Guys, I have *no problems* with natural methods that *have basis in science*. Where science is using leeches, honey, etc. there is Scientific Evidence of the benefit you will receive from their use; there are controlled, scientific studies in which the benefit is clearly seen. The wheat is seperated from the chaff. What *I do* have a problem with are the numerous products on the market, where, if you look at the fine print at the bottom, it will say something to the effect of "these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not intended to treat any disease." THAT'S the stuff I have a problem with. The research studies that are currently being done in England (by scientists and doctors!) showing great improvement in CD by using (ugh!) parasites (various types of intestinal dwelling worms) looks VERY promising, and is based in Science. I'd be willing to bet that when you get your prescription for a jar of intestinal worms filled by your pharmacist, it *will not* come with the disclaimer "These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Not intended to treat any diseases."
Other "natural treatments" such as probiotics in their numerous forms (yogurt, etc) again have been substantiated by science as being of value in the treatment of GI health.
Basically, I guess what I should be saying, is that you should be *smart* about *any* treatment you use, be it based in science or the stars. Look for genuine, clinical trial RESULTS for the things you take. And take the "wow, it sure worked for me!" products with a grain of salt. If there are studies, tests, placebo trials to substantiate the "wow, it worked for me!" statements, then combine the two to make an *informed, educated* decision. And stay away from EVERYTHING that says "These statements not evaluated by the FDA", etc. etc. Just be smart about your treatment, and don't go blindly swallowing something (taking it into your body!) without doing your research first.
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Entocort 9 mg/day, Pentasa 4 gm/day, started Humira 1/22/08. I'm convinced that Prednisone is the root of all evil, and primarily responsible for global warming.
Post Edited (CrohnsDaddy) : 1/22/2008 12:00:27 PM (GMT-7)