Best Diet to Heal Crohn's Disease and Top Foods You Must Avoid



Alright! This is John Kohler with okraw.com, today
we have another exciting episode for you, and this one’s going to be a fun one that
I haven’t done one of these in actually quite a while, but I know for some of you
guys that maybe found this video, it’s going to definitely be able to help you guys out,
so, you know, why I got into making dietary changes in my life is because I had a health
condition, the primary health condition that I had was called complement immune deficiency,
which is basically a bad immune system that the doctors blamed on my genes, and I needed
to find a way to get my genes working properly and build my immune system naturally, so that
I would not end up in the hospital again, and potentially lose my life like I did when
I had spinal meningitis many years ago. I found basically a plant-based fruit and
vegetable based diet, and I’ve been healthy ever since, and we have a guest, Annette Davidson
on the show today because she also had a health challenge, and I want her to share her story
with you guys because I know many of you guys may also have the challenge she has or something
similar, so you can learn what may be able to help you so, Annette, what kind of health
challenge did you have? Well I had Crohn’s Disease, and had severe
issues with digesting anything, and very big difficulties with constipation and inflammatory
intestines. Cool, so Crohn’s Disease, is that similar
to colitis or IBD, irritable bowel disease or are they all related or similar? Yes they are related, and especially like
colitis and Crohn’s, almost the same, it’s a little bit different, but mostly location
in the gut, and it’s inflammatory bowel disease both of them. So that must be very uncomfortable because
you’re just constantly going to the bathroom all the time, or what happened to you? Well I didn’t go to the bathroom at all
was my issue, so I was really bloated and I woke up in the morning totally puffy in
my face and I was really, really tired and often shaky because I couldn’t eat and digest
my food and I got really toxic and the pH gets really acidic too in the body, so it’s,
I was so, so tired all the time, and didn’t have energy to do anything, it was horrible. So how long did you have this condition? More than 23 years. So you lived this with this for 23, you really
couldn’t go to the bathroom, and didn’t have a lot of energy? Yes, that’s how I was. So you must have went to the doctor right,
didn’t they help you out and fix you up? No, in the beginning they didn’t say anything
at all, and they couldn’t find anything that was wrong with me, but I could feel that
something was really wrong, and I searched, you know everything like homeopathy, reflexology,
acupuncture, I tried everything and all kinds of herbs, and everything, and nothing helped,
and I was even hospitalized actually one time because my candida, I got so bad so I was
lying in a single room at the hospital with a fan between my legs, it was really horrible. And still it didn’t do anything. And then after a couple of years they actually
found out that it was Crohn’s, that I was inflamed in my small intestine and also in
the colon, and I decided to do surgery, so they did surgery and they said “Now everything
will be fine,” but still it wasn’t in the whole body, it’s not just in one spot
so it didn’t help at all, it still continued, the same issue. Wow, so you know I know some people out there
we can’t give medical advice here, but you went to the doctors again and they said “We’re
going to cut out part of you, and it’s going to help,” would you go into the surgery
again? No, never. And I didn’t want to do it that time either,
but I couldn’t find any other solution, I tried everything as far as I knew at that
point, and some people say “Just do it,” you know and then we can work on it after
that. And I did it, but it didn’t help. They took this much out of my small intestine
and colon, and they put it together again. Yeah I mean, for me personally, like I don’t
want to ever go under any kind of elective surgery unless it’s required of me if I’m
in a car accident they definitely need to do something for me to save my life yes, but
if I have an option, I’m never going to choose a surgery because I have a really good
friend that actually had a problem with his back, he went in for back surgery, it was
just supposed to be a minor thing, and now he’s paralyzed, confined to a wheelchair
for life, I mean many things can happen in the hospital, and not always the way that
it’s supposed to go. In Annette’s case, [inaudible] supposed
to fix her, and now she’s missing part of her colon and it didn’t help the problem. So Annette, so I mean you look great now,
