This book is absolutely amazing. As a person who often uses humor to diffuse the reality that life can be completely awful, I love what this guy has to say. All of the information contained within is helpful for the newly diagnosed, but it’s presented in a way that isn’t intimidating and will often make you chortle. It may seem fucked up that a person can laugh while reading literature pertaining to inflammatory bowel disease, but that’s what makes it a unique book and “a shitty good time”.
Living with Crohn’s & Colitis is full of basic information about inflammatory bowel disease, with a special focus on naturopathic healing. It’s great to use as reference and to augment standard treatment protocol. It also touches quite a bit on the correlation between IBD and IBS, which I appreciate.
Being a professional patient can be extremely frustrating, from the process of discovering diagnosis to managing diagnosed conditions. At times I’ve felt it’s me against them (the doctors). This is written to give the patient a better understanding of how the healthcare system works, and red flags to look out for when it comes to providers. It gave me some much needed perspective.
POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)
About Gastroparesis at International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders
Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
My Crohn’s and Colitis Team – social network for people with IBD
Crohn’s Forum – online forums and discussion of all things IBD (including ulcerative colitis)
Chronic Kidney Disease
Medhelp – Kidney Disease & disorders discussion
For IBS & IBD (and other autoimmune disorders)
A few words about diet – there is no one-size-fits-all diet for any condition. Most people have to play around with food types and macros to figure out which one is the most beneficial. This is a tedious process that can take months or even years but the payoff is completely worth the effort. In my experience, I do much better with a high fat, low carb, and low fiber diet. This helps reduce the number of times I have to sprint to the bathroom, hypoglycemia, and even my POTS symptoms. It’s interesting that Gatorade is recommended for POTS patients when it’s known that carbohydrate heavy foods exacerbate symptoms. Sports drinks are easy to mix at home without all of the garbage and artificial coloring and the amount of sugar can be adjusted to taste.