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Our Program

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—  The Program

The IBDCoach Approach

There is no one-size-fits-all fix for inflammatory bowel disease. IBDCoach helps you find your unique pattern of interventions to develop a well-rounded, science-based protocol to get you to your remission goals.

—  We Believe

Our Guiding Philosophies

Science & Evidence

We focus on interventions that have been scientifically studied and have a basis in the biological mechanisms of IBD.

Systems & First Principles

Systems & First Principles

IBD is multidimensional. Dysfunction in one area can pull the system off-balance, but a multi-pronged approach can bring you back into alignment.

Neuroplasticity & Mindset

IBDCoach facilitates changes in habit and mindset that are foundational to long-term healing. Health is a habit.

Love & Compassion

You are more than a number. Our community embodies empathy and care, and each new member makes us stronger.

—  How IBDCoach Works

Our Unique 3-Step Approach

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Stop the Inflammation

IBD is foremost an immune response to bacterial organisms and food particulates leaking across the epithelial membrane of the gut into the lamina propria (the “inside” of the body). Multiple cytokines like TNF and white blood cells like macrophages and neutrophils rush to battle with these “invaders”. Stopping the inflammatory cycle is Step 1 to achieving remission.

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Nourish the Microbiome

Specific gut microbiome profiles have been correlated with IBD, with even distinctions observed between Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Frontline medical interventions for IBD do not address the emerging evidence of the role of the microbiome. We can take action to nourish a healthy gut ecosystem.

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Repair the Barrier

The lining of the gut must selectively absorb important nutrients from food and keep everything else out. Reducing inflammation prevents damage to this protective tissue while microbiome-focused interventions can promote beneficial microbes that feed the enterocytes and fuel a strong intestinal barrier. Gut permeability is the mechanism least understood and addressed by current frontline IBD interventions.

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Experiential Learning Platform

The IBDCoach experiential learning platform is the most unique, comprehensive, immersive, and advanced curriculum currently available to IBD patients. We help you feel better immediately with tangible interventions you can implement with the support of your entire medical team. Then we build upon your early wins to teach you the foundations for long-lasting health and self-advocacy.

All memberships include lifetime access to the platform which is continually updated to reflect new breakthroughs and understandings in IBD.

Expert-Driven Workshops

Nothing replaces live human-to-human contact and support. Our monthly schedule of virtual events means that members are never more than a couple of days away from getting support. During our weekly workshops, we work to explore your unique IBD challenges in the context of the scientific literature and in relation to how others are applying what they are learning and discovering about themselves.

Our events feature our expert science advisors, support resources for loved ones, and tailored IBD support.

 

Compassionate Community

Our amazing community makes us who we are. Professionals, parents, healthcare providers, students–we come from diverse backgrounds with unique biologies, but we ALL have IBD. Many members report they have no one else in their circle who really understands the good, bad, and ugly of living with IBD, and the taboo nature of symptoms means it’s just hard to relate.

Here at IBDCoach, we are connected by our common, profound desire to heal and support one another with empathy and care.

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—  IBDCoach’s

5 Foundations of Remission

IBD Mechanisms & Biology

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IBD Biology

Every aspect of life on this planet is interconnected in beautifully harmonious biological systems large and small. IBD and its treatment is a system in and of itself. No single element or symptom of your IBD is happening in isolation. It is through understanding these many complex biological interactions that you can better take control of your IBD instead of feeling like this mysterious biological enemy is controlling you. Understanding the biology of IBD helps inform the decisions you make about your IBD treatment, navigate the recommendations of your health practitioner, and envision and understand the impact each intervention has on the complex systems within your body.

Diet & Nutrition

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Diet & Nutrition

Food is foundational to almost everything we are as human beings. In a chronic gastrointestinal condition like inflammatory bowel disease, diet is a powerful and central element of your individualized IBD protocol. The internet is awash with advice on the “perfect” or “best” IBD diet, but your unique biology, the contexts in which you consume foods, how you prepare foods, the composition of your gut microbiome, and your disease activity all play a role in the varied and ever-changing needs of your perfect IBD diet.

