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I have read a lot of anecdotal stories and watched many documentaries about how completely removing gluten from the diet has improved, and sometimes reversed, many health ailments such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, fibromyalgia, MS, IBD, and more. I also read the results of the previous CCFA partners survey that indicated improvement of symptoms by patients following a gluten free lifestyle. I would love to see a more in-depth, controlled study of this topic. Most doctors I have visited have never recommended a restrictive diet to improve my symptoms. The only person to do this is my current nutritionist who is able to control her UC by eliminating gluten. Just a few of my resources have been the book Wheat Belly by Dr. William Davis and the documentaries Forks Over Knives and Fed Up.
I would love to see a study that compared quality of life and remission rates of the SCD diet, Paleo Diet and/or Autoimmune Paleo diet on Crohns and UC sufferers.
Patient testimonials have caused these diets to be incredibly popular with managing IBD symptoms. However the main argument continuously held agains them is the lack of research evidence showing their effectiveness. This sounds like the perfect role of the CCFA, which is charged with conducting research to help those in the I D community. There are now several companies offering frozen Paleo and AIP meal deliveries to individuals for about $300 per week, making a study where participants are sent all 21 meals in a week (to cut down on variation between adherence) cost effective and feasible.
I know two other women as well as myself who all agree that had their UC which changed into much worse fully involved crohns after menopause. GIRD, illeum strictures, rectal fishers, stomach and esophagus ulceration, mouth sores...
We should compare individuals who manage their disease with medication and those who manage their disease with popular diets in the IBD community, such as SCD, FODMAPS, paleo, etc.
One of the great questions in the IBD community is, understandably, about food. Some people are able to manage their disease with with diet alone, but many take medication. So, what's the difference? Why do particular meds work for some, and particular diets work for others? I propose comparing individuals who manage their condition with diet vs. those who manage their condition with medication, with the goal of figuring out whether it's genetics, the microbiome, or some other factor that makes a particular strategy effective for an individual. Ideally the "diet" and "med" groups would be as similar as possible (same disease in same location, similar initial clinical courses, same objective markers of inflammation, etc), and we'd want two groups of patients who have disease objectively "under control." This could impact every patient with IBD and better guide treatment decisions.
The use of Cannabis for CD symptoms should be highly considered. We are constantly using drugs to manage our symptoms but with the use of those drugs can come serious side effects. If you are someone like myself who suffers from extreme nausea waking up in the morning and attempting to keep a pill down is in a word, impossible. You can't keep the medication down long enough for it to take any actual effect but taking a couple deep breaths to calm yourself and take your Cannabis is a much quicker, easier solution that improves nausea instantly. Research has shown the CBD in Cannabis is linked to incredible anti-inflammatory, pain relieving, anti-nausea, anti-anxiety, and muscle relaxing properties. This would be extremely beneficial to us CD suffers since our disease revolves around inflammation. Cannabis when used properly is a easier, safer, more effective way to relieve CD symptoms.
Multiple doctors have recommended that I start treatment for my Crohn's disease. There are many options from diet change, steroids, and immonosuapresants. My CD is very active and I have already had two surgeries.
When I was diagnosed with Crohn's, my GI told me that diets don't work. After my GI recommended Humira, I decided to try SCD before I tried such a potent medication. The diet started working within days and, by the end of the first month, most of my symptoms were gone. Today it's been over a year and a half since I've had any significant symptoms. I would like to know if SCD works for others and, if so, what percentage of patients.
Mouth problems have been associated with IBD, however, these problems have historically been explained as a symptom of IBD. I would like the hypothesis tested that mouth problems (e.g. possibly due to an altered oral microbiome) may be a trigger of inflammation, and not a symptom (i.e. good oral hygiene is associated with less gut inflammation). Background information: It has been shown that the oral microbiome in IBD patients differs compared to healthy controls (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21987382). Anecdotal evidence: I notice a worsening of symptoms when I do not regularly floss. I'm an epidemiologist, so I know there is little value in anecdotal evidence, but still wanted to share my thinking!
Several studies have already been done in Israel at the Meir Institute with very promising results. A placebo controlled study with medication-resistant patients showed a remission rate approximately the same as leading medications. (~50% clinical remission.) Creating safer medications that are also less expensive than current medications should be a high priority, particularly given the promising results, both clinical and anecdotal, and the rising approval of medical cannabis across the US.
I have begun to notice a recent correlation of my personal symptoms with seasonal allergies, and I am wondering if others have experienced this as well, or if antihistamines play any roll in this correlation.