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 readerís 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 anti-inflammatory.
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 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 working well.
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. Donít 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 too unprofitable.
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 CAN BE SOME TRICK