Post Edited (Roni) : 10/21/2010 4:18:14 PM (GMT-6)
There are genetic markers to all chonic illnesses, we've known that for a long time.
The particular virus is in question in my mind at least. There is some evidence that CMV, which is extremely prevalent in our society, may be another cause. CMV has the exact same general symptoms and CMV colitis has the same specific symptoms as Crohn's so it raises a really big flag in my mind. Because viruses are similar in so many ways in how they live in the body more than one particular virus can probably be a trigger.
My thoughts are the same for the toxin. Generic food poisoning can probably trigger Crohn's, or other "autoimmune diseases" when theother two conditions are right.
In fact, because everyone's genetic makeup is different and different viruses could be responsible for being a trigger, it would explain why the disease manifests itself differently in each person.
Once the conditions are right there's little stopping it of course, except perhaps reducing the viral load to see if that will put things to sleep.
There is also evidence that viruses play a part in other chronic illnesses. It could get interesting for big pharma.
Post Edited (FunGuy) : 10/24/2010 8:59:16 AM (GMT-6)
Post Edited (Roni) : 10/24/2010 9:00:58 AM (GMT-6)
I too have the genetic markers; my mother had Crohn's. I have also had good luck with Vitamin D3.
Not withstanding the premise of the study I cited here, my thoughts continue to be in the way of... everyone has a "weak spot" genetically, given the right conditions (virus, bacteria, toxins, combination, etc) that weak spot can become problematic. In the case of Crohn's, 80% of the immune system lives in the intestines, whatever the trigger the weak spot became/becomes "sick" and in the case of Crohn's, it's the immune system. If the immune system continues to be bombarded, and it is everyday because that's it's job, it becomes weaker and weaker and cannont "catch up". By reducing the load on the immune system it may have a chance to "catch up" and subsequently heal.
I have many more thoughts in this direction but won't bore everyone with them:o)