Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Recommended Treatment Protocol

• 2 x Tablespoons of pure MSM dissolved in water and used for a daily enema.
• 1 x Tablespoon of pure MSM dissolved in water taken orally twice a day.
• Adopt The Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ www.BreakingTheViciousCycle.info
• Read and Practice "How to think & feel well"

I have suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for 20 years with bouts of excessive blood and mucus in the stools, diarrhoea, a compulsive need to excrete, excessive weight loss, headaches and irritability. I have found that the condition can be controlled by following the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" however flare-ups can occur in times of stress or if I forget to strictly follow the diet. These flare-ups used to be a long and painful process to subdue but now thankfully I have discovered MSM and flare-ups are a thing of the past. Within a month of starting the MSM protocol I put on nearly 5kgs and the specialist at Auckland hospital was so impressed he told me he would research both MSM and the SCD.
Nick Wilson YogaForHealing@gmail.com
Footnote: After this, we got Nick onto Carlson's lemon flavoured Cod Liver oil and Chlorella - to gently remove heavy metals from his bowell and address nutritional deficiencies. This lead to him now only using MSM orally every few days and no bowell problems.

Published Research
Rats with chemically induced colitis were treated with MSM (400mg/kg/day, orally) for 4 days. Results showed that MSM decreased colon damage and significantly reduced oxidative stress and inflammatory processes. It seems that MSM as a natural product may have a protective effect in an experimental ulcerative colitis.
Amirshahrokhi K, Bohlooli S, Chinifroush MM.
The effect of methylsulfonylmethane on the experimental colitis in the rat.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2011 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print]

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MSM significantly inhibited the release of several agents causing inflammation (i.e. prostaglandin). The results indicate this is done through down regulation of a protein (NF-kappaB signalling) [which is found to be chronically active in many inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, sepsis, gastritis, asthma etc.]
We believe MSM is relatively safe and effective for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.
Kim YH, Kim DH, Lim H, Baek DY, Shin HK, Kim JK.
The anti-inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages.
Biol Pharm Bull. 2009 Apr;32(4):651-6.

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Ulcerative colitis is associated with psychological stress and poor emotional functioning characterized by decreased sensitivity to emotions with a positive content.
Agostini A, Filippini N, Cevolani D, Agati R, Leoni C, Tambasco R, et al.
Brain functional changes in patients with ulcerative colitis: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study on emotional processing.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Aug;17(8):1769-77. doi: 10.1002/ibd.21549. Epub 2010 Nov 15.

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