Part of the mechanism is that smoking makes mucus thicker. One of the problems with crohns
is that the mucus is too thick, and does not flush bacteria from the crypts. With UC not enough
mucus or too thin, both in viscosity and dimensional thickness. Also smoking can change
bacteria types in the mouth and the gut, also there may be a carbon monoxide component.
Also probably some immune modulation going on one way or the other.
UC-1980, same flare since 1986. Still smoke. MEDS: None
SELENIUM for GPx, Zinc,NAC, glycine up to 10 grams a day, for Glutathione. Folate,B12.
SOD makes me worse. Why. Makes too much hydrogen peroxide from superoxide,
then not enough GPx and catalase to convert to water,then makes hydroxyl radical.
Curcumin-Thins my blood too much.