I just had an idea, what if the "benefit" of smoking on UC were to be related to changes in the microflora in, for instance, the nasal cavity.
I know staph for instance is carried in the nose.
I had this idea after I accidentally went to "clear" my nostril after having inhaled a puff from my cigarette. The result was quite painful (I don't recommend it). Anyhow, it made me think. Previously I had been thinking more along the lines of cigarette smoking effecting vascular action in the gut, ie vasoconstriction etc, blood flow, intestinal permeability...
But I have always been suspicious of the bacterial contents of the sinuses. Since I've had UC I tend to get really clogged nostrils. My dad has nasal/sinus allergies really bad.
I know there are probably a certain percentage of readers that my whole post will piss off. Sorry, couldn't help it. But if you find it interesting I'd like to hear your comments.
Diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 6/2006 at age 26 after sudden E.R. visit
~Pancolitis (Mild to Moderate)
~I had Mono in 2000
On Colazal 3x3/day; Folic Acid 1mg; Calcium/Magnesium/Zinc combo
(Generic Balsalazide not as effective for me)
In remission about 2-3 months after E.R. but not back to normal!
I hate Ulcerative Colitis and can't wait till we eradicate it