In the Wall Street Journal yesterday: The Body as Bacterial Landlord
"...antibiotics and other sanitation measures are eliminating the harm these bacteria cause at the expense of the protection they provide us...."
49 year old female attorney, diagnosed UC/pancolitis 1985, no surgery but much suffering.
Asacol/5ASA maintenance for 20+ years, usually 3 pills 2x day. Use prednisone & Rowasa for flares.
August 2008 sought care of naturopathic doctor. Tested gluten intolerant and started gluten-free diet, also none of the other foods tested sensitive to (cow's milk, soy, tomato, egg white, others)
Achieved remission for the first time in many, many years!
Replete probiotic. Slow-release iron and B-12 shots for anemia.