and it appears you’re all healed up now, now what did you do to make a difference in
your life to basically heal yourself from this condition that doctors couldn’t even
help? Well, I was in Denmark at that point, in Copenhagen,
and I was searching online for raw food and for colitis and Crohn’s and I found a book
written by David Klein, “Self-Feeding Colitis and Crohn’s,” and I read that book and
I found out why I was sick in the first place. It’s not sickness it doesn’t just happen
to you, it’s something that you—there’s something behind it, and I found out why,
and I read the book and I tried to implement the things as good as I could, and slowly
healed up. So wait a second, I want to stop you right
there, so why were you sick in the first place? I know many people are wondering this also
that may have the similar condition, why’d you get sick? [inaudible] too much crappy foods. Too much crappy food. I shouldn’t say I was worse than anyone
else, and I was a vegetarian from when I was 15 years old, and a vegan after I was 27,
but still it didn’t help, because there was some parts of my diet that still was disturbing
my gut and I had to remove all those parts of my diet and then after that it started
cleaning out, you know clearing out and I got the toxins out, my body started recovering
from all this, and got stronger and stronger, and I can feel that’s nine years ago now,
almost ten, yeah nine, ten years ago, and I can still feel improvement here and there,
now it’s getting better again, even better, and I get more energy, it’s like, it’s
really cool. Wow. Yeah I mean, I want to encourage you guys
out there to, if I asked ten people, “Do you eat healthy?,” nine out of ten are probably
going to say “Yeah I eat healthy,” and everybody always thinks they eat healthy,
but what is eating healthy, right? “Oh yeah I eat red meat once a month, or
once a week,” and “I eat at Chipotle instead of McDonald’s, and that’s healthier,”
but you know in my opinion, that’ still not healthy. I’m on a fruit and vegetable based diet
and that’s what it took for me to heal, and that’s what it took for Annette to heal
as well because whether you’re on a vegan or vegetarian diet, those diets can be healthy,
but in many cases when you’re still eating processed and junk foods and not whole foods,
more than likely it’s really not that healthy in my opinion, so I want you guys to check
yourself, and if you’re eating fruits and vegetables as much as you can, and excluding
all the other stuff, because some people are so, I don’t know, messed up, you need to
be more extreme, that’s pretty much why I eat a fruit and vegetable based diet, because
I don’t want to get sick again, I don’t want to be in a position where I’m in the
hospital and the doctors tell me that I might not make it out alive. So Annette you want to get further into, actually
what specifically you did to heal your Crohn’s up so that you’re, basically you’re symptom
free and you go to the bathroom regularly now right? Yeah I do. Well, what I did, I had to go very, very deep
in this, and I had to eat almost only really water, which, fruit like water melon, melons
is so, so good for me, I can feel that it’s really good with it, so easy to digest, and
I couldn’t eat much greens either in the beginning, I had to juice them because it
was too harsh for my body, couldn’t handle it at all. So a lot of juicy fruits, mangoes, papayas,
and melons and all those things. I had grapes, I love grapes, it was really
hard for me, but I had to spit out the skins, I couldn’t handle the skins. So I was chewing on them and spitting them
out, and I did that with a lot of things, like if I had citrus, either I juiced it or
I put it in my mouth, the piece I spit it out too, the fiber because I couldn’t handle
it so, I had to go very, very basic, very juicy and high water content. Wow so let’s talk about that, so you know,
you talked about getting rid of the fiber, you think it would be good to juice and get
rid of all the fiber and if you did juice everything, do you think it would not upset
your system and it would be alright? Yeah, it could be but of course we need fibers
too, I mean we shouldn’t live on juice, that’s not the point, but in some cases
where it’s really bad with those bowel diseases you have to in the beginning yes, to remove
as much as possible I didn’t juice the water melon [inaudible]. Yeah there’s not a whole lot [inaudible]
That was fine you know, but some other things that was the best thing to do, yes. Awesome. So for the people out there that have been
living with some kind of Crohn’s, colitis, or IBD, what would you say, if you were them,
what would you do knowing what you know now, because you’ve gone through 20-odd years
