Elemental diets are a great tool for inducing remission, and widely used in Europe (not so much here). But from posts I've read on this forum, the elemental formulas are difficult to tolerate (taste-wise) and expensive and sometimes hard to obtain. But many GIs recommend this as a first approach, especially for pediatric patients.
I appreciated from the article that the follow-on process of adding "safe" foods slowly is the way to find out what works and what doesn't. I found it interesting that the guy they profiled is ok with Diet Coke (sorbitol - yikes) but not with beer (is it the barley or the hops that bothers him?).
I had a friend who had heart disease. While he wasn't a smoker, or a drinker, nor was he overweight, he still ended up with arterial blockages. His doctor recommended a strict low fat diet, shown to be equally effective in clearing blockages as bypass surgery. He did it for two years, then decided he'd rather be dead than continue to eat that way.
48 yrs old, IBD diagnosis in spring '01. Proctitis, gastritis, ileitis.
Currently taking Pentasa (3g/day), Sulfazine (1.5 g/day), Prevacid, folic acid, vit. D (2K iu), flax seed oil (2 tsp/day), mesalamine enema as needed.