The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis is one of the most central functional systems connecting the human body to the diverse ecosystems around us. The complex connections between the human gut microbiome, inflammatory bowel disease, our brain, and our health are key drivers of IBD pathogenesis that may be harnessed to promote healing from IBD.

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Supplements & Herbs

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Supplements & Herbs

Supplements including vitamins, minerals and herbs, are compounds intended to provide health benefits by boosting consumption of specific nutrients and beneficial compounds. Supplements are intended to be added to an already well-rounded health protocol–not to serve as a foundational intervention to achieve remission from IBD. That said, new supplements targeted at people with GI conditions like IBD are constantly hitting the market. Being armed with the knowledge to understand how supplements function and which supplements are evidence-based for improving IBD is essential to making the best decisions alongside your healthcare practitioner to build your ultimate IBD protocol.

Medications & Healthcare

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Medications & Healthcare

Medications are one of the most powerful tools in the IBD toolbelt for getting inflammation under control and supporting the journey to remission. IBD medications lower the barrier of resistance during a flare and provide the body the room it needs to begin the healing process. However, understanding the many medications available for IBD, what contexts specific medications are best suited for, and navigating the healthcare system with a chronic condition is a daunting task for most IBDers–IBDCoach makes it easy.

The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis is one of the most central functional systems connecting the human body to the diverse ecosystems around us. The complex connections between the human gut microbiome, inflammatory bowel disease, our brain, and our health are key drivers of IBD pathogenesis that may be harnessed to promote healing from IBD.

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Lifestyle & Mindset

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Lifestyle & Mindset

Stress and lifestyle play a central role in the progression and severity of IBD–most IBDers know this first hand. On the flipside, activating neuroplasticity, practicing a growth mindset, and engaging in positive lifestyle choices have all been associated with positive outcomes in IBD and other chronic health conditions. No rounded IBD protocol is complete without a robust lifestyle and mindset strategy that support an environment conducive to healing.

The Microbiota-Gut-Brain Axis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Microbiome-Gut-Brain Axis is one of the most central functional systems connecting the human body to the diverse ecosystems around us. The complex connections between the human gut microbiome, inflammatory bowel disease, our brain, and our health are key drivers of IBD pathogenesis that may be harnessed to promote healing from IBD.

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Learn More About the Five Foundations of Remission

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Who is IBDCoach the Perfect Fit For?

We know you have many options to choose from when seeking support on your journey to remission from IBD. With personalized, evidence-based comprehensive support, IBDCoach is the right fit for…

Those who are newly diagnosed with IBD and don’t know where to begin

Parents of a child with IBD who are looking for lifelong support and resources

Those who have been struggling with IBD for some time and feel out of options

Those who are in remission but want to achieve new health goals and optimize their IBD protocol

IBDers who had an ostomy and are seeking support and resources to help thrive

Those who are sick of being promised quick fixes and cure-alls and are ready for a personalized, lifetime Remission Master Plan

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Lifetime Membership

We Will Never Give Up On You

During your admissions call and strategy session, we’ll work one-on-one to comprehensively address your IBD by:

Respectfully listening and honoring your unique IBD story and working together to identify what has worked and what has not.

Providing an inside look at our dynamic curricula, loving community, and our newest highlighted findings in the IBD literature.

Instilling newfound hope, inspiration, and clarity on your strategic IBD plan and your next steps on the road to remission.

Are you ready to take back your health from IBD?

IMPORTANT: after submitting the booking form you will be redirected to a survey page. The survey is mandatory. Any appointment without a completed survey will be canceled.

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—  We’re Here To Help

Expanding Access to Healthcare

In 2021, IBDCoach launched a non-profit called IBDfund. Together, we are expanding access to life-changing IBD interventions worldwide and ensuring that no IBDer ever falls through the cracks of the healthcare system.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Just as IBD is a lifelong condition, our programs all include lifetime membership. This includes access to as many expert-driven workshop calls as you’d like to attend and lifetime access to our comprehensive online course that is continually updated to reflect breakthroughs in our scientific understanding of IBD and IBD treatment strategies.

We’re by your side through whatever challenges come your way. IBD has no cure, but with a strategic, science-based, and personalized plan through IBDCoach, you’ll be empowered to achieve robust remission, develop the tools you need to get future flares under control more quickly, and engage with a compassionate community that has your back through every up and down that IBD throws your way. 

