9/2/14 Addition: I’ve refined my thinking about HCl and Enzymes since I wrote this post several years ago. I was seeing people start HCl and enzymes BEFORE they gave the safer and more universally reliable treatments like diet and probiotics a try–and it frustrated the hell out of me. That said, HCl and enzymes can be helpful, but they have a time and place. Ironically, I have found that my stomach needs supplementary HCl and it’s helped me a lot, but I started it well after I implemented diet (SCD), probiotics, Fecal Transplants (FMT), and other treatments.

Before trying HCl, I recommend you talk to a natural or integrative medicine doctor, and read the wonderful book, “Why Stomach Acid is Good for You” by Johnathan Wright.

In continuing with the supplement series, I decided to tackle what I consider to be a controversial recommendation: HCl and Digestive Enzymes.

Why I don’t recommend HCl and digestive enzymes:

I know many doctors and natural healing programs recommend supplementing with HCl and/or enzymes. Indeed enzymes are therapeutic and can be used for treating certain diseases, but for IBD, I still do not believe that we should supplement with digestive enzymes or HCl for the purpose of increasing digestion unless we know that we have enzyme, acid, or other production deficiencies. Many of us have been on acid reducers of some sort, and that may be a reason for investigating your acid production, but before you try buying HCL and enzymes, there are lots of natural ways to improve digestion. I recommend trying those first. 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

SCD Friendly Electrolyte Drink

As you know, I’m always on the search for food. If you own a buffet, or have friends over for a potluck, watch the skinny kid–he’ll eat you out of house and home.

A commenter wrote me yesterday and asked about ELETE, an electrolyte add-in (their words) for athletes. Add a few drops of this to your water, and you have instant sports drink. The best part? It’s SCD friendly. Yup.

When the commenter wrote me, I thought, “Crap! I’ve had this stuff on my shelf, an SCD-friendly electrolyte supplement, for months now, and haven’t told anyone about it.”

I don’t suppose that the excuse of being too busy flies here. I just forgot. I’ve been writing about so many other things that I’ve forgotten my heart and soul: Athletes.

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