So I’m almost through with the book by Margaret Oppenheimer, and there are a few things rolling around in my mind.
The first is that I am very impressed with the author, the amount of research she seems to have done, and the readability of her book. It is very well-organized, easy to find things, and extremely thorough. I have confidence that if I need a reference book later on, I can pull this one off my shelf and use it very easily.
The second thought is that I’m a bit disappointed, for myself. The author cites a few studies done to say that enteral nutrition may not be very effective in treating Crohn’s Colitis (Crohn’s only in the large intestine). That is where my Crohn’s is located, so I was saddened by the research. But on the other hand, the author is very quick to point out that Crohn’s is an individual disease, and no one truly knows what will work for you unless you try it.
The last thing that I found out (this might have been a no-brainer for some of you, but not for me!) is that enteral nutrition is basically a liquid diet, like Ensure or Boost. Sure, there is a TON more involved in it than that (and I’ll try to put some of that in the next post), but that’s essentially what it is. It makes sense to me, as I’ve said before. Give yourself a liquid diet and your gut has a chance to rest.
That’s all I have for now. I’ll wrap this up in the next post or two if I can.