WSJ: The Body as Bacterial Landlord

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 10/3/2008 10:02 AM (GMT -6)   
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.

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Date Joined Sep 2008
Total Posts : 202
   Posted 10/3/2008 11:29 AM (GMT -6)   
wow thank you for posting

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Date Joined Jul 2007
Total Posts : 102
   Posted 10/3/2008 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Some studies suggest that H. pylori eradication may also be contributing to obesity. The hormone ghrelin is produced in cells lining the stomach and stimulates appetite. Normally ghrelin levels increase before meals and decrease after. Some studies have found low ghrelin levels in subjects that have H. pylori. After eradicating H. pylori, ghrelin levels increase and this may cause an increase in appetite and weight gain.

-F/33 -diagnosed June 2006
-last 25cm of colon affected
-Salofalk enemas stopped working
-xylocaine enemas put me in remission
-Asacol 2 800mg pills 2x/day
-budesonide enemas as needed

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