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Immunology and the Gut

Elaine writes:
This whole area of inflammatory bowel disease is tied up with the immune
system and its respone to bacteria. Yes, all along the muscle walls of the
small intestine are lymphoid tissue called Peyer's patches which are part
of the immune system. In fact, on page 12 of BTVC you will see the
ascending colon with the appendix at the beginning of the ascending colon.
The appendix is an immune organ and much research and study has gone into
its function. Altho it is assumed by many young doctors that the appendix
is a vestigial organ (not necessary anymore like the tonsils) this is not
true. It is highly functioning immunological tissue . We ran a survey last
year about whether or not people with IBD still had their appendix and the
data showed that most with UC still had the appendix. I really don't know
what this means but it is significant. The immune system is undoubtedly
very much involved with the gut and gut bacteria.

Originally from the Long Island listserve.

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The book should be required reading for anyone with Crohn's disease and we wish gastroenterologists would read it as well. The diet is a real alternative to the drug based therapy from the medical community.
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- Bruce Senn
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