A huge number of patients who have a chronic illness will turn to the internet to get their information. Unfortunately, most of the information they come across won’t be true.
For the longest time, I remember fiber being the sworn enemy of someone who has Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis. In fact, the suggestion to go on a low-fiber diet when you have IBD is often one of the first ones you’ll hear – but is that the best thing to do?
Did you know that a mothers kiss can give a child IBD? Yes, it’s true, because I read it in a headline and saw the photos as proof! Unfortunately, what the headline and photo conveniently excluded was the fact that this might only apply to mice. Recent headlines about the causes and cures for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis have been making their rounds across social media again, and they often give a misleading representation of the data being looked at, especially when that data is coming from non-human animals.
In this post, I’d like to go over some of the environmental risk factors associated with IBD. While discussing diet in relation to health isn’t easy, I’m hoping these other risk factors are easier to deal with, without anyone becoming defensive, offended, aggressive and just plain insulting by the research.
Every time misinformation about IBD hits the media, you can be sure that the entire IBD community is up in arms – and rightly so! This happened today after BBC reported that junk food may be the cause of Crohn’s. What?? Junk food is the cause of Crohn’s disease??
Now before I say my piece on this, let it be clear that these are my own opinions and I’m not an expert. I’m just a guy with Crohn’s who’s looking for answers. I think that finding the cause of IBD is the first step in developing a real cure. I hope that this post will spark discussion, not finger-pointing, not shaming, not a loss of friends or a break in the community. We all want the same thing, let’s just use our heads to get there.