Contact and communication

Who do i mean with the term "US"?

Who is Addressed

My dear patients !

Maybe for the one or the other of you the following might be important:

I sometimes write: “we”, for example “we know”.  …

Who ? Who is “we” ?

“We” often refers to doctors and gastroenterologists, because they are the ones, who have been working on the field of inflammatory bowel disease IBD for years. The ones who gather experience , collect data  and evaluate the data scientifically (which is so valuable !), who deal with and work on the field of IBD, inflammatory bowel disease.

But “we” also addresses all the people, who are affected by IBD themselves or have relatives or friends, who are affected. Who do have experience with the disease or do not have experience and want to gather information in an uncomplicated way.

I mean everyone who reads this and is willing to learn more. That`s also what “we” stands for.


And than I write: “you as a patient”  … “my patients”.

In German more than in English language it is not clear wether I address male or female.


Of course I address both. I address each and every one of you. But to be quite honest:  also as a woman who considers herself a feminist, who looks at the world from a very female point of view and who always has a very close eye on the position of women in society and how it is placed by media, advertisement etc., my goal on this Blog I.M. INFORMATION MATTERS is to give information on the issue of inflammatory bowel disease ,IBD.

If I was always writing “male patient…” and “female patient…” , continuing with …”his/her”… would be just too complicated for me. It would disturb my flow in writing. Maybe it would disturb your flow in reading my texts as well.


So : let`s keep it simple and uncomplicated here. I address each and every one of you. Male and female and diverse, girls and boys, Ladies and Gentlemen. My dear patients.  



Relax ! I hand this to you not as a phrase but rather as a … recommendation !
Because there are possibilities to actively relax. And since everybody knows, how stress does affect you – it is reasonable to actively relax. And it is so simple that it is almost ridiculous (… and I personally wonder why this is not taught and practiced in schools and preschools already). The way – or let me say: one way – because as always there are different ways of doing it – a really simple, appropriate and goal-orientated way to relaxation is the one that leads over – your breath. Simple as that.


The microbiom – it makes a difference …

Stress has a strong influence on the intestine. It has an influence on the microbiome. And the microbiome …? – is influenced by nutrition. And also with the limitation that your microbiome is different from the microbiome of people without IBD … what you eat makes a differnce !


Stressed out ! – what happens in the intestine ?

Stress does something to your IBD ! – something everybody knows., isn`t it ? Is it ? Can this feeling of beeing stressed out actually do something to the gut ? ? Can it lead to more disease activity ? Can it cause a flare or be responsible for not getting in deep remission ? Everybody thinks and feels : yes ! Definetly ! And are yet not sure about it, because it is not very concrete. Except it actually is concrete in a way…