Can Relief be found for sufferers of Ulcerative Colitis?

Pills pouring from a medication bottle

My younger Brother was diagnosed with Chronic Ulcerative Colitis many years ago, and at the time I was suffering from Crohn’s disease for many years. Too my amazement and relief, through my younger Brother’s research, he discovered a breakthrough for both him and myself. It was the medicine that was prescribed by our Doctors. The medicine was entitled Sulfasalazine.

Sulfasalazine is used to treat a certain type of bowel disease called ulcerative colitis. This medication does not cure our conditions, but it helps decrease symptoms such as fever, stomach pain, diarrhea, and rectal bleeding. After an attack is treated, sulfasalazine is also used to increase the amount of time between attacks. This medication works by reducing irritation and swelling in the large intestines. He also found that Sulfalazine depletes Vitamin K.

Vitamin K is important to protecting your heart, preventing osteoporosis, preventing cancer, reducing risk of Alzheimer’s disease, improve insulin sensitivity, reduce bruising, and may have antioxidant properties. My Younger Brother found that when taking Aloe by caplets or by juice form, this helped replenish his Vitamin K.  So with all of that happening, you see why I feel moved to assist my younger brother, however even if he didn’t do this, I would still be driven to assist.

Why would Doctors suggest a drug that depletes the very substance one needs to find balance and healing? Maybe due to doctors still operating on giving the body a jolt in order for the natural healing process to kick in, much like jump starting a car. For those who have been through the medical system, you know what this is like.

My younger brother was recently looking up alternative forms of treatments and found some things however this advice did not seem to help him. I went on the hunt and found some valuable information that I passed on to him.

To begin to handle your ulcerative colitis symptoms, one should eliminate refined carbohydrates (Refined sugar) in your diet. Refined sugars can cause a couple of major problems. First, Refined sugar can create an abnormally high pH problem (too acidic) in the lower bowel. This disrupts the normal bacterial flora in the colon and can be a reason for chronic diarrhea. Secondly, Refined sugar helps feed certain forms of bacteria and yeast-like fungi like Candida, which can cause systemic infections.

In some cases, ulcerative colitis has been related to allergic reactions to certain foods. Corn, wheat, and milk products seem to be the most common culprits. Elimination of these foods at the beginning of treatment may be required.

Gradually institute a high-complex carbohydrate, high-fiber diet. Include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains (excluding wheat and corn initially because they are potential allergens).

Due to the chronic diarrhea and malabsorption issues that stem from ulcerative colitis, most people suffering from this inflammatory bowel disease will quickly become deficient in vitamins and minerals. A high dosage multi-mineral and vitamin—one offering four or five times the RDA of most nutrients—should be taken. Extra vitamin C should also be taken, but not in quantities that could further irritate the lower bowel. Exact amounts need to be determined on an individual basis.

Increase your intake of omega-3 oils, such as those found in fish and flaxseed oil, as they have been shown to help reduce the inflammatory process.  One and two tablespoons of flaxseed oil daily is recommended.

For long-standing cases of ulcerative colitis, I would suggest trying a predigested protein powder to correct any amino acid deficiency. You can find these powders at practically any health food store. About 15 grams (that’s a little over one-half an ounce) three times daily, is recommended.

Two natural substances, aloe vera gel liquid and liquid chlorophyll, have been shown to be quite effective in speeding the healing of ulcerative colitis. When considering aloe vera gel, look for “whole” aloe vera gel, not products with aloe juice in them. You should be able to find products like this in most health food stores. Taking about 2 ounces, six to eight times a day, on an empty stomach is suggested. Staying with this regimen for several weeks, even if your ulcerative colitis symptoms stop before then, is recommended. To make the aloe vera even more effective, adding a teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll every time you take the aloe vera is recommended. These products are available in most health food stores.

Enemas of butyric acid have been successfully used. Butyric acid is naturally produced by cells in the colon through the fermentation of fiber, and is the main source of energy for the cells lining the large intestine. German studies have repeatedly shown that butyric acid enemas can reduce diarrhea, inflammation, and the discharge of blood in ulcerative colitis. Butyric acid is generally only available through doctors. Butyric acid enemas need to be administrated for two weeks. This is the time period used in the German studies, and should be adequate to restore a balance in the colon.

Many of the treatments for ulcerative colitis, natural and pharmaceutical, address the problem of irritation to the bowel, but few are geared toward re-establishing the beneficial bacteria in the bowel. Remarkable turn-arounds in those suffering from the inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, are found by using retention enemas containing only 1) lukewarm water, 2) yogurt with active live cultures, and 3) pulverized lactic acid yeast tablets.

To make the enema solution, you can mix one quart of lukewarm (not hot), distilled or filtered water (not chlorinated tap water) with eight ounces of room temperature plain yogurt and 6 to 8 pulverized tablets of lactic acid yeast. Using half the solution as an enema and retain the fluid as long as possible, then repeat with the rest of the solution.

This procedure can be repeated two or three times a week for a month, if necessary. Normally, you’ll get some relief from your ulcerative colitis symptoms after the first or second treatments.

Bromelain is a protolytic enzyme (one that breaks down proteins) with strong anti-inflammatory benefits that can help calm the lower bowel. It has also been shown to be effective at preventing the attachment of the bacteriaEscherichia coli and the infection that often follows. Simply taking a couple of bromelain tablets with each meal will help resolve ulcerative colitis symptoms.

There are dozens of different brands of bromelain available at health food stores, but determining their strength is difficult because of the way they are labeled. Start with a couple of tablets with each meal and adjust that dosage depending on your ulcerative colitis symptoms. It is reported that you should begin to see results within a week.

Researchers at the Chandigarh Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research have discovered that eating regular doses of Manuka honey can help in cases of irritable bowel syndrome and ulcerative colitis. They induced the digestive ailments in experimental rats, then fed the animals Manuka honey. At examination, the rats that received the honey showed greatly reduced levels of inflammation in the bowel, and improved values for cell changes and antioxidant levels.

The dose used in the studies was 5 grams per kilogram of body weight daily. (The rats didn’t weigh a kilogram, though.) For a 100-pound person this would work out to about half a pound of Manuka honey a day, obviously a huge (and costly) amount for a person to be consuming regularly. I would suggest starting with a much smaller amount, a teaspoon a day, to see what effect the honey has on your ulcerative colitis symptoms. You can increase the amount if needed.

Make the switch to distilled water. Eliminating the chlorine and other irritants found in most public drinking water can sometimes benefit those with the inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis.

I hope that this information will help you find the pathway to relief!

Majority of this information was taken from Doctor David Williams website. Check out his site soon. Lots of great information is there.

Thank you for reading!

Neil Saint Angeland