developed Crohn's disease at age 19, the summer after his freshman
year of college. His weight plunged from a normal of 175-80 pounds
down to 120. X-rays showed inflammation in his small and large
intestines. He had 10-15 bowel movements a day and was unable to sleep
through the night without going to the bathroom almost every hour. At
one point, he was taking two anti-inflammatories, two antibiotics,
Diflucan for thrush, and an acid-suppressant. Rubin believes that the
high-carbohydrate, low-protein, almost-no-fat diet that he went on "to
get in shape" and the sigh stress of his many college activities led
to the illness. Since conventional medicine offered control of
symptoms but no cure, Rubin turned to alternative medicine, seeking
help from 70 health practitioners in seven countries and 300 different
'miracle' products - without success. He found some relief with the
low-carbohydrate diet outlined in Elaine Gottschall's book Breaking
the Vicious Cycle, but it wasn't until a nutritionist taught him what
and how to eat that he saw an improvement. By changing his eating
patterns and supplementing with homeostatic soil-based organisms,
Rubin was able to stop taking all the medications and regained his
Similar to the diet
that the nutritionist had advised Rubin to follow, the Guts and Glory
Program, outlined in Restoring Your Digestive Health, avoids
modern processed foods and emphasizes meat from organically-raised,
grass-fed animals; raw, fermented goat's milk in the form of kefir or
yogurt; vegetables; fruits; and certain fats like goat butter, coconut
oil/butter, olive oil, and flax seed oil. The authors also encourage
readers to consume fermented vegetables and fruits, because of the
lactobacilli they contain, and easily-digested, nutrient-rich homemade
stocks and broths. Restoring Your Digestive Health explains the
reasons for these food choices in detail. "If this book had a mantra,"
the authors write, "it would be this: Decrease the total amount of
carbohydrates you eat and be selective about the quality of the
carbohydrates you eat." Carbohydrates are especially difficult for
people with digestive problems to break down. Because of this, some
undigested carbohydrates end up feeding harmful bacteria in the small
intestine. These bacteria damage the intestinal wall and further
The Guts and Glory
Program also includes some supplements, such as digestive enzymes,
water additives, anti-inflammatory formulas, and bentonite clay.
Homeostatic soil-based organisms (HSOs), made by Rubin's company
Garden of Life, play a major part in the program. Sources for
recommended foods and supplements are included in the book.
The Guts and
Glory Program is divided into three phases:
The first phase, during which `Brasco Broth' is eaten throughout the
day (recipe is included), is designed to rest the bowel and encourage
the repair of the bowel lining. It also reduces inflammation,
rehydrates the body, and reduces the total microflora.
When improvement is noticed (usually 7-14 days, or sooner), the second
phase begins. During this phase, which also lasts 7-14 days, fermented
goat dairy products and more steamed vegetables are added to the diet.
Additional probiotic supplements help reinoculation of the gut with
friendly bacteria, lowering colonic pH and improving nutrient
The third phase, which is long-term, seeks to restore and maintain
health. It draws more attention to the consumption of healthy fats and
the quality and quantity of carbohydrates.
The authors use the
three phases as blueprints for creating treatment plans for over 20
gastrointestinal disorders, ranging from hemorrhoids and ulcers to
constipation and Crohn's disease. In addition, Restoring Your
Digestive Health contains 7 nutrient- or probiotic-rich recipes and
some lifestyle recommendations that benefit digestive health.
Dr. Brasco writes,
"One hundred percent of my patients would get better by changing their
diet. However, only three or four out of ten patients agree to change
it." Jordan Rubin compares his recovery from Crohn's disease to an
athlete training for the Olympics: "It takes that kind of commitment
to get well from a chronic or degenerative disease." Restoring Your
Digestive Health does not offer a `miracle' supplement or pill. It
outlines a program that requires effort and commitment. However, even
people who don't want to follow the Guts and Glory Program can learn
ways to enhance digestive health from this book.
This breakthrough book details Rubin's remarkable and successful battle with Crohn's disease by using his new,
self-designed Guts and Glory Program, a revolutionary new diet and health regime.
From the Foreword:
Restoring Your Digestive Health: How the Guts and Glory Program Can Transform Your Life offers new hope and help to the millions of Americans who
are suffering from digestive related disorders and are tired of treatments that do not address the causal factors responsible for their disease. In this easy-to-understand
manual, Jordan Rubin and Joseph Brasco give not only a guided tour of the major reasons why our guts revolt against our modern ways of living, but step-by-step directions
on how to reverse gastrointestinal complaints.
