According to Dr.Kevin Rioux from the university of Alberta, in the past few yrs, advanced techniques have allowed scientists to discover at least 9 different gene clusters that contribute to the development of IBD and define the severity and behavior of the disease over time. He mentions that some of these genes encode factors involved in recognition and defense against bacteria. Mutations in immune response genes can adversely affect how the immune system reacts to harmless bacteria and this probably contribures to the development of IBD.
We also tend to have bacterial over-growth issues compared to those without an IBD so taking a good probiotic daily and indefinitely definitely has it's purpose to help keep our gut flora balanced.
For me, the majority of my 18 almost 19 yrs of having CD it's been more on the severe side but has also been on the moderate side, it's never really been mild in my opinion.
bee propolis caps 500mg one cap twice/day
omegas 369 caps one cap twice/day
probiotics 10 billion cfu once/day
vitamins C-calcium ascorbate (easy on the gut) and vitamin A each once/day
Prodiem fibre supplement one cap before bed
I've also altered my diet (no junky stuff at all, processed, fast-foods, refined sugars, ect) and exercise regularly.
I went from 30+ bloody BM's/day with lots of lower back pain to an average of 5/day no bleeding no back pain and completely formed stools, still have severe urgency issues.
~~~~~~~~My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it! LOL :)~~~~~~~~