A Very Interesting Read on the Autoimmune problems

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   Posted 3/24/2008 5:38 AM (GMT -7)   
I have only been battling with my CD since the mid to later 90's...it hit me late in life.
I had no real signs that it was coming....only one person in my family...my grandfather on my mothers side,...who has ever had any sign of IBS.
I have only responded well to one treatment, the rest are minimal in their effects.  Now...I am being told that some new health issues that are appearing (rashes, severe arthritis, slow to heal, numbness in a few fingers) may be related to the CD but are also probably part of some new disease or illness that may be part of the whole autoimmune thing.
I have always been aware that the more simple my diet and the more organic it is...the better I feel...so i have come to the conclusion that there is a link to our illness and the over processed foods we eat and also our exposure to other toxins found in our water, clothes, carpets and just about everywhere.
I have just finished reading a great book...a bit dry...but still more interesting than most things written on this subject.
It is called : The Autoimmune Epidemic and it is written by Donna Jackson Nakazawa.  You can find out more by looking in on her website at :   http://www.donnajacksonnakazawa.com/autoimmune_epidemic.htm
You may be as surprised as I was when you see ourself in parts of the book.  It does not give out easy answers and certainly I was more concerned and scared for our future generations than I was before read it....but we can't keep our heads buried in the sand....being informed about what may be the root cause for our illness may help us deal more effectively with it.
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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   Posted 3/24/2008 1:29 PM (GMT -7)   
That looks like a really interesting book.  I'll have to read it. 
I have felt very strongly that our diet, and also the toxins in our environment were the main cause of autoimmune disorders.  And since I have stopped eating processed foods, and also gluten, my syptoms have almost dissapeared.  I had really severe fissures, that a specialist told me he couldn't do anything for (just last August), and said they were basically caused from the inflamation of the Crohns, and the only suggestion he had was to try Humira, or Immuran.  Well now my fissures cause me no pain (they were horribly painful before, I wanted to cry every day from the pain), and the inflamation is pretty much gone. 
I don't know why more dr's aren't informing their patients of the possible help they can get through changing their diet.  Every dr. I saw told me that diet didn't matter.  And to me that just makes no sense.  I'm not saying that everyone will have the same results I've had, but I just think what can it hurt.? 

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   Posted 3/24/2008 8:50 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree with you both. Haven't read the book yet. And not doing well enough yet to give up the Meds.
Diet needs to go beyond low fiber & low residue to kick this baby in the butt. I think there are plenty of us here who are organic and non-processed. I was sold myself when I found out what the various forms of benzene (preservative) and granulated sugar was doing to my energy levels, joints and inflamation levels.
Again, no magic bullets, but a huge improvement for me too!
Dx'd Jan'06, 1st Resection 7/06, Predinsone, Humira, Imuran, B12 injections, Nexium. Secondary conditions: Psorasis, Acne, Fatigue, Joint Pain, Lactose Intolerant, gallstones, fibroid cysts, peri-menopausal.

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