Helping people become self-reliant in taking care of their health problems runs contrary to both most medical and most "alternative" practices, where patients are trained
to become dependent on physician care in ways that discourage them from taking control of their own health destiny. Nowhere is this more evident than in the realm of
digestive-related disorders. We must acknowledge the fact that gastrointestinal complaints are treated by symptom suppression in the majority of medical offices. Patients
are left ignorant of why they became ill and remain subject to increasingly serious health problems as the years go by.
My twenty-five years as a practitioner, a professor of public health, clinical nutrition and gastroenterology, and my personal experiences with
digestive-related disorders have made clear to me the immense impact of gastrointestinal function on the development of a wide array of degenerative conditions. From when I
first read the brilliant work of Dr. Weston Price in 1966 (Nutrition and Physical Degeneration) to my studies in chronic disease epidemiology at the University of Texas to my
more than twenty-five years as a practitioner seeing numerous sick people, the message continues to be clear: We are personally and collectively responsible for the vast array
of chronic health problems from which we suffer. If we are to escape from our dilemma as a population that has become increasingly burdened with illness, we must understand the
importance of efficient gastrointestinal functioning, the many ramifications of our guts' not functioning well, and what steps are needed to reverse these problems. It is in
this light that Restoring Your Digestive Health: How the Guts and Glory Program Can Transform Your Life can play such an important role.
In this book, the reader has the opportunity to learn from the experiences and perspectives of former patient Jordan Rubin, who suffered with serious, life threatening
digestive-related disorders and who, through his own often terrifying trial-and-error experiences, fought his way back to good health. This perspective is reinforced and added
to by the insights of medical gastroenterologist Joseph Brasco, who complements his medical training and experience with a natural, causal-oriented outlook that he uses in
clinically assisting his own patients. Both authors exhibit the all-too-rare art of independent experience, logic, science, and clear concern for their fellow human beings.
I assure the reader that while each case of illness is different, the wealth of information contained in this book can serve as a foundation for
not only an improved understanding of why we become ill, but also as a road map to follow on the way back to better health.
Paul A. Goldberg, M.P.H., D.C., Director
The Goldberg Clinic, Marietta, Georgia
From the Back Cover:
They told Jordan Rubin there was no cure.
HE PROVED THEM WRONG.
Not long ago, Crohn's disease nearly ended Jordan Rubin's life. A once healthy teenager, Jordan began experiencing the debilitating effects of
the painful and potentially fatal wasting intestinal illness, with his ravaged body eventually falling prey to some eighteen other serious ailments. In desperation, he
consulted more than seventy medical experts in seven countries, and tried hundreds of nutritional supplements, with no results. Finally, without hope or recourse, Jordan took
his health into his own hands, researching and refining a revolutionary wellness program based on a more historically and biologically correct diet, including the use of
fermented foods and homeostatic soil organisms (HSOs), an often-overlooked but critical component of our ancestor's primitive diet.
Within months of beginning the program, Jordan Rubin's health improved to a remarkable degree, and today he is in peak physical condition, completely free of disease or
medications of any kind. He calls his regimen the Guts and Glory Program, but if you suffer from Crohn's disease, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), acid reflux, chronic candida,
food allergies, or any of a host of other digestive or systemic disorders, you'll call it amazing. Simple, natural, and true to our bodies' unique biology, the immensely
healthful Guts and Glory dietary program can make a tremendous difference in your life.
THE GUTS AND GLORY PROGRAM HELPS HEAL:
• Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
• Irritable bowel syndrome
• Gluten and lactose intolerance
• Candida (yeast) infections
• Food allergies
• Recurring or persistent nausea
• Chronic constipation
• Urinary tract infections
• And many other serious ailments
Jordan Rubin has traveled a long and painful journey, and now he wants to help you onto the road to better health! In this important book, you'll learn:
• Why fermented foods and HSOs are vital to good health—and why they're missing from today's diets
• How a “primitive” lifestyle offers very modern health benefits
• How to find and prepare delicious meals the primitive way
• What dietary supplements can help—and which to avoid!
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Raw Interview with Jordan Rubin,
“Raw Truth” Author
by Health Experts at Healthy Living Magazine & Christine Dreher, CCN,
Jordan Rubin is a doctor of naturopathic medicine, a certified nutritional consultant, and the founder of Garden of Life, a company devoted to developing
neutriceutical formulations. He has appeared on more than 300 television and radio programs and has written numerous articles for top nutritional and medical journals. Jordan
and his wife, Nicki, live in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Joseph Brasco graduated from the Medical College of Wisconsin and is board certified in internal medicine and gastroenterology. Dr. Brasco is married with four children and
lives in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he is on staff at a gastroenterology practice.