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Healing by AVOIDING Refined carbohydrates and food additives in Crohn's disease

Identifier

026329

Type of spiritual experience

Background

Refined carbohydrates include substances like white flour, sugar, and starches.

More recent medical research suggests that excessive levels of omega-6 fatty acids from seed oils relative to certain omega-3 fatty acids may increase the probability of a number of diseases.  In other words it is not the omega-6 fatty acids that are a problem, but the ratio of these to the omega 3 fatty acids.

Modern Western diets typically have ratios of omega-6 to omega-3 in excess of 10 to 1, some as high as 30 to 1; and clearly this may be the problem.

Perhaps the most important finding in this paper is the avoidance of food additives that have no nutritional value and which act as toxins.

A description of the experience

Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2001 Feb;13(2):93-5.

The urban diet and Crohn's disease: is there a relationship?

Mahmud N1, Weir DG.1Department of Clinical Medicine, Trinity College and St James's Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.

Abstract

The aetiology and pathogenesis of Crohn's disease (CD) remain to be elucidated. .... The incidence of CD is higher in urban areas than in the rural, environment.

Patients with CD have a higher dietary intake of sucrose, refined carbohydrates and omega-6 fatty acids, and reduced intake of fruit and vegetables.

Elemental and exclusion diets are known to be effective in CD. However, patients relapse on returning to a normal diet, which suggests that there is something in an ordinary diet which, on penetrating the mucosal defence mechanism of the terminal ileum, generates a pathogenic immune process.

It has been suggested that the urban diet contains large quantities of inert inorganic non-nutrient microparticles, such as natural contaminants (soil and dust), food additives and anti-caking agents which may combine with intestinal luminal components such as bacterial cell wall lipopolysaccharides, to form antigenic particles.

When these are taken up by mucosal mononuclear cells they can mediate immune reactions both locally in the mucosa and in the systemic circulation.

In a study published in this issue of the journal, CD patients allocated to a low microparticle diet experienced a significant reduction in CD activity..., when compared with the control group on a normal diet.

The main advantage of the microparticle free diet, when compared with elemental and exclusion diets, is its enhanced tolerance by the patients and its relatively low cost. The preliminary results may give an explanation for the rising incidence of the disease in urban society. The results of an on-going multi-centre trial by the authors are awaited with interest.

PMID:

11246627

The source of the experience

PubMed

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Observation contributed by: Rosie Rock-Evans