Q & A with Dr. William Sandborn on Inflammatory Bowel Disease
It’s estimated that roughly 100 trillion micro-organisms reside in our intestines, about 10 times more than the total number of human cells comprising our bodies. By and large, we share space amicably. It’s a mutually agreeable and biologically necessary relationship. Beneficial gut flora help us digest foods, train the immune system, produce vitamins and prevent pathogenic microbes from taking root.
Sometimes, though, things go wrong, resulting in conditions like inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). More than 1 million Americans are affected. We asked Dr. William J. Sandborn, chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the UC San Diego School of Medicine and director of the UC San Diego Health’s IBD Center, to explore the condition.
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