Archive for September, 2012
Here is the second installment of the ABC’s of Crohn’s Disease and UC. Surprisingly, I didn’t find many B’s associated with the disease (aside from some obvious ones). Let me know if you know of any others that should be added to the list!
Today’s blog post comes from a topic my coworker mentioned to me- genetically modified organisms in food. We were out for pizza last week and he approached me asking if I had read anything about the relationship between GMOs and IBD and I hadn’t. He said that there have been recent studies/papers showing that GMOs are linked to causing IBD In fact, it hadn’t even crossed my mind. So I did a Google search and found this out:
Genetically modified organisms have had specific changes introduced into their DNA by genetic engineering techniques. Common genetically modified foods include soybean, corn, canola, rice, and cotton seed oil.
I am a little late in posting but last week, a great advocate for chronically ill patients passed away from complications with her Crohn’s Disease. Jennifer Jaff, 55, was executive director of Advocacy for Patients. She was first diagnosed with Crohn’s when she was 19. She had eight operations to treat her disease and during one 12-year-period gained 120 pounds while on steroids.
Weeks ago, I had an idea to come up with the ABC’s of Crohn’s Disease & UC. This has turned into a HUGE task- coming up with things that are related to the two diseases with every letter of the alphabet. But at the same time, I’ve learned a lot more about the diseases than before by researching the two diseases and the various symptoms, medications, complications, and other things related to IBD.
That being said, here is installment number one: the letter A.
So remember how I wrote recently about a new study to see if swallowing pig whipworm eggs would treat Crohn’s Disease? Well apparently this isn’t a new treatment- there is someone who has been swallowing these little critters for eight years already!
Herbert Smith, a 33-year-old Crohn’s patient, swallowed thousands of whipworm eggs suspended in a liquid solution over an eight year period. But after ingesting 2,500 of them in the first three months, most of his Crohn’s symptoms disappeared. Unbelievable!
Sorry for the lack of posts recently- I was on a family trip to Ohio and didn’t have much time for blogging. But I am back and with lots of ideas for new entries.
That brings us to today’s entry- iPhone apps for Crohn’s and UC patients!
I was reading an article recently about all types of apps for IBD patients- from restroom locators to symptom diaries to some funny ones also. There are tons out there and they are definitely useful for those out there who are living with these diseases on a daily basis.