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‘Let thy food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food’, is a dictum often attributed to Hippocrates.
Adult patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) interested in this therapeutic approach often wonder why clinicians do not advocate for specific dietary interventions in induction of remission. For physician decisions, the paucity of controlled trials demonstrating the efficacy of specific nutrition-based strategies is in stark contrast to multiple randomised controlled trials of pharmacological agents. So, when a patient asks, ‘how can I manage my Crohn’s disease based on dietary measures only’, the knowledgebase and resources to guide patients usually lags those of prescription drugs.
In FG, Melton et al share their experience with the use of exclusive enteral nutrition (EEN) as …
Contributors KT: title, drafting of the manuscript. ACM: Drafting of manuscript and critical review of the manuscript.
Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.
Competing interests None declared.
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