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   Posted 9/19/2007 9:57 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi everyone,
Just wondering if anyone has switched to organic foods or been told to do so by their docs? My diet has always been mostly healthy but I've been thinking of switching to organic. With all the meds we take, the less chemicals/pestisides/additives the better. A friend of mine is a doc and he said that although organic food can be better because it has less chemicals, some of those chemicals are needed to kill off dangerous bacteria/bugs. He was at an organic restaurant and found bugs crawling all over his lettuce (gross!!) He suggested things like dairy and meats should be organic but the rest is not as big a deal. Just wondering what people are doing.

31 year old female diagnosed with CD in 2001. Currently taking Pentasa.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 10:04 AM (GMT -7)   
we eat organic at my house. yes, there might be bugs, but they are easier to wash away than chemicals. take care.
48 y/o woman.  Diagnosed 4/06 after colonscopy, SBFT, CT-scan all showed crohns. 3 months later, after pred and remicade, all tests showed no crohns. In December had adhesions cut through a laparoscopy. Now just taking Glycolax, metamucil, and with pain, but doing ok.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 10:28 AM (GMT -7)   
i began the maker's diet in august of 2006. one of the primary principles behind it is eating organic foods. i firmly believe that these dietary changes were the reason i was able to avoid a colectomy and my bowel function returned (i saw positive results in a matter of days). i am a i big believer in organic foods now. my research into this has strengthened my opinion on this subject. i think everyone should be eating them, cd or not.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
been on basically every med available, currently on colozal & 6-mp
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon

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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I also try to follow the maker's diet and I buy as much organic as I can. I do buy cereals and some box snacks, but if they aren't organic, they have very little or NO preservatives, colours, or artificial flavours.

gemini kiwi
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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:25 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been into Organic's for years and have a variety of fruit trees and a couple of large Organic Vegetable gardens. I'm struggling a little with the upkeep on most things since my ops and I'm trying to streamline the work load, we looked at some Macrocarpa wood slabs at the weekend to alter one of the gardens and put in some raised beds, it'll be so much easier for me to manage.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:26 PM (GMT -7)   
I used to eat partially organic before I got sick but now am switching 3/4 of my diet on it.  I also have made more of an effort to eat meats that don't have nitrates/preservatives and have been more dilligent in reading food labels and trying to minimize processed stuff.
I took an environmental science class spring qtr and was amazed on what i learned between organic and regular foods esp with meats.  It IS more expensive but i think it is worth it for our bodies.  =0|
Newbie - 35 yrs old Diagnosed: 08/03/07
Meds Asacol 3x day

gemini kiwi
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   Posted 9/19/2007 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
We are surrounded by dairy farms here, and the land boardering our place has recently changed hands and the farmer is converting to Organics as they get bigger returns on the milk fat ..
I was talking to the son last week and he told me they wern't switching to Organics until November as they had a load of weed killer etc they want to use up first.!!! So glad they have a 3 year transition period before they get that official certification.

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   Posted 9/19/2007 8:04 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't have the will power to stick with an organic diet and I firmly believe that
it is not so much a matter of organic versus non organic...but rather processed food versus natural non-processed.  Bleached flour....treated luncheon meats...TVP...processed sugars...they all do the damage.
When I was in Africa or when I go to Costa Rica and eat very little in the way of processed food...I am almost always free of any and all CD issues.  After two weeks in Kenya I came home and stayed in perfect health for almost three weeks...
dx IBS 1999   UC 2000   CD 2001
Tested BIOGEN TYSABRI (gave me 2 years of remission)
currently on Low Dose Netroxene (started Jan. 19, 2007)...against Dr's wishes, he was pushing for Remicade.  Stopped the Naltrexone July 28th...started Humira Aug 31st, 2007...current dose two shots every other week.
Crohns is currently active and has been since April of 2005
51 yrs old

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