Why Doesn't My Doctor Know This?: Conquering Irritable Bowel Syndromne, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn's Disease and Colitis Paperback – Feb 1 2008
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Dahlman's main focus is to calm down and restore the G.I. tract through a combination of focusing on bacteria (good) and chemistry. To alter these conditions in the colon, it may be seen as a highly restrictive way to live, especially the dietary changes. It's important to remember that they are temporary and a process of elimation to produce the quickest results. He estimates about three months. Apparently, if you get well, you can work back in your old favorities.
He mentions that many of the things we have tried in the past may well have some benefits, but have never been done simultaneously with all his suggestions. He urges us to purify our bodies, so the probiotic supplements, the antiinflammatory drink mixes etc, have a chance to work for you. The dietary guidelines will complement these supplements, which are borne out by nearly thirty years of research. He is not afraid of the complexity of his approach all, and has some sense, one can tell from the dark humour, that he has some dictator qualities. For example, He has four 100% dietary laws and beside them writes: 'don't you dare break them', he says they must be totally followed in order to get a benefit.
Dr. Dahlman definitely has a personality, and while prepared for a dreary read, I was assaulted by his staccato, direct communication style, which I found fast paced and fun. He gets right down to it, which is comforting, since you know he's not whispering sweet alterative health 'nothings' in your ear. His information is not coming out of thin air. His research has been extensive. He means business. His jokes and outlook border on bleak at times, but if you'd seen as much needless suffering as he has in his life, you might have hold some of these dark opinions of the medical field too, which has no cure for these ills. Some of his patients have actually come in in diapers, while other have blood and mucus in their stool. Some can't leave the house for fear of an 'accident,' and are always on the toilet at home. (My brother in law was always on the road, and his life was hell.)Such can be life if you suffer from one of this disorders. If you follow Dr. Dahlman's protocol, you may not have to.
PS. I suggest a trip to the dahlman website for a look at the more simplified, blended supplements available at his on-line store, which is not featured in the book.
But either way, be prepared to drop a thousand dollars (NOT exaggerating) to try his program for three months. Apparently (from the reviews) it works for some people, but I found no improvement and am mad that I dropped that much money for nothing.
I recommend trying a book called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" first for the SCD diet, which doesn't require specific expensive supplements. For some reason Amazon doesn't have copies right now (and says that it's normally $60???), but I got it from a bookstore for $20.
Good luck to you all....