In my previous blog, I vented my frustrations of dealing with a chronic illness. Mine is Crohn's colitis, but it could be anything that is neither curable or usually lethal. Since that blog was written I have had another attack. This one was mild compared to the others and I did not go to the hospital. After about ten hours of pain I took one Tramadol pain pill with quick relief. So I pondered...let's see, what did I eat today that might have caused this? Kettle corn? I don't know but to be safe I will add it to my list of previous verboten foods like movie theater popcorn, ice cream, and Italian sausage. The longer the list grows the more I think maybe there is no correlation with what I eat and these attacks. At least, the usual medical literature would support me in this regard.
So it's on to herbs and other alternative treatments before giving up and getting an expensive immunotherapy drug with all of its attendant costs and side effects. My GI second opinion doctor in 2016 recommended fish oil and Curucmin (the active agreement in Turmeric). I had tried the latter but it gave me esophageal reflux. Now I am going to try it again at a smaller dose with a moderately fat meal. (That is suppose to help side effects and aid absorption.) I already am one fish oil capsules. I am also drinking George's extensively distilled Aloe Vera water, which a friend told me helps his belly. It is so distilled in fact that it tastes just like water. But it sure costs a lot, about $0.16-$0.20 an ounce. I am also eating more yogurt and drinking Kefir which is loaded with natural probiotics.
I am starting to sympathize with my former patients who no longer know, or feel comfortable with, what to eat. The number of diet advice books and blogs is enormous. They span the spectrum from high carb, low fat (out of favor now even with Cardiologists) to low carb high protein high fat, like Adkins, Miami Beach and Sears. The newest form of this is the Paleo Diet. Or should I go Vegetarian or Vegan? I am not sure I can maintain those and the people I see on these look gaunt, pale, and mostly miserable. Gluten free sounds great but the literature I have read doesn't support its exclusion in treating people like me with Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Anyway I am not willing to give up Pizza. The Mediterranean diet still seems best and even promoted in "The Clever Gut Book" which I did buy and made two recipes from and both were horrible and needed major help to be eatable. You can basically find just about any essay or book that shatters what common sense would tell you is healthy. Even tomatoes are not safe, as one "authority" says they are part of the deadly nightshade vegetable group and should be avoided. How about oily fish like tuna and mackerel? They are good, except for all the mercury so don't eat them if you are pregnant and limit to once a week. Frustrated and confused yet? Join the club.
I am thinking about writing a diet book that would be named, "The I Am Afraid To Eat Anything Diet." I'm just not sure what the safe and healthy foods would be in the table of contents. Stay tuned.