Ileitis — How to Prevent and Cure Ileitis With Diet and Exercise
A week ago Sunday, my brother-in-law Walter was rushed to the emergency room at Huntington hospital with severe lower right quadrant intestinal pain. Walter is not what you would call a healthy dude. Walter is 64 years old, retired Grumman employee, severely overweight — but the worst thing about his excess weight is that the weight is concentrated in his abdomen.
At first glance, it might seem that he is just a fat f**k, but after looking at him closely, you’ll find that his stomach is seriously distended and hard, not like typical belly fat. Upon admission to the emergency room, the on-duty nurse asked Walter and his daughter Keri who brought him there if his stomach was always like this. After replying that this was the normal swollen state, the nurse incredulously asked — “Like this??”
Well it turns out, Walter has a form of Crohn’s disease known as Ileitis.
Naturally, after a barrage of tests and procedures the doctors prescribed drugs for controlling the symptoms. No mention whatsoever about lifestyle changes that would help his condition.
Being married to his sister for twenty plus years, I’ve known Walter for a long time. Walter loves to drink alcohol to excess and by the looks of him you can tell that the man has never eaten a vegetable in his life — Walter is a junk food junkie. The doctors didn’t even ask him about his nutritional habits and what kind of diet he should follow to minimize recurrent episodes of pain and suffering from Ileitis.
Because I love Walter and I want to help him, I did an exhaustive search on the subject.
This is what I found:
Oftentimes, the generic diagnosis of colitis, ileitis, or inflamed or bloated intestines are due to insulin resistance or IR.
Here is a list of some complaints of people with IR Sometimes these occur immediately following a high carb meal or on a regular basis. These symptoms may also be related to other problems.
Frequent tiredness, low blood sugar, intestinal bloating, increased fat storage, increased weight, high triglycerides and blood pressure and depression.
Knowing Walter the way I do, I know he suffers all of these symptoms except for the low blood sugar, which I have no clue about.
The cure for IR is to drastically lower you carbohydrate intake and eat plenty of proteins and eat the right kind of fats (olive oil, coconut oil and fish), get plenty of exercise (30 to 60 minutes of walking four to five days a week), stay hydrated with clean water — many if not all of these symptoms will simply disappear.
Insulin Resistance is also prevalent in persons that abuse alcohol and other drugs including smoking and caffeine.
With the stress of IR eliminated, the body is finally able to correct many of its own problems. It is possible, that so many of these symptoms can be found in someone who tolerates carbohydrates.
Drastically cutting back on carb intake, includes of course all the usual suspects such as cakes and cookies, but also pastas, grains (including the oft-cited “healthy” 100% grains) and some fruits.
Search your local library for Corrinne Netzer’s book “The Complete Book of Food Counts” and Dr. D’Adamo’s book “Eat Right For Your Type.”
You’ll be glad you did.
Who did you help today?