Is the Jury Still Out?: Reaching a Verdict about Food Allergies Contribution to Digestive Disorders

Many health care professionals say that food plays no role in digestive diseases:
• The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation states that: 
“Crohn's and Colitis are painful and chronic digestive diseases for which there currently is no cure...Although some people do have allergic reactions to certain foods, neither Crohn's disease nor ulcerative colitis are related to food allergies.” 
• The University of Michigan Health System says: 
“Nothing you ate caused your disease, nor will diet cure your disease.” 
However, not all agree with this perspective:
• This article published in PubMed by The University of Auckland concedes that
“Diet is known to play a major role in the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn's disease.”
There are over 1400 published scientific studies directly linking food allergies to Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. It is time to seriously address what many doctors and scientists agree is one of the greatest contributors to our discomfort – the food we eat. Let's transform the conversation when it comes to your health.
Useful Reference Articles in PubMed: 
Triggs CM, Munday K, Hu R, Fraser AG, Gearry RB, Barclay ML, Furguson LR (August 7, 2010), Does evidence exist to include dietary therapy in the treatment of Crohn's disease? Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20144628.
Brown AC, Roy M (April 2010), Does evidence exist to include dietary therapy in the treatment of Crohn's disease? Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20350266.

Dialing a New Number: Changing the Dialogue about Health

This blog is about challenging conventional medical wisdom. At Digestive Health Ann Arbor, our goal is to transform the conversation when it comes to your health. We would like to change the way people speak about their symptoms, conditions and diagnosis while exploring where these issues truly originate. There are over 1400 peer reviewed articles in PubMed implicating food allergies and digestive disorders in many illnesses, including Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Asthma and Psoriasis just to name a few. Despite this astounding number of articles, the medical community has remained surprisingly silent. These conditions are all about inflammation, yet no one asks about the origin of the inflammation itself. Medications reduce the level of inflammation and help manage pain, but they will not resolve the underlying cause.

In future blog entries, we will explore the effect of gluten intolerances, food allergies, inflammation, and other digestive issues on our general health and wellness, and provide resources for healing. Welcome to our first blog entry.