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How to Keep Your Eyes Healthy When You Have Autoimmune Disease

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Did you know that one of the biggest fears people have is going blind?

Unfortunately, autoimmune disorders can affect almost every single part of your body, from your nerves and joints to your eyes, which can be very tedious and painful.

Having an autoimmune disorder can be confusing as you may not know enough about the inner workings of the disease, especially if you’re newly diagnosed. This is when your immune system tends to damage its own healthy cells, up to and including the ones in your eyes.

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How Spoonies REALLY Feel About the Word “Cure” (And What Words Would Be Better Received Instead)

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Note: This insightful guest post was written for I Told You I Was Sick by Mary Gutierrez of www.healthyeatingexperts.com. She had asked me if she could write a guest post, and, after looking at some of her articles (which mention the word ‘cure’) I asked if she would write a post about why the word ‘cure’ might be offensive to some people with chronic illness (spoonies). She readily agreed, and this piece is above and beyond my expectations. Thank you so much, Mary!

Disclaimer: These quotes, collected and arranged by Mary Gutierrez, do not necessarily reflect the opinion of I Told You I Was Sick. They are simply posted as written by their original and respective authors, and those individuals have chosen to remain anonymous. (All photos are stock photos for the purposes of illustrating the emotion of the quotes. They are not images of the people quoted.)

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Prevent An Ostomy With This Incredible Ulcerative Colitis Cure!

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Prevent An Ostomy With This Incredible Ulcerative Colitis Cure!


An inspiring interview with Kristin Thomas of ThriveByFood.com


I’m fairly certain that if I hadn’t been diagnosed with gluten intolerance in 2002, I would have ended up having parts of my colon removed and/or be living with an ostomy bag by now. My digestive issues were horrific and had been since birth.


So, whenever I hear someone (besides me) who has an inspiring story about how food and dietary changes have put their life-threatening conditions into remission, I can’t wait to interview them and share their story with the world.


This is my interview with Kristin Thomas of www.ThriveByFood.com, who is living proof that risky surgery can be avoided and ulcerative colitis can go into complete remission within two short weeks!


No Matter How Well She Ate, Kristin Was Starving



I asked Kristin what kind of symptoms she experienced due to her ulcerative colitis.


This was her response:


Throughout the years when my ulcerative colitis was flaring, I experienced it all:


  • Sharp abdominal pain
  • Intense bloating
  • Gas and belching
  • Abnormal bowel movements
  • Extreme fatigue


The fatigue and poor sleep aspect I never connected to my ulcerative colitis, but now with my background in functional medicine and nutrition, I understand it was certainly part of it.


My body wasn’t able to break down and absorb the nutrients from my food, as healthy as it was, which was depriving my body of the key vitamins and minerals it needed to energize and fuel me, as well as give me a restful night’s sleep.


Baffling Symptoms That Appeared Out of Nowhere!



When it comes to ulcerative colitis and other chronic digestive diseases, symptoms usually begin in the teens or early 20s. This was the case with Kristin, as well.


In Kristin’s words:


The first digestive symptoms I experienced were in my late teens. It started as acid reflux and lactose intolerance. Within just a few years time, though, it progressed to full-blown ulcerative colitis. Year after year, my symptoms got worse and worse, well beyond daily acid reflux to almost debilitating pain and brain fog.


The Road to a Diagnosis



Kristin was one of the lucky ones. It only took a year for her to receive an official diagnosis of chronic ulcerative colitis.


As Kristin put it:


For many years prior to that, though, the only “diagnosis” I got was IBD, but this felt too broad of an answer, so I wanted to dig deeper.


At the time, when my symptoms were really escalating out of control, I went to every major doctor and hospital in Boston, MA (where I was living at the time) to find answers, and, after far too many tests, they finally determined it was chronic ulcerative colitis.


Doctors Flat-Out Dismissed the Idea of Leaky Gut and Candida



When I asked Kristin if doctors said that her symptoms were “all in her head”, she revealed that her medical team took her seriously at first, running the right tests to get to the bottom of them.


However, her doctors began to give her funny looks when she went to them with some research she’d done on her own.


Kristin explains:


It was at the point after my ulcerative colitis diagnosis when I started learning about issues like leaky gut, candida, and parasites that my doctors began dismissing me.


They refused to run these tests on me, so, it was at that point that I turned to find other options.


Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures



I asked Kristin when she started to use food to heal her ulcerative colitis, and that’s when she revealed the frightening words her medical team dropped on her:


[I started thinking about using food to heal my UC] at the point where the only solution my medical team had for my worsening ulcerative colitis was surgery and an ostomy bag.


I knew that wasn’t the right answer for me. In fact, I saw it as a Band-Aid to cover up the fact that they didn’t know how else to dig into the root of my issue.


So, I began researching holistic healing paths I could take. I first began seeing an acupuncturist who immediately asked me about my diet, something no doctor had ever asked me about.


While I generally ate healthily, there were foods like wheat, sugar, and soy in my diet that she explained were very inflammatory, especially to those with compromised digestive function, and she directed me to a diet plan that was whole, clean, and anti-inflammatory.


Just Two Weeks to Better Health


Kristin Thomas 


Faced with very difficult choices, Kristin decided to put this new nutrition information to immediate use.


In her own words:


At this point, I was willing to try ANYTHING because I had been at the worst of the worst with this disease, it felt. I had no idea just how powerful a change in my diet would truly be, though.


Within two weeks, I started to notice huge improvements. I no longer woke up with stabbing pains or experienced bloating after every meal. My bowel movements normalized, and even my energy levels spiked.


This was amazing! My body was responding so incredibly well to these dietary changes that I kept researching more about it and continued to find ways to use food as medicine.


By cutting out foods that were irritating my gut, and loading up on foods that would heal and nourish my gut, I was able to calm down the inflammation, eliminate the triggers of many of my symptoms, and put my body at ease.


For the first time in years, I finally felt normal.


Changing Your Diet CAN Put Chronic Illness Into Remission



One of the most common reasons people with autoimmune disease and digestive disorders do not attempt to change their diets is the belief that doing so will not make a difference.


But, it DOES work! Making dietary changes has saved thousands of lives, including mine and Kristin’s.


Here’s her recommendation:


The food you put in your body has an immense impact on how you feel.


After all, food is fuel, it has been since the very start of humankind, so if we are not consuming the right foods, our bodies will not be healthy. Every bite you eat is either feeding into disease or working to heal you, and I encourage you to allow your body to heal.


It’s the single best thing I did for my body, and continue to do today. Simply by removing trigger foods like gluten, dairy, soy, and sugar, you will notice a difference.


I encourage everyone to do this for 30 days and simply notice the changes within. It’s incredible how willing the body is to return back to baseline with the right nourishment.


I agree, and I’m so thankful for people like Kristin and others who have shared their amazing stories, proving that there is still hope for a better life for those living with chronic illness.


Learn more about Kristin and how YOU can achieve full remission of your chronic illness by visiting www.ThriveByFood.com!


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