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Crohn’s Disease Remission with a Plant-Based Diet: A Case Report

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Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, A.T. Still University, Kirksville, MO 12866, USA
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Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, 5100 Wisconsin Ave, N.W. Ste.400, Washington, DC 20016, USA
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Devon Gut Clinic, Mount Stuart Hospital, Devon TQ1 7UP, UK
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Department of Gastroenterology, South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Devon TQ2 7AA, UK
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Adjunct Faculty, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Washington, DC 20016, USA
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Nutrients 2019, 11(6), 1385; https://doi.org/10.3390/nu11061385
Received: 31 May 2019 / Revised: 12 June 2019 / Accepted: 17 June 2019 / Published: 20 June 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Vegetarian, Vegan Diets and Human Health)
Crohn’s disease (CD) is a form of chronic inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The etiology of CD is thought to be multi-factorial; genetic factors, dietary and environmental exposures, immune events, and dysfunction of the gut microbiome are all though to play a role. The prevalence of CD is increasing globally and is higher in countries with a Westernized diet and lifestyle. Several human trials have demonstrated that plant-based dietary therapies may have utility in both the treatment of acute CD flares and the maintenance of remission. This case study describes a young adult male with newly diagnosed CD who failed to enter clinical remission despite standard medical therapy. After switching to a diet based exclusively on grains, legumes, vegetables, and fruits, he entered clinical remission without need for medication and showed no signs of CD on follow-up colonoscopy. View Full-Text
Keywords: diet; nutrition; plant-based dietary lifestyle; whole food; Crohn’s disease; CD; inflammatory bowel disease; IBD; microbiome diet; nutrition; plant-based dietary lifestyle; whole food; Crohn’s disease; CD; inflammatory bowel disease; IBD; microbiome
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Sandefur, K.; Kahleova, H.; Desmond, A.N.; Elfrink, E.; Barnard, N.D. Crohn’s Disease Remission with a Plant-Based Diet: A Case Report. Nutrients 2019, 11, 1385.

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