I found this on.... http://www.healingdaily.com/conditions/Crohns-disease.htm
The entire solution to Crohn's Disease lies in having a proper diet.
This diet will NOT include sugar, junk food, sodas, or grains of any kind. Even fruit juice will be found in limited amounts because of its high-sugar content. The right diet WILL include healthy doses of probiotics.
What does everyone think about this???
I changed the title and some phrases I found confrontational and dogmatic. Lois
Post Edited By Moderator (eljay1066) : 1/10/2008 5:48:58 PM (GMT-7)
My daughter tried SCD (the Breaking the Vicious Cycle book)...the problem is, if a med already has you in remission then it is hard to tell whether the diet is working. It is very strict. Not allowed: grains, sugars (except honey), canned fruits and vegetables, processed meats (like ham, hot dogs), milk, potatoes, rice, processed foods like potato chips, etc. Allowed: meats, poultry, eggs, homemade yogurt, aged cheese (not slices of American cheese), fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables, honey.
The SCD diet is basically a very healthy way of eating. Some people swear by it. My daughter tried going off it and eating wheat, but is now off grains again because she doesn't think the wheat was good for her.
Since she was diagnosed with Crohn's last year, two children in my sister's family have been diagnosed with Celiac's. My other sister's oldest daughter (30), who was diagnosed with IBS, tried going off wheat and presto! now feels much better. So by now we are getting pretty suspicious of wheat. My daughter has been tested for Celiac's, and it was negative, but that doesn't mean she can tolerate wheat. It just means she doesn't have Celiacs and Crohn's.
Some people swear by SCD, while others swear by the Maker's Diet (the book by Rubin). But the author of "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" always allowed a place for meds.
It is fair to say that GIs know more about meds than about nutrition.
Post Edited (MaryS) : 1/10/2008 8:25:22 AM (GMT-7)
Crohn's is not caused solely by genetics. The genetic variant might only predispose you to Crohn's...something else, or possibly several something elses, trigger it.
I clicked onto the link and noticed the article mentioned "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." On Amazon there are plenty of testimonials for the SCD diet, explained in the book.
CrazyHarry has done well with diet...look for his posts.
Of course "sugar," "junk food," and sodas are bad for you...who could possibly dispute that? The SCD and other diets are targeted at the substances plus grains, which cause problems for many people, and even the CCFA says it "might be worth a try."
Sweetio, the problem with what you copied is that it is inflammatory. It could have been said another way. Written as it is, it overpromises on behalf of diets and attacks docs.
certainly there is some merit to the idea...personally I think it is a combination of our diet and our predisposition to the disease....
it isn't just the diet...but certainly I can say from experience that when I am in third world nations eating unproceesed food and almost no bread...I am almost completely free of any crohns related issues. It has been such a stron g improvement that my wife and I are trying to move ourselves to Costa Rica.
Also the statistics will show that crohns disease is mostly found in developed countries....and developed countries tend to use higher processed foods.
Is food the cause or just one of the triggers? Who knows for sure...and if the answer were really that simple then the drug companies would have moved on to other diseases since...as was pointed out in an earlier reply....many people follow very strict diets and still have crohns or UC issues.
Sorry if this may come across as being negative, but I am with the earlier post about everyone trying to come up with a magic bullet for this disease. Part of living with this chronic illness, is coming to a complete understanding that this is a lifelong situation. When you come to this realization, you will be better able to fight this condition and fight through the many trials that come with it. When I was first diagnosed, everyone seemed to know someone with crohn's that was going the natural route of diet and exercise, but was completely living a normal life. I began to question my own situation, because even though I was on the max dose of Remicade every 4 weeks and 6-mp, I could still not go back to work. I was a workaholic before I was diagnosed, and it was very hard for me to let myself go on long term disablility at such a young age. Many people also began to judge me because of the stories that they had heard about others with Crohn's disease that live without the medication. Needless to say, many of these people that were living by diet alone, soo became very ill and most needed hospitalization. Of course, you never hear the follow up story about how they really hurt themselves by not using any medications.
I have come to the conclusion that eating health is a great thing that we should all be doing, but this will not maintain remission forever. One of the earlier posts about a members wife that is now in remission after going on this diet is great, but she has only been diagnosed since September and went into remission after surgery. If you have done any research on Crohn's, then you will realize that most people will go into remission for a time after a resection. In my own opinion, her remission is probably due to the healing of her surgery and not attributed solely to her diet. From my own personal experience, I have found that there are times that I go months feeling pretty good and then without any warning or apparent cause, go into a major flare. I would wait for longer that a few months before declaring victory.
Also, I have been a member of this site for quite a while and really enjoy reading about others experiences and opinions. Lately though, I have noticed that there have been quite a few posts that have been advertising diets, products and books. As we all know this is against the rules, but those doing it seem to be doing it in round about way. There have been some posts that I question if the poster really even has this disease or if it is a spam artist trying to market their product among us Chronies. I am a Sales and Marketing major, and this is common practice for marketing products over the internet. I appreciate everything that our Moderators do, but urge them to be viligent in watching out for the practice of dirty advertising. Whenever I get the feeling that this might be happening, I click on the persons name to see if this person has had other post that contained links to product or book websites. Most of the time, the person had been warned about breaking the rules. If it looks like a duck and walks like a duck, it is probably not an ostrich. Sorry to be so long, but it just really drives me crazy because these people know that many of us are so desperate for relief or answers that we will try anything. They are truly counting on us being so vulnerable that we will click on their link and buy their product.