Until researchers find the cause of UC, then nobody can say for sure whether it is autoimmune or immune deficiency. I personally believe it is a pathogen and not just one that causes it which is making it very difficult for researchers to discover exactly what causes it.
Look at little Hailey, who had UC so bad that her parents were thinking about having her colon removed. She developed pneumonia, went on antibiotics and has been in remission ever since. That to me, means her UC was caused by a bacteria.
Dx: UC Proctitis 2006
None so far. Garlic works to ease flares. My GI laughed when I told him and said it was just coincidence.
Started Meds: Apr 9 08 500mg 5ASA (salofalk) to ease flare, tapering, stopped.
Diet: Regular fresh garlic, Biobest yogurt daily, Omega 3 supplements, very limited junk food, carbs and processed food, low fat diet. Lots of fresh fruit and veggies (limited potatoes).
Added: tumeric and probiotics.