CCFA releases “Challenges in IBD Research”

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The Crohn’s and  Colitis Foundation of America has released it’s latest “Challenges in IBD Research” It is from their official journal and is entitled “Update on Progress and Prioritization of the CCFA’s Research Agenda“. Unfortunately, most of the content of this site is behind a paywall, but this particular report is free.

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2 Responses to “CCFA releases “Challenges in IBD Research””


  1. 1 Erin March 31, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    Hi, Paul!
    This is not directly related to your post, but I wanted to let you know I found some help with my Crohns by drinking kvass from a company in PA that makes raw fermented vegetable juice. I’ve tried so many different probiotics and now I’m reminded of one of the first quotes I read when I was diagnosed with Crohns over 20 years ago, “Let thy food be thy medicine”. Those pills never did anything for me, but I’m getting formed stools from the kvass. (www.zukay.com) No, I don’t live in PA and I have no affiliation with this company! Just excited to get some relief! I drink about 1/2 a 12 oz. bottle/day, splitting it morning and evening.
    thanks for your posts!

    • 2 Paul Stocker April 2, 2013 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Erin!

      That’s great that you are getting those results! Thanks for sharing and I bet someone out there will benefit from your experience.

      In running this blog, I’ve always strived to give accurate, SCD compliant advice. As such, I need to add some disclaimer to my response. I looked into kvass about 4 years ago in response to another reader’s inquiry (see my FAQ page) and again today. I could not find any mention of kvass in either the BTVC book or the website so I advised avoiding it based on the maxim of “when in doubt leave it out”. I’ve since realized that I should have added that the SCD allows for fermented foods as long as the ingredients and culture(s) are legal.

      There are two basic concerns I have with kvass: the ingredients, and the culture. I see that all of Zukay’s kvass’ contain raw green stevia. I know that stevia is illegal according to the BTVC site: link.

      The Zukay website does not state which probiotics they use. For instance in researching allowed probiotics on the SCD it is clear that Bifidus is frowned upon as it has put people into flares: link I’ve also seen recipes on the web that use yeast, presumably baker’s yeast which is also SCD illegal.

      Please be sure to log your use of this product in your journal in case you have problems in the future. A journal is priceless in terms of tracking down problems.

      My advice to someone thinking about using kvass or any fermented food would be to make your own using legal ingredients and the liquid dripped from SCD yoghurt. This way you’d know it was legal.

      -Paul


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