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The Crohnicle Issue 1 - August 1st, 2011
Welcome to the second issue of The Crohnicle,'s quarterly newsletter collaboratively created by the staff and amazing members. This will be the last newsletter prior to the holiday season so a very happy holidays to all of you!

Recent Changes to

The last few months we've rolled out a myriad of new features and changes.

- Doctor Directory - We've created a doctor directory where members can rate and review doctors they have been to. This allows others to find quality doctors in their area and avoid those few that tend to spoil the bunch. Check out our new directory here

- Subforum Listings - We changed the way subforums are handled on the forum. All subforum threads are ALSO displayed in their main forum to ensure that they don't go unnoticed if the specific subforum isn't often viewed. The new software also allows you to turn off viewing of threads within specific subforums you're not interested in. To learn more about the new features, go here (login required).

- Local Support Groups - While talking on an internet forum is great, sometimes it's nice to meet others in "real life". We've implemented software to help you do exactly that (don't worry, you can opt out if you want to). You're not automatically placed into a "Local Support Group" based upon your location. Others within close proximity are also placed within that group and you have your own private forum. We've also created an automated meetup system with calendar and reminders to help you schedule meetups.

- Member map: Do you want to see where your friends are on a global map? Add yourself to the member map here.

Research and Medications

It's hard to keep up with all the new research and news pertaining to IBD. Here are a couple interesting pieces from our Research and News forum.

- Vitamin D and Crohn's Disease - Can supplementing vitamin D make a difference if you have Crohn's Disease? Learn more.

- Plaintains, Broccoli, and Polysorbate 80 - Which might be good, which might be bad? Learn More.

For Family and Friends

One of our wonderful members recently posted the Spoon Theory - it's worth a read and might help friends and family understand what many with IBD goes through.

Knowledge is Power

Due to the nature of Crohn's Disease, malabsorption can lead to deficiencies in various essential vitamins and minerals. It is important to open a dialogue with your health provider about monitoring your levels and to also know symptoms of vitamin and mineral deficiencies. This month's focus is on Magnesium, the 4th most abundant mineral in the body which is primarily absorbed in the terminal ileum. Learn about symptoms of deficiency, dietary sources of magnesium, and more. Read More...

Thank you

As always, thank you to the countless unsung heroes that make a support forum like a success. Without the members out there who are providing answers and support on a daily basis, often while suffering in one way or another themselves, such a community would not be possible. You are absolutely incredible people, thank you for being you.


You may have heard and laughed at the countless pictures of lolcats out there. It is our pleasure to introduce CrohnzCat.

Interesting Polls

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