of living with this condition, and now you’ve been living healthfully for the last few years. If you knew now what you should have known
then, what would you have done differently immediately and started changing? Yeah, I would have removed the meat, the dairy
products, for me the dairy was the worst actually and all the grains. That’s the first part of it, and then see,
you know everybody has to try out for themselves, what is good for you and what, some people
are excellent on bananas, you can eat banana smoothies. For me that was not really that good, but
for some people it’s amazing and they can heal up. You have to try for yourself and see what’s
good, or talk to someone that knows about those things, can help you guide you through
it. Excellent, so she’s given you some amazing
tips to, you know like I always just recommend people reduce or eliminate completely their
consumption of any animal product, whether that’s meat or in worse, I believe dairy
is even more insidious than the meat is, and of course the grains in this day and age,
it’s just not really natural for us to eat grains, maybe for chickens, but I believe
personally we’re a fruitavore, [inaudible] eat mostly fruits, and some vegetables as
well. And I think these are great starting tips,
but if somebody really wanted to take it to the next level Annette, I mean let’s talk
about that book that helped you heal yourself that you read that gave you the motivation,
gave you the encouragement to heal yourself. Yeah, I have it here. It’s this “Self-Healing Colitis and Crohn’s,”
David Klein. It describes in detail everything about digestion
and what to do and it’s a part in here where it describes exactly what to eat and what
not to eat, and how to do this. It’s pretty good. Yeah so I mean this literally looks like a
little manual, like man, whole lot of pages, I don’t know two, three hundred pages of
recommended reading, and how to basically, your guide book on how to heal yourself with
this condition, I know you guys may have tried different medical expert, doctors and all
over and the top gastroenterologists in New York City I went to, and he couldn’t help
me, well I would encourage for this book it’s about 20 dollars, but more, you know I would
encourage you guys to try new things, right? If you never try this book, if you never buy
this book, then you may never get better, but if you try this, right, and it works,
that’s great. And if you try and it doesn’t work, well
then you know that that doesn’t work right? But I mean here Annette tried it, and it totally
works. Annette any last things you’d like to say
about the book or anything else? I just want to say that, I mean a lot of people
don’t have to go that deep as I did, they can heal up much faster and much easier than
I did. I think that because I was so constipated
and had it for so many years that it took so long, I had to go down to melons, you know? And many people, they can heal up if they
have a cooked meal for dinner, and, I mean cooked meal, not any cooked meal, but you
know some steamed vegetables and things and they define. But I couldn’t. Right, yeah. You know I always want to encourage you guys
to eat a plant-based, plant-strong diet, rich in as many fruits and vegetables as you can,
I don’t like wasting time with other things besides fruits and vegetables myself, so I
eat predominantly fruits and vegetables, which is my diet. So to get this book, you can go to the website
colitis-crohn’s.com, and the book by “Self-Healing Colitis and Crohn’s,” by David Klein. Any last words that you’d like to say to
the viewers out there Annette in passing? I just want to say that there’s another
way to go than the medical way, and you can be healed from this. It’s so good, it’s fantastic. Yeah I mean I’ve met so many people that
get onto a plant-based fruit and vegetable-based diet, and many diseases, or what is thought
of as diseases literally disappear, I mean not because fruits and vegetables are magic
or some kind of thing, it’s basically when we eat the proper diet that we’re meant
to eat right, our body can heal itself like it’s designed and supposed to, I mean you
cut your finger right, you don’t need to go to the doctor to get your finger fixed
up, your body will basically scab over and heal itself, and that’s what will happen
on the insides of us if we provide the right nutrition and the right food. I really hope this helps you guys out there,
if you do have colitis, Crohn’s, irritable bowel, or any other similar kind of discomfort
and disease in your body. You want to make sure you guys check out this
book, and once again my name is John Kohler with okraw.com, we’ll see you next time
and until then remember, keep eating your fresh fruits and vegetables, they’re always
the best.

