A lot of advocating for IBD includes myth busting and educating!
What are some of the most common or most egregious IBD myths that you've seen?
"Diet doesn't matter."
Most harmful myth out there.
On the flip side, "Diet is a cure" can be equally harmful!
I know in my world of illnesses the balance of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is hard. Some say it is the only way some say live your life. The balance is what makes it healthy. I hate the word "diet" because I think that is the issue. I know we have talked about this because it can be seen many ways but diet culture ruined it for me. I see both points-healthy eating is so important but the other myth side is that it is not the cure. This is an important conversation for sure
A j-pouch is a cure for UC.
Oh boy! When I was first diagnosed I showed my doctor my new meal plan and he said diet doesn’t matter. Now I know better.
Another harmful myth is that it's just a bathroom/pooping disease. It is those things but it is also so much more than that.
Being just barely a 20-year-old with IBD is definitely tough. I have heard a lot of "I thought that was just for old people" comments in the four years I've had my Crohn's!
I am sorry, that’s frustrating. Please look into these books it has been really helpful for me. Dr. Gundry, the plant paradox and Dr. Gabor Mates newest book, the myth of normal.