Wednesday, September 21, 2011


I do not normally endorse products, but I do have to give you a testimonial.

I have suffered with Ulcerative Colitis for about 15 years now. I've been on medication for it for as long. Sometimes I'm in remission and sometimes I'm not. I take a drug called Colazal. My situation was never fully in remission and the doctor increased the medication from three capsules three times a day to four capsules three times a day.

For the last year I've dealt with its symptoms (bleeding, mucus, cramping, urgency to go multiple times a day, etc.)on an increasing basis as well as the "blah" feeling, flu like symptoms and loss of energy when it flairs up.

My last colonoscopy which I had in January, the doctor told me that he thought that I might actually have Crohn's disease. However he said the treatment was the same for both.

In June a parishioner of mine offered to give me "Herbalife" free of charge as she is a dealer. She said if I took it with Soy Milk (Silk) in place of breakfast and lunch, I'd lose weight, feel better, and have more energy.

Within two days of taking it as an 8 ounce drink (it's a powder shaken with the Silk) I noticed a change in my bowels! I have been in remission since early June and feel like a new person.

I've cut my medication to three capsules twice a day, not three times a day and am tempted to get off the medication altogether. I've also lost about 12 pounds and hope to lose about 20 more which has helped my high blood pressure tremendously.

Now, it could be the soy milk that is the miracle or the Herbalife or the combination of both. I had never drunk soy milk in my life until I did it with the Herbalife this past June.

On top of that, about two years ago a parishioner gave me a bottle of Vitamin D supplements because she noticed that I caught bad colds several times a year. She said if I took two capsules in the morning and at night it would reduce the number of colds I caught and that if I was catching a cold the symptoms would disappear quickly and would not become full blown.

It has worked! No major colds in two years and when I feel symptoms coming on they disappear in a day!


Anonymous said...

Yes, if you drink 16 ounces of soy milk with just about any powdered supplement in it in place of breakfast and lunch, you will lose weight. When you see your MD again, ask him about the possible down side to replacing meals with supplements, please.

The Vitamin D hypothesis has some clinical research to back it up:

"Although circumstantial evidence has implicated wintertime low levels of vitamin D to the seasonal increases in colds and flu, some smaller studies have also hinted at a link between low vitamin D level and a higher risk of respiratory infections.

In this study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, researchers analyzed information on vitamin D levels and respiratory infections from nearly 19,000 adults and adolescents who participated in the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III) from October 1988 to October 1994.

The results showed those with the lowest vitamin D levels (less than 10 nanograms per milliliter of blood) were 36% more likely to report having a recent upper respiratory tract infection than those with higher levels (30 ng/mL or higher)."

Good news!

Anonymous said...

So, this is now Southern Dis-Orders? Or maybe Disorder down South? Heh.

This is actually a good thing to share (especially an hour before dinner EST). People are killing themselves with the food they eat. Heck, that might be half of what is driving society nuts. Anyway, has your doctor referred you to a nutritionist? You might find that a solid diet with the right mix of the right kinds of protein, fat and carbs will do what you need. A specialist can help you assess (I had to check the number of esses, but I think it would not change the meaning in this case) things like sensitivities, etc. You exercise regularly (morning trips to the cycle) so you should check into better eating in general. When was a kid all the priests were afraid they would get fat with all the moms feeding them. Now they eat fast food on the way to conferences.

Take care of yourself.


pinanv525 said...

Soy milk is a great emetic.

Anonymous said...

I'm prone to colds, too, Dr. McDonald. How much Vitamin D do you take per day? Glad to hear you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...

I find this very interesting, especially considering my late mother had a long history of ulcerative colitis and later died from Crohn's Disease.

I remember her controlling bowel symptoms with a lot of frozen yogurt. Yet, being only moderately successful.
Liquid diets are generally easy on the gut.
There wasn't the Soy Milk readily available and talked back then in the 1990's.
If what you're doing is working, stick with it and meanwhile consider learning about an intestinal friendly diet plan so that you don't have to be on soy and supplements for the rest of your earthly life.

It is well known that most of us Americans have a Vitamin D deficiency. We cover ourselves and use so much sunscreen and stay indoors, so now we don't "make it like we used to".

Seeker said...

Great to hear Father! Exercise! Exercise! like I know you do. And keep that positive attitude too!

Templar said...

I was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease in 1984 and was in and out of hospitals several times a year each year through 1987. At my Engagement Party a year before my wedding I looked like a scarecrow having dropped roughly 20% of my body weight in the year leading up to it.

In 1987, at my Mother's request, I drank Lourde's water she had asked an Aunt to bring over from Europe expressly for this purpose. At the time I was a lapsed Catholic and not much of a believer, but Mom was and it was important to her. I was healthy as ever by the time of my wedding in August 1987 and never thought much more of it, assuming whatever happened was coincidence.

In 2001 I had an attack of gall stones. While filling out paperwork for the surgery with medical history I listed the Crohn's, as I always did, and when the Doctor came to talk to me he implied that it was beyond reasoning that I could be in remission from Crohn's for almost 15 years, and that I must have been misdiagnosed. He assured me that after the gall stones and gall bladder were handled, and my body healed, he'd scope me and put the issue of the presumed misdiagnosis to bed.

Almost a year later, he did do that scope and was shocked to find that I did indeed have Crohn's, and it was indeed in remission, at that time 15 years, now roughly 25 year's. He said it was the damnedest thing, and he had never heard of a similar case like it.

Although I have other ailments, which I take regular medication for, I have not taken medication for Crohn's since 1987.

All of which is to say, for a health supplement, I recommend Lourde's Water now, although I think my Mother's Prayers were a key part as well. I could tell some other stories about the power of my Mother's Intercessory prayers, but I don't want to freak anyone out.

TCR said...

Thanks for sharing, Father. I suffer from IBS due to an autoimmune disorder and find that morning smoothies made with non-fat yogurt, probiotics, and enzyme supplements help. Monitoring my diet and stress levels are key. In addition to soy milk, almond milk (for those without allergies)is an excellent dairy replacement for "sensitive" tummies.

Prayers for your continued healing!

Robby said...

I will have to try the soy milk, as long as it is not regular milk.
I have to drink Lactose free milk anyway. Glad this is helping you!!

Bill Meyer said...

Thanks for sharing, Father. I can no longer drink cow's milk, so may give this a try, as I have continuing undiagnosed (not for lack of trying) bowel problems.

I will offer one thought, however. Dietary soy needs to be balanced with normal protein. My wife, who is Chinese and raised in China, points out that more often than not, tofu is served in a dish with fish or meat. There was a story I recall some years ago of someone who decided that soy was a miracle food, and committed to a soy only diet. After a few weeks he was hospitalized and it took several weeks for his nervous system to get back to normal.

Soy is a useful element of diet, not to be overused. As you've been using Silk for two years, you obviously have not done so to excess, or to the elimination of other foods. But there are those who are given to fads, and it is to those folks I address my caution.

Frajm said...

Bill, the Herbalife is a protein drink and adds the protein to the Silk. But I eat a very normal and satisfying supper.

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