37 comments

  1. I too have chrons…. It is not cureble…. But sometimes we can minimize the effects that's all…. Actually my problem is am extremely hungry (I can't control eating, eating, eating) and I have depression because of the steroids…..the worst thing is my weight loss, rheumatic pain… What to do…

  2. her comments suggest becoming fruitarian will effectively cure the condition

  3. Make sure you really really chew your food. I think that's how the problem started to begin with. We don't chew our food up good enough 🙏🏽

  4. My husband has had surgery twice. He’s had over 1/4 of his small intestine removed… we are always battling with what’s right. He’s had active chron’s for most of his life. And diet is one thing we can’t figure out.

  5. Hmmm, very careful if you go vegan – especially if you have Crohn's because it could kill you. Checkout out video: My Crohn's Disease Story and How I Cured It Naturally – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzwUNGAC2i0

  6. and let me guess she wont say what she did or ate hmmm big surprise and buy a book wow here it comes money

  7. typical its the same for me the doctors dont know shit from pudding and do nothing,but at least they cant blame your weight for the problem.

  8. Crohn's is caused by Mycobacteria Paratuberculosis Ssp. People with Crohn's are deficient in Selenium, Copper, Zinc, and real Vitamin D, these deficiencies inhibit the neutrophils from clearing the infection.

  9. Always appreciate good suggestions and work shared on staying
    healthy through natural means! Thank you for sharing this!
    Many need help with this!
    ~~~Nancy

  10. This women clearly does not understand the following: you can not cure Crohns what you can do is manage and minimise the symptoms through medication and surgery! Always talk to your doctor about these options as everyone experiences Crohns differently!

  11. I am so sick and tired of Crohn's. My 16 yr old has it. And I'm tired for him. I need a meal plan to heal him. Not sucking on a grape or just water melon. What the heck is going on here! They've stuffed everything with wheat!

  12. In all honesty, fruits and vegetables only is really bad for Crohn’s in the sense in brings down your B12 levels and iron levels. I landed once in the hospital. I was a pretty clean eating vegetarian. My iron levels dropped to a 6. Never will go back. I’ve had 4 surgeries almost died. My recommendation is TRIAL-AND-ERROR. Find what works for you! Drop all the junk food! Very little alcohol consumption! No smoking! Eat as much produce as you can, but find what works for YOU!

  13. What works for some people sometimes doesn't work for others. I can't eat fruits and vegetables. Cero cereal no fiber . No greens for me .

  14. I believe in eating healthy and avoiding bad, chemical foods, yet…..chewing on salads, raw veggies kill me. I can juice some things like carrots, celery, apples, cucumbers, and spinach. But when eaten raw….I'm dead from the absolute pain.😕😕😕😬😬😬😭😭😭😲😲😲

    I do probiotics, black seed oil, colostrum, bee propolis, gentle herbal teas.

    I pray to Jehovah and look forward to His promise of a new world with no more sickness, pain, death, or suffering. This is what works for me.

    Revelation 21:1-5
    JW dot org

  15. Her story is sketchy she says she was vegetarian since 15 vegan since 27 then she says she should have cut out meat and dairy. Please don't lie about being vegan when you got sick you got sick from your meat and diary consuming you cant keep your story straight.

  16. i wonder if the bt toxin (Bacillus thuringiensis) used in and on GM foods could be responsible for this condition since it does the same thing to the insects gut. From what i understand on how it works anyway. Might be worth looking into.

  17. Drink barley water for diarrhea you will surprise it will stop the diarrhea and take Manuka honey eat bananas and yoghurt and eat boiled rice with vagetables broth.

  18. I want to get well I am almost 40 and have been to every dr since I was 21 I have been sick since then . Drs don't really help . I have bleeding ulcers from crohns and their growing in size they clam the can't do nothing .

  19. I don't buy their message at all. Some of the absolute worst pain I ever experienced with Crohn's was after eating watermelon. As it tried to wind its way through my guts, it caused near blockages and the pain kept me awake all night. The next morning I had some bad diarrhea from passing the watermelon from my body, and that finally gave me relief from the pain.
    I will give one bit of advice to anyone who has been advised to have surgery because of Crohn's. Get yourself to Mayo Clinic; surgery is pretty much a last option with them and if surgery is required, you can have some of the best Crohn's surgeons in the U.S. doing the surgery. I had to have surgery back in 1992 and knew it was going to be really bad once they opened me up so I went to Mayo Clinic for the surgery. When I got back home, my local gastroenterologist said, "I see you had Dr. Donald McIlrath as your surgeon" and I said, "Yes, do you know him?" His reply was, "Not personally but by reputation. He is one of the top 3 surgeons in the U.S for small bowel resections." You will NOT find that level of expertise at your local hospital.

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