Today’s question came to me from Francis and it’s one that I have a particular passion around. As I talk about in the preface and intro of my book “The Paleo Dieter’s Missing Link,” I struggled for a number of years with Ulcerative Colitis and eventually recovered and regained my health. The video above details some of the things I learned during my struggle with the illness.
Here’s Francis’ email:
Got your book, and have been reading through it (and Robb Wolf’s book)
with great interest.
My son (now 12), has had colitis for 3-4 years. It had been under
control until a few months ago, and a recent colonoscopy showed the
first 15 cm of his rectum/sigmoid are completely compromised, and
nothing but bleeding lesions. Needless to say we’re panicked as
parents, as the GI doc’s next step is steroids.
We don’t want to go that route – and are moving him to paleo like diet
(I’m convinced all the wheat/grains he eats has got to have an effect
My question(s) to you:
- I want to go paleo with him, but he’s in a huge growth spurt; should
I go strict at first, and then loosen the reigns after we get his
current crisis under control? I will cut out wheat / grains, but what
about brown rice?
- I have been reading a ton about kefir, and would like to make daily
shakes for him with organic goats milk kefir / fruit smoothies, do you
think it’s OK to have this dairy in his diet and see where it goes?
- In general, any comments or thoughts you have in going from a
“normal” western diet to a paleo diet for disease mgmt (especially
with kids) is appreciated.
- I don’t see how we can be successful if we have to cut out
simultaneously all grains, eggs, nightshades, and dairy. I think I can
come up with an eating plan if I could include limited dairy (kefir),
and eggs, otherwise, it becomes meat and veggies exclusively.
Thanks for your book and your blog – it’s inspiring and brings hope to
IMPORTANT! Adam Farrah is not a doctor or medical professional. This information is based on my own opinion and is not meant to be medical advice or to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe in any way.