I am so excited by this thread as Briggs is verbalizing the new theory for immune disorder development in such eloquent terms.
There is so much study on the GI tract and the relationship of bacterial flora and overall health right now demonstrating what we at Healing Well have been talking about
for a while.
Being both a UC patient and a Nurse allows me to see both the research and the results of it.
I have done Fecal Transplant myself using my 1-year old's poo with great results (reduction of symptoms, flares heal quicker). I will note, however, that several fecal transplants are sometimes needed to be performed for full benefit.
I have also noticed that doing enemas during a flare help the symptoms as well (reduction of pain, diameter of stools is larger). This supports the theory that our immune systems are reacting to a pathogen (the pathogen is being flushed out in an enema).
Also, I have noticed that when I eat very acidic foods (I LOVE VINEGAR and coffee!) I have seen a return of symptoms (bloating, pain, foul smelling poo, flaring with blood and mucuous). This also supports the theory that I am killing certain bacteria in my gut by burning them with acid. This happens with popcorn kernels too (which may scrape at the colon- baring it to bad bacteria)
Finally, I have noticed a major reduction in symptoms after taking VSL #3 which is specially formulated for people with Gut problems (less bloating, diameter of stools increases).
I love this site because we can all get together and brainstorm! Thanks!