Some latest findings
My daughter has been diagnosed with crohn's recently so I'm trying to keep myself informed. Some of the latest findings has shown that Candida albicans (a fungus) and Mycobacterium paratuberculosis MAP (bacteria that causes Johne's desease in cattle) is most probably involved. Both are responsible for producing a complex molecule which prevents the body from killing e coli. Instead they survive and multiply inside microphages (white blood cells). The press release doesn't mention Candida but the report does. The team is now wanting to conduct clinical trials using three antibiotics that appear to be effective in killing the e coli.
All Crohn's patients have antibodies to bakers'/brewers' yeast. I have read that the baking process that is used these days may be part of the problem.
Some naturopaths think that yeast overgrowth is the problem at least in part. You can try a simple saliva test.
My daughter took one this morning and the saliva made it's way to the bottom suggesting that she has an overgrowth. It doesn't suprise me she's had lots of antibiotics which probably contributed to the problem.
It looks as though different bacteria or combination of bugs may be causing crohn's in different people. This would explain why some do well on a low carb diet as this would make conditions for the Candida less favourable. I 've heard of a few who have responded well to the MAP therapy besides Tristan who has his own site. Perhapes Mycobacterium paratuberculosis was the only cause of their Crohn's. Don't know that it's that simple.
It's been shown that a microparticle-free diet decreased Crohn's disease activity. These are found in processed foods, soil etc. Perhapes they play a part too. Doctors tell us that diet is not involved.