Levels of Healing in Crohn’s Colitis – Mind/Body Interface

Join me and Tami Hay as she interviews me for her Master’s thesis. Tami is in training as a Spiritual Nutrition Counselor, which gives her a totally different perspective on diet, the emotional aspects of food, and the various components of the healing journey. Tami’s questions come from her own journey of healing her Colitis-Crohns diagnosis, along with coaching many of her clients along their gut-healing journeys.

Let’s take a deep dive into some of the intricacies of long-term healing from serious gut dis-ease:


16 thoughts on “Levels of Healing in Crohn’s Colitis – Mind/Body Interface

  1. Hi Jini,

    Are there are practitioners in Vancouver that you suggest? I’ve been following all your suggestions as I’m dealing with a bladder fistula. I thought the bowel rest was helping, but after 6 weeks of strictly liquids and another 3 of 80% liquids, I’m still struggling and having symptoms. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,

    • Hello Felicia,

      I’m sorry this happened. Some used The IBD Remission Diet exclusively for three months (the usual duration is 6 weeks) but the the goal is always remission so the transition back to normal food should start when symptoms have disappeared.

      Dr. Paul Goldberg is a doctor who is very skilled at healing chronic ailments of all kinds (he is also a professor of functional gastroenterology), so I encourage you to check him out – over 50% of his clients are international, so you don’t need to live in Georgia to consult with him.

      You can watch this video for a detailed description of how Dr. Goldberg works and what’s involved with his healing approach:

      We wish you all the best on your healing journey and if you have any additional questions please let me know.

      Kind Regards,
      Cris B
      Customer Care

  2. I am on day 6 of the IBD remission protocol and have been feeling great on the elemental shakes! I love being able to get my nutritional needs met without experiencing excruciating abdominal pain and inflammation. I’ve never had bleeding, ulcers or even bowel changes- my only symptoms have been pain, swelling, nausea and vomiting. But the pain is so severe, I am bedridden crying out in pain and not able to eat for 2-3 days at a time causing me to lose 10 lbs over a few days. This was happening every time I ate for the last two months which is why I’m doing something drastic like this protocol.
    I’ve had this for 4 years with a cycle of 6 months good health and 6 months bad health (never medications with exception of prednisone 4 times during severe flare-up). Day 6 I decided to introduce raw milk in my shakes since I thought I had tolerated raw milk well in the past. After shake 3 with raw milk, I had mild abdominal pain and inflammation (only lasted a few hours). So now day 7 I’m back to just using water for the shakes- feeling well.
    1) Did that mild inflammation interrupt my healing process meaning I need to start back at Day 1?
    2) Does that mean I’m intolerant to raw milk? Or could it be reintroduced at a different time?
    3) Lastly, does this mean my gut is more impaired than I thought? I intended on staying on the elemental diet for only 3 weeks since I was symptom free on day 4 feeling great (never had surgery, never had fistulas or ulcers or even recurrent diarrhea). Would you recommend staying on the shakes longer since I had an inflammatory response to the raw milk on day 6?

    Thank you!
    Chelsea Campbell

    • Hello Chelsea,

      First of all, it’s great to hear that you’re no longer in pain, and that you’re feeling better!

      Jini recommends to try to listen to your body and gut on how long it needs the elemental diet but give your body enough time to heal. You can’t heal 4 years of damage in 3 weeks. If you’ve been on strong drugs like prednisone your healing is going to take a while. Keep in mind that even people with no hidden disease symptoms, but simply an unbalanced hormonal system require 4 – 6 months just to re-balance their hormones. You can reintroduce raw cows milk or raw goats milk for sure and when you’re ready, start with small amounts, only 1/4 cup per day and gradually work up.

      Please check Teleseminar Raw Milk Diet Therapy with Jim Ehmke, CN to learn how to use raw milk as a healing and detoxification tool.

      Also check Jini’s Food Reintroduction chart (Ch. 5 of The IBD Remission Diet) to thoroughly test for your food allergies and in tolerances and how to gradually accustom your body to eating other normal foods again.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

      • Thank you so much for your thorough response! I am considering everything you said and adjusting my plans. Jini outlines in her protocol 4-6 weeks on the elemental diet. Is that what you meant to type, instead of 4-6 months? I hope so lol

  3. Been struggling on and off for years 8th of march this year Hospital July 25 Here we go again Pain Bloating ,Gas blah blah
    I have just watched your video and you have given me my life back. have been doing some things right prioer to watching your presentation.Done the boil the bones thingy .Purchased slippery elm bark and quality accidofilas ,diet kept soft but nourishing ,lots of water,warm pack on tummy for pain relief all this has helped a lot However Doctor no help ,says cant help till I have a colonoscopy to find out whats going on .Would rather not do this I think theres enough inflamation in the gut as it is Thank you you have helped me so much on my path to heal myself.

