IBD and Junk Food – “I can’t get no, satisfaction”

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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:

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Diet and IBD: What the research says

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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. 

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World IBD Day 2014

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It’s May 19, 2014 (A.K.A: World IBD Day), but I don’t feel that it’s a special day to me.  Since getting my ostomy back in August 2013, I’ve been an active member of the IBD and ostomy community, and I’ve finally had the energy to help answer questions, raise awareness or simply be there for someone else with IBD or an ostomy who’s looking to open up about their challenges.  But the thing is, EVERY DAY is an IBD Day for me.  How can it not be? Every joint pain, every worry about next flare, every peek to see how full my ostomy pouch is a constant reminder that IBD is still a passenger in my vehicle of life.

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Blockages: Fool me twice, shame on me

Mistakes were made.  I admit it, but if I don’t learn from those mistakes then I’ll continue to suffer needlessly with blockages.  It was just over a week after I written about having partial blockage with my ostomy that I experienced what a full-blown, “get your ass to the ER” type blockage feels like, and I’ll be sharing that experience with you today.

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