Because I am merely a human being, not an oracle or a doctor, I can’t tell you the best treatment for what ails ya. You’ll have to find that out for yourself.
What I can do, however, is give you all the resources I’ve found to help you on your journey.
Go explore, grasshopper! Frolic among the flowers of scientific studies. Jump in fields of anecdotal evidence. Bask in the light of traditional wisdom. Fly! Be free!
Maybe you’re newly diagnosed and want to know that you’re not alone. Maybe you just want to make friends who share your intestinal woes. Here are some options.
If you’re looking to crowd source some treatment options, track your progress, or ask questions of people who’ve been there, Crohnology is a fantastic website. It’s run by Crohn’s patients, for Crohn’s patients, and they do a good job of keeping it free of corporate shills and alternative quacks. I’m on there as well–see if you can find me!
These guys are a good place to start for basic information about Crohn’s and IBD, or if you’re looking to get involved with fundraising or activism. It feels very much like an extension of the doctor’s office, so if you’re happy with the conventional medicine system you’ll probably get along great with the CCFA.
So you’re ready to think about treatment options that don’t come on a prescription pad. Here are some excellent foods-for-thought.
Mark’s Daily Apple
Breaking the Vicious Cycle
If you want to skip directly to “what do to,” Dr. Naiman lays out a gameplan for a low-carb, high-fat diet and exercise plan with just the basics (no biochemistry required). Those who are no longer skeptical about low-carb diets and tend to fly by the seat of thier pants will like this push into action. It’s a great mix of personal experience, solid advice, recipes, and charts. @tednaiman on Twitter is awesome, too.