Ulcerative Colitis & Crohn's Disease


Recommended Treatment Protocol for Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Testimonial
I have suffered from Ulcerative Colitis for 20 years with bouts of excessive blood and mucus in the stools, diarrhoea, a compulsive need to excrete, excessive weight loss, headaches and irritability. I have found that the condition can be controlled by following the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" however flare-ups can occur in times of stress or if I forget to strictly follow the diet. These flare-ups used to be a long and painful process to subdue but now thankfully I have discovered MSM and flare-ups are a thing of the past. Within a month of starting the MSM protocol I put on nearly 5kgs and the specialist at Auckland hospital was so impressed he told me he would research both MSM and the SCD.
Nick Wilson YogaForHealing@gmail.com
Footnote: After this, we got Nick onto Carlson's lemon flavoured Cod Liver oil and Chlorella - to gently remove heavy metals from his bowell and address nutritional deficiencies. This lead to him now only using MSM orally every few days and no bowell problems.

Published Research:
Rats with chemically induced colitis were treated with MSM (400mg/kg/day, orally) for 4 days. Results showed that MSM decreased colon damage and significantly reduced oxidative stress and inflammatory processes. It seems that MSM as a natural product may have a protective effect in an experimental ulcerative colitis.
Amirshahrokhi K, Bohlooli S, Chinifroush MM.
The effect of methylsulfonylmethane on the experimental colitis in the rat.
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2011 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print] Link to Abstract

MSM significantly inhibited the release of several agents causing inflammation (i.e. prostaglandin). The results indicate this is done through down regulation of a protein (NF-kappaB signalling) [which is found to be chronically active in many inflammatory diseases, such as inflammatory bowel disease, arthritis, sepsis, gastritis, asthma etc.]
We believe MSM is relatively safe and effective for the treatment of inflammatory diseases.
Kim YH, Kim DH, Lim H, Baek DY, Shin HK, Kim JK.
The anti-inflammatory effects of methylsulfonylmethane on lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammatory responses in murine macrophages.
Biol Pharm Bull. 2009 Apr;32(4):651-6. Link to Abstract    Link to Full Text

Ulcerative colitis is associated with psychological stress and poor emotional functioning characterized by decreased sensitivity to emotions with a positive content.
Agostini A, Filippini N, Cevolani D, Agati R, Leoni C, Tambasco R, et al.
Brain functional changes in patients with ulcerative colitis: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study on emotional processing.
Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Aug;17(8):1769-77. doi: 10.1002/ibd.21549. Epub 2010 Nov 15. Link to Abstract