All I can do is tell you what I did. I’m not a doctor, and although I did a lot of testing and structured experimentation, I didn’t do any official form of clinical study. All I know is that today I’m medicine and pain-free, and I feel better than ever. If you haven’t seen it, take a look at my talk at TEDxEast on the subject for a quick overview.
First, it’s important to make a distinction between being cured and being in remission. I have received criticism for claiming to have cured myself of this disease, but I stick by it.
The definition of cure is the relief from symptoms of a disease. There is no time limit on that interpretation or an implication of something temporary.
Illnesses like Crohn’s and other inflammatory disorders put you in a constant battle with yourself because everything you do can have either a positive or negative effect. It’s really easy to throw in the towel when it seems you have limited information or options.
I am cured of this disease because if it were ever to rear its ugly head again, I would be able to attack it with confidence and I would overcome it.
There is no doubt in my mind that any attempt the illness might make to take me down again would be utterly futile. I am wise and calm; which means I have the power. I do not consider this remission. I have won.
I tried testing everything I could think of with the hopes that it might have some correlation to how I was feeling.
My doctor had run lots of blood tests, colonoscopies, endoscopies, barium transport studies, CAT scans, and sonograms (surprisingly the only test that had me weeping on the examination table).
Most of these were performed under conditions of inflammation, meaning there wasn’t a healthy version with which to compare. When I started my own testing, I began with the most obvious, food.