I am more than happy to give you feedback on Listen to Your Gut - the book that, I believe, saved my husband's life. After 35 years of trying to manage Crohn’s Disease nutritionally (without medication), my husband’s body was giving out. From 2002 through 2016 he had been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, experiencing some relief along with flare ups and a few partial bowel obstructions. Strictures from an original bowel resection back in '82 finally brought us to a crossroads in January/2017. We knew how seriously ill my husband was when he lost more than 25 lbs. He was becoming weak and lethargic. I read both books, Listen to Your Gut and the IBD Remission Diet, in order to learn everything, I needed to know about Jini's protocol. Some days I felt I was on overload as I cared for my sick husband while formulating a supplement schedule to follow. (I'm attaching a copy of my schedules for you to see.)
He began the IBD Remission Diet with a partial Elemental Diet for 4 weeks (the only food he ate was chopped chicken, fish, applesauce, and squash). During this time we slowly introduced all the recommended supplements. By the week 4, he was ready to go full elemental, consuming 6 Absorb Plus shakes per day. He felt good. No cramps, gas, or bloating. His bowels were loose, but we understood that was part of being on a liquid diet. All of his life he has been unable to take supplements, but now he was tolerating Calcium Ascorbate, Quercitin, Grapeseed Extract, Vit. E, Vit. D, Natren probiotics, Joy of the Mountain oil of oregano, George's Aloe Vera Juice... and everything worked very well! We were excited and hopeful for the future. I referred back to both books on a daily basis, constantly refreshing my knowledge of what to look for and what to do if we hit a snag. And we did hit a few snags and had some setbacks. I "chatted" online with Cris at LTYG.com, and even phoned in on more than one occasion. Always, I received encouragement and the assurance that we were not alone in this journey! At Jini's suggestion my husband began having Cranial Sacral Therapy and also NAET Allergy Testing. He also does nightly castor oil packs over his stricture area and I perform abdominal massage along with some reflexology. This definitely seems to be softening the stricture and helping things to pass. He has also benefited from Hemmorheal - wow, that worked almost immediately and he was so grateful! But most important, he has been working through some deep emotional issues that he feels sure has contributed to the disease process all these years. That perhaps has been the hardest part of this recovery, but a necessary part all the same. All I can say is that much, much prayer has gone into everything we are doing, and the results speak for themselves.
I would say the only difficulty my husband is having right now is that he has not gained any weight back. Unfortunately, he no longer seems able to tolerate Absorb Plus, which is puzzling because he was on one shake a day for the last two years, and then 4-6 shakes during the Elemental Diet phase. We are wondering if he built up an intolerance to whey, because even when I switched over to Vital Whey, he experienced bloating and pain. Gaining weight back is our biggest challenge. He feels good, but just can't seem to gain weight. (We also tried Sun Warrior protein, but he reacted to that as well.)
I would like to share some of the things that have helped my husband make such great progress:– Moving very very slowly in introducing new foods, eating more fish than ever as it seems easier to digest.
– Continuing Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol, and taking Natren Probiiotics three times per day. Also did the retention enema.
– George’s Aloe Vera, along with all supplements recommended at LTYG
– Nightly abdominal massage along with reflexology on his feet (this has made a huge difference in gas/bloating)
– Weekly cranial-sacral therapy (can’t say enough about these!)
– NAET (Nanputripad’s Allergy Elimination Treatment) to address food sensitivities
– Nightly Castor oil packs (from stricture heal protocol) Words cannot adequately express our appreciation for all that Jini and the folks at LTYG have done to make my husband’s recovery possible. I truly don't know if he would be with us today if not for LTYG. Thank you for the support, methods, and suggestions available through LTYG.