"My son is graduating from College tomorrow! Our family is indebted to you that much and more. You are definitely one of my very favorite people in the whole world. Why? Well our youngest son, J., was diagnosed as having ulcerative colitis when he was 18. We never did get enthused with the typical drug treatments prescribed (I was always a bit skeptical of traditional medicine) mostly because they made him feel worse. We tried some of the same "cures" you tried for your problems such as Elaine Gottschall's recipes complete with almond flour from CA. My wife spent many hours baking for him, but eventually he said the almond flour was not agreeing with him. I told him we still had a couple of other options. One was the fruit and vegetable diet that David Klein had used to cure himself and the other was the IBD Remission Diet from your book of the same title.
We decided to start out with your shakes in the fall of 2006. I was not sure he would find them an acceptable substitute for his regular diet but he was not feeling too good and was anxious to try something. We added flax seed oil to the shakes and he found them quite agreeable and for a few months they were about all the nutrition he took in. He immediately commented that he had more energy (he really had not been taking in enough calories). In January of this year he had another complete examination of his digestive system at a different clinic and the doctor said he was 95% confident that he had no inflammatory bowel disease (no ulcerative colitis, Crohn's, or celiac disease). I was happy to hear that but not too surprised. J was also happy but also puzzled as to what had caused his discomfort and some other symptoms. I pointed out your thinking on bowel problems being on a long gradual spectrum from minor distress such as IBS to severe crohn's. His problems could have had any of a number of origins or combinations of origins - allergies, candidiasis (he had never eaten a good diet from my point of view - as a baby he shunned vegetables and lived on milk and peach cobbler), and lack of exercise - I made the mistake of getting him a computer when he was about 5 and his favorite pastime is gaming.
J is graduating from college tomorrow - major in finance. I would hate to go so far as to say it is good that you had bowel problems because otherwise you would have not done the extensive investigative work you did, would not have written your great books and not created the shakes that helped prepare J for that second favorable diagnosis. But, since you did have your problems you did do the investigative work, wrote the great books, and created the great shakes, and J and I and my wife and the rest of our family will always be indebted to you - thanks much!!!!"