I had severe ulcerative colitis for 3 years while in college. During that time (2002-2004) I was a patient of 6 GI specialists, was hospitalized over 12 times and tried almost everything known to medical science and holistic practices at the time. I ended up getting a total colectomy and now I have a J-pouch. I'm sharing information on what helped me and what didn't so that others can avoid some ridiculous expenses and mistakes and hopefully have a better shot at keeping their large intestine than I did.|
Ulcerative Colitis was the most difficult challenge I have ever faced in life. The most important thing of all for me was to keep a positive mindset and to never give up no matter what. Although I felt very alone with the illness I had some great friends and a fantastic mom who tried their best to help me out. Now it is my turn to help out as best I can with this web page. I hope you find the information in my colitis pages useful and I wish you the best of luck in your own journey.
My Colitis InformationUlcerative Colitis
Colitis Research23andMe is looking for volunteers for a groundbreaking UC study. View the flyer. You can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Genetics are now believed to be somewhere less than 60% role in developing UC. Known genes include HLA-DRA, BSN, NKX2-3, IL23R. I have positive markers for 3 of those genes. More conprehensive results on the genes involved can be found PharmGKB and the National Human Genome Research Institute. You can have your full genetic profile done at 23andMe
A June 2009 study showed a 3 fold risk increase for IBD after Campylobacter or Salmonella Infection. Note: I began showing symptoms of UC right after a salmonella outbreak and recall on beef at Fred Meyer where I shopped.
Frankincense (boswellia) is currently being researched for it's restorative effects for UC.
Colitis LinksMark's Battle with UC and J-Pouch surgery
Number Twos UC Blog - A Blog from a fellow UC sufferer
Healing Well UC Forums
CCFA - Chrons and Colitis Foundation
Traveler's guide to toilets
The CCFA LinkedIn Group
Helpful BooksPatient Heal Thyself
Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers
Prescription for Nutritional Healing