I am an experienced Medical Doctor – MD for thirty-nine years. Ten months back, I got diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis at the Cedars Sinai Hospital – One of the top Hospitals in the world with respect to Ulcerative Colitis. My world-renowned gastroenterologist treated me with Prednisone and recommended the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which I followed religiously. After three months, I came off Prednisone, but continued the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. A month later, my symptoms of Ulcerative Colitis – bloody diarrhea, gas and abdominal cramping came back. My gastroenterologist wanted me to go on Remicade. Being a medical doctor, I was fully aware of the horrendous side-effects of Remicade. So, I refused to go on it. At this juncture, I reluctantly looked to Ayurvedic medicine. That’s how I discovered Khabir Southwick.
Khabir spent over three hours – evaluating my condition, and answering my zillion questions, as I had already read a book on Ayurveda by David Frawley. He gave me clear instructions about “What to Eat and What Not to Eat.” He formulated three Ayurvedic herbal formulas specifically for me. In the end, he even gave me a tour of his yard, which reminded me of my childhood home in Pakistan – chickens, ducks and pigeons and an un-manicured lawn. He is truly living the life of Ayurveda.
I started following the treatment religiously. Diarrhea resolved in two to three days. Blood in the stools and excessive gas continued to improve over the next eight weeks. Finally I became symptom-free. I was ecstatic! Gradually, I stopped the herbs and started to adventure the forbidden foods and spices. A month later, I paid the price – symptoms recurred but only mildly. I went back on the herbs and allowed foods and spices. Symptoms resolved in a couple of weeks. And that’s where I stand now.
I have gained about ten pounds. I have plenty of energy. I clearly understand Ulcerative Colitis arises out of one’s own inappropriate diet and not what I learned in my medical school. I have gained full confidence over my disease as I can control it with diet and herbs, which don’t have any side-effects. Compare it to the treatment we medical doctors offer which aims to suppress the immune system with potent drugs which have potential for a number of terrible side-effects. It has been an eye-opening experience for me and honestly, I am disappointed at my own profession.
Sarfraz Zaidi, MD