Bread Squares with Jam

I’ve been taking a little mental health break from the blog for the past month, and I will probably continue to do so at least until January; however, I wanted to share this with you. I just couldn’t resist.

In the beginning of November, I had my first successful non-SCD experiment: Sprouted Wheat. Why sprouted wheat? Because I hate nut flour, and because my elimination diet showed that my body doesn’t tolerate nuts right now anyway; because I love bread; and because I have generally been without symptoms for long enough now that I was willing to try an excursion, an SCD excursion to be precise. I wanted to try it because sprouts (not SCD legal) are super-foods, and because, after 2.5 years without it, I wanted some bread dammit.

So my wife and I sprouted some wheat berries, dried them at low temperature, ground them into flour, and made a simple soda bread: (sprouted) wheat flour, water, salt, baking soda, and a squidge of honey. I made it like a flat bread, only about 1/2″ thick and cut it into squares. It’s great with homemade jam. I tried these bread squares with homemade jam for a week in the beginning of November and… Eureka! Turns out my body (including my sickly colon) loves sprouted wheat! I’ve been eating modest amounts of it for a month now with no adverse effects. So in celebration of my first non-SCD food victory, I have written a poem that I’d like to share with you. It’s both in celebration of my success with sprouted wheat, and a tribute to my favorite author. I’m sure you’ll be able to guess the author as you read the poem. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I call it “Bread Squares with Jam.” Read the rest of this entry

Colonoscopy Results

I get a lot of comments and emails that say something like, “great post, loved the info, but how are you doing?” I admit, I don’t write enough about my own journey–I am still trying to heal fully from colitis, so often the things I’m writing about are natural treatments that I am trying, have tried, or want to try in the future.

Consider this short post an update on my health.

The bacteriotherapy last February got me back to normal, 100%, for about two weeks. Then my symptoms began to return, which lead to the realization that there was another layer of healing; another factor that needed to be addressed. But I was still better than before the bacteriotherapy. Now I was down to 1-2 loose stools per day, from 3-4–an improvement, but not total healing. So bacterial manipulations were a key treatment for me, just not the only treatment.

I turned to antibiotics and probiotics and started cycling a Berberine complex with probiotics. More improvement, but nothing permanent. My itching improved, and my energy improved, but still couldn’t kick the diarrhea. On to diet. Read the rest of this entry

Natural Anti-microbial Supplements for IBD

Plants have been used as primary medicine for millennia. In fact, anthropologists have found medicinal herbs in the a 60,000 year old grave of a Neanderthal man. Cultures throughout the world have detailed plans and systems for using medicinal plants. What modern researchers are finding today, is nothing new. In fact, over 50% of the modern-day pharmacy is derived from plant material.


General principles for all natural antibiotics:

  • Unlike conventional antibiotics, there are few side effects. Most have none at all. This is a great relief(!), especially if you’ve been suffering through the side effects of steroids or immune suppressants.
  • Unlike conventional antibiotics, they have multiple action (they work on microbes in and through many different mechanisms); Read the rest of this entry

In this post, I will give you some alternative methods for introducing healthy bacteria into your diet; these methods and recipes should help you augment your probiotic supplementation. With that said, this post is not about yogurt making. Many people with IBD cannot tolerate pasteurized dairy products. If you are one of those people, this post will be helpful for you. If you want to experiment, to add diversity to your diet, then this post will be helpful for you. I’ll just come out and say it: I think fermenting, done properly, will be helpful for anyone with IBD. Read the rest of this entry

Note: I couldn’t have written this post, nor could I have tweaked my diet to see results without closely tracking my diet and tracking my symptoms.


In this post, I will share yet more evidence that diet is essential to the management and treatment of inflammatory bowel (Crohn’s and Colitis). It is also essential, I believe, to the management of IBS, and many other idiopathic (of unknown origin) conditions, but I don’t have time for that here.

I have been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a little over two years now. As I have alluded to in past posts, the diet has gotten me most of the way (80-90%) back to normal—but it didn’t get me fully back to normal.

For two years, I’ve been saying that the SCD, while the foundational component of my treatment, is not the only treatment I will need to fully heal. Today, I may change my tune some…Let me explain. Read the rest of this entry

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