My name is Michael Hohlweg. I have no medical training, but I believe I have discovered the cause of Colitis!

authorHi, I’m Mike Hohlweg, author of Pain Free Foods. I believe this is the most effective Colitis diet ever researched and written. We are a family business that strives to help every customer become pain free, inflammation free, symptom free, and attack and flare-up free. Please take five minutes to read what might be the most important information any colitis sufferer could ever learn. We will not waste your time.


There is a reason doctors believe colitis can’t be cured…
That is what they are taught !

  • The most prescribed diet in the world for colitis and diverticulitis patients is the Mayo Clinic Diet. The Mayo Clinic diet is called a “rest diet” and does not even claim to heal or cure colitis or any other disease. It has been tried over a million times and to date there is not a single case of someone healing from the use of that diet. Doubt this? Here are the facts in their own words:


  • Modern doctors and medical universities readily admit that colitis has an unknown cause and can’t be cured. Here is some proof from the medical community:


  • You may wonder why I am painting this bleak picture of your odds of getting well. I am not. I am telling you that if you are using allopathic medicine or doctors to cure your colitis… THEY are shouting at you that you will have this for life and you cannot get better. I point this out because so many people think that eventually if they keep taking medications and listening to their doctor, they will get better and stop having attacks. Ask your doctor. This is not the case.



Doctors, pharmaceutical companies and medical universities agree: Colitis is incurable. I believed they were wrong and I set out to prove it.

For myself (I used to have a digestive disorder) I stopped looking for answers in places where they said there was no cure. I did not want to live with this disease and I believe that the body can cure itself of almost anything.
For myself (I used to have a digestive disorder) I stopped looking for answers in places where they said there was no cure. I did not want to live with this disease and I believe that the body can cure itself of almost anything.

To help people understand why I thought a solution was possible, I use an analogy of someone with hay fever.


Let’s say that Mary has hay fever but she doesn’t stop working outdoors in her landscaping business. Instead Mary works mowing, weed whacking and handling plants loaded with pollen for a living. We can all predict that Mary will not get better but is almost certain to get worse. She is aggravating her sinuses, throat, eyes, and lungs with allergens. This is the very thing that caused her allergies in the first place.


Mary wants to get better so she goes to the doctor repeatedly. She has tried antihistamines, eye drops, allergy shots and over the counter medications of every kind but in the long run, if Mary keeps allowing pollen to be a daily part of her life, she is doomed to failure and increasing inflammation.


When it comes to colitis, my theory is that we are like Mary. We are not eliminating the source of inflammation from our lives, (in our case, our diet) so we are unlikely to get better no matter what else we do or try. We see the problem with Mary but fixing our own inflammation seems much harder.


Looking at Mary we might say that she is not being smart about healing. In the case of colitis, we have a good excuse; no one has ever explained the cause of the “mystery” inflammation, so we don’t know what to eliminate.


I believe that I have figured out one cause of inflammation that for some reason no one else seems aware of. Give me just another couple of minutes and you will see why I believe this.


I believe that inflammation of the colon in a colitis patient is caused by overproduction of hydrochloric acid (stomach acid). I will give you some evidences of this in a moment but right now, ask yourself if you have digestive issues such as heartburn or acid reflux that might tend to show that you are overproducing acid.


It may be this “overproduction of acid” that is responsible for the inflammation and even ulcerations in some colitis patients.


Our theory is that overproduction of acid during digestion and at other times causes or irritates the condition of colitis and that acid flow is related to foods we call “catalyst foods” and “trigger foods”. I realize that these are just words but dissecting which foods may cause the problem has taken hundreds of hours of research. We do not use those terms lightly.


If you would give me a few minutes of your valuable time, you may find this page to be the most important information a colitis sufferer could read.


Everything that follows is my opinion but I will show you how I got to the point where I say:

“The body is the MASTER HEALER, not doctors and certainly not me. Our bodies heal when we stop doing the thing that caused us to have disease.”


