The Health Activist’s Writers Month Challenge – Day 7 Sensationalize!


 Share a ludicrous headline or cure. Do a news search and choose a ridiculous headline or proposed cure about your condition and write what you think about it. Can’t find one? Write your own.

 

Bone-marrow transplant cures girl’s inflammatory bowel disease – http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/bone-marrow-transplant-cures-girls-inflammatory-bowel-disease/article6177105/

 

This article I found online from The Globe and Mail which is a site based in Toronto Canada.  To quickly sum up the article, a 4-year-old girl was suffering from numerous health issues, with IBD symptoms being one of the problem.  Doctors say she had some form of IBD, but didn’t respond to any treatment.  After doing some test they found that she had a rare mutation of her interleukin 10 receptor which is the body’s off switch for inflammation.  The way to cure this problem was to do a bone marrow transplant.  When they did this, they found that she was cured of her IBD problem.

 

Now, I don’t say this isn’t a true story.  I am sure this little girl is real, was suffering, and is now a lot healthier.  I am happy for that.  But there are things about this article that I have to hold at length.  First, the doctors say she had some sort of IBD but it seems like they don’t know what she had.  My question is why not.  I know we often get misdiagnosed, but the problem is usually a UC diagnosis that changes to CD.  This girl didn’t even get that.  So, I question did she really have a IBD problem or was it more of a body inflammation problem.

My second concern is that only 20 patients have had this procedure done.  For me, that is to little of a group to start saying that this is a cure.  For all we know, this little girl could just be in remission.  But again, if the doctors don’t know what she has, how can they say she is cured.

Now I know there are more sensational articles and blogs out there.  I chose this one because even though I question some of it…I think that there may be some truth to this and possible a real cure there.  I guess I want to believe that there is real hope for a cure for IBD.  Bone marrow transplants have become pretty common and I can only hope that one day we get it as a treatment and cure for IBD.  The future right now looks a little brighter.

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