Sept 10, 2016 – I had a chance to attend the 32nd Annual Toronto Vegetarian Food Festival over the weekend and man did I have had fun!
Several days after the BBC report came out that lifestyle choices (i.e. poor dietary habits, high antibiotic use) could increase the risk of IBD, the backlash is still being felt all over the internet by angry IBD’ers. In my opinion piece, Diet and IBD: What the research says, I made it quite clear that there IS evidence to support a link between dietary choices and IBD risk factors. It’s incredibly unfortunate that most of the people who’ve been upset seem to believe that they’re being told that dietary factors CAUSE Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, despite the fact that Dr. Mitton made no mention to this whatsoever in the BBC report.
Dr. Sally Mitton has now been able to respond to the criticism:
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.