Medical Science Looking For Alternative Cures for IBD

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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/5/2008 6:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Rush University Medical Center is exploring the effectiveness of dietary and mind/body alternatives for Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis. AND ITS BEING FUNDED BY THE NIH!!
 
Two research studies evaluating dietary changes and complementary medicine for the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease have been launched at Rush University Medical Center. One study will look at the impact of mind/body medicine on patients suffering from ulcerative colitis and the other will assess how diet impacts patients with Crohn's disease.
 
One study is looking for participants suffering from UC in order to find out if complementary and alternative medicine techniques may help reduce the effects when conventional medicine has not been successful. Rush is looking to enroll 100 subjects suffering from moderately severe UC who have experienced a flare-up in the last six months. Participants will be assigned randomly to one of two possible eight-week courses on mind/body medicine.
 
The second study, which is a dietary trial, is looking for 90 participants with Crohn's disease to see if diet adjustments as well as dietary food supplements promoting the growth of good bacteria might help control flare-ups
 
 
 
 

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   Posted 7/5/2008 8:29 AM (GMT -7)   
HI C2

These studies being done are they just in America or do you know

I wonder if Canada has anything like this going on

I think I will check it out...

Do I just google this study ??

Thanks

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   Posted 7/5/2008 8:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Yes Canada is doing something similar. http://www.gemproject.ca/participate.jsp
 
Also you may want to check out www.ccfc.ca  they have a bunch of universities taking on studies for Crohns.  Since it is all DNA related, they are finding up to 100 different DNA could be involved in finding a cure.
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   Posted 7/5/2008 9:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the input ........
and the links

much appreciated..........lyn
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   Posted 7/5/2008 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
FANTASTIC!!!!!
 
I have applied this approach since January 2007 and have improved tremendously...I know I wouldn't be here today if I kept going with our typical 'healthcare'...Once I made it my mission to get well, I saw improvement overnight...
 
As for the funding by the NIH...That speaks volumes to me...They also funded the study for LDN at Penn State...Sounds like the Top Dogs are getting sick and tired of seeing us sick and tired tongue
 
Thanks for posting this... would like to be a part of this but I am utilizing the internet and my own good ole common sense to treat myself and am coming along great...The answers are out there and from what I am gathering, they are 'simply' effective...
 
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   Posted 7/5/2008 1:02 PM (GMT -7)   
It's about time! The research has been pointing to diet/probiotics as some of the best alternatives for dealing with Crohn's for over 10 years. The drug mindset of the medical community and the lack of a patentable protocol has held this back for far too long.

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   Posted 7/5/2008 3:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for the info always good to know what is going on I'am too old though for some of the trials. Certainly interesting work being done on genes. lool gail

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   Posted 7/5/2008 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Also not quite sure what to think about the self monitoring process of being someone with IBD in order to cut cost just hope it doesn't come at the expense of someone's health. Didn't know wheather to laugh or cry at that statement. Last time I self monitored I ended up with a resection in a hurry wonder if they realize were not Dr's and don't have the expercience needed to self monitor until you been there. Could come at the expense of people's lives........ lol gail

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   Posted 7/6/2008 5:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks for posting this C2. This stuff is certainly gaining a lot of attention in the GI community. I'd suspect much more will be coming, especially from the bigger medical centers.

Kasper - I'm pretty sure it's Rush in Chicago.

There is also an NIH funded study being conducted at Northwestern University (also in Chicago) looking at hypnotherapy as means to induce and maintain remission in UC. You must be a patient of a Northwestern gastroenterologist to participate. If you have questions about it, you can email me. Though it is limited to UC right now.
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CrohnieToo
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   Posted 7/6/2008 9:02 AM (GMT -7)   
BUMMER! Too bad it is limited to UC. *sigh* Hypnotherapy has worked so well for some for other diseases and health problems. Of course, some people are more "receptive" or "sensitive", shall we say, to hypnotherapy than others. Still, its a nice "benign" treatment to try.

I'm pretty sure it is Rush in Chicago as well since it is Rush UNIVERSITY Medical Center that is doing the study I originally posted about.
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   Posted 7/7/2008 2:11 PM (GMT -7)   

It is the 312 area code on this page about the dietary study http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-1144692715094.html so it is the downtown Chicago location, the actual Rush University Hospital.  On Paulina Ave, wherever that is.

I wonder what kind of diet they want you to do for the study, if it's eating vegetable puree all the time, no thanks, too expensive.  If it's eating expensive SCD products, no thanks, too expensive.  Anything else, I'd be willing to try.  I'm seriously thinking about calling them up to ask about it!  It's only 1 visit a month, I could manage that.

BTW - the dietary and supplement study is not just UC, it is Crohn's too.  The hypnotherapy one http://www.rush.edu/rumc/page-1193858476957.html does say UC only.

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