. Kim has disclosure of conflicting interests — Speaker: Nestle NutritionAbbott Laboratories and Consultant: AbbVie Pharmaceuticals!

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