Debbie (Ulcerative colitis)

28 year-old Debbie, a massage therapist, had ulcerative colitis but had so far managed to avoid any surgery. She maintained a sensible diet, continued the medications her doctor had prescribed, and avoided foods that disagreed with her. However, the previous few years had been fraught with repeated bouts of cramps, diarrhea, and occasional bloody stool. Eventually, she could not make it through her workday without numerous visits to the washroom. A dietary consultant added to her diet a high-dose antioxidant mixture, selenium, L-glutamine, and — when her stool was firmer — psyllium husks. Her blood loss has abated, and she now visits the washroom at lunchtimes only.