Nirvana of Peristalsis

(also known as Mike's Flog)


A Regimen for Remission
This log tracks my regimen of attitude, exercise, stress management, and SCD foods. Since I started this regimen in 1997, I've been able to keep my Crohn's in a drug-free remission.


Even though I may have experimented beyond the SCD from time to time, one must remember that everyone is different. Follow the intro diet for 3-5 days, and stick with the SCD until you are completely symptom free for at least one year before experimenting.

Be sure to read:
Intro to Flog
Read Me
Laura's IBS log
SCD Web Library

The linked timestamps are your permanent links to individual log entries.

Get the book:
Ready to get your shit together? Got the intestinal fortitude? Yearning for a nirvana of peristalsis? Buy Breaking The Vicious Cycle! Written by Elaine Gottschall B.A., M.Sc., the book includes guidelines for dietary relief and sustainable remission of Crohns, Ulcerative Colitis, and other IBDs.

Feel free to contact me if you still have questions.

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Friday, December 25, 2009
A lovely walk around the neighborhood, followed by Raman's banana pancakes!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Check out this NY Times article about the food chain for Omega-3 fatty acids and fish oil.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Happy holidays everyone! When it comes to cooking, winter is my favorite time of year. Laura has been making these delicious, wonderful, big soups and we enjoy them for days on end. We also like to bake comfort foods in the oven (we don't use the oven a whole lot here during Tucson summers). And..tonight...chicken parmigiana SCD style (almond flour breading). Based on the smells coming out of the oven, it's going to be delicious!!

(It was darn delicious with a side dish of some sauteed bell pepper, bok choy, and zucchini.)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

How often during our lifetime does some beloved product cease to exist? As our needs and preferences evolve, often enough. Such is the case with the extinction of Kodak Kodachrome. If I have one regret, it is that I didn't shoot more of that wonderful film!


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Here's a quick update on "Flog": If you haven't already read the Read Me, please check it out. I have been fortunate that, combined with other critical success factors, the SCD plays a key role in my healing and ongoing quality of life. After 7+ years on the SCD and with no remaining symptoms, I started to experiment 'outside the box'. I don't encourage this for newbies or people who have any lingering symptoms. In my case, I am now able to eat the following on a typical workday:

Breakfast: fuji apple, a banana, SCD yogurt, toast of rye bread (last item is not SCD legal).

Lunch: "safeway primo taglio" ham and muenster on rye with tomato and lettuce (this bread is not SCD).

Dinner: something grilled, some cooked vegetable, some fresh vegetable. Completely SCD-legal.

At some point my Flog "archive" tool broke and I haven't been able to fix it. The Flog archives should go from 2000 - 2009. My entries were at just about every meal initially, then daily summary posts. Things got a bit repetitive and since 2006 or so I have posted less frequently.

To those of you about to embark on the SCD, I wish you the greatest success and encourage you to join one of the many email and online support groups that have formed in recent years. You can find an updated list in the Community section of

On a personal note, I am deep in research on my family free. I'm very interested in communicating with anyone with ancestors with or connecting to Simon surname originating from the Gensingen and Bingen area of Germany (intersection of Rhine and Nahe rivers, Gensingen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany).

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Be sure to check out the Institute For The Future's "The Future of Health and Wellness in Food Retailing". The report's main focus in on big players in the food industry, but provides foresight that indicates as we move forward in time, people will have more and more information about the foods we eat and the implications these foods will have on our health.

Thursday, February 28, 2008

The New York Times and Associated Press reported on February 25th that "Men as well as women need bone tests". For those who have been diagnosed with osteopenia, we've been told to increase load-bearing exercise and calcium intake. Some are even told to take Fosamax or other products to try to stem the loss of bone density. For those with IBD, this is typically due to having taken Prednisone, but in my case also because my body is skinnier than the "standard" for Americans of my age and height.

As part of their research The World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Metabolic Bone Diseases at the University of Sheffield (United Kingdom) has created an online "FRAX" tool that you can use to see what risk(s) you face in ten years.

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