Well I just measured him and he grew another inch in the past 4 months. His growth rate is about 3"/year ever since we moved to Colorado, interesting since everybody tells us people at altitude are typically shorter, due to the altitude... Don't know if that's true.Serrickson,
What is your sons height and weight now that he is 12?
Do you notice foods over here bothering him more often than foods in central europe?
Height is 61 1/4" and weight is 115lbs. He's just under the 75th percentile for height, on pace for 5' 10" to 5' 11" which is good considering I'm just under 6ft.
The growth in height is the most damning evidence. His calprotectin was <16 so that's super good. As far as the unit reporting there, mg/L or ug/g, there is a lot of confusion it seems but from what I gather and calculate, the density of stool is approximately 1 which means both mg/L and ug/g should directly convert over.
As far as a difference in food, we shopped on a military base and on the economy, German stuff is pretty much on par with what we have here, in some cases better. I'd argue the water is actually of better quality. The food, to me, is a non issue coming back. I have greater access to various products here, that's for sure. It was only in the past few years the Germans really started getting onboard with things like coconut oil, plain nut butters, and so on.
Over all though, the BIGGEST change is Vitamin D. Supposedly, and I've known this for some time, Vitamin D acts like a TNF blocker in the right dosage. No, it's not going to have the same result as a biological such as Remicade perhaps (usually you're really sick when you get on that, of course) but in John's case, since he's technically been in "remission" the Vitamin D should have a very good maintenance effect. Of course, we live in Colorado, which is super sunny AND we are a mile+ closer to the sun AND it isn't super hot (it's dry) so the kids are outside way more often, especially at school. The sun exposure (Germany is so overcast) and the fact I've got John on religious Vitamin D supplementation really have kicked his success into overdrive. He's on 2,000 iu/day and from my calculations, that should be very reasonable over the long term, and safe. His GI here tested his Vitamin D levels during the very first round of testing, it was low normal at 31. That was all the proof I needed to get him on high dose Vitamin D, and I'm going to ask for his level to be checked when I go to the GI in August. John's CRP, ESR, and calprotectin have been super low since I implemented the vitamin D regime, AND he's growing dramatically. Connect the dots, combined with Paleo/SCD, it's really working well.
The last time I visited the GI, the Dr. discussed removed one of John's drugs. This was before all of the recent developments. Quite possibly in August he'll be off MTX or azathioprine...
John's case is important, we must remember, because he's a pediatric case. The signs and symptoms tend to be a bit more dramatic. The time considerations are much more intense: you can't dilly-dally with Crohn's in general, but with a kid, you have cognitive and physical development to deal with. He's in school, he is supposed to grow. When you're, 39 like me, who cares? Crohn's has ruined his eyesight (which has stopped changing dramatically since the dietary changes in '13) and his teeth. Of course, no cavities since he's been on Paleo and he's on pace to remove his braces by Jan/Feb '17. The fact that his teeth are cooperating is another piece of damning evidence.
I am so confident with what we're doing, I'm actually going back to work as a high school teacher in August. I haven't worked in 10 years, save for clinicals and my Master's. Since everything looks great, now is the time!