Empowering you to take the necessary action to heal from Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Using 3 powerful tools we create an immersive environment that is available to you on your own time, at your own pace.

Experiential & Participatory Course

This is where it all begins. The IBDCoach course is your guide helping you create a comprehensive protocol step-by-step with the ultimate goal of achieving remission. Our dynamic course is always there for you to reference and learn from. We constantly make new updates as new information becomes available.  It is taken on your terms allowing you to apply and track the details of your condition through your 7 R’s to Remission tailored self-protocol.

Devoted & Knowledgeable Community

You will be interacting with IBDCoach Staff and others who are going through the course and are working to develop their own evidence-based protocols. Public support groups can be unmoderated and at times rampant with misinformation. Our community is a great way to get reliable information and find out how others are tackling their challenges as you move through the program. When you have questions, our community is a click away.  We provide guidance as the community works toward remission – together.

Expert Q & A Calls

Twice per week IBDCoach answers questions on a group Q & A call. We help you develop individual strategies, answer personal questions, and directly address the complexities of this disease in a live format. It allows you to listen to your fellow IBDers and their unique situations to find solutions that integrate with your IBDCoach protocol. Our clients find these calls extremely valuable and allows for individualized attention.

IBDCoach course content

During 6 intensive weeks, we equip you with advanced tools to tackle the complexities of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Week One - The Road to Remission (4:40:00)

▶ 1.1 The Road to Remission (1:35:00)

A full overview of the program, my IBD story, and why this program is a revolution for healthcare, the management of chronic disease, and achieving remission from IBD.

Here’s what we cover:

> The IBDCoach transformation

> Main purpose and objective

> What this program is and is not

> The critical role of the physician

> How this program works (housekeeping and things to remember)

> My story and why I am not special

> Switching from the old model to the new model

▶ 1.2 The Things that Matter (2:30:00)

This module is all about making things simple and feeling better as soon as possible. We outline what’s to come in the course, explore the 6 things that matter, and cover immediate actions you can take to reduce inflammation and change your lifestyle now.   

Here’s what we cover:

> Feeling better now

> Introduction to IBD

> Diet and nutrition

> Supplements, vitamins, and herbs

> Medications

> Exercise

> Mindset

> Your doctor

▶ 1.3 Creating Your Remission Masterplan (00:35:00)

This module is all about creating, organizing, and taking action. IBDCoach has created a unique, powerful, and interactive document called the IBDCoach Masterplan. This document is your guide and tool in designing a health protocol for yourself and to share with your health and medical team members. 

Here’s what we cover:

> What is the Remission Masterplan document?

> The power of this tool

> How to use the document and keep it updated

> Taking action

Week Two – Understanding Your Disease (3:50:00)

▶ 2.1 Seeing the World in a New Light (1:10:00)

This module provides you with a new framework to think about the world to understand your condition. This content is based on the foundations of system’s thinking which I have directly applied in my approach to healing my IBD.

Here’s what we cover:

> It’s all about complexity

> Systems thinking

> Pioneering thinkers

> The illusion of reality

> Redefining placebo

> Foundational solutions

> Creating the new you

> Building your world

▶ 2.2. Understanding Your Biology (1:10:00)

This module is here to give you a basic understanding of how life operates and how the many (but relevant) component of your biology function with one another. Even if you have formal training or understandings in biology definitely watch this module. Every time you change something about your protocol its important to understand and visualize how it’s affecting you.

Here’s what we cover:

> The foundations of living systems

> Atoms & molecules

> Cells & energy

> The central dogma of biology

> Tissues & organs

> The digestive system

> The immune system

> The brain and mind

▶ 2.3. Understanding Inflammatory Bowel Disease (1:30:00)

Get ready to take a deep dive into Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Understand why this condition has manifested in your body and a unique look into how to approach the treatment of IBD from a system’s based perspective.

Here’s what we cover:

> The frightening rise of autoimmunity

> History of Inflammatory Bowel Disease

> Overview

> Signs and symptoms

> Diagnosis

> Complications

> Causes

> The vicious and compounding cycles of IBD

> The brain-gut connection

> System’s view of treatment

Week Three – Diet & Nutrition (5:25:00)

▶ 3.1. Why Food Matters: The Microbiome (1:05:00)

It’s all about the microbiome. The human body is a superorganism colonized by billions of bacteria. The population levels of these guys inside of you are correlated to almost every disease, especially IBD.

Here’s what we cover:

> Microbiome overview

> Chronic conditions

> Links to IBD

> The brain and the microbiome

> Links to diet

> Types of overgrowth

> It’s not just bacteria

> Testing your microbiome

> Fecal transplant

> Probiotics & prebiotics

> Post antibiotic approaches

▶ 3.2. Food and Creating your Own Diet (1:25:00)

Diet has nothing or everything to do with IBD. Wait. What? There are so many diets and even more opinions on which diet you should or should not be on with IBD. The science is honestly all over the place with both support and lack of evidence for many different approaches. This module helps you to select a dietary or nutritional regimen and cut through the noise.

