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   Posted 3/25/2008 8:46 PM (GMT -6)   
On easter one of my Aunt's mentioned to me she read abotu garlic and the benefits it has on the immune system. any thoughts? Anyone use garlic? how much do you take ?
28 Year old Female. Dx with Crohns 2005. Currently take Imuran 50 mg. Had 3 remicade infusions which put me in remission.
Dx with Pyoderma Gangrenos (PG) Nov '07, currently on Prednisone 20mg for PG, slowly tapering from 60mg ... ! Had second Remicade infusion to help treat the PG, 1 more to go.  

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   Posted 3/25/2008 10:32 PM (GMT -6)   
I don't know about garlic supplements, but I had an appetizer at a greek restaurant where you dip pita bread into a garlic/mashed potato concoction and I was up all night with severe back and abdominal pain. No more heavy garlic for me.
50 y/o F. CD dx'd Aug 05. Initially on Pentasa, then Imuran 125 mg. Started Humira (very reluctantly) on 10/24/07. Currently on Humira and Entocort.

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   Posted 3/26/2008 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
I was reading the article in the CCFA issue a cpl months back and besides discussing supplememnts it talked about alternate therapies in conjunction with traditional treatment...ex yoga, acupuncture etc.

It read to me that Garlic is bad since garlic makes your immune system work more and with CD we take meds to supress the system so that it wont attack itself therefore it doesnt say avoid garlic but it may cause flares
Dx with Crohn's 1987, symptoms as early as 1984.
Temp iliostomy February 2007, reversed June 2007, Ovarian cysts, migraines, allergies (incl food allergies) , oral allergy syndrome (diff than true food allergies), Asthma, Gall Bladder removed 1999, Inguenal hernia 1987

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   Posted 3/26/2008 2:27 PM (GMT -6)   
I use so much garlic in everything I cook. Have never had a problem with it. Goes back to what we all know - this is a very personal disease.
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   Posted 3/26/2008 7:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I took garlic tablets for a week along with antibiotics to combat a sinus infection. I did not tolerate it well-my stomach was off it did not help the infection much either-the antibiotic or the garlic.

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   Posted 3/26/2008 8:22 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm also a great believer in the power of Garlic and grow about 3 different varieties. Even my animals get a Garlic drench, you should see them smacking their lips after its been administered, somedays they even form an orderly queue to receive it, the Garlic burp about 20 minutes later well.................. that's another story..

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   Posted 3/26/2008 9:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I cook with lots of garlic and it doesn't bother me. But again, what works for one Crohn's patient doesn't necessarily work for another.

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   Posted 3/28/2008 3:22 AM (GMT -6)   
I can't tolerate garlic in any shape or form. I too read the benefits of garlic, and have chronic sinusitis, as well as CD and other things, so thought , "hey its worth a try". Eating it made me terribly nauseous, and taking a garlic pill was even worst.
I guess its a personal thing, because I have many friends who advocate it and use it for all sorts of ailments. Won't know until you try.
51 yr.old retired RN,Crohn's D for last35 yrs..severe esophagitis, migraines,strictures,urethral stricture,depression,probable MS.,RLS, arthritis

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