Does that sound too simple? It is not. Medical universities teach doctors that Colitis is incurable. This was scary to me because I used to suffer with a digestive disorder myself. Doctors treat millions of sufferers per year for a disease they believe has no cure. Here is the proof:

Colitis is incurable:


If you read one or all of these articles you will see that according to doctors, and medical universities, you will suffer with Colitis for life. In fact the best you can hope for is periods of rest or remission between bouts. I have proven to my satisfaction that this may not be the case. I believe we can do better than wait patiently between attacks and to fear straying from our toilets.


Please listen to my theory on the exact cause of Colitis. I PROMISE I am not wasting your time with idle chatter or false hope


What Causes Colitis?
Please Don’t Skip This Section!


Since medical universities don’t know the cause of Colitis (see above medical links), doctors who are trained at those same universities also say, “There is no known cure.” Doctors do everything they can by prescribing medications, procedures, and in some extreme cases, surgeries. Doctors do not recommend these options lightly, and for some people, these treatments improve their symptoms for a time.


Some of the drugs used to help people with attacks and symptoms are:

  • Sulfa drugs (sulfasalizing)
  • Corticosteroids (prednisone)
  • 5-Aminosalicylates (Asacol, Pentasa, Rowasa, or 5-ASA)
  • Immunosuppressives (Imuran, Cyclosporine, 6-MP, or Methotrezate)
  • Anti_TNF (Remicade)
  • Antibiotics such as (Metronidazole or Flagyl and Ciprofloxacin or Cipro)


There are two main things I don’t like about these or any drugs. First, they don’t heal or cure which makes them only a treatment. Secondly the potential side effects of using powerful drugs like these can, in some cases, make things worse. Read one or both of these medical articles. The first is by Dr. Mercola, a digestive disorder specialist:

This second article is a forum of diverticulitis patients taking Cipro TM and Flagyl TM. If you want to see what side effects you might experience taking that combination… and you don’t scare easily, read a bit here:

Note: not all prescription drug users experience either good results or bad side effects. The results of those on the forum may not be typical.

Do I think you should avoid doctors? Absolutely not!



Everything has its place. Doctors save lives, diagnose and use modern medical methods to help reduces symptoms and help patients remain functional as long as possible. I am a researcher who has suffered through my own digestive disorder and I feel like my body has healed itself without medication or surgery. I had an idea regarding the cause of Colitis and in my unofficial, non-clinical method of testing; it has shown to be of great value as a colitis treatment and diet.



With a colitis treatment diet and no funding or backing, I had no choice but to do a catalyst food avoidance test on myself. There was enough symptom relief in about ten days that I believed I was on to something. In my family and circle of friends, there were two others with digestive disorders. One of these friends had full-blown colitis and the other had diverticulitis like symptoms and had already undergone removal of his gall bladder. Less than a year after his surgery his symptoms were not only back but he said they were worse than before the surgery. They followed my catalyst food avoidance-colitis diet and in less than a month, both told me they were not experiencing any of their digestive disorder symptoms. Now I felt like I was “three for three.”



This was exciting but not exactly proof or a “clinical trial” so I needed more “guinea pigs.” My friend with the “missing” gall bladder he wishes he could get back, is a website/computer guy. He helped me recruit 25 people directly from a website to try the diet with free supervision and coaching from me. The experiment went about 8 weeks and although this was an early version of my program the results were very good. One person dropped out saying it was too hard to change his diet. One lady reported no improvement at all. 23 people said their symptom improvement was “dramatic” (the highest rating offered). Now I was getting excited.



This caused me to conclude that colitis was not a typical disease. “Normal” diseases have a pathogen such as a virus or bacteria that infects the body and causes the problem. Most of those are easy since doctors have effective medications and antibiotics to eliminate the cause. Colitis may be different and this explains why doctors never cure it. I believe that the pathogen or more accurately the irritant that causes colitis inflammation is stomach acid itself.



