Today, Ditchek says, even the most treatment-oriented physician is more open to a nutritional approach, as long it is used in combination with, rather than as a substitute for, traditional medications.

The bottom line, according to Ditchek, is that those with Crohn’s who are able to control their symptoms with medication do have a choice. Staying on the diet is difficult, and it doesn’t work for everyone. However, those for whom medication is not working to control their symptoms apparently have little to lose and everything to gain by trying it.

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