    • Hello Colleen,

      Thank you for your feedback. I’m so pleased for you, and congratulations also for being so proactive with your health!

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  4. I have had crohns for over 20 years with a blissful 6 year remission. The day I moved to a new house in a different water district it came back with a vengeance. It had always, per colonoscopy, been in the bottom 5% of my colon. This time 95%of my upper and lower intestine. I could not shower without getting boils on my skin, my skin bled, as well as the worst crohns ever. Finally had water tested, extremely high chlorine. Whole house water filtration $6000. Moved back where I came from 2 years later to find out water changed from chlorine filtration to chloramne. BAD STUFF HAS Amonia. Same issues. I have been hospitalized numerous times. Spent thousands on natural treatments. I am sad to say I am very allergic to oregano, even I kept trying it. Natural pure good stuff. Desperate! What is the next best line of defense you recommend? Please help. Can’t even take care of myself or drive anymore.

    • Olive leaf is the other potent anti-microbial – many people use that instead of wild oregano. And yes, we have always filtered both tap and bath water for just those reasons, but sounds like you have become sensitized to it as well and you’ll likely have to be vigilant about not being exposed in any form. Sorry your comment got missed before – not sure how that happened! But hope things are a bit better now.

  5. HI Jini… a classmate Gav me the link to your website,,and I will be buying your book .next week… I believe I have UC no blood in my stools…But i seem no to be able to keep nothing down…I either vomit what i eat or thru Diarrhea…I am weak…and I am experiencing dramatic loss of weight. My stools is so watery
    so much water that i ask myself where all this water is coming from…The Dr said That I have a small endocrine tumor that need to be removed thru surgery that they did that countless time…so is this sme type of UC…there is always that watery noise in my stomach like something is gathering water to be flushed out thru diarrhea..I have 3 huge watery diarhea very day…and it dehydrate me…I am going
    back and forth to he ER…Is there anyway to stop the Diarrhea….and get my digestion going normal…

    • Hi George,

      Thank you for contacting us. Going on Elemental Diet is probably the best thing that would help the most at this point because your body needs more nutrition due to increase loss of nutrients through loose bowel movements. Absorb Plus is pre-digested so it is absorbed into your bloodstream within 20 minutes of ingestion.

      You also may want to try the bentonite clay/sprouted flax and chia powder combination as it should help to normalize the consistency of your stools.

      If you tend to get attacks of cramping where you have to run for the toilet then a Colonic Massage will be a big help to you. You can give yourself this colonic massage while sitting on the toilet to help reduce frequent loose bowel movements:

      Self-Administered Colonic Massage – Constipation, Diarrhea, Gas, Bloating

      Make sure you are doing Jini’s Wild Oregano Oil Protocol at the same time, as your bowel issues may be caused by Candida overgrowth, or bad bacteria. Take Natren brand probiotics to clear out bad gut flora while repopulating with good gut flora.

      Also, don’t take anything in capsule form (probiotics or supplements), as when you have very loose bowel movements the travel time through the gut is too fast for them to be properly absorbed and used. In that case, you need to take powder or liquid supplements, or open the capsules and dissolve them in liquid.

      If you have any additional questions you can reply here or e-mail me at service@listentoyourgut.com.

      Kind Regards,
      Customer Care

  6. I really don’t know where to begin, but I have been in remission from Crohn’s disease for over 25 years, and in the past year or so, this God awful disease has reared its ugly head and an extremely vengeful way. I am a bit overwhelmed, because I have told my traditional gastroenterologist that I’m not taking the Humira, and therefore I’m kind of on my own. Financially, I’m not able to afford another naturopathic doctor, as I’m hardly able to afford this absorb Plus. When I read everybody else’s messages, I’m overwhelmed at the financial investment to do the protocols that should result in healing, as I’ve started on the elemental shakes, but ran out of product, and 5 days late reordered more absorb Plus. I am looking for any advice you can give me, with regard to this whole scenario. I do not have a doctor on my team right now, even though I have shared with my family that I do. I just don’t want to instill fear in them with regard to my health and wellness. Over the past 25 years or so, prior to that, I’ve had over 12 inches of intestine removed due to Crohn’s blockage is. I do not desire to have any more of those surgeries, and I cannot handle the biologic drugs that are available now for this God awful disease. I am reading your book which is in digital form, but without specific time periods, and by just listening to my gut, I’m not necessarily confident and what I’m doing. I don’t know what I’m listening to my gut for pretty much. I can tell you after being on that absorb Plus for 5 days, my bowels have changed from Full liquid to nice soft solids. If that’s the kind of listening I’m supposed to be looking for, then I guess I might be headed in the right direction, but everything seems a bit obscure, with regard to the results, and when to transition from each so you know from Step 1 adding Step 2, and then when I can get off of the elemental shake, things like that. Can someone advise me with regard to changing each protocol at a specific time. Or at least have an approximate time.? Thank you in advance.

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