In my consultation meeting with the lead doctor running the trial I learned some interesting things. He told me that in the initial mini trial 9 out of 10 of the participants went into remission at 6 weeks. Unfortunately, having gonve through now 60 people, %50 of people have one into remission or seen significant benefit. This day was only my first day, had my flex sig and blood, stool samples taken.
He said one of the most interesting things they've noticed so far is that almost everyone with active ulcerative colitis that they've taken biospies from had a lack of butyrate producing bacteria.. I believe this may have been talked about on here before but I can't recal, so it may not be new news but interesting nonetheless.
There was also a post the other day about the CCFA and being driven by BigPharma and not looking for a cure, well they're partly funding this research and I asked the doctor point blank what his intent was and he said I would consider this a failure if I did not cure Ulcerative Colitis.. A bit dramatic of a response I thought, but his heart was in the right place.. Anyway, my point is, they are still trying to find a cure for Ulcerative Colitis.
Sorry to get off track there for a second..
Most of the hard work in this research wont be completed for another couple years but I think even at %50 success rate so far, for a treatment with no side effects other than some temporary increased bloating and gas, this is a very positive thing..
I'll continue to update as I get more info and go through this trial.. Pending I hang in there the whole time, during my flex sig when the doc put the scope in his first comment was, "Well, that's about as inflammed as it'll ever be", which can be echoed in exactly how I feel with intense pain and bleeding and 20-30 trips to the bathroom a day.