Enteral Nutrition, Part 2

04 Feb

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.


Posted by on February 4, 2010 in Crohn's Journal


2 responses to “Enteral Nutrition, Part 2

  1. newfoundsun

    February 8, 2010 at 4:41 am


    I’m the author of Beat Crohn’s, and I want to thank you for giving my book such a careful reading. I appreciate your comments! I would also like to give you and others with Crohn’s colitis a little ray of hope. This past summer a new study was published that reported on 114 children with Crohn’s treated with enteral nutrition. Overall, 80% of the children reached remission, and the 19 kids with Crohn’s with limited to the colon had remission rates just as good as those with disease in other locations. As you rightly point out, you can’t predict in advance whether you’re going to respond, but this study adds a little evidence to the argument that people with Crohn’s colitis shouldn’t rule out enteral nutrition out of hand.



  2. newfoundsun

    February 8, 2010 at 4:41 am

    Wow! Thanks Margaret. I am glad to hear about this study, and that it gives us some hope!


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