On page 55 of my book about natural healing for digestive diseases, Listen To Your Gut, I give clear directions that you must not use any other supplements on the LTYG program UNTIL you have given the protocols a chance to work and your condition has stabilized. THEN you can go ahead and test other supplements – note I said “test”. I give you instructions to introduce ONE supplement at a time and wait 2 weeks to test for any adverse reactions before introducing the next one. I especially warn about the difficulty of introducing multiple-ingredient remedies like those prescribed in Chinese or Ayurvedic medicine, because they have the highest likelihood to trigger an adverse reaction. It is really key for people to understand that:

All the supplements and protocols in LTYG have been tested by THOUSANDS of people with Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis and IBS (20,000 at last count) – many of whom are in advanced disease states and extremely hypersensitive. We KNOW these supplements work and are highly tolerated – which is why I specify brands, so you can get exactly the right product. Just ONE trigger ingredient, like Betaine HCL or MSM can trigger a flare.

The reason I give such explicit instructions, is to avoid the heartache that readers like Jake (name changed to protect privacy) experienced. In his first email to me, you can clearly see how frustrated, upset and angry he is that he spent so much time and money on the protocols in LTYG and nothing worked:

“Hi Jini,
Please do not ask for my feedback.  I have nothing good to say.  I tried the oregano oil, the george’s aloe juice, NAG, L Glutamine, the enema that I ordered with three organic powders etc..  The absorb plus I ordered made the bleeding worse.  Was back in hospital.  Had to go back to prednisone and now Remicade thanks to the treatment protocol in the book which didn’t work for me.  I have nothing good to share.”

I immediately emailed Jake back, since he is literally the first person I have ever heard from who received absolutely no benefit or improvement from the protocols in LTYG and I wanted to find out what else was going on that could have interfered with his healing. He wrote back:

“When I read the book, it makes complete sense.  I even understand the science behind it.  I had high hopes with it.  I am sure that it did help a lot of people, but not me.
I want to know what went wrong in my case.  I feel so unfortunate not to get the benefit that people got from this nice book. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to help me out.

I was on Prednisone 30mg for 2 weeks, tapered to 20mg and not 15mg like you suggest for two more weeks.  Further down to 10mg for 2 weeks and followed by 5mg for one week.  I stopped after that and didn’t taper to 2.5mg like you suggest. I didn’t start your protocol until I stopped prednisone completely.

I was and am still taking homeopathy medication while on your protocol.  I was also taking Vitamin D 5000 IU. I was also taking some ayurvedic medication from India which was in the form of powder which has to be soaked in water overnight then boil it and then you drink the filtrate of it. I still take it.  This is a mix of different powders like Harde, Adulsa, etc.. Also, I was taking Avapatti churan.”

Well, Jake’s email provided a few clues for where things went wrong. So, although I talk about these things in LTYG, I know it’s a very large book and very difficult to retain all the information at once (this is why it’s really important to actually do the Workbook – on the CD-Rom). So, as I wrote back to Jake:

The homeopathics wouldn’t hamper anything, likewise the vitamin D is good and your Prednisone taper schedule was at a good pace. However, the Ayurvedic remedies… please go read the section on Ayurvedic Medicine on pg 378 in LTYG and then see the section on Introducing New Supplements on pg 52-55.

You will see that you needed to completely discontinue the Ayurvedic medications and clear them from your system and only after you have successfully incorporated the supplements and protocols in LTYG can you introduce the Ayurvedic meds again – but you must follow the instructions in point 3 when you do so; testing remedies singly and leaving 2 weeks in between each to test for tolerance.

My cousin (with colitis, later progressed to Crohn’s) also flew to India and stayed in residence with a renowned Ayurvedic doctor for complete treatment – nothing worked and he