You know I scanned in a chapter of book last night that discusses how the immune system basically functions, how it goes out of wack and can cause autoimmune conditions--I think it (providentially?) applies today--how convienent :) I'll do my best to post it tonight for any interested.
It does seem reasonable that different microbes might be part of the cause, because different species may better inhabit different areas of the body. Also, the body may not recognize the bacteria that as benign, because the immune system is somehow associating them with something bad. Research has also shown the immune system to react to nonthreating material, like pollen, when the subject is exposed to antibiotics. Certain bacteria (i.e. probiotics) 'help' our immune system to function properly, so wiping them out can cause other lasting affects. Maybe the genetics give a better clue as to what and where the disease will be, or how it will be manifested. Intriguing ideas...
Yet to ever go into remission, additional Flare-up since Aug 12th
Time off work since 10/17. Returned to work on 1/11 and doing much better.
On Lialda (2/dy), Probiotics, Fish Oil, Folic Acid, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Borage Oil, Iron