Posted 8/25/2022 5:49 AM (GMT -8)
Bear with me for the long post again, but for the record I tend to agree that biologics are extremely valuable, and in no way, shape, or form would I ever discredit positive testimony from a patient who's had their life turned around with biologic treatment, nor would I ever actually attack modern medicine. I spend most of my time reading about the bleeding edge of medicine and sharing what I read. It really doesn't get any more modern than that.
I think it's disgraceful when people use chronic illness to sell you something. I remember shortly after my diagnosis one of my friends sent me a link to a probiotic you could purchase online, telling me it'd make it all go away. He must of spent all of about 10 minutes looking it up. I was pissed and didn't talk to him for nearly a week. I was angry because these kinds of ploys undermine my intelligence. I stay awake until 4:00 in the morning reading about the latest research being done, but all it takes is a TV doctor's magic beans? Trust me, I get it.
Abstracts on ulcerative colitis are published on engines like PubMed literally by the day pushing for studies on various subjects. Whether it's on the fecal microbiome, yeast, vaccination complications, or radical induction. Old Mike was just posting about connections to niacin. One theory just so happens to be put out by a Harvard graduate and immunologist who's much smarter than I am, and he even included treatment modern medicine can provide today, not in the future, that's why it's talked about so much.
And another thing, while there are a few strong theories about what causes ulcerative colitis, the fact is, there is no universally accepted, proven cause. If we don't know what causes it, that leaves the door open to virtually any possibility, and it would be unwise to close the door on anything yet, and yes, that includes theories that prove radical induction are wrong too.
20 years ago, I was dependent on methotrexate and prednisolone for uveitis that was so severe it took me across state lines twice to be examined by doctors from different hemispheres. Then it stopped, and I haven't needed anything since (knock on wood). That means something in our bodies can influence severe idiopathic inflammation. I hope we find out what that is as it relates to ulcerative colitis, soon.
There should be common ground here:
- Ulcerative colitis occurs.
- It poses severe financial burdens to many.
- We would like there to be less of it.
It is incumbent upon modern medicine to address the last point, and we can hope for that, while appreciating how far it's come.