Inflammatory Bowel Disease-Causing Bacteria Linked To Meat-Eating Diet
Even gas moving through the intestines can cause severe pain. Ulcers or open sores can appear anywhere throughout the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. Additional sources of pain can come from the extraintestinal issues that are associated with IBD, like arthritis and skin rashes and ulcerations. There is no cure for IBD. There is currently no cure for Crohn's disease. Patients may experience periods of remission where the disease isn't active but once diagnosed, they will live with the disease for their entire life.
Inflammatory Bowel Disease in The Cat: Feline IBD
(Posted By Dr. Rebecca Schmidt and Dr. Michelle Miller, Community Contributor / May 10, 2013) By Dr. Rebecca Schmidt and Dr. Michelle Miller, Community Contributor 11:40 a.m. CDT, May 10, 2013 Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is the most common cause of chronic vomiting and diarrhea in the cat. Cats may also have intermittent soft stools or blood and mucous in their stool. IBD can affect cats of any age, breed and sex.
For example, a recent article published on BioNews Texas reported on how a common foodborne microbial may be to blame for the onset of Multiple Sclerosis in some patients. Now, a similar report has emerged, linking bacteria to Inflammatory Bowel Disease. The study, which was recently conducted by researchers at Harvard and published in Nature, reveals that animal- or meat-based diets may in fact contribute to the development of inflammatory bowel disease and related diseases of the gut. The study involved the analysis of eleven volunteers, who ate either animal-based of plant-based diets for five days as a means of testing levels of bacteria in the gut. The findings showed that after just five days, the animal-based dieters revealed an eight-fold increase in the gut bacteria known as Bilophilia wadsworthia, which is believed to cause Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Conversely, the same type of bacteria in the gut fell by a three-fold factor in those who only ate plant matter. The study also found that concentrations of deoxycholic acid, a comp loud linked to liver cancer, were also elevated in those test subjects who only ate meat. The findings of this study are still preliminary, and more research will have to be conducted in order to draw conclusive parallels between carnivorous diets and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. However, the study reveals yet one more disease that is stoked by the growth of a particular bacteria a revelation that could aid researchers in developing more effective treatments and vaccines.