Doctors and researchers spend so much time looking for the “bad guy” that causes colitis that they might be missing the simple truth: My theory: Too much hydrochloric acid and two other eating habits compromise the mucosal lining of the stomach and intestine. This leaves them vulnerable to stomach acid, which is very inflammatory when in direct contact with the stomach, intestine and colon (the three places where inflammation may exist). Could it be simple stomach acid inflaming the colon (sometimes stomach and small intestine as well) and sometimes even ulcerating it? Are doctors looking and medicating for a mystery villain that does not exist?



My research led me to believe that eating catalyst foods, and drinking one of the most common drinks in Western cultures is what causes the damage to the mucosal lining and eventual acid erosion and inflammation of the colon. This is the theory I developed 5 years ago and tested on a total of 28 people including myself. The results were not perfect and the program was not easy for everyone but the score was: 26 successful, 2 unsuccessful testers. When I admit that changing your diet even slightly is hard and doesn’t work for some, I would also like to ask you; how easy is living with colitis? How is that working for you?



That was years ago as I was just getting started and had a very crude version of the program that is now fine-tuned after a steady stream of thousands of satisfied clients. We have always allowed clients to contact us over the years and in all this coaching we ran into some very difficult situations. It is these hundreds of circumstances and valid questions and difficulties that have made the newest version (July 2013 printing) a masterpiece of helping people with colitis get their life back. We don’t hide from you. The author’s daughter is the primary coach and makes herself available 7 days a week via email. Try to get that dedication from any other program or website.



The body is the only part of the medical equation that has the power to heal you. In fact I believe that the body can heal itself of almost anything, given the right circumstances. The wrong circumstances are; keep doing the thing that got you sick in the first place. If my theory is correct, and I believe that it is, colitis patients cannot get well eating the way they did as they developed the disease. They must stop eating/drinking the 5 catalyst foods and avoid mixing any two foods together in a meal that become catalyst foods in the body. Give me a couple more minutes to show you how obvious the solution is.

This is the list of the “BIG 8” most common doctor recommendations for colitis treatment

If you have tried them, you know that they are short lived treatment options and do not offer long term relief from Colitis.

Do You…


  • Drink more waterdiverculties_slice_27-300x209
  • Hot compresses to the abdomen
  • Surgery to the colon or gall bladder
  • Prescription meds
  • Becoming regular through fiber or other means
  • Scopes such as colposcopy or scans such as CT scan
  • Non-prescription meds and antacids
  • A rest diet such as the Mayo Clinic diet


Let me summarize this ridiculousness for you: Nearly everyone with colitis is trying remedies, medicines and diets that have never worked for the tens of millions of colitis sufferers before them who have already tried these things. Do you really want to be patient number 10,000,001? Why do colitis patients keep doing the things that we are already certain do not work?


Why is everyone missing it?

Doctors have spent 80 years searching in vain for the pathogen that causes colitis. It might not be as tough as they are making it. Basically only three things reach the colon (the main location for colitis inflammation). They are:


  • The food and drinks we consume
  • Medications we take
  • The saliva, acid, bile and enzymes our body produces to digest that food and drink


Yes that list includes everything and the most interesting part of this story is that only one of the things on the list is so irritating to tissue that it could reasonably cause the stripping of the mucosal lining and inflammation and corrosion of the colon wall. See if you can spot it. That is right hydrochloric acid. Now this raises another question: Isn’t the body, including the digestive tract designed to tolerate acid? The answer is a loud and definite “YES.”


So what is the problem? Enzyme and bile digestion are the preferable methods of digestion in my opinion and they are not damaging to delicate tissues like the esophagus, throat, intestinal cilia and mucosal lining. Yes, the digestive tract is designed to tolerate acid periodically but in the Western cultures we eat so many catalyst foods daily that instead of enzymes digesting most of our food most of the time as it should be, we digest virtually every meal 3 times per day 365 days per year with hydrochloric acid.


