Friday, November 19, 2010

Turning the Corner

After a week of following the SCD I feel as though I am finally pulling out of this latest flare. By that meaning last night I slept the best I had in weeks, diarrhea is letting up along with pain, and my energy level is getting better. As grateful as i am to have a place where I can vent and share about my UC, it is awesome to be doing a post about what IS working.

Bone broth, bone broth and more bone broth. I cooked up a batch of this the other day and have a cup or two in the morning and evening. In my desperation to get the maximum benefits of this I found myself scraping the marrow from the bones after finishing cooking it. My understanding of the nutrients and befits to the gut that are in the marrow is why I did this. I had made bone broth in the past, and while it seemed to help I realized that I wasn't getting maximum potency from the bones themselves. In all of the broth recipes I have found the factor of extensive simmering needed to break the bones down has failed to be addressed. My friend Shelly, who is studying to be a ND helped me understand this. She has her own blog describing her discoveries and journey in healthy foods.

I have been sticking to the SCD diet very strictly and am feeling a LOT better. in addition to this I take cod liver oil with each meal and a daily pro-biotic. I have set some goals for myself in regards to getting off prednisone. I want to be adhere to my GI's recommendations with my med's but at the same time, they haven't helped. I think I may have tapped into something that may work much better than the medicine. I feel like I can be open with him about this but he is really old school and is going to stick to what he is trained in when it involves treating UC. Have others had similar questions regarding their own treatment methods?

In focusing more on my diet I realize that foods are just a piece of the puzzle. I am researching different avenues to try and tacke my UC from all angles. By that meaning, stress management and maitaining peace of mind and quality of life overall. My son Henry has been a lot of fun lately and has played a big part in managing my stress. I also am getting more involved with writing and hopefully filming short films. This has been a passion of mine for a while and I realize I have been in need of a creative outlet.

One thing I don't want this blog to be overly focused on is the "problem". I want you readers to know about other aspects of my life and plan to share about Henry's adventures with daddy as well as my creative endeavorer. My lovely wife Brittany has here own blog, Hairy Babies. She does such an awesome job of telling our story of being parents for the first time. Stop by and have a look, I know it will brighten your day!


  1. Thanks for your post on my blog. I think that you are on the right path by not focusing on the "problem" and by trying to manage stress and have creative outlets. I tried a lot of alternative treatments, but didn't have much luck with any (other than stress management). I think doctors are hesitant to suggest trying anything except what has been really studied and generally that means the traditional route. But, different things work for different people and you just need to find what works for you. Hang in there! I took a look at your wife's blog. You have a beautiful wife and son. Your baby is about the same age as my new son. Kids definately change life for the better, don't they.

  2. You are on the right track my friend! And yes, stress mgmt is definitely key. Weren't you doing yoga at one point? That might be a good idea if you felt like it helped you. Also, I'm studying nutrition - not planning to be an ND. : ) Glad you are blogging again and definitely looking forward to the blogs about your perfect and adorable little Henry!

  3. Good to hear SCD working for you. Curious, do you eat out much? After my last ER visit/flare/Prednisone stint I told myself big changes ahead. Was going to try SCD but decided on TCM instead..blogging about is as well if you are curious...hope you are doing well!