Immune boosters and Crohn's

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Iram
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   Posted 6/16/2009 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
This story reminds me of LDN therapy, using immune boosters to control crohn's rather than immune suppressant drugs.

http://aisweb.wustl.edu/alumni/atwu.nsf/crohns

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   Posted 6/16/2009 10:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, there are a couple of similar stories involving different approaches to boosting the immune system. The trial that I am watching involves provoking a strong TNF response which then results in a deletion of the autoimmune antibodies. If it works, it would be a cure. Immune boosting could potentially do the same thing - develop a strong TNF response - so it could be a cure also, possibly. It is interesting that children with immune disorders were prone to getting Crohn's as well. It lends credence to the possibility that other causes of immune insufficiency could be causes of Crohn's also. Vietnam vets with agent orange exposure would certainly fit that picture. So would chronic vitamin D deficiency - which depresses the immune system as well. You would almost wonder if regular use of aspirin could cause it - it is known to depress the immune system too. Makes me wonder about the "aspirin for blood thinning" idea that doctors suggest to some patients.

Iram
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   Posted 6/17/2009 9:56 AM (GMT -7)   
It is is interesting that the story mentioned that this procedure was totally ridiculed by the scientific community. I know that one of the Doctors is staff GI in MASS General in Boston city. I tried getting an appt. with him, but did not work out... I suggested both MAP therapy and LDN to my doc, heck he would not even consider methotrexate...but he is willing to try biologics...
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