In our new book, Living with Crohn’s & Colitis, Dr. Jessica Black and I argue that eating well is a key in prevention and treatment of digestive diseases, including Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and other diseases of the gut. Why are autoimmune diseases on the rise across the board in the world today? Some theories include the advent of refrigeration, overuse of antibiotics, etc., however the basic fact that our bodies have trouble digesting over-refined foods is argument for a simple diet that is easy to cook, to chew, to digest: steamed or roasted veggies, rice, some protein (tofu or chicken) for example. Our book advocated an anti-inflammation diet, joining a farmshare/CSA, slowing down and destressing life. In today’s NYTimes, this article came out and I say, “It’s about time!”

Why is this so hard in our culture? Why are people suffering from the debilitating effects of obesity in some states and not in others? There was an article in the New York Times about Dr. Preston Maring’s work in LA to promote healthy foods–this is what needs to happen before it is too late!