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Ulcerative Colitis - Vitamin E Testimonial
I received this wonderful testimonial from Sheldon Gesensway. It's about curing (I think that's the right word)
Ulcerative Colitis, using a powerful antioxidant: Vitamin E. I wonder if a parallel with the
DMSO-treatment can be found...
Please be sure to read on.. This is a truly amazing story..
There are also more attachments on the bottom of the page
Sheldon Gesensway story starts here
Dr. Bernard Halperin diagnosed ulcerative colitis about 1964. He treated
my condition for 5 years until his death. He was an excellent doctor. He
tried every drug then used but my condition persisted. Through the
intervening years the condition subsided but remained. No regular bowl
movements. No stool form. No control when nature called.
In June of 1980 after a stressful year, crime related, the bleeding
increased and I checked into Hialeah Hospital where I was given a blood
transfusion and corticoid enemas.
In the early months of 1981, I went to the Veterans Hospital because my
condition became intolerable. I was given further transfusions and
advised to have a subtotal colectomy. I also received hepatitis C. After
leaving the hospital, my previous condition continued. I took this
opportunity to try something I had given some thought to. This from an
experience I had with receding gums. By dissolving every day a capsule
of Vitamin E next to my gums for three months, it stopped the problem.
Learning this from a reader's suggestion in Prevention Magazine. I have
since seen on TV a Keyes technique shown on a program called
Universe#121 CBS showing bacteria as the probable cause of gum problems.
The periodontist I saw said it could not be stopped. That was over 40
years ago. My gums are fine. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and
The contents of three capsules of 400 IU mixed vitamin E (d-alpha
tocopherol and dl-alph tocopheryl acetate 393.4 mg.) were emptied into a
small amount of distilled water (same volume as a corticoid enema). This
mixture was sucked up with a baby enema that I squeezed into my rectum.
I retained the mixture. Nothing happened. Over a period of four days I
gradually increased the mixture until I reached 10 capsules. At that
level the change was DRAMATIC. There was a normal looking bowel movement
the next morning. The first I could remember. The intermediate bleeding
stopped. One bowel movement with form a day.
I started gorging all types of food that I denied myself for years.
Salads, ice cream and vegetables of all kinds. I gained weight
gradually. This produced 2 or 3 bowel movements (controlled) per day
with form. The quality of my life turned 180 degrees. However, if I did
not take the enema once a day the bleeding would start on the third day.
These phenomena were reported to the doctors at the hospital and duly
noted in my records. This was continued for a very long time and nothing
was done to investigate the matter. At the hospital, a barium enema
showed a positive change in my colon. They believed it was a placebo
effect. Twenty years is a long placebo effect.
I tried increasing the amount of vitamin E until I reached 8000 IU (20
capsules). There were additional steps. It worked. I was taking one
multi vitamin & mineral tablet + 500 mg. vitamin C + one 400 IU vitamin
E.After reaching the increased dose, there was no need for further
vitamin E enemas. I have stopped the vitamin E by mouth many years ago.
I never see blood in my stool. Since that time, there has never been a
problem with my colitis. Bowel movements are regular in the morning with
varying degrees of form. I found fruit lessened form and limited fruit
to one banana. I also use fresh vegetables. Since I read freezing
destroys fiber cell structure, I get a better stool form result. There
as been no problems with colitis for twenty years (since my first
vitamin E enema) I consider myself cured. My colonoscopy and biopsy
results have always been satisfactory.
Enclosed find three pertinent papers, Gastrointestinal Blues, the
possible influence of receding gums on disease and a diet by Elaine
Gottschall (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) that works well for colitis patients which is based on the
premise that certain foods leave a carbohydrate residue in the digestive
tract upon which bacteria feed and cause problems. I ate many of these
forbidden foods for many years without a problem I judge the worth of
foods only by the form of my morning bowel for many years. Which as been
In 1960 I worked at the Worcester Foundation of Experimental Biology
where I was interviewed by Dr. Gregory Pinkus and put in charge of one
of his assay labs.
The vitamin E enema is a simple non-dangerous procedure it will be very
sad not to investigate its effectiveness for a terrible disease. My
present doctor is Scott Halperin son of my original doctor (305)
821-5261.He has copies of the only records I was able to obtain from the
Veterans Hospital. Don't forget the receding gums. It may take three
months but it cured the condition. A dip of the original recession
remains. I started using the computer 7 months ago and found these
medical sites and sent this information to several research hospitals.
My doctor sent this information to a pharmaceutical research company. So
far no reply. I am beginning to believe its either too simple a cure or
Yours truly, P.S. see two articles in the science section of The New
York Times 3/13/2001. One on vit.E ,one on TEACHING OLD DOGS NEW MEDICINE
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Attachment 1: Enema Procedure
- Buy a small size enema bulb about 4 inches long. A bulb end ear syringe is fine.
- Day 1 -start by empting 2 capsules of vitamin E into 1.5 tablespoons of distilled water (the same volume as a corticoid enema) 800 I U total. Do this by sticking a pin into a capsule and squeeze out the contents. Suck up the mixture (it does not dissolve in the water). I used a small tapered wine glass. Use as an enema but retain the mixture.
- On the second day empty 4 capsules and repeat the same procedure.
- On the third day, empty 6 capsules and repeat the same procedure.
- On the 4th day empty 8 capsules repeat. Up to this point I received no visible results.
- On the 5th day, empty 10 capsules that's 4000 I U of vitamin E.
The following morning was the first time I saw stool form since I could remember. No blood. Controlled bowel movements. Ulcerative colitis was no longer a problem. I will advise the best procedure at this point.
