Mike McCready – Guitarist, Pearl Jam

Posted January 22nd, 2011 in Testimonials.

Mike McCready, guitarist for the band Pearl Jam, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at age 21. Over the years, he has given a number of interviews in which he discusses the challenges of living with IBD. The following is an excerpt from one of his interviews.

Interviewer:
So, you mentioned that diet is really important to you, especially recently you found something that is working very well for you. Is there trade-off there in terms of eating right for Crohn’s, keeping your energy level up to be able to be energetic and perform?

Mike:
Yeah, I think it’s all-encompassing. I have to do something positive. I have to eat in a way that’s good for me. People with Crohn’s or colitis, certain foods, say a tomato doesn’t bother me, but it could bother somebody else and could set it off. It’s different for each patient. The thing that has really been working for me right now is my diet and this book by Elaine Gloria Gottschall, called “Breaking the Vicious Cycle.” [emphasis added] And this doesn’t work for everyone but, for me, it’s worked. And it’s basically a diet, of no sugar, no starch – so, no potatoes, no fries, no refined sugars. And it’s tough. We have to make bread out of nuts and all sorts of stuff, but it’s the only thing that’s put this [Crohn’s] thing in remission without being on a ton of drugs. Actually, it’s the best I’ve felt since I was probably 15 or 16. [emphasis added]

More on Mike’s use of diet for treating Crohn’s can be found in the 2005 article “Pearl Jam’s McCready speaks from the gut,” published in the Seattle Times.

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