It is estimated that approximately 30,000 Australians suffer from Crohn’s disease and about the same number from Ulcerative Colitis.
The primary aims of medical therapy for patients with Crohn’s Disease or the many forms of Colitis are directed at inducing and then maintaining remission of symptoms and mucosal inflammation and an improved quality of life with the least amount of steroid exposure. Medications include corticosteroids, anti-inflammatory agents, such as sulfasalazine and mesalamine and immune modulators. For many people, despite continuous treatment with immune-suppressing drugs, flare-ups occur regularly.
While most medical sources will tell you the cause of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases is unknown and diet has very little or nothing to do with it, studies that have focussed on diet in relation to remission rates go back as far as 1987 show others.