Colitis and Crohn's inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) are debilitating afflictions which ruin the lives of millions of people worldwide. The medical consensus is that there is no "cure" for these conditions and, at best, they can only be "managed" via a lifetime of detrimental drugging. The majority of sufferers place themselves under medical care, only to be told that: diet is not a causative factor; no specific diet will result in lasting healing; lifelong drug therapy is the only sensible course to follow; and if, in chronic cases, this is unsuccessful, surgical removal of the colon is generally the prudent course to eliminate the symptoms and avoid impending cancer.
None of these common medical assumptions are true and, tragically, millions of lives are wrecked year after year by this stance which is based upon ignorance of human physiology. While the attending gastroenterologist means well, he unfortunately does not know anything outside of the realm of drug and surgery treatment and possesses no knowledge of the cause and purpose of disease or of the conditions required by the body for healing. Few gastroenterologists are sanctioned to provide or even recommend non-pharmacological healing approaches to IBD. Medicine never results in health.
Happily, when we care for ourselves properly, removing the causes of disease and supplying the requisites for health, the body invariably works its wonders of healing, and is restored to health. A close study of physiology in the context of health science, such as taught by Natural Hygiene educators, reveals this self-healing power. Under proper care, the body will heal inflammatory bowel diseases, even advanced cases, as I did 24 years ago after severe ulcerative colitis. Since 1993, over 1,000 of my clients have experienced similar success.
And, there are several thousand who can also vouch for this natural healing approach to IBD. There is even more good news: several natural health doctors, such as myself and other health coaches, are available to guide IBD sufferers to complete lasting health. My guidebook, Self Healing Colitis & Crohn's, has a world bestseller in its field. I take great pleasure in counseling several new clients every week, and most heal up within 2 to 8 weeks, going on to enjoy a life free of IBD.
So, what causes IBD? In a nutshell, stress on four fronts:
1. lifestyle stress, the foremost factor of which is dietary: eating foods incompatible with our biology, causing toxicity and indigestion
2. mental/emotional stress (which includes the impact of incorrect, disempowering beliefs about health and disease)
3. societal stress (such as working too-long hours)
4. environmental stress (pollution). Genetics and germs do not cause IBD; rather, IBD is caused by lifestyle choices and lack of proper education about the factors in disease and health. In other words, we need to learn how to restore health by healthful living and eating. And we can!
For almost 200 years, Natural Hygiene teachers have taught that unhealthful habits (which include ingesting and injecting poisons into the body) cause illness, and that the body is a self-healing organism which expresses distressing symptoms when its vital domain is threatened. In cases of IBD, the biggest culprit is acid-forming diets, including indigestible, cooked, fatty foods--primarily animal meats, dairy products and fried oils. Cooked meat provides little if any usable protein or fiber and it putrefies in the gut. Meanwhile, cooked oils are carcinogenic, plain and simple. Both irritate and ravage the bowel, causing inflammation, diarrhea and other distressful symptoms. Irritants (toxic matter and gases) cause bowel inflammation when toxins have built up to a life-threatening level. The body does its best to expel the irritating substances, but in cases of IBD, it is overwhelmed by the magnitude of the task.
Diarrhea and the inflammation response are self-purifying, self-healing actions intelligently enacted by the body for the restoration of health. Inflammation is the body's protective immune system--our "guardian angel"--hard at work, preserving its vital domain. Remove the causes of the disease response, get plenty of rest, allow the inflammation process to complete its job, and the body will become purified, the inflammation will cease and health will be restored. That's the physiology of detoxification and self-healing!
Inflammation is not something to be suppressed under any condition. When we do, we suppress healing. Only the body can heal itself and it will under the proper conditions. Understanding your self-healing power is liberating!
What is the proven healthy, healing alternative to an unhealthful meat-based diet? In general, during the healing phase, for those whose diet was primarily cooked, it's best to partake of a simple, low-residue, low-fat, vegan diet of certain sweet fruits and lightly cooked vegetables, potatoes and squashes with fresh juices. This is to be followed by a post-healing diet with more fruits plus raw salads, lightly cooked plant foods and moderate amounts of fatty vegan "protein foods" such as raw avocados, nuts and seeds for health maintenance. A vegan diet of 75% to 100% raw foods is recommended. My book teaches the specifics of how to incorporate this approach. Specific eating guidelines must be followed; they are liberating in their simplicity and superior nutritional benefits. Improper food choices and combinations are detrimental; one must get the right education and guidance for a successful healing outcome. Yes, a vegan diet can supply all the protein, fat and carbohydrate satiation we need to heal and stay happy and dynamically healthy. Virtually every disease condition, from A to Z, has been overcome through applying the principles of Natural Hygiene: "the science and fine art of healthful living."
For a disease-free life filled with youthful vitality, it behooves each of us to implement more and more healthful living practices. This invariably results in our feeling better and better and getting more and more enjoyment out of life.
Here's to your glorious health!