The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Bulky Bowel Movements

How Do You Feed Your Microbiota?

An intriguing study reveals that what you feed your microbiota influences the variety of microbes in your intestines. The relationships are unique to you.

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Crohn’s Disease

FDA Boss Infuriates Patients with Drug Safety Tweet

Is your medicine safe and effective? The FDA says if it approves a drug it is, by definition, safe. But drug safety and effectiveness are NOT that simple!

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Crohn’s Disease

Coconut Macaroon Cookies Cured Child’s Diarrhea

Could coconut macaroon cookies save a child's life? One grandfather hoped so. He said macaroon cookies might cure a child's diarrhea from Crohn's disease.

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Colitis

How Could Cannabis Help Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Israeli researchers studying mice have found that endocannabinoids produced in the body can help ease intestinal inflammation. They wonder: could cannabis help people with inflammatory bowel disease?

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Colitis

Will a Sugar Substitute Harm Your Health?

The sugar substitute sucralose may alter the balance of intestinal bacteria in ways that promote inflammation. It might also promote metabolic syndrome.

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Crohn’s Disease

Humira Side Effects, Complications and Interactions

Humira has the most sales (in dollars) in the world. It's a billion dollar baby. How good is it for auto-immune disorders? What about Humira Side Effects?

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Crohn’s Disease

Coconut for Crohn’s Supported by Science

For two decades we have heard from readers about the value of coconut for Crohn's Disease. Now we have a plausible explanation for why this remedy works!

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Arthritis

Side Effects of TNF Blockers: Enbrel, Humira, Remicade

For many patients TNF blockers like Enbrel, Humira or Remicade are miracles. For others, such drugs are menaces. Balancing benefits vs risks is challenging.

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Colitis

How to Ease a Dog’s Colitis with Coconut

A reader found that she could control her dog's colitis with coconut, just a little sprinkled on top of the kibble.

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Crohn’s Disease

Home Remedies: Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

How do people come up with home remedies? Most of the time we never know, but Donald Agar shared his experience with coconut macaroon cookies vs. diarrhea.

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two coconuts, one split open
a package of archway coconut macaroon cookies
two coconuts, one split open