Here’s what we cover:

 > Review of food types

> No one IBD diet

> Overview of the IBD diets

> IBD AID

> Plant-based & vegan

> Paleo

> SCD

> FODMAP

> Mediterranean

> Carnivore

> Keto

> Elemental and polymeric

> IBD diet patterns

> Creating your own IBD diet

> Sticking to the plan

> Strategic cheating

▶ 3.3. Welcome to the Grocery Store (1:25:00)

This module consists of 4 awesome videos. I go through the aisles of common markets starting from the worst and ending with the best. As you can see even in really healthy looking products there is a surprising amount of “non-food.” Even more surprising is how you can find real food just about anywhere if you look.

Here’s what we cover:

> The minimart

> Safeway

> Wholefoods

> Your local farmer’s market

▶ 3.4. Eating Out (1:30:00)

This module outlines strategies for eating out at different types of restaurants and why some cuisines are better than others.

Here’s what we cover:

> Rolling the dice

> Asian

> Central American

> American

> European

> Less common cuisines

Week Four – Supplements, Vitamins, & Cannabis (5:05:00)

▶ 4.1. Understanding Supplements (1:45:00)

Supplements, vitamins, and herbs are not FDA approved and are thus a highly debated topic in health, medicine, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  The evidence is weak in some instances and much stronger for others. There are is some incredible research which this module outlines.

Here’s what we cover:

> Review of supplements

> Why supplements can be a game changer

> Strategy with supplements

> Vitamins

> Amino acids

> Nucleotides

> Antioxidants

> Other anti-inflammatories and co-factors

> Herbs, plants, and fungi

▶ 4.2. Building your Regimen (1:30:00)

There are so many supplements, vitamins, and herbs out there. They are sold on the shelf of nearly every grocery store – and it’s hard to know what your getting. Trusted brands are outlined (that have a good track record), and how to speak and present your regimen to your doctor about supplements.  

Here’s what we cover: 

> Where to start

> Picking trusted brands

> Example regimen

> Presenting your regimen to your physician  

(disclaimer* IBDCoach has no relationship with any supplement brands)

▶ 4.3. Considering and Incorporating Cannabis (1:45:00)

Cannabis is easily one of the most interesting plants in the world. It has been used for millennia in medicinal settings and in the last decade, the science has shown promise for many chronic conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Here’s what we cover:

> History of cannabis

> Cannabinoids

> THC

> CBD

> Other cannabinoids

> Terpenes

> Evidence in IBD

> Obtaining cannabis

> Legal considerations

> Discussing cannabis with your doctor

(disclaimer* IBDCoach does not promote the use of any illegal substances)

Week Five – Medications, Your Doctor, & Healthcare (5:20:00)

▶ 4.1 The Treatment Model for IBD (00:30:00)

The current treatment model for IBD is broken or at the very least it is incomplete. This is a brief module exploring why this is and why you probably need more than what is available.

Here’s what we cover:

> The scientific method and IBD

> Obsession with “evidence”

> The flow chart of IBD treatment

> The reliance on medications and surgery alone

▶ 4.1. Understanding Medications (1:45:00)

Medications are a powerful tool in managing IBD. They can be life-saving but sometimes carry serious side effects. It’s not enough to just take medicine, it’s critical that you also understand how medicine is interacting with your biology and all the options that are available.

Here’s what we cover:

> Introduction to medications

> History of medications in IBD

> Short Term

>Antibiotics

>Steroids

>Pain Relievers

> Long Term

> Anti-inflammatory (5ASA)

> Immune system suppressors and biologics

>Old-generation

>Mid-generation

>Newest-generation

> Combining medications

> Making decisions about medications

Disclaimer: Never make changes to your medications protocol without consulting your physcian

▶ 4.2. Navigating Healthcare (2:05:00)

This module covers strategies for navigating the healthcare delivery system in the United States. We plan to add additional videos on navigating care in Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, India, and other continents and international countries as we bring on experts from those areas.

Here’s what we cover:

> Health Insurance and IBD

> HMOs

> PPOs

> EPOs

> POSs

> Catastrophic

> HSA

> Assembling your med team

>Finding your dream doctor

> Working with your doctor

> Critical role of your PCP

> Nutritionists and dietitians

> Integrative or functional medicine specialists

> Considering a therapist

> Fighting insurance denials

> Prior authorizations

> File an appeal

> Switch insurance companies

> Switch physicians

> Paying less for medications

> Breaking the dependency

Week Six – The Ultimate IBD Lifestyle (3:15:00)

▶ 6.1. Putting it Together (1:30:00)

Congratulations on making it through to week 6. This is where the program comes together and we integrate the different pieces to form the ultimate IBD lifestyle and protocol. Over this course we have spoken about 6 crucial items, this module outlines how they interconnect.  Spoiler: they interconnect with you and ultimately nothing matter except for you, regaining your health and the person you strive to become every day.

