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REAL dietary advice for Crohn's and IBS Diet Plan

Sherry Brescia - April 2009

I just read a paper from the Mayo Clinic about dietary suggestions for people with Crohn's disease.

(For those who don't have it, Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation that most often affects the lower end of the small intestine and the large intestine (colon). It causes chronic diarrhea, extreme pain, fever and sometimes rectal

The paper starts out as terrible "advice" right from the very beginning. I put advice in quotes because this article is anything but usable advice.

The picture they displayed at the top of the page shows a meal that is so horribly combined it would send people with the healthiest bowels into writhing pain - not just Crohn's sufferers.

Then it says, "Dietary guidelines for Crohn's disease vary depending on the severity of the disease, location of the inflammation, and symptoms," but then doesn't bother to explain what to do based on whatever symptoms you might have.

Instead you're supposed to just ask your doctor, as if he or she knows anything about proper eating habits.

Below are some of the eating guidelines from the Mayo Clinic "experts" along with my comments:

#1: Eat a well-balanced diet.

SB: Can you tell me what that means? If you ask 10 different people that question you'll get 10 different answers. Lots of people think McDonald's is a balanced diet.

#2: Ask your doctor if you need to take vitamin or mineral supplements to compensate for any deficiencies.

SB: I've only met one doctor in my life that knew anything about vitamin and mineral supplementation, and her practice specializes in wellness and longevity. Unless they've taken the time to get specialized additional education, most MDs have no knowledge about supplements...most think they're snake oil or a waste of money.

#3: Drink plenty of fluids to decrease the risk of dehydration from diarrhea.

SB: What fluids are fair game? Coffee? Tea? Fruit punch? Soda? Lemonade? It's useless advice without details or a place to get the details.

#4: Avoid foods that seem to worsen your symptoms. Foods that cause discomfort in some people include spicy foods, fried foods, and raw vegetables and fruits.

SB: I'm appalled at this incorrect advice - can't they think of anything else to say? That's the same thing the doctors told me 17 years ago when I was diagnosed with IBS. It was baloney then and it's baloney now.


The main reason that certain foods seem to worsen Crohn's symptoms (or any other digestive problem) is because those foods are eaten with the wrong other foods; in other words, mis-combined.

Mis-combined foods wreak havoc from one end of the digestive tract to the other. They cause overproduction of acid (which leads to acid reflux attacks), they result in poorly digested food which can get impacted in the colon, low nutrient absorption from your food, gas, constipation and diarrhea.

If you want REAL help with Crohn's disease or any other digestive challenge, you've got to eat in a way that your body can comfortably digest your food without excess acid.

When you do that, you can eat a giant variety of foods (that you thought you couldn't eat).

When you eat the way I teach in Great Taste No Pain, that's exactly what you'll get.

Lots of delicious, easy meals that sail on smoothly from "one end to the other."

You'll probably be shocked at the foods you CAN eat that you previously thought you couldn't, just by eating them with the right other foods.

To your health,

Sherry Brescia

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