I had to repeat this every day for a long time or on the 2nd day the gut would revert to
its old habits. No side effects. Take the enema after a bowel movement and if possible at bedtime or in the morning and continue to lie on your side a while to give the enema a chance to circulate through out the colon. If at first you lose some material, don't worry you will get enough of the vitamin E to work. I kept telling the doctors at the hospital they kept smiling. Stay at the 10 capsule doses then let me know of your results and I will advise you further.
I finally increased the dose by 2 capsules a day until I reached 20 capsules.
Since that time, the ulcerative colitis has never been a problem. MY RECORDS SHOW THIS.
The vitamin E mixture used should be all- natural and have the formula d-alpha tocopherol acetate
and NOT dl-alpha tocopheryl that is synthetic.
I have never taken another enema or ANY medication. At that
time, I was also taking one multi vitamin& mineral table+ 500 mg of
vitamin C + one capsule of 400 I U vitamin E. I stopped the vitamin E
soon after. I even bought a motorcycle and put 15,000 miles on it.
Remember I am only relating the facts of my experience and will be
willing to answer your questions. Please advise me of your results so it
can be of help to others. No fruit or fruit juice. Follow the diet.
Right after a bowel movement or before bedtime is the best time to use
the enema for that day. Lay on your side with knees drawn up for easy
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Do not rinse the bulb after use and just clean the outside.
You can spread a small amount of food grade vegetable oil around the tip for a comfortable insertion.
Let comfort be your guide.
Attachment 2: The vegetable fiber diet
First some editor's notes by Ed:
Sheldon says that grains, sugar, corn, normal yogurt and other foods which
are clearly species-inappropriate foods can be eaten in the diet.. I would
like to suggest that it's better to start with a diet, that's also compatible
with the SCDiet
. This diet excludes all foods that
are inappropriate for human digestion.. By leaving out all red-marked foods (see below)
the diet is still compatible with the SCDiet.. You're ofcourse free to experiment
with the "red" foods below, but please remember my warning..
On the other hand, Sheldon shows that he can handle those foods perfectly well,
so it seems possible, but remember that the red foods can create other health
problems in the short or long run..
Sheldon's high-fiber diet
The diet is just as important as the vitamin E enema. Vegetables have an
insoluble fiber that binds stool. Fruit has a soluble fiber that has the
No fruit or fruit juice of any kind.
No frozen vegetables. Freezing destroys the fiber structure.
It is easy to use all the vegetables.
Wash them all and use part of each, keep the rest in the
refrigerator. I fill a bowl 7"x 2.5" twice a day with cooked broccoli,
carrot, parsnip, turnip, yellow squash ,mushrooms. It is easy to prepare
in a micro-oven. You place slices of carrot, parsnip and turnip in the
bowl for 2 minutes. Than add the broccoli (the best) and yellow squash
for another 2.50 minutes. You than add the mushrooms for 1.75 minutes.
Asparagus, upper part of stalk only, baked potato
, cauliflower, tapioca
pudding (can be made with soy milk
) are good.. On a George Forman grill,
I cook either salmon or chicken breast. I fry using olive oil, egg
whites, 1/3 cup, (sold in a carton) with chopped onions every day .You
can use 3 eggs a week .The onion is optional but very good. You can also
use canned tuna or sardines or other fish. Each day I have ¼ cup of
with low fat yogurt, sugar is O.K.
I cook ¾ of a cup of pearl
; then keep in the refrigerator and use at every meal three
tablespoons of barley
. Also corn
(Delmonte uses unfrozen corn). I also
eat the following but would not use until you are cured .I eat frozen
(no fruit) and drink skim milk
without bad effect; some
time high fiber spaghetti
(7 grams of fiber) with tomato sauce. One
banana. It is very important to use distilled water
. No cold drinks.
Some bottled water is no better than tap water. I use a distiller
(Sears). What I remove is a cup of brown water
from every gallon of city
water and since the colon is sore it may be sensitive to these things.
Drink 6 glasses of water each day (8 oz.).
I can eat every thing in a
restaurant now, even salads, without a bad effect.
I may lose stool form
(I use as the indicator) for a bad food choice. This diet is not written
in stone. Use other fresh vegetables you may prefer or limit the grains.
Eat comfortable portion amounts and a variety of vegetables, each have a
different fiber. There will be an increase in flatulence until your
colon becomes accustomed to the fiber in your diet. As always, any
. You should also be sure to eat egg whites twice a day and
walk at least 30 minutes a day. No stressful exercise.
If you cannot follow the diet CLOSELY for a short time period to get the positive
result, don't start the procedure.
THE PROCEDURE WILL NOT WORK IF THE DIET IS NOT FOLLOWED PROPERLY.
The fiber binds the stool keeping
irritation against the colon wall to a minimum that stops the bleeding
and aids the colon in healing itself. The vitamin E works at the source
of the infection. The above vegetables are all high fiber. You should
see a positive effect in 6 days.
After the procedure, you can make diet
adjustments that will be right for you. The food should be well cooked
and warm. The outer skin of the parsnip, carrot and turnip should be
removed. Vegetable skins have a high concentration of fiber that can be
an irritant to the colon.. A $ 2.50 vegetable peeler works best by
removing more of the top fiber layer.
Keep me informed daily of
your diet. Most poor results happen from an improper diet.
the diet as closely as possible.
Remember no fruit or fruit
If you try the procedure, any information sent back should be
helpful to others.
If possible read "NEW FACTS ABOUT FIBER' by Betty Kamen PHD
The Elaine Gottschall SCDiet
will not work there are to many wrong
If you have not been using vegetables, start the higher fiber diet by by
increasing the portions over a period of time.