Drug-Free IBD

Remission without Immunosuppression

A virtual course with integrative gastroenterologist and microbiome expert Dr. Robynne Chutkan, designed for people with inflammatory bowel disease who want to learn more about how to get their disease into remission without biologics, steroids, or other immunosuppressive drugs.


Join Dr. Chutkan on this 4-week, once-in-a-lifetime journey, as she opens her practice and extends her expertise to the public for the first time. Gain a deeper understanding of the risks and benefits of conventional and alternative therapies, learn how to communicate with your doctor for optimal care, become an expert at using food as medicine, and find out about other lifestyle interventions to manage your disease. Become more educated and empowered to take control of your healing!

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Is “Drug-Free IBD” Right For You?

  • Are you concerned about the potential toxicity of some of the drugs you’re taking?

  • Have you had any concerning side effects?

  • Are you curious about alternatives to conventional pharmaceuticals?

  • Do you believe in a more holistic food as medicine approach?

  • Are you a practitioner who wants to help your patients?

  • Are you a concerned parent who is looking for alternatives for your child?

  • Are you just curious about what’s possible through diet and lifestyle change?

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Why “Drug-Free IBD”?


Scientific advances in the last few decades have confirmed that microbial disruption known as dysbiosis, along with genetic predisposition and other environmental factors, can give rise to IBD and other autoimmune disorders. Current treatments for IBD such as biologics and steroids focus on suppressing the immune system, and while they can be successful at controlling symptoms, they have dangerous side effects that include cancer and life-threatening infection. This is particularly important now since all of these drugs carry an increased risk of worse outcomes from viral infections like COVID.

Dr Robynne Chutkan did her fellowship in Gastroenterology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, training under the tutelage of Dr Henry Janowitz (who was trained by Dr Crohn himself), and other IBD luminaries like Dr David Sachar and Dr Dan Present. After a decade at the helm of the IBD program at Georgetown, she opened her private practice in 2004 called The Digestive Center for Wellness, devoted to addressing the root cause of inflammation in the gut. She’s successfully helped hundreds of patients with IBD taper off of immunosuppressives, or avoid them altogether, even when other gastroenterologists told them it wasn’t possible.

Dr. Chutkan and her team presented scientific data at the Digestive Diseases Week (DDW) meeting in Chicago in 2014 showing an 80% success rate getting IBD patients off of these medications using dietary and lifestyle modifications and prescription probiotics – protocols she’s developed over more than two decades practicing integrative gastroenterology. It should be intuitive that what we eat matters greatly to the trillions of organisms that call our gut home, but most gastroenterologists ignore (or are unaware of) the critical importance of the microbiome, opting instead for the quick fix of pharmaceuticals with toxic side effects that don’t address the root cause of what’s gone wrong in your gut.

Just as Dr Chutkan’s eyes were opened to the incredible benefits of dietary therapy through the generous collaboration of many patients over the years, it’s her honor and privilege to share that information with others who struggle with IBD, and to spread the word about the power of food as medicine.


“This is one of the most important courses for people with IBD to participate in, and then take to heart and do. It will change your life, mentally, emotionally and physically for the better and without a bunch of added supplements and complicated diets.”

Eric / Course Participant


“Dr. Chutkan is a gifted and inspiring educator who shares her knowledge, wisdom and experiences as an integrative gastroenterologist… her lessons are not only evidence-based but informed by her practice and loaded with clinically relevant pearls.”

Viv / Course Participant


“What a great course! Dr. Chutkan presents complex information in a concise, evidence-based and well organized manner. Her insight, presentation skills and clinical experience make this an excellent program.”

Sonya / Course Participant

What’s Included

We are delighted to have you join our community of patients and practitioners interested in an integrative approach to gastroenterology.

This course does not promote or sell any supplements or products – just potentially life-changing practical and scientifically-backed information that can help you feel better. Join us in achieving drug-free IBD. Your gut will thank you!


Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course begin and how long is it?

“Drug-free IBD” is a 4-week virtual course. The first live session will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022.

What are the dates of the live Q&A sessions with Dr. C? If I can’t attend live, are they recorded?

The dates for the live sessions are 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, and 2/15 in the evening. All sessions will be recorded and available during the course and for 1 month after the course ends. You can send questions in before each Q&A session.

How is the course content presented/delivered to the participants?

Content is delivered through a multimedia format that includes videos, audio files, power point presentations, and a downloadable electronic workbook.

When is the course content delivered to participants and will I have access to it after the course ends?

You’ll receive your e-workbook one week before the course starts. Each weekly lesson will be delivered to your inbox one week before the Q&A. So, on 1/25 you’ll receive the lesson for the 2/1 Q&A. All sessions will be recorded and available during the course and for 1 month after.

Will Dr. Chutkan be my doctor during/after the course? Will she offer me personalized medical advice?

No, Dr. Chutkan is offering this course in an educational capacity only and will not be your doctor during or after the course, or able to provide you with personalized medical care or advice.

How many hours a week should I set aside to spend on the course?

Each of the four sections in the workbook will take you about an hour to go through; each weekly lesson is about an hour; and each Q&A lasts for one hour so that would be 3 hours per week. There are additional supplementary materials that you can peruse at your leisure, like the nutrition and supplement guide, summaries of scientific articles, etc.

Will I receive a certification after completion of the course?

Yes, you will receive a certificate of completion from the Digestive Center for Wellness stating that you have participated in the “Drug-Free IBD” Educational Program.

Do you offer refunds?

Because we limit the number of participants to make it a more engaging experience for the group, we are not able to offer refunds. We are confident that we’ll exceed your expectations in providing an invaluable educational opportunity.

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