Whilst you may personally have had success with the elimination of dairy products from your diet, this does not mean that everyone will benefit from the elimination of this food and I did not find that article relevant to the elimination of dairy products in patients who have been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. It was hypothesising a cause and it was by no means proven. You need to be careful what you read on the internet because it can be misleading. As I mentioned in my original post, no one food will either cause or improve symptoms in every individual with Crohn's disease.
I must also mention here that you eliminated a great deal more than just dairy products from your diet. When you eliminate alcohol and caffeine you are eliminating stimulants which commonly cause increased peristalsis and irritation. When you eliminate wheat and gluten you are also eliminating a major source of fermentable carbohydrates which cause increased gas production. When you eliminate sugar you are eliminating many sources of artificial colours and flavours and I suspect that, given you are being advised by a naturopath, you have be told to eliminate artificial food colours, preservatives and foods with added MSG. All of these chemicals are potential irritants to the bowel wall in those with sensitive bowels and glutamates (MSG) in particular are neurotransmitters that can affect nerve transmission in the gut.
You are very fortunate that you have had such a good response to dietary manipulation and I have had some patients who have done as well as you with dietary elimination. However, it is not the case for all people with Crohn's disease and it is wrong to assume that it is. Patients with Crohn's disease often struggle to maintain their weight and strict elimination diets can result in weight loss. If symptoms do not improve, dietary elimination should be abandoned and a healthy, varied diet resumed. If symptoms do improve, each food or food chemical that has been eliminated should be challenged/reintroduced to assess its effect on symptoms. If that food or food chemical does not cause a worsening of symptoms, then it need not be avoided. If a food or food chemical does cause symptoms, then it may or may not need absolute elimination. Often there is a threshold to food chemicals so that small or even moderate amounts may be tolerated. Through challenge and reintroduction to find the dose threshold the diet can be less restrictive, healthier and more socially acceptable.
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