We went bowling last night with my #4Son and his GF (the one with Ulcerative Colitis). She's currently addicted to Oxycodone, the doctors are aware of this and have her on a plan to get off of it, but she continues to have pain and bleeding from the bowels. I loaned her and her Mother my copy of The China Study, I also sent them several links from Dr. McDougall's site. She continues to eat lots of meat and dairy, and avoids vegetables and fiber when her condition acts up. It's really very sad, cause I can't tell her that changing the way she eats would make her condition go away with 100% certainty. Which, in my conversations with her, is what she wants to hear from me. Even though an entire medical team from John's Hopkins don't have any clue at all about what causes her condition to flair up. Although they have told her it has nothing to do with what she eats.
OMG Dis - I sure hope # 4's GF can loose the oxycondone fast. A few years back that was the Doc's pick for us hard fibromyalgia cases. Had I not moved back to the Bay Area my Doctor in Sacramento was on his way to recommending it to me.
When I took the "Pain Management" course at my HMO here, there were two or more women who were weaning off of it. One was on it at such increasingly high doses, that she was relearning how to speak intelligibly again. Seriously, she just had hard time string together words correctly anymore and she'd been off for about 9 months. It was possibly the third time she'd taken the course too, because she actually signed up again and again forgetting she had completed the ten weeks previously. can you imagine forgetting like 20 weeks of your recent life like that!
As for gut healing, absolutely. I have been reading what the years of antibiotics have done to my gut - I am pretty sure my high non stop ingestion of these things have caused all my gut probs and also food intolerances!
Since this WOE, my tummy and gut have never felt so good or functioned so well, and it continues to improve. People think fibromyalgia just has a side symptom of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), I am beginning to think maybe the IBS is a precursor to the fibro, as I had it long before my diagnosis!
Anyway, along with the things you have provided her Dr. McDougall has also done a book specifically on the digestive system. It's pretty explicit, he had a hard time even finding someone to publish it - so you might want to get it a preview it to see if it's something that you might want to pass along to her. Or it may be something that kind of grosses her out and you'd just convey the highlights to her.
I haven't finished reading it yet - but I am learning lots and I am so glad the Dr. McD is brave to go where few docs fear to tread, yet again!
Good luck with this, I am rooting for both of you: that she can get off that terrible drug and on to a WOE that completely changes her life and health!
His book is called "The Digestive Tune Up" and it has a chapter dedicated to colitis.
Best to you - Michelle
P.S. Just read that chapter and it's full of good info - turns out my IBS was the lightweight end of the colitis spectrum, wow. Seriously, with lactose and glutens out and fiber and probiotics in - I am a changed women and happy woman in this respect