Why is it so important to find an ALTERNATIVE to the mesalamines? Mesalamines have potentially dangerous side effects, both short term and long term. Some common side effects can be: hair loss, decreased libido, and joint pains. Some people are allergic to them and get increased abdominal pain, bloating, gas, headaches, terrible watery diarrhea and even bleeding. Others can take the mesalamines for a while and then develop an intolerance to the mesalamines (symptoms noted in above) and mistakenly think their IBD has taken a turn for the worst and they’ve started a flare, when it was just an intolerance to the mesalamines. But the more dangerous long term effects are: kidney and liver damage, and possible kidney and liver failure.
IMPORTANT: If you are on mesalamines, please make sure your doctor is doing regular blood work (every 4 months at least) and urine tests to specifically check that your liver and kidneys are not being affected by the mesalamines. These long term side effects could be life threatening.
Why Slippery Elm Bark Powder?
Because what Slippery Elm Bark Powder does is it coats and soothes your whole alimentary canal and digestive track which as a result of Ulcerative Colitis, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s Disease processes, has become inflammed and may be ulcerated; this is equivalent to putting salve on a burn to quiet it down and heal it – what I call the natural and healthy (no side effects) alternative to the medically prescribed mesalamine products. I recommend you take this inexpensive product 3 times a day in its powdered form ( they do make in a pill form, but it won’t have the same powerful coating effect) before meals.
Here’s how I take it:
3 times a day, before each meal, in 2 ounces of water, take 1 full teaspoon of the Organic Slippery Elm Bark Powder then add 2 drops of Honey to it (did you know Honey is a natural anti-microbial?), and mix it thoroughly by smashing the back of the spoon against the glass to smash the lumps into a kind of “gel” or “glue” (for lack of a better term), and then drink it immediately. Note, if you let it sit too long, it will get very thick so you may then need to add some water to it to make it drinkable. A note about the honey, please make sure it doesn’t have any high fructose corn syrup in it, and it is natural. It isn’t a must to add honey, however I like it because it adds a touch of sweetness, and I know of its anti-microbial properties.
Where do I buy my Slippery Elm Bark Powder (organic)?
I have done a thorough search for the best priced, best quality Organic Slippery Elm Bark Powder and here is where you can get it, by the pound, approx. $ 20 per pound, and at 3 teaspoons a day, it will last you a very long time.