I agree that for many people it's inherited. However...
Antibiotics can cause colitis. It's called Pseudomembranous colitis, antibiotic-associated colitis, C. difficile colitis.
Antibiotics can kill the good bacteria in the colon.
Antibiotics can permit the overgrowth of a resistant bacterium called Clostridium difficile.
Certain foods support colon health. Others do not.
The math does add up. Taking antibiotics makes it more likely to get colitis due to an imbalance of fecal floral. However, genetics also makes it more likely to get colitis. It is this interplay that can be a determinant in just how much antibiotics one can have before one gets colitis.
For me, I was able to take antibiotics for years without getting any colitis flare ups. Once I took antibiotics every day for two years. As a result, every time I got a cut, it would get infected. I also had a chocolate and HFCS beverage addiction. That's all I ate and drank. I had terrible gas. My stomach would get huge. And I was constantly having diarrhea. I ignored it. I didn't know it was possible to bleed out the butt. I wish someone had told me.
My colon is getting healthier now that I did fecal transplantation, am eating right, and am taking Probiotics. I barely have any gas at all anymore. My abdomen no longer gets bloated. I rarely have diarrhea.
I still have issues with digesting foods high in fructose, but I can eat bananas, pineapple, strawberries, and lemons with no problems.
Joy - 47 yrs and counting
Colitis Dec 06 (also have IBS)
Currently in remission
Don't expect your doctor to cure your health problems. Your health is your responsibility.
Lexapro (for stress), Probiotics and Vitamins (a whole bunch of them)
Avoid HFCS, foods high in fructose, artificial sweeteners
When flaring: eat anti-inflammatory foods, avoid pro-inflammatory foods
Previous treatments: Fecal transplantation (worked), Prednisone (stopped working), Colazal (stopped working), Asacol (stopped working)
Post Edited (subdued) : 5/9/2009 10:56:22 PM (GMT-6)