Uniform Charlie said...
I don't mean to create work for you, but can you put the UC figures into layman's terms?
Edit:. Sorry just feeling very stupid and foggy today.
No, you're not stupid at all, no need to apologize. I have a hard time understanding scientific studies a lot of the time, too. I'm not a researcher and don't work in medicine, but what I think the first link I posted is saying is basically that this practice in Japan started treating people with UC with a plant-based diet (no meat, dairy, processed foods). They admit them to the hospital for a few weeks (even mild cases) to make sure they are actually eating plant-based for these studies and to also make sure they are educating the patients on how to correctly eat this diet when they go home. They've been doing this for 15 years, and said they have experience with over 159 UC patients and 70 CD patients. They saw a 96% remission rate in Crohn's Disease patients in 46 consecutive cases (46 in a row) for patients they started on the diet AND gave starter doses of Remicade to. They note that this is an excellent remission rate, considering that about
30% of people don't respond to Remicade. At a one-year follow-up, 100% of their patients in this study were in remission and at 2 years, 90% were in remission. They say this was without "scheduled maintenance therapy" of Remicade or Humira, so I *think* that means these patients were not on these meds for the two years after they started on the plant-based diet, but that particular link I shared is more of an overview and doesn't go into those details. I would need to search for those details to be sure of that. The remission rate for "initial episode" UC patients was 86% at 1 year and 96% for those patients who were educated in the hospital. I think "initial episode patients" means that was their first time being treated for UC. It says they now treat mild cases of UC with a plant-based diet first, not medication. A plant-based diet without medication can induce remission in about
one-third of patients with mild UC. They also note that more research and larger studies need to be done.
That's just the first link. I don't have time to go through all the other ones right now but hope that helps. For the record, I am one of those people who always thought diet had nothing to do with UC, but this research sounds really promising to me, and I definitely don't think these are "sensational" studies or without merit. They don't appear to be trying to skew the data, as far as I can tell, and it's not like there is money to be made off of doing so (there is no Big Money found in prescribing fruits and veggies and whole grains; the study wasn't sponsored by Big Pharma, like most of the drug clinical trials, etc.)