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100 Fascinating Facts You Never Knew About the Human Brain

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The human brain has amazed and baffled people throughout the ages. Some scientists and doctors have devoted their entire lives to learning how the brain works. It is no wonder that people enjoy learning facts about this incredible organ in the human body. Below, you will find 100 facts about the brain including how it works, how it develops, what it controls, how it affects sleep, dreams, and memory, and more, which may be helpful. When you finish reading about these fun facts, take this short brainpower quiz and see how much you learned about the human brain.

Physical Attributes

These facts will teach you interesting bits of information about the physical make-up of the human brain.

  1. Weight. The weight of the human brain is about 3 lbs.
  2. Cerebrum. The cerebrum is the largest part of the brain and makes up 85% of the brain’s weight.
  3. Skin. Your skin weighs twice as much as your brain.
  4. Gray matter. The brain’s gray matter is made up of neurons, which gather and transmit signals.
  5. White matter. The white matter is made up of dendrites and axons, which create the network by which neurons send their signals.
  6. Gray and white. Your brain is 60% white matter and 40% gray matter.
  7. Water. The brain is made up of about 75% water.
  8. Neurons. Your brain consists of about 100 billion neurons.
  9. Synapses. There are anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 synapses for each neuron.
  10. No pain. There are no pain receptors in the brain, so the brain can feel no pain.
  11. Largest brain. While an elephant’s brain is physically larger than a human brain, the human brain is 2% of total body weight (compared to 0.15% of an elephant’s brain), meaning humans have the largest brain to body size.
  12. Blood vessels. There are 100,000 miles of blood vessels in the brain.
  13. Fat. The human brain is the fattest organ in the body and may consists of at least 60% fat.

The Developing Brain

Starting from within the womb, fetal brain development begins the amazing journey that leads to a well-developed brain at birth that continues to grow for 18 more years.

  1. Neurons. Neurons develop at the rate of 250,000 neurons per minute during early pregnancy.
  2. Size at birth. At birth, your brain was almost the same size as an adult brain and contained most of the brain cells for your whole life.
  3. Newborn’s growth. A newborn baby’s brain grows about three times its size in the first year.
  4. Stopped growing. Your brain stopped growing at age 18.
  5. Cerebral cortex. The cerebral cortex grows thicker as you learn to use it.
  6. Stimulation. A stimulating environment for a child can make the difference between a 25% greater ability to learn or 25% less in an environment with little stimulation.
  7. New neurons. Humans continue to make new neurons throughout life in response to mental activity.
  8. Read aloud. Reading aloud and talking often to a young child promotes brain development.
  9. Emotions. The capacity for such emotions as joy, happiness, fear, and shyness are already developed at birth. The specific type of nurturing a child receives shapes how these emotions are developed.
  10. First sense. The first sense to develop while in utero is the sense of touch. The lips and cheeks can experience touch at about 8 weeks and the rest of the body around 12 weeks.
  11. Bilingual brains. Children who learn two languages before the age of five alters the brain structure and adults have a much denser gray matter.
  12. Child abuse and the brain. Studies have shown that child abuse can inhibit development of the brain and can permanently affect brain development.

Brain Function

From the invisible workings of the brain to more visible responses such as yawns or intelligence, find out how the brain functions with these facts.

  1. Oxygen. Your brain uses 20% of the total oxygen in your body.
  2. Blood. As with oxygen, your brain uses 20% of the blood circulating in your body.
  3. Unconsciousness. If your brain loses blood for 8 to 10 seconds, you will lose consciousness.
  4. Speed. Information can be processed as slowly as 0.5 meters/sec or as fast as 120 meters/sec (about 268 miles/hr).
  5. Wattage. While awake, your brain generates between 10 and 23 watts of power–or enough energy to power a light bulb.
  6. Yawns. It is thought that a yawn works to send more oxygen to the brain, therefore working to cool it down and wake it up.
  7. Neocortex. The neocortex makes up about 76% of the human brain and is responsible for language and consciousness. The human neocortex is much larger than in animals.
  8. 10%. The old adage of humans only using 10% of their brain is not true. Every part of the brain has a known function.
  9. Brain death. The brain can live for 4 to 6 minutes without oxygen, and then it begins to die. No oxygen for 5 to 10 minutes will result in permanent brain damage.
  10. Highest temperature. The next time you get a fever, keep in mind that the highest human body temperature ever recorded was 115.7 degrees–and the man survived.
  11. Stress. Excessive stress has shown to "alter brain cells, brain structure and brain function."
  12. Love hormones and autism. Oxytocin, one of the hormones responsible for triggering feelings of love in the brain, has shown some benefits to helping control repetitive behaviors in those with autism.
  13. Food and intelligence. A study of one million students in New York showed that students who ate lunches that did not include artificial flavors, preservatives, and dyes did 14% better on IQ tests than students who ate lunches with these additives.
  14. Seafood. In the March 2003 edition of Discover magazine, a report describes how people in a 7-year study who ate seafood at least one time every week had a 30% lower occurrence of dementia.

