Recently the news media exploded with coverage of a new study suggesting that fungi could play a role in Crohn’s Disease. The theory holds that certain types of fungi can react with certain bacteria to create the sort of systemic inflammation which is the hallmark of the disease.
Now another strong correlation has been discovered – a history of food poisoning:
According to the authors, who used a mouse model to study the pathogens, acute infectious gastroenteritis caused by food-poisoning bacteria accelerates the growth of adherent-invasive E. coli, the bacterium associated with Crohn’s disease.
Unlike many forms of gut flora which are either eliminated or allowed to remain without adverse effects, this bacterial population seems to grow in strength over time and create a cascade of symptoms familiar to anyone with Crohn’s.
Granted this isn’t a human study, but it’s a tantalizing clue that something deeper than genetics may be at play in the development of Crohn’s Disease. If you have a history of food poisoning and experienced the symptoms Crohn’s Disease, this new study may represent an avenue worth pursuing.