Archive of IBD Page Articles

A discussion of unregulated drugs often named nutritional supplements, Concerns Regarding the Use of Nonprescription Drugs in Crohn's and UC.

I recommend against the use of Celebrex in IBD.  See why in this article.

It is possible for a physician to have feelings of loss when patients imprive.

Sucrose restriction may be able to reduce complications of Crohn's.

Many will enjoy eating turkey on Christmass. (Perhaps some on Hanukah - turkey is kosher, just not traditional!) Some tips from the CDC on cooking can be found in this chilling report on a family t TurkeyRevenge.html hat had a bacterial infection from Thanksgiving dinner.

Do you feel like a burdeon to your physician? Other patients do too. My feeling on the matter.

Many women with Crohn's are on azathioprine, an immunosupressant. What should you do if you want to get pregnant while on azathioprine?

A very short piece on the role of sublingual vitamin B12.

Ever wonder if your doc gets frustrated over not being able to cure incureable disease. Do you worry that you are only darkening the door of your physician, sorry to trouble them over something they cannot cure anyway? A reader asked, and I answered.

Often patients are on steroids for some time. What is the protocol for stopping steroids? Click here to find out.

Heparin in UC or Crohn's? There have been some interesting findings presented at the last two DDW meetings. Here is an overview and several abstracts about heparin in IBD.

What is the new "cure" for Crohns that has been reported in the news? There have been reports of an antibody that can treat Crohn's disease. While not a cure, it may represent a new treatment that will more rapidly bring flares of Crohn's under control.

Heard about fish oil? This ill defined substance has gotten play in the popular health literature, but now there has been a study in Crohn's disease published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study showed that the preparation, Purepa, is effective. It should be available in a few years in the US.

Job lock is but one consequence of the current insurance system for people with chronic disease, such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. A new law has passed congress. Here is an interview with senators Kennedy and Kassebaum regarding this law that was recently aired on PBS.


Stephen Holland, M.D., is a Gastroenterologist and is on the faculty of the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. Research interests include using new therapies for IBD, and new methods to classify disease type in patients with IBD.  He recently joined Christie Clinic, a multispeciality clinic in Champaign, Illinois.

Dr. Holland maintains this WWW site. Please address all lavish praise to him. Other mail should be directed to the sender. If you need to contact him directly you can use eMail. Dr. Holland regrets that he is not able to return long distance phone calls.