So my first doctor said that uc was an over active immune system that in times of heightened physical, evirronmental or emotional stress decides to attack itself. Hence the term auto immune disease. He said the disease was for the most part unrelated to diet. Now I see a naturopathic internist who believes uc is when someone has bad bacteria reigning in their gut. He also believes the three stressors can aggravate symptoms but that disease is caused by an imbalanced immune system, which can be balanced by giving patient different tests, getting results, and then recommending the specific supplament to balance whatever was off. I guess you could say that my first doctor(western) sought to treat the symptoms. You could say the internist is attempting to treat the disease. I've had a couple victories and defeats with each of them so honestly Im not bias toward either. I've only had this disease for a year and a half and I want the opinion of people further down the road, preferably who have tried both western and natural/integrated.