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The Crohnicle
Welcome to the fifth issue of The Crohnicle,'s quarterly newsletter, collaboratively created by our staff and amazing members.

We Need Your Help

Since we last sent our newsletter, monthly unique visitors have increased over 30,000 to a mind blowing 170,000 different people visiting in the last 30 days! With so many visitors, we occasionally have trouble keeping up with all the new members and requests for support from veterans. We would love your help as it's absolutely vital that everyone be heard and feel supported. And thanks to our new "Hug" modification discussed below, letting someone feel supported can be as simple as a single click of your mouse button.

Recent Changes to

As always, we are working hard to continually improve New features in the last three months include:

- now has a Twitter account you can follow: @Crohnsforum or go here.

- If you have or are suspected to have either form of Microscopic Colitis (Lymphocytic Colitis or Collagenous Colitis) be sure to check out our new Microscopic Colitis Forum.

- Many of you are familiar with our "Thanks" button where you can thanks people who contribute. Now we have a "Hug" button where you can easily send someone support without having to reply to a thread. To learn more about this new feature, go here.

Research and Medications

- Low Dose Naltrexone is an exciting alternative treatment option for people with Inflammatory Bowel Disease that appears to have few side effects. We've seen great anecdotal results on the forum and a small study out of Pennsylvania State University found that, "Eighty-nine percent of patients exhibited a response to therapy and 67% achieved a remission (P < 0.001)". Learn more about this exciting treatment option.

- Are you on any form of mesalamine such as Pentasa, Asacol, Lialda, etc for Crohn's disease? Share how you feel it has worked for you and see what the experts think of the role of mesalamine in Crohn's disease.

Knowledge is Power

- Could aluminum (yes, aluminum) play some role in Inflammatory Bowel Disease? See our wiki entry on aluminum and decide for yourself if it's time to toss out that foil.

- Can purposely infecting yourself with a parasite help relieve symptoms or maybe even put you into remission? Check out our wiki entry on Helminthic Therapy.

Diet, Fitness, and Travel

- Are you on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? Maybe you're thinking of starting? Or you've never heard of it and want to know why we're mentioning it? Check out our SCD Support thread.

- Is being vegetarian possible when you have Inflammatory Bowel Disease? Share your personal experience or opinion in this thread.

- Honey increases TNFa? Isn't that the thing that many medications try to block? Learn more and join the discussion here.

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 all that you do.


- Need a laugh? Be sure to check out our Officially Official funny pictures thread and maybe share your favorite.

Interesting Polls

- How old are you? Don't worry, your answer is private. But it's interesting to see the age of those with IBD who are members of Crohn's Forum. Share your answer in this poll.

Feedback and Help

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Second, do you have feedback regarding our newsletter? Or maybe a suggestion for something to include or would like to help? As our newsletter is community-driven, simply join us in the Newsletter Forum.

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