Junk Food Does Not Cause Crohn’s Disease. Thanks for nothing, BBC

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To the BBC:

For lunch today I had a burger and chips. For dinner tonight I’m having KFC. Tomorrow I’ll order in a giant pizza from Dominoes. Because I’ve got UC and Crohn’s, so that’s what I’m doing to myself, right? Oh, wait, no it’s not.

For lunch today I had gluten-free porridge with milled flax seeds and cinnamon. For dinner tonight I’ll be having roast chicken with saffron risotto and asparagus. Tomorrow night I’ll be having tuna and salmon tartare. Hang on, that can’t be right. No burgers?

Look, junk food never made anyone well. Everyone knows that. But it certainly doesn’t cause inflammatory bowel disease. There are millions of morbidly obese people who DO eat junk food all day long yet don’t have IBD, which in itself is proof that the claims made on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show and BBC Breakfast this morning are ridiculous. Thank you, BBC, for making it impossible for sufferers of IBD to explain their condition to friends, family, employers, teachers and even complete strangers now that they can turn around and say, ‘Well, you’ve brought it on yourself, you should stop eating that junk food. It was on the news, I read it online and it was even on Radio 2, so it must be right.’

Thanks a lot, BBC. No, really. You’ve been a great help. Perhaps your researchers should have done a little… well, research on the subject. Perhaps your so-called expert should have done some herself.

You have done more damage than good with that segment. You have raised awareness of a terrible, life-threatening disease by openly suggesting that we’ve caused it ourselves. Does this look like someone who lives on junk food?


Thought not.

You could have cited GM crops, pesticides, everything that the Western world has grown to depend on over the last decade. Perhaps this is why there’s an increase in auto immune diseases? But no, you chose to tell us it’s our fault for eating burgers.

Now, if you’d like to take note of the hundreds of complaints you will have received after this morning’s breakfast show, perhaps you’d care to call someone who a) is a long-term sufferer of both ulcerative colitis AND Crohn’s Disease and b) knows what she’s talking about to the point that she has written a book on the subject d) has never eaten junk food in her life and, in fact, follows an alkaline, anti-inflammatory diet which helps a great deal to alleviate symptoms, although it is not a cure. There is no cure, partly because there is no known cause.

I’ve been on telly before. And on the radio. I’m a dab hand at it. I’d be happy to help. And I know my facts.

Go on. You really do owe every single one of us an apology, and the chance to put it right.