A vegetarian diet to cure Crohn's disease, a chronic autoimmune disease

Jeanne Deumier was diagnosed Crohn at 18 years old. By completely changing his diet, the symptoms of the disease have completely disappeared. Today, according to her doctors, she is in total remission. She made her career a book "Diagnosed Crohn" (Editions Flammarion).

"Crohn's disease has rocked my life as a carefree teenager." This sentence opens the book-testimony of Jeanne Deumier, Diagnosed with Crohn's published by Flammarion. At 18, she discovers she has the disease.
For two years, she will follow treatments. Until 2013, where she decides to stop everything. Or rather to start all over again. The young woman decides to radically change her diet. Today she is, according to her doctors, in total remission.

A fresher, local, and homemade food

When the disease was diagnosed, Jeanne was treated with cortisone. Initially, the solution seems miraculous: more fatigue because the treatment excites, the appetite returns, the symptoms disappear. But after a while his face swells a lot, especially as the doses decrease, all over again.
She was then treated with immunosuppressive drugs, which she did not tolerate well. When she was offered anti TNF alpha treatment, the young woman refuses: "It scared me, there were many constraints and side effects. She decides to radically change her eating habits. A naturopath and an osteopath had recommended her to do it, this time she feels ready.

A quasi-vegetarian diet

No more prepared meals and other sweets, she eats local, seasonal, and homemade "I'm pretty vegetarian, I eat eggs once a week, but no dairy at all". After three months, the effects are felt. "I was not the same person anymore," she says. The condition of her skin improved, she had almost no nausea, was less tired.
Today, she says she's cured. Last February, during his last colioscopy, all his ulcers had resorbed. "I changed my lifestyle at the right time, I did not have surgery for the disease, and I did not have a lot of ulcerations, it was easier to act," he says. -she. Now she wants to share her experience.

Food and autoimmune diseases

Several studies show that physical activity and dietary change can be used to observe changes in the gut microbiota, and having a rich and well-balanced microbiota would help control outbreaks of autoimmune disease.
Thus, in multiple sclerosis, one study showed that the people who had the healthiest diet were also the ones with the least relapses and physical disability. There is no established causality, but there is a statistical link between the two.
The definition of a healthy diet consisted of eating more fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains and less sugar from desserts and sugary drinks, less red meat and processed meat.

The case of Jeanne is a special case. Until now, the diet is rather an adjunct treatment in autoimmune diseases and the ideal diet is in no way a regime of exclusion.