I just read a paper from the Mayo Clinic about dietary
suggestions for people with Crohn's disease.
(For those who don't have it, Crohn's disease is a chronic
inflammation that most often affects the lower end of the
small intestine and the large intestine (colon). It causes
chronic diarrhea, extreme pain, fever and sometimes rectal
The paper starts out as terrible "advice" right from the
very beginning. I put advice in quotes because this
article is anything but usable advice.
The picture at the top of the page shows a meal that is so
horribly combined it would send people with the healthiest
bowels into writhing pain--not just Crohn's sufferers.
Then it says, "Dietary guidelines for Crohn's disease vary
depending on the severity of the disease, location of the
inflammation, and symptoms," but then doesn't bother to
explain what to do based on whatever symptoms you might have.
Instead you're supposed to just ask your doctor, as if he
or she knows anything about proper eating habits.
Below are some of the eating guidelines from the Mayo
Clinic "experts" along with my comments:
#1: Eat a well-balanced diet.
SB: Can you tell me what that means? If you ask 10
different people that question you'll get 10 different
answers. Lots of people think McDonald's is a balanced
#2: Ask your doctor if you need to take vitamin or
mineral supplements to compensate for any deficiencies.
SB: I've only met one doctor in my life that knew
anything about vitamin and mineral supplementation, and her
practice specializes in wellness and longevity. Unless
they've taken the time to get specialized additional
education, most MDs have no knowledge about
supplements...most think they're snake oil or a waste of
#3: Drink plenty of fluids to decrease the risk of
dehydration from diarrhea.
SB: What fluids are fair game? Coffee? Tea? Fruit
punch? Soda? Lemonade? It's useless advice without
details or a place to get the details.
#4: Avoid foods that seem to worsen your symptoms. Foods
that cause discomfort in some people include spicy foods,
fried foods, and raw vegetables and fruits.
SB: I'm appalled at this incorrect advice--can't they
think of anything else to say? That's the same thing the
doctors told me 17 years ago when I was diagnosed with IBS.
It was baloney then and it's baloney now.
The main reason that certain foods seem to worsen Crohn's
symptoms (or any other digestive problem) is because those
foods are eaten with the wrong other foods--in other words,
Mis-combined foods wreak havoc from one end of the
digestive tract to the other. They cause overproduction of
acid (which leads to acid reflux attacks), they result in
poorly digested food which can get impacted in the colon,
low nutrient absorption from your food, gas, constipation
If you want REAL help with Crohn's disease or any other
digestive challenge, you've got to eat in a way that your
body can comfortably digest your food without excess acid.
When you do that, you can eat a giant variety of foods
(that you thought you couldn't eat).
When you eat the way I teach in Great Taste No Pain,
that's exactly what you'll get.
Lots of delicious, easy meals that sail on smoothly from
"one end to the other."
You'll probably be shocked at the foods you CAN eat that
you previously thought you couldn't, just by eating them
with the right other foods.
To your health,
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