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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:18 pm    Post subject: Does diet really work? Reply with quote

Doctors say that diet won't help, but the book (really good book by the way) says a diet will bring remission.

I am wondering if there is anyone on here who has had success with the elimination diet.

If so, how long did it take to go into remission?

thanks :)
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, Yeast, Caesin, Soy, salad/raw veges and fruit
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hi there
welcome to our group

if you check out the 'Members Success Stories' area of the forum you will see what others have done diet wise to optimise their wellness with life with MC, and how long it took

the time frame for 'how long to get to remission' varies from person to person depending on their age, lifestyle habits(namely stress), if they have any other health issues, how long they have had symptoms issues.

hope this helps
Gabes Ryan

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Food Intolerances : gluten, dairy, tuna, chicken, oat, cashew, salmon
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely! I don't remember how long it took but for me it didn't take very long. I was lucky and only had symptoms for 8 weeks before I was diagnosed. I would never think of eating anything that contains gluten or dairy. It isn't easy, but it is so worth it. When I read on other sites how people say they gave into temptation, nothing tastes as good as staying out of the bathroom feels! Hang around here, ask questions and read the message boards and you'll put the pieces together. This is the best group ever to help you on the road to healing.
My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor and some style. - M. Angelou
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Food Intolerances : Gluten, casein, soy, and avenin, (avenin is the prolamin in oats, which is equivalent to the gluten in wheat), beef, grapes, peanuts, cashews, almonds, (but nut butters seem OK except for peanuts), citric acid, chocolate, and agar.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi CC,

Welcome to the forum. Here is why doctors deny that diet will control the symptoms of MC and other IBDs:

No one has ever published data in a prestigious medical journal from a double-blind, random controlled trial proving that diet works, and doctors require scientific proof before recommending a treatment (because the legal staff at their hospital advises them to stick with scientifically proven treatments in order to avoid lawsuits for them and the hospital or practice).

Drug companies pay for most treatment studies these days, and no drug company is going to pay for any study that proves that patients can control their symptoms without using expensive drugs. So the medical community will probably never do a study. That's why we created the Microscopic Colitis Foundation. If the organization can ever round up enough donations and grants to pay for a medically-approved trial, we can establish medical proof of concept so that doctors will have some valid data on which to base their treatment recommendations.

But the wheels of progress turn slowly in the medical world, so in the meantime we have to do the best we can without any help from doctors.

Again, welcome aboard, and please feel free to ask anything. And yes, I've been controlling my symptoms by diet alone for over 12 years. So have many others.


It is suspected that some of the hardest material known to science can be found in the skulls of GI specialists who insist that diet has nothing to do with the treatment of microscopic colitis.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi & Welcome to our group!

I started by eliminating gluten, dairy and soy in early 2012. I started experiencing improvements within a couple of months, but was still somewhat symptomatic after about a year, so then decided I would do the Enterolab testing for the 4 main triggers (gluten, dairy, soy and eggs) and also the test panel for the additional 11 most antigenic foods. I was fortunate that my results showed I was only sensitive to gluten and dairy. I continued eliminating gluten, dairy and also soy (by choice), and am happy to say I have been in remission for about 3-1/2 years.

In addition to eliminating my food sensitivities from my diet, I then made sure those ingredients weren't in hair care products (shampoos, etc.), soaps, lotions, oral health care products (toothpaste, mouthwash, etc.), make-up, and I also had to check my supplements.

I found that homemade bone broth helped with the healing process, and I continue to drink a couple of 8-oz. glasses each day (heated).

So, yes, it is absolutely possible to heal by diet changes.

You will find a lot of helpful information here, and a lot of very supportive people.

Again, welcome!


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi CC,
Welcome to our group!
For me diet is the only thing that helps. I was diagnosed in january 2011 and was on and off entocort. At first it helped, but later less and less and I was constantly not fit and ill. My doctor also told me in the beginning that diet shouldn't help, but he advised me two years ago to skip gluten for a while to see what happened. It was immediately clear that this helped and after two weeks I could stop entocort and never used it again. After some time it was clear that I couldn't tolerate dairy and soy. (I did the elimination diet 1 1/2 year ago for the most important triggers.) Since then my intestines are most of the times without problems, but I have osteoartritis and candida in my intestines. I'm trying to get rid of this problems with diet.
I did in spring a IgG antibodies bloodtest, that showed 45 causes for foodintolerances. One of the things that the test showed is that I'm extremely allergic for several fishes.
I eat mostly paleo and rice. Many of us do well with paleo. Some months ago I did the autoimmune paleo protocol and find some more triggers. I still have to reintroduce several foods. I get more and more control on my osteoartritis. Conclusion: on a diet for two years and making progress, although slowly.

Good luck, Sonja
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you for the replies. I will try out all the advice you gave me. This site is wonderful penguin
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2016 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi CC,

Yes...diet has and will be the only thing that keeps me living a better life than pre 2015. Without learning all the what fors here at this site I would not be in a better place than I am right now.

To Succeed you have to Believe in something with such a passion that it becomes a Reality - Anita Roddick
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