Thursday, July 16, 2009

What's Your Opinion?

Several years ago, my husband was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. He found that not more that thirty minutes after eating a meal, he would suffer in and out of the restroom for hours. He had finally come to the point where he told me would refuse to eat because to do so caused so much pain and suffering.

During our struggle and research to find answers we discovered a book titled: Breaking The Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. and it changed his life. Literally, it saved his life.

By helping children with this disease, she found it also helps those with Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease and Diabetes. In a nutshell, what you eat effects your digestive system and in turn effects your body. True, food does not cause these diseases, but what you eat will definitely effect how your body reacts to the food.

She found avoiding: refined sugar, starch, lactose and grain to be the most beneficial to those suffering from these diseases. I had a friend whose son has Crohn's. She said she gave him milk because he needs his vitamin D. However, after drinking the milk the child threw it up. Now, had her son had one of the more dangerous food allergies such as to cheese or peanuts, would she have given it to him to make sure he received the dietary benefits? Absolutely not! It would've killed him. So, if lactose makes the child throw up, why insist he drink the lactose? Is there an alternative way to eat? Yes.

I would highly recommend this book if you or someone you know has any of these digestive disorders. If you have any questions, I or my husband would be happy to answer them.

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