In this area you will be able to:
- Propose, vote on, and discuss research ideas
- View current studies
- View published research
Here, you can submit a research idea to the community, cast your votes, and discuss research ideas proposed by other members. Please make your research question as specific as possible. Other members will vote on your research idea, and we will prioritize research ideas with the most votes.
You are allowed to vote for your own proposed research idea if you want. However, you can only vote for a total of five research ideas. If you have already cast your five votes and an idea you like even more is proposed, you can change your votes at any time to reflect your current preferences.
The research team will review all submitted ideas and provide a response to you and to the community. If your idea leads to an IBD Partners Study, you will have the opportunity to serve as a patient collaborator on the research team for that study.
We encourage you to prioritize the ideas that are most important to you, even if the research team determines that your idea is not a good fit for IBD Partners. We will share ideas labeled “Not a Good Fit” with researchers outside of our network when appropriate. We want to make sure all of your votes count!
Thanks for your participation in this important platform to help the IBD research community understand what research questions are important to patients. We are passionate about finding answers to your questions!
What is the comparative safety and efficacy of natural supplements (vitamin D, fish oil, turmeric) commonly used in IBD versus prescription medications?
Many of us try natural supplements instead of or in addition to prescription medications in the management of IBD. Are natural supplement products more safe or effective when compared to prescription medications? Is combining natural supplements with prescription treatments more effective?
Peppermint oil has been used to treat GI conditions including IBS. Peppermint oil has many mechanisms of action which may make it effective in treating pouchitis. Peppermint oil is an antispasmodic, it is antibacterial, and anti inflammatory. Peppermint oil, delivered directly to the pouch, via a pH dependent delivery system may be effective in the management of pouchitis.
I have had amazing success in treating my UC with an herbal formula (called Isatis Cooling) for about 15 years and wish that other people knew of this option. I understand that many other people have had similar success, however the medical community generally does not make patients aware of such options (even as a last resort prior to surgery or medications with known severe adverse side effects). It seems that their reasoning is that they are not aware of these options, or if they have heard of them (and their anecdotal effectiveness) they still do not even mention them to others because there is no "scientific evidence" to support their effectiveness or safety. I feel this is a disservice to patients. Doctors should be aware of the range of available options and help to spread this information (even with caveats about the lack of study), as mine thankfully did. In the best case, studies should be done on the effectiveness and safety of herbal remedies.