Here’s what we cover:

> You have a choice

> More than a lifestyle (an identity)

> Exercise

> Drugs and alcohol

> Discipline and Systemizing life

> Controlling for your environment

> Taking time off

> Eliminating stress

> Fostering support

> Perfecting your protocol

> The person you have become and are becoming

▶ 6.2. Achieving Self-Actualization and Manifesting Your Dreams (1:45:00)

At this point in the program many of you are starting to feel better and some of you feel WAY better. What’s really gonna push you over the edge? How do you really stay in remission, keep control, AND most importantly fill your potential as a human being? That’s what this module is all about. Dive in!

Here’s what we cover:

> Our community

> Human motivation, behavior, and personality

> Redefining our goals, our purpose and identity

> Reflections on the journey

> The hero’s journey

> The science of human potential

> Revisiting our growth mindset

> Defining your wildest dreams

> Moving up the hierarchy

> Becoming a self-actualizer

> It starts now

Inflammatory Bowel Disease is complex

Our program challenges you to engage your condition with a multidimensional approach:  

Diet and Nutrition

Contrary to many popular beliefs there is no one IBD diet, however, there are foods that cause inflammation in a significant percentage of people with IBD according to numerous peer-reviewed studies.  We help you identify and eliminate those foods and slowly incorporate them back into your life to form a robust, wholesome, personalized (and delicious!) dietary protocol.

Scholarly research example:

The Role of Carrageenan and Carboxymethylcellulose in the Development of Intestinal Inflammation. (read abstract)

Supplements

Many naturally occurring and safe cofactors, antioxidants, plants, and other biomolecules are not only shown to decrease inflammation in the body, but have demonstrated efficacy in directly decreasing the severity of IBD. We’ve looked at the evidence for numerous supplements and present you with the facts so you can make informed decisions.

Scholarly research example:

Retarded release phosphatidylcholine benefits patients with chronic active ulcerative colitis. (read abstract)

Lifestyle

The IBDCoach protocol promotes a shift in lifestyle, and rather than being restricted from doing the things you love, we help you create more opportunity for them. We help you create a personal environment conducive to discipline and hard work to offer you the ultimate reward: regaining your health. 

Scholarly research example:

Lifestyle-related disease in Crohn’s disease: Relapse prevention by a semi-vegetarian diet. (read abstract)

Homeostasis & Self Healing

The human body is constantly working towards homeostasis – a physiological state of balance. The body also contains the ability to self-regulate and self-heal. The key is to promote foundational lifestyle interventions that promote this understanding. At IBDCoach, the interventions we cover in our program are specifically designed to help your body and mind achieve balance.

Scholarly research example:

Correction of Defective T-regulatory Cells From Patients With Crohn’s Disease by Ex Vivo Ligation of Retinoic Acid Receptor Alpha. (read abstract)

Microbiome

The human body is a “superorganism” with thousands of distinct bacterial species interacting with their host (you!).​ These microorganisms play incredible roles in the digestion of our food and live in complex and interconnected ecosystems within our gut. There are interventions that demonstrate direct efficacy in promoting a healthy gut ecology: especially our diet and even in avoiding psychological stress.

Scholarly research example:

A microbial signature for Crohn’s disease. (read abstract)

IBD Biology and Understanding Your Disease

We help every IBD sufferer to become an amateur scientist and unabashed nerd to understand the basics of how their immune system becomes overactive in the digestive system. Through straightforward lessons, we communicate the biological processes of the disease. This provides you with a framework to understand what your symptoms mean and help you make informed changes to your life. 

Scholarly research example:

Self-Management: A Comprehensive Approach to Management of Chronic Conditions. (read abstract)

Medication & Surgical Education

After you’ve understood your biology, we present every medication commonly used in the treatment of IBD. We explain how each medication works, the percentage of patients that these medications helped, and the common and more severe side effects associated with each. We cover common surgical operations with benefits and risks in Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. This helps you to make empowered decisions with your doctor from a place of strength and knowledge.

Scholarly research example:

Risk of Lymphoma in Inflammatory Bowel Disease. (read abstract)

Working with your Physician and Practicing Self-Advocacy

It is critical that you are working with a licensed Allopathic or Osteopathic physician while concurrently enrolled in the IBDCoach program. Finding a physician that is knowledgeable, compassionate and one that genuinely listens to you is also a must. We teach strategies in finding your dream doctor and in presenting your protocol (with the evidence) for approval and suggestions. We have found that physicians generally listen to their patients and encourage them to continue interventions that are working for them.