Psychology of the Brain

From tickling to tasting to decision-making, find out how the brain affects what you experience.

  1. Tickles. You can’t tickle yourself because your brain distinguished between unexpected external touch and your own touch.
  2. Imaginary playmates. A study from Australia showed that children with imaginary playmates between the ages of 3 and 9 tended to be first-born children.
  3. Reading faces. Without any words, you may be able to determine if someone is in a good mood, is feeling sad, or is angry just by reading the face. A small area in the brain called the amygdala is responsible for your ability to read someone else’s face for clues to how they are feeling.
  4. Ringing in the ears. For years, medical professionals believed that tinnitus was due to a function within the mechanics of the ear, but newer evidence shows that it is actually a function of the brain.
  5. Pain and gender. Scientists have discovered that men and women’s brains react differently to pain, which explains why they may perceive or discuss pain differently.
  6. Supertasters. There is a class of people known as supertasters who not only have more taste buds on the tongue, but whose brain is more sensitive to the tastes of foods and drinks. In fact, they can detect some flavors that others cannot.
  7. Cold. Some people are much more sensitive to cold and actually feel pain associated with cold. Research as shown that the reason is due to certain channels that send cold information to the brain.
  8. Decision-making. Women tend to take longer to make a decision, but are more likely to stick with the decision, compared to men, who are more likely to change their mind after making a decision.
  9. Exercise. Some studies indicate that while some people are naturally more active, others are naturally more inactive, which may explain why getting out and exercising is more difficult for some.
  10. Boredom. Boredom is brought on by a lack of change of stimulation, is largely a function of perception, and is connected to the innate curiosity found in humans.
  11. Physical illness. The connection between body and mind is a strong one. One estimate is that between 50-70% of visits to the doctor for physical ailments are attributed to psychological factors.
  12. Sadness and shopping. Researchers have discovered that those experiencing the blues are more willing to spend more money in an attempt to alleviate their sadness.

Memory

Learn how scent, jet lag, and estrogen affect memory, plus plenty of other information, with these facts.

  1. Jet lag. Frequent jet lag can impair your memory, probably due to the stress hormones released.
  2. New connections. Every time you recall a memory or have a new thought, you are creating a new connection in your brain.
  3. Create associations. Memory is formed by associations, so if you want help remembering things, create associations for yourself.
  4. Scent and memory. Memories triggered by scent have a stronger emotional connection, therefore appear more intense than other memory triggers.
  5. Anomia. Anomia is the technical word for tip-of-the-tongue syndrome when you can almost remember a word, but it just won’t quite come to you.
  6. Sleep. While you sleep at night may be the best time for your brain to consolidate all your memories from the day.
  7. No sleep. It goes to follow…lack of sleep may actuallyhurt your ability to create new memories.
  8. World Champion. A world champion memorizer, Ben Pridmore memorized 96 historical events in 5 minutes and memorized a single, shuffled deck of cards in 26.28 seconds.
  9. Estrogen and memory. Estrogen (found in both men and women) has been shown to promote better memory functions.
  10. Insulin. Insulin works to regulate blood-sugar in the body, but recently, scientists have discovered that its presence in the brain also helps promote memory.

Dreams and Sleep

The amazing world of dreams and what happens during sleep is a mystery rooted in the brain. Learn interesting facts about dreams and sleep in this list.

