Sickness or health? Scalding hot water or ice cold water? Today, in the quaint town of Hitchin, UK, both of these choices are mine.
My first of ten FMT treatments at the Taymount Clinic is this afternoon--less than one hour until launch! I’m excited about this--not necessarily the things going up my butt part, but the getting and staying healthy part. Just the preparation protocol for this treatment revealed how delicate the balance of my health really is. I have no regrets, though. It is all part of my journey to achieve that next level of health--a level where I’m focused on positive things, not fretting over every gurgle in my gut.
I’m not looking for a miracle that lets me eat fast food (that would be an odd miracle); I want to stay on a healthy whole-food diet. I will continue eating only humanely raised and slaughtered meat. I will consume large amounts of nutrient-dense vegetables. I will avoid all refined sweeteners. Eating this way makes me feel so much better than I otherwise would. Why would I ever change, new microbiome or not?
I have, of course, a small amount of nervous energy about today’s appointment. There has been much buildup to this event and it cost a lot of money. That said, I truly believe this is a crucial step on my healing journey, a righting of wrongs that occurred long before I ever heard of SCD or a Paleo Diet. I am also worth it. I deserve health. It is time, more than ever, to let the past slip away and to enjoy the present. Life is an incredible journey and negative memories that don’t help me make better choices in the present serve no purpose other than to confuse and distract. No one ever set out to hurt me. I forgive all.
I receive this treatment today with the full expectation that it will help me achieve a calmer mind and a calmer gut. In the words of a wise friend, LET'S DO THIS.
In good health,
I'm Ethan, a guy whose life used to be controlled by ulcerative colitis. As I systematically tested diets, treatments, and all types of health advice to heal my colon, I learned a lot about my own biology and also how to cook without compromise. I'm here to share the best (and sometimes worst) of that journey with you.