My personal opinion is that diet and meds should be considered as complimentary of eachother. I am concerned with those who do not take meds. Diet can help with the symptoms, but will not stop the disease process. You can have inflammation and damage going on, on a microscopic level and not know it. Thats what happened to me and before I knew it I was obstructed again. Both should be used in conjuction.
This is a chronic and incurable disease and must be treated at all times. JMHO
I respectfully disagree Nanners. Some people's crohn's will continue to cause inflammation and damage, no matter what they do. Others can achieve long term remission where the disease is inactive. I've personally chatted (on the internet) with people who follow SCD only (no meds) and whose colonoscopy results are perfect. There is even a person who posts here occasionally (I think her real name is Mary?) who said her GI told her he wouldn't even know she had crohn's if he didn't know her history.
I have a friend locally who was in remission (and med free) for 20 years after her surgery. Her colonoscopies throughout the years were all normal. However, her most recent colonoscopy showed a return of some inflammation. If she had been on a special diet and/or on meds, maybe she would have stayed in remission even longer.
IMHO, just make sure you get a colonoscopy every few years (whatever your doctor recommends) and get regular blood work to keep tabs on whether your disease has remained inactive, or whether it's starting to simmer.
34 years old, Crohn's disease for 15 of them
Resection of ileocecal valve on 09/22/09
Current Meds: LDN, Pentasa, Effexor XR, Zyrtec
Supplements: 3 kinds of Fish Oil, Multi-Vitamin, Vitamin D, Calcium, Magnesium, Coconut Oil, Garlic Oil, CoQ10, Enzymes
SCD since 12/01/08 - eating Stage 3 foods