Introducing my first ebook resource!

I have had an overwhelming response to my posts on Fecal Microbiota Transplantation [FMT] (a.k.a, Bacteriotherapy, or Fecal Transplant Therapy). This book is a way of meeting the needs of people who are considering FMT, and is in response to all of the questions people have asked me over the past year. So far as I can tell now, it is the most comprehensive resource on FMT out there.

I really believe that FMT is one of the most promising treatments for colitis. It has helped me, and many others across the world. It has also been used for IBS and for Crohn’s (where there is inflammation in the colon).

A Comprehensive Resource for Fecal Microbiota Transplantation

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation (FMT), also known as Bacteriotherapy or Fecal Transplant Therapy, is one of the most promising natural treatments for digestive disorders. FMT can cure colitis caused by Clostridium difficile infections. It has demonstrated effectiveness in healing inflammation in the large intestine caused by Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, and has been used to treat IBS.

Of all the topics I have encountered in treating IBD, this is the topic about which I get the most questions. In 2011, I designed this FMT protocol for myself in conjunction with my doctor. Since then I have gotten lots of questions, and I have updated  the protocols to include the latest information. I designed the FMT Coach as an inexpensive resource to address your concerns and questions about FMT. If you’re considering FMT, the FMT Coach will help you every step of the way.

For $24.95, you will get:

  • The FMT Coach E-book:

Learn the theory behind FMT, use my updated FMT protocols, learn how to choose a donor, learn how to talk to your doctor about FMT, and read about my experience with the treatment.

  • Matt’s Donor Screening Form:

Wondering just how to choose a donor? I have done the research for you, and  designed a comprehensive donor screening form, which will help you find a suitable donor quickly.

  • The FMT Primer: 

The FMT Primer is a brief executive summary-style condensed look at FMT you can give to your doctor. In just under three pages, your doctor will get the theory, history, protocols, risks, and peer-reviewed science journal references supporting FMT as a therapy.

  • One free 50-minute one-on-one coaching session ($100 value).

To compliment  the FMT coach package, you’ll get the chance to spend 50-minutes with a professional coach, totally free! I have had ulcerative colitis since 2002, and have been medication free since mid-2009. Ask your questions, make a plan; together we can outline, organize, and help reach your health goals, often faster and with fewer setbacks than if you were doing it on your own. After you make your purchase click the FREE COACHING SESSION link on the DOWNLOAD page to schedule your free coaching session.

Go to to learn more and buy the book!

Onward to Health,

When Enzymes Can Help


In my last post on enzymes (Why I don’t Recommend HCL and Enzymes), I outlined why I don’t see enzymes as an essential part of the first stages of a good healing program. In short, we want, first, to bolster or assess our own bodily ability to produce enzymes before we supplement. Too many people jump right in to lots of supplements in the beginning, supplements that they may not need. We want our body to improve digestion and decrease transit time (to heal) on its own, if possible.

Enzymes, however, can be beneficial in the healing process. The caution from my last post on enzymes was to ensure that we are:

  1. Examining our diet, getting enough rest, and trying other, more established therapies, like probiotics, before we start another supplement; making sure we have a real imbalance before we start HCL (which can increase diarrhea in Crohn’s and colitis)
  2. Allowing time for other treatments, like the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, to work before we add another layer of treatment.

Those are my preferences—to use as few supplements as necessary to heal. With that said, enzymes have proven helpful to many people, and it’s worth outlining here, why and how they can be helpful.

The basic theory is, that if used properly, enzymes can:

  • Increase the metabolic energy available to the body such that the body can then utilize that energy to heal from disease, imbalance, etc.
  • In the case of digestive disease, using digestive enzymes can decrease the digestive energy burden on the body, which may help encourage healing.
  • Using digestive enzymes can also help to decrease the burden of undigested matter that reaches the colon, and assists your body in breaking down the food you consume, which can lead to better nutrition for those of us with active symptoms. Read the rest of this entry

Health Update and Return to Regular Blogging

Not quite the same...but I am back.

After a healthy break from writing, I’m ready to start posting again. Since I get so many comments saying something like, “Great post. Loved the info, but how are YOU doing?”, I thought I ‘d inaugurate my return with a short update on my own health and how I’m doing in healing colitis using natural means.

Since my fecal transplant therapy (FTT, now called Fecal Microbiota Transplant, or FMT–they’re the same thing: a poop transplant) almost exactly a year ago (February, 2011), I’ve been flirting with 100%. Some of my symptoms returned about two weeks after FMT, but I was still improved over my condition pre-FMT.

Pre-FMT, I had 3-4 loose stools per day with no blood and no mucus, and my energy levels were hit or miss. Post FMT, 1-2 mildly formed stools with much improved energy levels. I was now (and still am) able to go on a 10k run or do heavy squats in the gym without fear of soiling myself. But I still wasn’t 100%, and I’m shooting for the stars here. Read the rest of this entry

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

Juicing and IBD

“Man, you know what your problem is? You got no juice.” (“Juice”, 1992).

With IBD (Crohn’s and Colitis), often it is difficult to eat enough vegetables or fruits; the fiber can be killer during a flare up. Even when we are symptom-free, we can be more sensitive to fiber from fruits and vegetables than gut-normal people. So what do we do? Most of us stay away from those foods (at least for a while), or limit our quantities.

But our bodies need them. We need the vitamins; we need the minerals; we need the enzymes; and we need the calories. So, what do we do?

One alternative you can use is to lightly or moderately steam your vegetables, and lightly cook, peel, and puree your fruits. This breaks down the fiber matrix and makes them more easily digestible. I did this during the first few months of the SCD, and it helped me to be able to eat a wider variety of vegetables (leafy greens like spinach, and hard vegetables like broccoli, carrots, and beets; good fruits like apples, peaches, and pears). However, when we are healing, we often need a larger quantity of vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and nutrients for rebuilding, than we would if we were well.

What else can we do to get the valuable nutrients and healing properties of vegetables and fruits?

You can juice them! Read the rest of this entry

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