If one gets complacent about
their uc treatment, whether that is medications a diet or supplements, then their uc symptoms return. We see this from those who follow a strict no-med and a pro-med stance, flares will happen when we don't comply, get lazy, forget about
UC, etc. So, in my mind, both are maintenance treatments and not true cures. Surgery is the closest thing we have to a cure, but it really just removes the problem area and doesn't really fix what was initially wrong.
The questions about
clean eating, what constitutes a cure, and such are bound to just cause a lot of disagreement and bickering in this thread. They're all opinions that people have, and some will fight for them if they see them challenged.
A summary of my understanding of it. I know there's some basis to the diets in research, bits and pieces of studies. Stuff like research showing higher incidence of UC is prevalent in places with the western diet. In my opinion, higher incidence doesn't mean the western diet is the cause, or that removal of the western diet is the cure (I'd guess there's a higher genetic predisposition component also within those regions, and other factors/variables as well). Not that anyone is suggesting that it's good to eat burgers and chips all of the time. There's also research on occasion on emulsifiers (a common food additive) and other things like them that might upset gut bacterial makeups, bad for us. There's lots of these higher incidence things mentioned in a variety of studies like in certain families, but not always (and many of us might be the 1st in our family and/or have immediate siblings who don't have IBD). They're all very interesting possible connections of higher incidences but there's no firm consensus of A = B. Some may thread their own needle and determine that what we eat is indeed the cause without a doubt and are firm believers in that stance, and may have had improvements by undertaking those methods themselves. My generalization at least. It's a chicken vs egg thing, which came first? I think messed up gut bacteria is a symptom not the cause of uc, others say the opposite (they'd say what we eat messes up our gut bacteria therefore causes and cures uc). All just opinions and one can link to pubmed to back up or contradict specific points.
UC appears highly individual, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for others. Maybe UC is an umbrella of many different disease that have the same symptoms. Different variants have different solutions, I don't know. If what you eat helps your uc symptoms, then that's great, do what works for you. Certainly there's no universal solution for everyone though.
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John, 38, in a minor flare, UC Proctosigmoiditis
Rx: Remicade @5mgs/kg/8wks; 50mgs 6MP, 4.8g Lialda, 20mgs predWith UC I've become a poop-ninja, sly and sight-unseen doing what having insane urgency demands.
Post Edited (iPoop) : 9/9/2016 9:02:35 AM (GMT-6)