This, in my opinion is the problem. Acid is not bad but acid digestion over 1000 times per year seems to exact a terrible price on the digestive tract. People with colitis may simply be those who are more sensitive to acid digestion or more prone to the effects of catalyst foods cause acid digestion instead of enzyme digestion.


Using 5 years of research and later hundreds of client specific experiences and testimonials I realized that almost everyone with a digestive disorder suffered from over production of stomach acid (I say almost because some such as GERD patients may actually suffer from low acid production. See article below). Two digestive disorders are even named according to their acidic villian: heartburn and acid reflux. I believe this is the root cause of all the main digestive disorders such as diverticulitis, colitis, Crohn’s, GERD, celiac, IBD, IBS, heartburn and acid reflux.


By the way, a further evidence of the correctness of my theory is that the one medication recommended for all of the above and virtually every digestive disorder is what? Antacid of course. Acid is bloating us, ulcerating us, bubbling up our throat, burning our stomach and inflaming our intestines and colon and yet everyone misses that it might be the cause of all these varied symptoms and issues. The good news is that reducing acid flow might be as easy as eliminating a few foods and food combinations from our diet.


Here are two medical websites showing some confirmation of this part of my theory:




Why would millions of people suddenly start getting this disease?


Here are some facts about colitis:


  • Diverticulitis, colitis and Crohn’s have become an epidemic in the last 60 to 80 years before that, they basically were unknown or did not exist.
  • There are about 195 countries on this planet. Nearly all of the colitis, diverticulitis and Crohn’s deaths (gastroenteritis mortality rate) come from fewer than 20 of these countries and over 80% of them come from only 7 modern “Westernized diet” countries. These countries are: (UK, USA, CAN, AU, DE, NZ and SA).
  • Billions of people in the less developed countries with less “modern style” diets have little or no digestive disorders (gastroenteritis) of which, colitis is a member. These digestive disorder “free” countries include Asia and Africa. (see above link)




What do the Magnificent 7 have in common?


They share two things that I felt might contribute to this isolated epidemic. One; they shared a Western diet including catalyst foods that are not eaten much if at all elsewhere. Two; they have an over 50% digestive disorder rate in their entire population regardless of gender or race once their citizens reach age 60. How can it be more obvious?



How did one regular person figure this out?


My name is Michael Hohlweg and I have to admit something to you here. I had my digestive disorder while I lived here in the US, where I was born. Later in my life I moved overseas where I stayed for two years. During that time, my disorder went away. Then I returned to the US, and within six months my symptoms also returned. The only thing I could think of that had changed was my diet.


In other words it was obvious to me that in my case the condition was directly related to diet. I had a head start on doctors and traditional thinkers. In my opinion colitis is diet related or even diet caused. If that was true, perhaps correcting the diet could allow the body to heal from colitis as well!


During my years of experimenting I found that I only had to give up 4 foods and one drink (the five catalyst foods) and avoid multiple “trigger foods” in my meals. I knew I was almost there.


What proof do I have of the truthfulness of this theory?


I have no proof. I only have evidences of effectiveness that cannot be easily relayed on a website. We have collected hundreds of testimonials and success stories told to us over the phone by happy customers. Testimonials on websites are either real or faked so putting up 10 or 1000 isn’t really proof. This leaves me with two things. The first is my word. I give you my word that based on emails, and phone calls; this program seems to work for virtually everyone who does it (I know that “work” is not very specific. I have no choice. I will tell you that you (not me) get to define “work” when deciding on a refund or not. Secondly, I refer back to our refund rate. I again give you my word (Michael Hohlweg, author, father and husband of 30 years) that fewer than 1 in 100 people ever mention a refund after seeing the quality of the program and experiencing its effectiveness. That is my “proof.”

Should I choose Pain Free Foods over proper medical care?


sec9_122Of course not. I am not trained or qualified to even modify your doctor’s recommendations. I don’t do that. In fact I suggest that you show the eating program to your doctor and begin with his/her blessing. Only you or your doctor know all your medical circumstances and can give you the best overall advice and monitor your improvements. Even changing a digestive disorder patient’s diet slightly could theoretically cause some concern so it is best that I leave medicine to medical experts which I am not.


