Based on first hand experience and what I have read about processed foods and their link to IBS issues I have come to the conclusion, like many, that our diets as well as the additves in our food are a big contributor to our plight.
I have said on here many times that I know for a fact that when I spend time in Costa Rica, Panama, and other less developed areas I go into remission...and this happens very quickly once I am there. The effect and and after effect were even more noticable when I was in Africa. The foods sold to the citizens is usually fresh and has gone through very little processing. The farmers do not use as much (if any) pesticides, herbacides, or insecticides. Also, coconut, especially in the central american countries is used in many dishes. Coconut has in some studies been shown to have some major effect on our auto-immune systems.
There are other contributing factors for me...but bottom line is I am almost crohns free in the less developed nations....and when I went to africa the re-mission had a carry over that lasted for almost two weeks after I got back stateside. Just to nip the obvious comment inthe bud....not all of my trips south and certainly not my trip to africa are vacations. Mnay are very stressfull working trips...so I gotta feel the food/diet is the big thing.
Consider this.....how many cases of crohns, UC or IBS were reported back in our grandparents day? what were their diets?
dx IBS 1999 UC 2000 CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
tried Naltrexone Jan. 19, 2007 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
52 yrs old