No–every member of IBDCoach is required to be under the care of a physician. Through our science-based program and community, we help you come to your doctor’s appointments empowered with an understanding of your body and your condition to collaborate with your medical team on important treatment decisions.

Yes! IBDCoach serves ages 13 and up. Our Youth Program enrolls parents and guardians to learn and advocate for their young IBDer until the IBDer reaches adulthood. Adolescence and young adulthood is a crucial time to learn about the underlying causes of IBD and develop a remission strategy and self-advocacy skills for this lifelong condition.

Not at this time. While both involve gastrointestinal distress, Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease are distinct conditions with different mechanisms of action and different treatment strategies. Right now, IBDCoach serves individuals who have a confirmed diagnosis of one of the Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, microscopic colitis, indeterminate colitis, etc). Many of our free resources may still help you address your IBS and learn more about gut health, so feel free to check out our blog and mailing list for ideas.

Yes! Whether you were just diagnosed or you’ve been living with IBD for decades, we’re here to help. IBD is a lifelong condition, so wherever you are on your journey, IBDCoach has something for you. We guide you to develop your personalized, science-based protocol to target your IBD from all angles so you can achieve your remission goals, whether this is your first flare or your nth. 

You’re not alone–many members find us when they feel they’ve run out of options. We know there is always something new to learn, some new combination of interventions, and our community of caring and supportive fellow IBDers offers a rich database of possibilities from their own experiences. Your IBD is as unique as you are, but we will never give up on you–that’s the IBDCoach promise.

—  IBDCoach

Stories of Hope

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"In the week leading up to joining the program, I was recommended for a total colectomy. Since joining IBDCoach, my Crohn’s has completely turned around. My calprotectin peaked at over 8000, and now it’s down to 108 which is incredible–it’s an amazing number for me. I am living my life again."

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Nikki

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"I’m doing pretty good, I can’t complain 🙂 I’ve been off Stelara since April and am currently only taking supplements. I’ve added a lot of meditation, exercise, and diet changes with my Remission Master Plan. Within a week of changing my diet I’d noticed a difference. My guts felt a lot better, little to no pain when using the restroom, and I even seemed to gain more energy."

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Lauren

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"Before joining IBDCoach, I had suffered with ulcerative colitis for 11 years and had never achieved remission. Within six months of joining the program, I was symptom-free. I was healthy for the first time in almost 12 years… I feel like I have so much more control over my health– and I feel prepared to tackle whatever life (and pregnancy!) have to throw at me."

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Haley

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"I wanted to take the time to say how much I am loving this program. I am so grateful just to have this POSITIVE community of humans to connect with about our health. It’s nothing like my other “support” groups. It feels so much more lifting to me and that is what I need more than anything at this time."

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Courtney

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"At some point I realized that the things I was doing to manage the disease were no longer working – and that I needed to totally change how I was addressing it. This program helped me focus on what was important to my health – and educated me in a deliberate way. Now, my weight is back to normal – I have energy to jog, dance, bicycle and play with my kids. IBDCoach has gotten me to this point – I feel better than I have felt in the 3 years since I was diagnosed."

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Susan

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"I am so happy to share the results from my calprotectin from last week. I knew it would be much lower than the 650 I got in July, but I showed no inflammation at all (

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Jeannie

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"When I found IBDCoach, I was losing weight drastically. I was 40 pounds under my normal weight. My calprotectin was incredibly high–over 2000. I remember celebrating how my calprotectin was down to 700… down to 400… and now my calprotectin is down to just 43! What changed for me most is that I have hope now."

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Margaret

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"Ever since I was diagnosed with severe Crohn’s, I had been unable to eat raw vegetables. After joining the program a month ago, I started the IBD-AID diet… This past week, I have eaten romaine lettuce and lentils all while coming off prednisone completely!"

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Echo

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"Within the last two months of joining IBDCoach, I have gone from failing immunosuppressants and starting biologics to now using just mesalazine which is amazing. I found the confidence to approach my GI doctor about giving mesalazine another shot… I know for sure I wouldn’t have had the confidence or understanding to try this before joining IBDCoach."

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Michelle

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