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Intestinal Infection May Lead to Inflammatory Bowel Disease

No one knows why some people develop inflammatory bowel disease, a condition in which the immune system attacks the intestines. This includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease and causes significant disability. Danish investigators report a link between infections with bacteria such as Salmonella or Campylobacter and an increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease later. They examined the hospital records of 13,000 people with bacterial diarrhea and 26,000 uninfected people. Over the next 7½ years, more than twice as many of those who had suffered a gastrointestinal infection were diagnosed with chronic inflammatory bowel disease. The risk was highest in the first year, but persisted even after 15 years.

[Gastroenterology, Aug. 2009]http://www.gastrojournal.org/article/S0016-5085(09)00524-1/abstract

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Terry Graedon, PhD, is a medical anthropologist and co-host of The People’s Pharmacy radio show, co-author of The People’s Pharmacy syndicated newspaper columns and numerous books, and co-founder of The People’s Pharmacy website. Terry taught in the Duke University School of Nursing and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology. She is a Fellow of the Society of Applied Anthropology. Terry is one of the country's leading authorities on the science behind folk remedies. .
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I am experiencing a flare up of Crohn’s Colitis. I would like to know about foods that can reduce inflamation. Where would I find this information. Thank you.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet has kept my 11 yr. old daughter, diagnosed w/severe Crohn’s Disease, well for over a year. She was put on Remicade and had an anaphylactic reaction to the 2nd infusion so they stopped the drug. We read “Breaking the Vicious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall and “Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, and put her on the prescribed diet. Her labs have been perfect ever since. Her allergies are gone, she no longer talks/walks in her sleep and feels 100% well. The diet is meant to “heal and seal” the gut lining. Elaine Gottschall healed her daughter of UC with this diet, which was prescribed for her by Dr. Hass in NY who healed Celiac patients with the same diet.

Am looking for optimal diet to prevent another ulcerative colitis flare.
Allopathic treatment options are a bit bleak to say the least; anyone having success with acupuncture, hypnotherapy, meditation or other integrative approaches?

I have just been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. I cannot afford the drug Asacol because I don’t have pharmacy insurance. ($342 for a 30-day supply).I asked for a generic or substitute and paid for a 30-day, $45 prescription of Sulfazine 500mg, only to learn that in one of the many warnings about this drug, that if you have ever had a severe reaction to aspirin, then you should not take it.I have had an allergic reaction to Ibuprofen, and was told I should avoid products with aspirin.
I have been six weeks, post ER, trying to get help. I’m afraid to take the medicine prescribed. Can you advise any homeopathic approaches that would help me?

A good thing to try would be Oil of Oregano in capsules…. I understand that it defeats the bacteria,fungus, and pests that try to set up housekeeping in our guts.
Sure beats drugging ourselves and lining the pockets of Big Pharma!!!!!
Thanks.

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