Do you have a mission in life?
Recently I’ve become more interested in looking at the habits and goals of some of the world’s most successful people.
Something I’ve noticed (about most of them) is that rather than their goals being about how much they can own / how much money they can make, etc, it’s more about their mission in life.
They want to change things.
For example, Elon Musk who is CEO of Tesla and Space X clearly has a mission way beyond how much money he can make.
For him, it’s about improving the world’s use of sustainable energy (by producing ultra-attractive, high-performing electronic cars), as well as being able to send people to Mars.
For Bill Gates (who has set up a foundation with his wife) it’s about the belief that every life has equal value, and that, in developing countries, they will help improve people’s health and give them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty.
If you look at any very successful people, they all have a mission.
Personally, I don’t want to send people to Mars, but I do want to change the face of Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and other autoimmune conditions.
I want the information I put out, my work, products, services, my charitable contributions, and the results of the people I work with and who place faith in my products to send such a clear message to the conventional medical world that they have to change their blinkered view that a) medication and surgery are the only options for people, and that b) that diet, lifestyle, testing and getting to the cause of your problems won’t help.
I’m nowhere near to making the impact I want to have yet but it is my mission.
As part of that, it’s important to look at some of the most common myths around Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis and explain why they are just that…myths…
Myth 1: It’s not possible to get rid of symptoms without medication
This is quite simply wrong.
I have seen it happen time and time again.
Don’t get me wrong. Quite often someone’s health gets to the stage where medication is urgently needed to help try to bring things under control.
And nor does everyone get to a place where they are 100% medication free.
Medication in all likelihood saved my wife’s life when she was at her worst point with her UC.
But it is not the sole long-term solution.
Symptoms exist for a reason and when you get to the cause of those, then there very often isn’t a need for medication use (which is essentially just designed to try and mask your symptoms), and certainly, it can often be substantially reduced in dosages and strength.
It’s not how doctors are taught but it is the way to feel good long term.
Just think about it…
We have more medication available to us than ever before.
There is more spent on drugs every year than ever before.
Yet the rate of IBD is still increasing every year, and people are suffering more than ever.
Clearly, it is not the solution.
The majority of the people on this page feel better than ever, and have either eliminated or drastically reduced their medication…
Believing it cannot be done is a myth, and it could be holding you back because that belief can prevent you from looking more into other alternatives.
Myth 2: Nothing can be done – it’s all down to your genes
There’s no doubt that genes do play a part in Crohn’s / Ulcerative Colitis.
You need to be genetically susceptible to it.
But as the field of “epigenetics” explains, those genes need to be “switched on”, and it is their interaction with your environment, diet, lifestyle, and personal circumstances that do that.
Therefore, by resolving those issues, you stop “activating” the genes that make you susceptible to Crohn’s / UC, and you can live life in permanent remission (not “cured” but permanent remission or at the very least see a substantial improvement in symptoms).
Clear evidence of this can be seen in certain areas of the world that experience much lower rates of autoimmunity (such as IBD) than others (such as Ikaria).
Their diet, lifestyle, stress, toxins, etc. are different from the norm in the parts of the world that are suffering.
However, if the people who live in these areas ever move elsewhere, then they often experience the same rates of chronic disease and autoimmunity as everyone else.
This shows that it’s not their genes that have been keeping them healthy for all this time but rather their lifestyle.
These places are often referred to as “Blue Zones” and I hope that as doctors become more aware of these pockets of health around the world that their views will change.
Myth 3: Diet doesn’t play a part
Unfortunately, still so many doctors are telling their patients that diet plays no part in helping you with the symptoms of IBD.
Yet pretty much everyone who has ever tried changing their diet (the right way) have noticed a considerable improvement.
It may not have got them to a place where they are completely symptom-free but it can help to improve things substantially.
It’s likely that, on its own, a change in diet it won’t get you to long-term remission.
There are many other factors that play a part.
But it will have a big effect (if you do it the right way).
Even just thinking about it high level, everyone, even doctors, accept that diet must play some part in gut health.
They accept that you need nutrients to nourish your body, reduce inflammation and avoid nutrient deficiencies.
That’s just logical.
Yet all logic seems to go out the window as soon as a label of “Crohn’s” or “Ulcerative Colitis” is put on someone.
What’s more, the majority of your immune system is located in or around your gut.
If your immune system isn’t behaving as it should (which is the case with an autoimmune condition such as IBD), then you have to look after your gut, and by far the best way to do that is through diet.
Again, this is just logic.
The problem lies with the fact that doctors aren’t taught about diet. They are taught about medication and, therefore, how to mask problems, rather than getting to the root.
If you are eating foods you are sensitive or intolerant to right now, then that will affect your gut, it will affect your hormones and it will affect your immune system.
So without a doubt it is a factor.
Hopefully that has helped to clear a few things up.
I know this article alone won’t change how doctors think but hopefully it can help YOU, and there is no greater message to send to a doctor than to show them how your health has improved from the changes you have made.
I hope you join me on this mission, and am always here to answer any questions or clear up any confusion you might have.