A study released at the 15th International Congress of Mucosal Immunology in Paris, France suggests that diet can have an impact on the digestive ecosystem in those with Crohn’s Disease.

A pilot study, lead by UC Davis(San Francisco, CA),  took a look at how various diets affect bacterial flora counts in those with Crohn’s Disease. Researchers examined the bacterial make-up of 6 patients with Crohn’s Disease who were in remission who had either been on a Low Residue Diet or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Their bacterial levels were compared to each other & a control group made up of people with healthy digestive systems. Previous studies have suggested that bacterial flora counts might play a part in Crohn’s Disease as those with Crohn’s Disease often show a lower bacterial flora count than those with a healthy digestive system. Continue reading “Diet Replenishes Bacterial Flora In Those With Crohn’s Disease” »

Recent studies from Digestive Disease Week 2011 link the bowel, brain & meditation.

Lots of interesting studies being reported fresh off the heals of Digestive Disease Week 2011. The study we’re discussing today looks at the usefulness of meditation & support groups for the treatment of symptoms in those with Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Continue reading “Irritable Bowel Syndrome, The Brain & Meditation” »

Representatives Jesse Jackson Jr. & Ander Crenshaw teamed up recently to create the Congressional Crohn’s and Colitis Caucus. The aim of the new caucus is to raise awareness for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases such as Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis. Republican representative Ander Crenshew personally knows the struggle that Inflammatory Bowel Diseases can cause due to the fact that he has a child with one of the diseases.

“As a parent of a child with Crohn’s and colitis, I have witnessed first-hand the often debilitating effects of this disease,” Crenshaw said, according to a press release. “Alongside Congressman Jackson, I am continuing to help raise much-needed awareness about issues related to Crohn’s and colitis — across party lines.”

Quote from Politico.com

This is not the first time that Crenshaw also has teamed up with others in the past to raise awareness about Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In 2009 he teamed up with NFL player David Garrad for the Take Steps Walk for Crohn’s and Kick-off Event.

Last year(2010), Ashley Hasty was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease causing her to be in and out of the emergency room for months. It was finally determined she would need resection surgery on her colon to alleviate her symptoms. This experience was very traumatic for her and during this time she felt alone as she did not know anyone else who had the disease. Continue reading “Purple Dress Project Looks To Raise Awareness About Crohn’s Disease” »

The Living With Gastroparesis blog just posted some interesting survey data about Gastroparesis which does include information about probiotic usage w/ Gastroparesis. Of 46 people who responded as taking probiotics, 25 reported mild to significant improvements of their Gastroparesis symptoms, which is actually impressive as I was not thinking they would have that large of an effect. It is important to note that the majority of positives results, were on the mild side, but some people did respond well to probiotics. Continue reading “What Is The Best Probiotic Supplement For Gastroparesis?” »

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