The following story was written by a patient of mine, Jason. His story is yet another confirmation of my conviction and my personal and professional experience that even after 30+years of persistent IBD (Crohn’s) with THREE!!! bowel resection surgeries a TRUE RECOVERY is possible.
The necessary two ingredients for such amazing recovery are always the same:
First – is the right KNOWLEDGE provided by a medical practitioner, and Second, more crucial one, is the right MINDSET of a patient. You see, nobody and nothing can really heal you unless YOU are really determined to keep on working on your recovery accepting nothing less than a complete return to your happy and productive life. Bravo, Jason!!!
My name is Jason, and I am in my early 40’s. I would love to share my experiences in hopes that you can find better health as well.
Here is a little bit about me. I lead a very busy lifestyle. I am married with two young kids, we both work, kids go to different magnet schools and have after school activities. We go to the beach on the weekends in the summer and skiing in Vermont during the winter.
When I was 12, I had some tests done because I was not growing or gaining weight. At 12 years of age, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. It was a lot to deal with and would change my life forever.
I went through many challenges, surgeries and diet changes to try and help the problem but it just kept coming back. At 12 I was drinking 6 Ensures a day to try and gain weight. Eventually I couldn’t drink them anymore. I did Enteral Nutrition with a nasal gastric (NG) tube for almost 2 years every night. I had three (3) bowel resection surgeries at age 19, 24 and 26. I was on Parenteral nutrition (liquid feeding through the vein) for about 40 days. I ate no solid foods for that period of time! I was 5’ 10” and weighed 96 pounds twice in my life around the times of my last two surgeries due to the problems with Crohn’s. That’s really thin! My weight was like a yo-yo. Diarrhea, cramping and blood were a constant thing. I was on all different kinds of medication including prednisone, Mesalamine (Pentasa), metronidazole and 6MP.
I followed the standard American diet (SAD) most of my life. Soda, pizza, junk food, chips, cookies, cakes, sweets, processed foods, genetically modified foods (GMO’s) and lots of other things. Don’t get me wrong, my mom cooked great dinners for us but the house was loaded with all these things. I drank soda all day and night.
The doctors kept telling me that diet does not influence the disease and it is genetic. OK well to be fair, they would say, don’t eat things with seeds or nuts or spicy foods. OK not exactly a complete nutrition plan. Medical doctors are trained in medicine and surgery, not in nutrition.
In 2006, I was suffering from diarrhea, weight loss and fatigue. After a colonoscopy, I found that I had a fistula in my large intestine. The choices were Remicade for the rest of my life or surgery to remove my colon and have an external ostomy appliance (bag). I had chosen to find other things that would allow me to manage my life without all of this.
In 2011, I noticed I couldn’t mow the lawn without stopping 12-18 times. My legs would get sore and heart would be racing. I went to a naturopath doctor (ND) and had some blood work. The ND contacted me and said I was severely anemic which meant I was low on iron because I was bleeding internally. I started taking iron pills and was getting my iron levels up. After about 1.5 years of dealing with the ND, I was getting frustrated that my iron levels were not getting back to normal. It should only take a few months and here it was 18 months later with the same low iron level. I gave it one more blood test result, which came up shy of being normal. The ND wanted to just throw supplements at me to hopefully heal the gut and manage the issues. I continued to bleed internally- I saw blood in my stool and it was confirmed through stool culture tests. I tried many different things along the way but I just didn’t have that “magic formula” to do things in the correct manner
In 2013, I was searching the internet and found KnowYourGut.com. As with anything I see or read on the internet, I always go in cautiously. I spent several weeks emailing Galina. The biggest reason why I took the time to find out more about her healing therapies was because she suffered just like me with Inflammatory Bowel Disorder. Galina also has a B.S. in Diet, Food and Nutrition and an M.S. in Human Nutrition among other certifications. She had all this knowledge that I was thirsty to learn. I find that a medical practitioner is more credible when they have suffered themselves and found what works rather than a medical practitioner who read a book, studied, passed an exam and then tells people how to live and be.
In May 2013, I did start to work with Galina on my Crohn’s. We hit it off from our first engagement. The knowledge and information she was able to share with me was absolutely tremendous and life changing. I tried a lot of the things she mentioned before, but was not able on my own to put them together properly to achieve a true healing. Galina’s program worked. It was the “magic formula” for me.
The great thing about her program is it doesn’t take months and years to overcome your problem. For as bad as I was, it only took me 7 days before I saw tremendous results.
Now, I have tremendous energy even with my busy life. I feel absolutely great! I now have all the knowledge from her program, and it is something I can carry forward for my entire life. My passion is to help people like you find your way to true health. We can share experiences and stories but whereas I always felt I knew it all, I now know that even as educated and versed in diet and education I am, I still needed help. I really have Galina to thank for this.
I would love to share my experiences with you. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like I have stated before, this is my passion, and I only hope you can find true health like I have.