As far as the safety of the plan, while an individual person could always be sensitive to any change, once you see the program I think you and your doctor will agree that since you essentially continue to eat what you eat now (minus 5 catalyst foods) there is no cause for concern in an otherwise healthy person.

This colitis diet is a treatment based on the digestive disorder theory of Mike Hohlweg. I promote it because in my experience it works and gives hope to those who suffer with a disease the experts say is incurable. Even the most prescribed diet on earth admits to failure as a cure. Listen to them tell you:

Can the Pain Free Foods Colitis program heal me of colitis?


No doctor, medicine, or author (me) can heal or cure you. The body heals and cures itself of most diseases when we “get out of the way” and stop whatever we are doing that was keeping us from healing. We believe a couple of habits and very few foods are what Western cultures are doing wrong that keep this disease from being healed by the body. We show you how to “get out of the way.” We do not heal or cure and our diet program does not heal or cure.



  • Program: Colitis Pain Free Foods that lists the 5 catalyst foods and explains our entire program. Full page color charts showing you which foods mixed together become catalyst foods. Avoid those mixes!
  • The two page; “Quick Start Guide”. Don’t want to read all the pages of the program before you start? Read pages 9 and 10 and eat your next bite “on the program.” Note: To reach the 99% success rate our customers enjoy, you need to read all 26 pages of the program and the 50 things book (30 pages) in your first week. This insures your understanding and increases your odds of success.
  • The book, “50 Things You Absolutely Must Know.” This book contains the answer to nearly every question we hear after coaching thousands of people over several years. Answers to: How to avoid or stop an attack, stopping diarrhea, ending constipation and 47 other critical topics!
  • The Complete Recipe Collection. Over 200 recipes that have catalyst food avoidance built in. Just pick a great recipe and eat. You don’t have to know the program or look at the charts.
  • The book, 7-day Menu and Shopping List. For those of you who don’t want to think about this, we actually give you a shopping list and 21 breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Follow the menu and you are on the program.
  • The “Eat Out Guide.” This is the handy chart that you can use to keep you on track eating at a friend’s house or at a restaurant. You will be able to eat normal foods, anywhere, as long as you have this chart.
  • Unlimited email support for a full year.

With four books (all in one volume for hardcopies) and four other bonuses including email help directly from the co-author Rachel Hohlweg, you may be thinking; this must cost a small fortune. Although we enjoy paying the electric bill, we are strongly motivated to help everyone rid him or herself of this disease. The program is priced so that no one gets turned away. You will be pleased with the small fee.

Will this diet be difficult to stick to?

Yes, some people have told us this program is difficult at first. Others find it simple. We don’t know how you will feel. Let’s say that: changing (even slightly) the way you eat is not easy. The thing we would tell you is, that living with colitis is hard isn’t it? Making some diet adjustments might be easier than that!


 July 8 2014 Karen Lindley wrote:
Ten years ago after several years of drug treatment including a ten day stint on IV I had the worst operation of my life and lost a good metre of my bowel. Two weeks ago the rotten thing came back with a vengeance and I started dosing up on massive pain killers and only drinking liquids…………..after 6 days no improvement, little sleep and utter misery , I was too terrified to go to the Doctor in case I ended up in Hospital……………I decided to look for alternate treatments on Google and thankfully last Thursday I discovered your site. I started there and then…………… Saturday I felt the pain had eased a little but put this down to the new painkiller I was on…………On Sunday I had much reduced pain and no painkillers. On Monday I woke up pain free, I am still pain free and I am a convert for life and have already passed your details on to two friends.I can not thank you enough                                                               Yours sincerely,Karen Lindley 

Disclaimer: Results not typical. Your results may certainly vary. Testimonials chosen for positive outcome.


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