Gosh, we certainly seem to have our share of hot tempers in this forum
This is a discussion forum after all, and we are here because we want other people's input. We can't expect everyone else to agree with us, or have the same point of view. So, if someone has an opinion or perspective contrary to your own, you can choose your reaction.
You can choose to either by offended by another person's opinion or belief and flame them, or leave the forum in a huff OR you can be a little more rational and understand that not everyone is going to reflect the same opinions as you. After all, that's why you're here - not just for emotional support, but to get opinions from other people on treatment options, natural remedies etc.
So, I think it's only fair that everyone on this forum has to deal with each others' opinions, and realize that we all can't agree on everything. Also, jp, please do realize that folks on this forum have a vast amount of experience with this disease - you, like my husband was diagnosed last year - not very long at all. I have to agree with ivy, that it is possible to do a vast amount of damage by trying everything and anything that _may_ help with the disease. So, just be careful, and make sure you discuss with your doctor the things you are trying to ensure that your doctor knows what you're doing, and can help you should problems arise.
One of the things I realized very early on in my husband's hospitalization last year, is that your medical team is very important in dealing with this illness. If you don't give them all the facts, they can't help you as well as they otherwise possibly can. My husband's GI knows everything that my husband is taking, including all the supplements and vitamins etc. So, please talk to your doctor about
the supplements you are interested in, if only to ensure that there will be no bad interactions etc.
I have visited this forum practically every day since my husband was admitted to the hospital last year - and honestly, I am just so grateful to all the folks in this forum, for helping me learn more about
this disease, the treatment options, and for providing me _positive_ support when I absolutely need it.
Husband with Crohn's
Diagnosed March 2003 Ulcerative Proctitis
Diagnosed March 2008 Crohn's & C-diff, hospitalized 45 days
Canasa, Lialda, Remicade, VSL#3, Florastor
In Remission since June 2008
Stopped vancomycin for c-diff Jan 1 2009
C-diff free, until Sep 2, 2009
Fighting c-diff, I guess for life