My Personal Story from Autoimmune Disease to Complete Recovery

Ever thought you were invincible in terms of health? 

That was me. 

Imagine excelling in life and suddenly you are diagnosed with an incurable autoimmune disease at the age of 26.

But I refused to give up.

This is my story of how I overcame this disease and healed my gut.

My Story

I grew up completely healthy in a loving family, always ate delicious home-cooked meals, had a great social life, and excelled as the captain of the basketball team in high school.

I got my master’s degree in industrial and mechanical engineering with top grades from a German university, and had numerous amazing tech companies offering me excellent jobs. 

My goal was to build something great, advance technologies and have a successful career.

But things took an unexpected turn. 

Shortly after graduating from university, I caught Mononucleosis (Epstein-Barr-Virus) and got treated with antibiotics.

Autoimmune Disease

I started having digestive issues and 3 months later I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an autoimmune disease in its most severe form (pancolitis). 

The doctors told me it was incurable, and I would depend on medication for the rest of my life.

I experienced the worst abdominal cramps and pain of my life, lost significant amounts of blood through my colon, and became so weak and underweight that walking more than 500 meters was a struggle.

My energy levels were consistently low and I was always tired.

I couldn’t focus or work on anything.

Consequently, I abandoned my hobbies and didn’t go out to see my friends anymore.

It literally affected all areas of my life.

Out of desperation, I tried a dose of heavy steroids, but all the symptoms came back just 2 weeks later.

Accepting this situation as my new normal was something that didn’t make sense to me and I couldn’t come to terms with.

In my entire childhood I have always been healthy and full of energy.

Why would I develop a chronic disease so late in life? 

If it is genetic, why did I not get this earlier?

Questioning the status quo is part of who I am and how I grew up. 

I am curious by nature and want to know the reasons, background and secrets behind everything.

So I dedicated my life to educating myself about gut health. 

I went to medical libraries and read books, scientific papers, watched Youtube videos, visited countless doctors and naturopaths, tried hundreds of supplements and tested about 20 different diet forms.

Despite being housebound and sick for 2 years, I focused all the energy that I had left on healing myself.

It was a privilege being able to do that because my parents supported me.

Today, I am fully recovered, free from symptoms and am not dependent on any medications.

I go to regular check-ups at one of Germany’s most renowned gastroenterologists and experts in autoimmune diseases.

He observed my recovery and has even taken interest and requested an outline of the steps I took to achieve this recovery.

These are outtakes of my laboratory work from when I started healing until no signs of inflammation were present anymore.

In 8 months, my inflammation levels in my colon (calprotectin) dropped from 1070 to <30.

The inflammatory markers in my blood were even more impressive.

In just 5 months, my severe inflammatory levels in my blood (CRP) dropped from 131 to <5.

I believe that everyone is capable of achieving what I’ve accomplished. 

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, you will often read online or hear from your doctor that you will have this condition for a lifetime. 

This approach is simply outdated.

There are literally hundreds of scientific studies coming out every year, highlighting the impact of environmental and lifestyle factors on autoimmune diseases.

Genetics may have an influence to some degree, but the disease would never show, if it wasn’t triggered by something else.

How else would you explain that autoimmune diseases are only rapidly rising in developed countries?

This puzzle increasingly points back to our gut health. 

The research of the microbiome has truly gained momentum in the last decade.

This relatively new field has opened up a fascinating window into understanding how the trillions of microbes influence our health. 

With these new studies, they are finding out that the microbiome is in fact NOT fixed and static. 

It is ever changing.

And what is influencing the microbiome?

What we eat, how we move, the stress we have and our overall lifestyle. 

Technically you can say that once you manage to tweak your microbiome, you are cured from this disease for the rest of your life.

But that will trigger a lot of people.

Why? They will say that this gives false hope to people suffering from autoimmune diseases.

Look, I am not a doctor. I am an Engineer. 

So everything I am writing can not be medical advice. 

However, based on what I have read, what scientific studies are publishing, what I experienced and many specialists say, the body is not a static system.

My approach is NOT to manage symptoms. 

My approach is focusing on rebuilding gut health from the ground up, creating a resilient microbiome. 

I will explain exactly what I did to heal, how to approach gut health, what to eat, which supplements to take and the latest research findings on gut health and diet. 

And I will share it all online.

Why? 

Because to this day I have not found anyone online who has the same approach as I do.

I share this information because I wish someone would have given it to me back when I was sick.

It would have saved me years of time, pain and a lot of money.

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