Just had to jump in here, when I saw this thread.
I used to live in Vancouver BC, Canada and that's when this all started for me. Probably a combination of a lot of things at that time, it was a new relationship for me, new surroundings (from small town to a big city) looking for a job, leaving my birthplace in Ontario to that. Anyway, I usually go online to read the Vancouver Sun newspaper and there was a video about Crohn's Disease and IBD and apparently these IBD disease are more prevalent for those people that live within the 49th parallel and up. Or more appropriately northern climates. There is a few examples on line about this as well. That's why apparently Canada at the moment is a hotbed for IBD research. Don't know how that would affect anything, though. Strange things happen.