Paleo for my friend who has crohn's disease?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 27, 2012 at 6:27 AM

My best friend has been struggling with Crohn's disease for about 2 years now and I'm really concerned for his health. He is SO thin and pale looking. He used to be very fit and muscular but the disease has taken all that away. He's always disliked healthy food but now is getting desperate and is more willing to try new things that could help with his condition. If you're not familiar with Crohn's, here's an explanation http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104/. I think Paleo could help him. Thoughts? How could I tell him about paleo to convince him it would work? Thanks to everyone in advance!

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on August 24, 2012
at 11:38 PM

I agree with MaryCay's answer. For IBD/IBS a mix of hard-core Paleo (offal, fermented foods, sea veggies, bone broth, lots of D3/Mg/K2-Mk4) and the SCD/GAPS diets is best. HOWEVER, instead of SCD's yogurt suggestion, I would suggest home-made goat kefir, which is way more potent than home-made yogurt. When SCD was put together, the info/research for kefir was not available yet. We now know that kefir runs circles around yogurt in terms of potency.


on July 27, 2012
at 09:40 PM

If he has asked for your help, he is more likely to accept it. If he has not asked for your help, you might be "pissing into the wind."



on July 27, 2012
at 02:22 PM

Check out the book and website "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" about the specific carbohydrate diet. It is like Paleo but adds things like 24 hour cultured yogurt. It is designed specifically for inflammatory bowel disease so maybe if you show your friend the info on it and the success stories he may listen. Also do an internet search of paleo, scd, gaps diet and crohns disease. Print out the info and give it to him. There is lots of anecdotal evidence.

I believe paleo will help but the addition of bone broth and fermented foods like sauerkraut might be necessary for healing. I'd also order a copy of balanced bites "practical paleo". While I haven't seen it yet (it hasn't been released yet), the author discusses specific ailments and has recipes for paleo meals/foods including bone broth and kraut.

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