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Ulcerative Colitis
Posted by: Rita
Date: April 18, 2001 7:28 PM

About a year ago I was prescribed three rounds of Zithromax (undiagnosed nasal cartilage/facial swelling/pain) and ultimately developed intestinal problems. After several laboratory tests and a colonoscopy I was diagnosed with Drug-induced Ulcerative Colitis. Treatment was Prednisone, Fosamax, and Asacol. I was able to stop taking the Prednisone/Fosamax after about 6 mos. My GI doctor indicated that Asacol would be a long-term treatment (probably the rest of my life). I definitely do not want to take anything the rest of my life! I have started taking acidophilus granules, L-Lysine (canker sores), and avoid foods that I know irritate. I have since stopped the Asacol and seem to be doing okay. I'm interested in any supplements or nutritionals that would help this to not recur.

RE: Ulcerative Colitis
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: April 19, 2001 1:48 PM

Butyrate is a nutrient which is great for the colon. It is one of the ways the colon stores and liberates healthy energy. I like Butyric-Cal-Mag by Biotics Research, three caps twice daily. Also, vitamin D deficiency is now associated with all forms of inflammatory bowel disease. Therapeutic levels for IBD (and for cancer prevention) start at the upper end of the "reference range" (45) and go up to 70 ng/ml. To reach these levels almost always requires supplementation and testing should always precede treatment and follow-up testing should always be done to assure that the 45-70 range has been reached, but not exceeded.

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