Scholarly research example:

The gastroenterologist-patient relationship. (read abstract)

Exercise

Utilizing your body and engaging in exercise (when you are able) has been shown to have no negative effect on IBD and can help diminish symptoms by improving bone density, immune response, mental health, weight loss and coping with stress. We’ve identified exercises that are the most realistic for people who are suffering from IBD.

Scholarly research example:

Exercise in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: current perspectives. (read abstract)

Mind-Brain-Gut Connection

The connection between the mind, brain, and body has been scientifically demonstrated for decades. Multiple studies and countless self-reports confirm that stress is linked to dysregulations of the immune system, endocrine system and involvement of the enteric nervous system (located in the gut), often referred to as “our second brain.”  There are further direct links between our psychological state and to Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Our program is rooted in this understanding.

Scholarly research example:

Psychological stress in IBD: new insights into pathogenic and therapeutic implications. (read abstract)

Pain Management Strategies

The chronic pains of IBD, flare-ups, “invisible” pains that some doctors ignore, and sleepless nights make it hard to work, exercise, or enjoy daily activities with family and friends. We cover strategies for pain management, review the available options, and compare the pros and cons of treatments including the overlap with addiction and emerging pain relieving medications and strategies that you can discuss with your physician.

Scholarly research example:

Anti-inflammatory effect of dual nociceptin and opioid receptor agonist, BU08070, in experimental colitis in mice. (read abstract)

Complications

There are numerous complications to IBD and they range from local complications (the intestinal tract) to systemic complications (other organs) to mental health (including anxiety, depression, and PTSD). Our protocol takes these into consideration and we help you learn about other symptoms or complications might arise due to your IBD.

Scholarly research example:

Perianal Fistulas in Patients With Crohn’s Disease, Part 2 (read abstract)

Younger and Older Adults

IBDCoach has you covered. We address specific challenges facing younger and older adults. We allow parents, caregivers, spouses or a close friend to take the course along with you so that they can support you on your journey to better health.

Scholarly research example:

Systematic review with meta-analysis: enteral nutrition therapy for the induction of remission in paediatric Crohn’s disease. (read abstract)

Cannabis

In addition to the near infinite self-reports, a flurry of recent studies suggest that cannabis including both THC (the active component) and CBD (the anti-inflammatory component) of the plant may play a role in controlling inflammation and symptoms. While not the right choice for everyone, we educate you on how cannabis is working, the many forms out there, safety concerns (especially while on immunosuppressive drugs), and how to access this medicine while obeying your state’s drug policies.

Scholarly research example:

Cannabidiol and palmitoylethanolamide are anti-inflammatory in the acutely inflamed human colon. (read abstract)

Emerging Evidence

It seems every day there is a novel approach and new scientific data on ways to address Inflammatory Bowel Disease ranging from fecal transplants to even utilizing parasites to divert the immune system’s attention away from the gut and many others. Our course, community, and weekly Q&A group strategy sessions bring up these emerging topics and IBDCoach is committed to keeping you up-to-date.

Scholarly research example:

Effect of Fecal Microbiota Transplantation on 8-Week Remission in Patients With Ulcerative Colitis: A Randomized Clinical Trial. (read abstract)

Systems-Based

The human body, the healthcare you receive, your relationships, and your diet are all complex systems. There are sensitive interdependencies and sometimes unpredictable cause and effect results. At times, front line treatments fail to acknowledge the complexities that arise including the unpredictable and real side-effects of medications. We empower you to understand these complexities so that you can make the right decisions for your health.

Scholarly research example:

Predictive, preventive, personalized and participatory medicine: back to the future  (read abstract)

Self-Actualization

By being diagnosed with IBD, as surprising as this may be to hear, you have been presented with a gift and an opportunity. You, more so than just about anyone else, have a pronounced ability to sense what foods and lifestyle changes are directly linked to human health in its entirety AND you have an opportunity to apply your discipline, strength, and creativity to excelling at life in all its aspects. At IBDCoach, when others see illness, we see promise. We help you turn your unintentional gift into an opportunity and help you follow your dreams.

View why we think this is most important.

If you wake up every morning and you hate what you do; if you’re a student who is totally burned out; if the stress at work is killing you; if your family life is hell; or even if you’re just hugely uninspired by your days – then you need to do everything possible to change this. Often times the first step is to put your health first and to remove yourself from a toxic environment. It’s obvious that many people with Crohn’s Disease and UC are often “pleasers” and “fixers” who put others’ needs above their own. This is a time where you come first, and by healing yourself right now, you will be able to be there for the people around you. As you move toward health you’ll notice a synergy in doing what you love, and you’ll be positioned to truly live again and fulfill your incredible potential.

Schedule a strategy call with us now.

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