Ulcerative Colitis, and how to live with(out) it

Keeping Yourself healther with Diet, Lifestyle, and Alternative Medicine

Time passes ...

After a particularly long and painful run-in with the Pouchitis monster about two years ago, I once again tried the help of the medical society, with identical results as last time. Fortunately, it set a sequence of events in motion that made it worthwhile in the end. It took me eight years to find a solution for my Pouchitis problem, but I
think I have finally nailed down a procedure that works without the use of antibiotics. On my last sigmoidostomy, we once again had a look at things, me and the generic gastrointestinal expert, and once again there was inflammation. So, the generic gastrointestinal expert as always gives me a prescription of the generic anti-inflammatory drug. That is when I really lost my patience with those guys, and decided that this is a problem that I needed to solve once and for all. I am sure most doctors would sneer at my methods of self-diagnosis, or even the fact that I dare to do such a thing, that I dare to invade their holy ground, and start to think for myself, about myself, but then, it would not be there first time. Cynical? Me? Heaven forbid!

See, my main problem with doctors is that most of them refuse to explore other possibilities, and just stick with what they have learned in medical school. Modern medicine is really good in dealing with crisis situations, i.e. heart attacks, accidents, anything where you are loosing a lot of blood fast, or are going to die very quickly. But modern medicine fails to deal with chronic problems, and absolutely fails in terms of prevention. I am sure there are many doctors that want to do what is best for their patients, but simply fail for many reasons. The first problem is the desire to solve any problem with medicine. Most of the time, a pill will mask the problem, but it won't make it go away. It will simply allow you to cope with it for a while. But at what cost? Another problem is that doctors rarely look at what a specific treatment will do to you in thirty to forty years. Every time you take an antibiotic, every time you take any kind of a medicine, it has an effect on your immune system, your body's natural defences. Over time, this damage starts adding up.

When I spent nearly two months in the hospital during my three surgeries, I met some of the other patients with colitis and Crohn's disease, the ones that had been taking all those medicines for ten years and more. There was very little left of them, they poor bodies so ravished by the cure, they had no natural defences left. Terrible. The problem is that doctors look at things in the here and now: Get you better, get you back on your feet, out the door, and then charge for it, of course. Nothing wrong with that from their point of view, that is how the fee-for-service system works. But this doesn't encourage them to look at your long term benefits. By the time those long term issues start showing up, they will be retired. And why not. The public is looking for the quick fix, the instant feel-good, it doesn't want to be troubled with something that takes longer, or is less pleasant. Just one day at a time. Well, sorry, but that doesn't work for me. I am going to be living in this body of mine for the next, say, 40 years, and I must take care of it. As nobody else looks out for it's long term well being, I am responsible to do this. After all, when the proverbial stuff hits the fan, who is going to have to suffer? Me. So, take care of your body, because it's the only one you get, and once it's gone, you will never get it back.

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Disclaimer: These as well as all the other documents on this website are based on my own personal experiences, and are not a replacement of a professional opinion by a qualified physician, for all that this was worth in my case. The purpose of sharing my experiences with you is to help you get through this, and to learn of other ways of dealing with your condition. I am not a medical doctor, I don't have any sort of formal training in this or any other medical field. The only thing I can offer you is what it was like for the past 20+ years and what it is like now, and in the future. Any advice I give is to be taken into consideration, and you are welcome to act upon it at your own risk. I am not saying it will help you, or that it will not hurt you, all I am saying is that this is what I learned, and I am wanting to share it with you. After that, you have my best wishes for success and happiness. And if you find something that works for you, please, share it with the world, because we need to know more than what modern medicine is telling us, which is not enough. Be well.
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