And you deserve to work with someone willing to answer them. - I've heard some doctors talk about how tired they are of answering stupid questions. Which is weird, because I agree with the other groups of docs who say there are no stupid questions. The end goal of medicine is to help patients feel better. This is rarely if ever achieved by dismissing their concerns. - Even if a doctor has answered a question a thousand times for other patients, they haven't answered it for you. And that's what matters to you. - Your questions and concerns are legitimate. If you're doctor isn't willing to answer them or makes light of things that matter to you, leave their practice. There are plenty of doctors who care about your condition as well as you as a patient.
Have you ever had urgent diarrhea right before or after a stressful event? ⠀ ⠀ ....like after a work presentation, finals, an argument with a loved one, or a break up?⠀ ⠀ If so, you're not alone, which is why I discuss this in my free webinar that I’ll be doing tonight. ⠀ ⠀ Click on link in bio to sign up to learn how the gut-brain connection can lead to increased symptoms and what to do about it.
↠ Two weeks ago I met a new #functionalmedicine Doctor. I spent an hour with her. She listened to me. And she supported my ultimate goal of maintaining my remission from #ulcerativecolitis without the heavy immunosuppressant. I left that office feeling elated. I was heard. I was supported. I had a plan. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Two days ago I went for a checkup with my GI Doctor. And I told him about my plan to get off the medication. How it’s causing me more harm than good at this point, and I think it’s what’s best for me. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ After 24 years of western medicine, I don’t expect more than the standard response. They don’t have a protocol for stopping medication because the treatment was never intended to stop. But still I hope this doctor will understand... ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ As I sat there trying to explain how much this drug is destroying my life, trying to convince this person how much I knew about autoimmunity and healing and my own body after all these years, like I needed permission to make my own medical decisions, I got incredibly emotional and lost my train of thought. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ He chose this moment to explain his expertise...He actually said the words “Crohn’s & Colitis are my bread and butter”. And I really wonder what my face looked like as that tiny explosion erupted in my brain. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I think he said it to illustrate his experience, but in reality he was expressing the darker truth. He makes a living off of my disease. He loses income if I get better. I know this and yet I’m still here pleading with him. Because I’m human, and I’ve been programmed to trust my doctors. But frightening me doesn’t mean your right. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ You don’t have to put all your trust in someone who’s making you feel stuck or hopeless. A medical degree doesn’t equate to superior knowledge. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It’s bad enough suffering through
Sometimes I look at my scars and I’m mad, mad at all that my body has put me through. Other times I look at my scars and admire them. Without them I wouldn’t be who I am. I wouldn’t be alive. I can think back to each painful hospitalization and know, “I made it through”. Even though I have mixed emotions sometimes on my chopped up body, today, I’m glad it’s this way. Today, I’m glad my stomach tells a story. I’m happy I have that little scar where a G-Tube used to be. That my fistula scar is gigantic, that I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve had my midline incision opened up. Because today, I’m living.
While not a common topic of dinner conversation, it’s essential to discuss your bowel habits with your doctor, as they are an important indicator of your digestive health… . 👉Especially if you are NOT going.👈 . A crucial duty of our intestinal tract is to remove the waste from our digestive system. . So what happens if the system encounters a problem? . It “backs up,” “overflows” and can cause: 📌Nausea 📌Vomiting 📌Constipation 📌Diarrhea . Then those toxins get reabsorbed into the bloodstream, poisoning your entire system. . Constipation is a big problem, especially in the summer. . You may be more dehydrated from the heat, causing the colon to lose water. . Many people turn to colon cleanses for relief and detoxification. . When considering a colon cleanse, I advise that you see a healthcare professional. . 🚫I don't commonly recommend OTC laxatives like Senna, Dulcolax (Bisacodyl), etc. which are fine for occasional constipation but can be very harsh and abrasive to the colon if overused.🚫 . Chronic constipation is an issue for so many people. . ⚠️One of the more serious concern is that many people don’t even know they have chronic constipation, and think going to the bathroom twice a week is okay.⚠️ . ✅You need to go at least once to two times a day! . When the liver is healthy, so is the colon. . Normally, the liver will try to cleanse itself of toxins through sweat, urine, and stool. . But, if it becomes overburdened with toxins, those will spill over into other organs—like the skin. . Many common skin issues like eczema, acne, rosacea, and others are the result of digestive problems. . A liver cleanse is sometimes paired with a colon cleanse for better detoxification results. . ✅A trick I like is to have a spoonful of extra virgin olive oil at 10pm for at least a week to promote better liver flush. . . Questions about how to support your liver & gut? Either send me a DM or comment below! . . . . . #rootcause
Through all the pain. The darkest moments. The intrusive thoughts. Feeling like I had no control over my own mind. Through it all, I never gave up. Believe me there were times, well there were times I didn’t think I would make it to the next day, let alone to today! Hour by hour. Day by day. Slowly, I have ended up where I am today. In a place of peace. A place of acceptance. And excited for this new chapter.
Look ahead - I'm a "practical" guy, Meaning I don’t buy into scams or BS very easily. I’m all about being down the earth and having realistic expectations. It’s taking me a while to figure out the feeling better can and should be a realistic expectation. - Living with Crohn’s shouldn’t be all “doom and gloom”. For sure, there are going to be bad days and tough seasons. - But even with bad genes, if you have a good healthcare team on board with you, it’s more than possible to navigate the rough waters during storms and enjoy the sun during the good times. - The American healthcare system sucks, I know first hand. But that’s the system, not the individuals. I also know some really good doctors and acupuncturists, and I’m watching them change the game for so many with chronic conditions like Crohn’s. - It is possible to feel better my friends. If you don’t believe me, just watch.