There are a few problems that I see with your post. I'll try to address them in order:
People hold 'ideas' about gut permeability, possible loss of diversity of gut flora, and many others, but as yet there is no demonstrably causal connection to I.B.D.
It is very difficult to establish causation in scientific studies, or any study for that matter. I think the best example I can come up with is smoking. We know that smoking correlates well to lung cancer, but we can't say that it causes
lung cancer. Should we wait until the science comes out with a definite causation for this? It makes no sense.
The same logic can be applied to the realm of diseases. Low vitamin D levels, dietary intake of sugar and vegetable oils raise the risk of many health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Why exactly can't this be extended into the realm of autoimmune conditions, particularly in preventative care?
You are also aware that certain dietary interventions reduce the risk of UC right? Why doesn't the CCFA mention the EPIC (European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition) study, which took food diaries from 203,193 people and followed them for four years?
-Being in the upper quartile of intake of omega-6 fatty acids raised the risk of ulcerative colitis by 149%.
-Being in the upper quartile of intake of the omega-3 DHA, which is abundant in salmon and sardines, reduced the risk of ulcerative colitis by 36% – 77% after adjustment for omega-6 intake. (Apparently those who ate more omega-3s also ate more omega-6s.)
I find the dogmatic pushing of ideas of any sort to be unpleasant and counterproductive. Endless posts, all basically the same, are really off putting.
My so-called "dogma" isn't nearly as harmful as the dogma that's pervasive in the mainstream medical realm. My goal is to spread information and expose the harsh realities of the current medical system - the CCFA is no exception here. Take a hard look at the statistics detailing the casualties in our efforts to treat medical problems. Deaths from adverse medical reactions are the fourth leading cause of death in the US. We're ranked 37th in WHO rankings and yet we spend the most on healthcare out of any country. It's only going to get worse before it gets better.
Although patterns emerge, and information is gleaned, as yet there is no clear answer. Advances in treatment have been profound if not yet absolute.
We're never going to find a clear answer if we keep looking at everything else but the obvious. Occam's razor dictates that we should, first and foremost, be spending our resources and time on environmental and dietary factors that contribute to UC.
Those deeply offended by the work of the CCFA, who feel they have a better idea, could perhaps start their own organization and show how it should be done.
You might call it "citizens rebelling against pathogens, profiteering and engineered eating", or CRAPPEE. ;-)
You'll be very interested to know that there are organizations doing it correctly. Keep an eye out for NuSi
in the future.
Post Edited (StealthGuardian) : 11/10/2013 7:57:01 AM (GMT-7)