Abdominal pain and Crohn’s disease
In the Summer and Fall of 1995 I started intermittently experiencing extremely sharp abdominal pain. Over the course of several months, symptoms escalated to severe intestinal cramping and bleeding. A gastroenterologist ultimately diagnosed Crohn’s disease in January 1996, following the standard invasive diagnostic procedures (upper/lower GI scopes, barium enema, CT scan). Although I specifically asked the gastroenterologist for dietary advice at the time, he had no recommendations to offer, but prescribed me several anti-inflammatory and antibiotic drugs.
Difficult relation with drug treatment
At the time of diagnosis, I had just turned 21 years old, and I completely rejected the notion of having to take pills 4 times a day indefinitely. I quickly stopped taking the drugs after a couple months as my symptoms subsided. 9 months later, I relapsed with crippling chronic fatigue. My doctors returned me to the prescription regimen with the addition of a steroid. I was weaned off of the steroid over the course of several weeks. Again, as symptoms subsided, I stopped taking the prescribed drugs.
Unmanagable issues led to desperation
For the next 13 years, I remained symptom free with a whole lot of luck believing nutritional supplements had miraculously cured me. However, in December 2009, I again flared up with bloody stool and bouts of diarrhea and constipation. A gastroenterologist prescribed Apriso Mesalamine and another round of antibiotics. Throughout 2010, I reluctantly used the Apriso as needed. As I finished the prescribed amount, I would get refills only when I suspected a pending flare up.
By mid-2012, the flare-ups were becoming increasingly unmanageable, as I desperately pursued a remedy through self-treatment and experimentation. Having run out of ideas, I sought out a naturopath who had a personal history of IBS. The naturopath recommended higher doses of a couple supplements I was already taking and the addition of a couple more. The supplements helped reduce the severity of symptoms, but IBS flareups persisted.
Trying everything under the sun
For the next 5 years I practiced various dietary strategies including GAPS, low-carb high-fat restricted protein keto, low-lectin plant-based keto, juice fasts, bone broth fasts, and strict intermittent fasting. I felt significantly better eating low-lectin foods and practicing intermittent fasting. However I still could not digest many plant foods, and known trigger foods continued to cause IBS flareup.
Going strict carnivore
I learned of the carnivore diet hearing Dr Shawn Baker on several podcasts. I adopted the carnivore diet May 2018. I have not taken any prescription drugs since starting carnivore, and I have switched my supplements to desiccated beef organs. Today I have never felt better, and I remain symptom free eating strict carnivore.
Thank you Dr Shawn Baker and carnivore community!
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