  1. Everyone dreams. Just because you don’t remember your dreams doesn’t mean you don’t dream. Everyone dreams!
  2. Nightly average. Most people dream about 1-2 hours a night and have an average of 4-7 dreams each night.
  3. Brain waves. Studies show that brain waves are more active while dreaming than when you are awake.
  4. Lost dreams. Five minutes after a dream, half of the dream is forgotten. Ten minutes after a dream, over 90% is forgotten. Write down your dreams immediately if you want to remember them.
  5. Blind people dream. Dreams are more than just visual images, and blind people do dream. Whether or not they dream in pictures depends on if they were born blind or lost their vision later.
  6. Color or B&W. Some people (about 12%) dream only in black and white while others dream in color.
  7. Virtually paralyzed. While you sleep, your body produces a hormone that may prevent you from acting out your dreams, leaving you virtually paralyzed.
  8. Snoring. If you are snoring, you are not dreaming.
  9. During a dream. If you are awakened during a dream, you are much more likely to remember the dream than if you slept until a full night’s sleep.
  10. Symbolism. As those who invest in dream dictionaries can attest, dreams almost never represent what they actually are. The unconscious mind strives to make connections with concepts you will understand, so dreams are largely symbolic representations.
  11. Adenosine. Caffeine works to block naturally occurring adenosine in the body, creating alertness. Scientists have recently discovered this connection and learned that doing the opposite–boosting adenosine–can actually help promote more natural sleep patterns and help eliminate insomnia.
  12. Dream showings. Japanese researchers have successfully developed a technology that can put thoughts on a screen and may soon be able to screen people’s dreams.

Fun and Interesting Facts

From juggling to a Brain Bank to cannibalism, read about these fun and interesting brain facts.

  1. Airplanes and headaches. A study showed a correlation between flying and headaches and states that around 6% of people who fly get headaches brought on by the flight itself.
  2. Juggling. Juggling has shown to change the brain in as little as seven days. The study indicates that learning new things helps the brain to change very quickly.
  3. Disney and sleep. A study published in the journal Sleep Medicine describes how Disney creators used real sleep disorders in many of their animated pets.
  4. Blinking. Each time we blink, our brain kicks in and keeps things illuminated so the whole world doesn’t go dark each time we blink (about 20,000 times a day).
  5. Laughing. Laughing at a joke is no simple task as it requires activity in five different areas of the brain.
  6. Yawns are contagious. Ever notice that you yawned after someone around you did? Scientists believe this may be a response to an ancient social behavior for communication that humans still have.
  7. Brain Bank. Harvard maintains a Brain Bank where over 7,000 human brains are store for research purposes.
  8. Outer space. The lack of gravity in outer space affects the brain in several ways. Scientists are studying how and why, but you may want to hold off on your next trip to the moon.
  9. Music. Music lessons have shown to considerably boost brain organization and ability in both children and adults.
  10. Thoughts. The average number of thoughts that humans are believed to experience each day is 70,000.
  11. Ambidexterity. Those who are left-handed or ambidextrous have a corpus collosum (the part of the brain that bridges the two halves) that is about 11% larger than those who are right-handed.
  12. Stressful job. According to a study by Bristol-Myers Squibb, accountants have the highest incidence of on-the-job headaches, followed by librarians, then bus and truck drivers.
  13. Aristotle. Aristotle mistakenly thought that the functions of the brain actually took place in the heart.
  14. Cannibalism. Some research shows that humans carry genes that help protect the brain from prion diseases, or diseases contracted through eating human flesh, leading medical experts to believe that ancient humans may have eaten other humans.
  15. Shakespeare. The word "brain" appears 66 times in the plays of William Shakespeare.

Famous Brains

People have always been fascinated with the brains of famous people. Find out what experts know about these famous brains.

  1. Albert Einstein. Einstein’s brain was similar in size to other humans except in the region that is responsible for math and spatial perception. In that region, his brain was 35% wider than average.
  2. London taxi drivers. Famous for knowing all the London streets by heart, these drivers have a larger than normal hippocampus, especially the drivers who have been on the job longest. The study suggests that as people memorize more and more information, this part of their brain continues to grow.
  3. VI Lenin. After his death, Lenin’s brain was studied and found to have an abnormally large and numerous neurons in a particular region that may explain his "strikingly acute and penetrating mental processes" for which he was famous.
  4. Oldest brain. A brain thought to be 2000 years old was unearthed just recently at the University of York in northern England.
  5. Babe Ruth. The Babe was tested by two Columbia psychology students and was determined to be working at 90% efficiency compared to the 60% efficiency measured for most people.
  6. Daniel Tammet. Daniel Tammet is an autistic savant who, since the age of three when he suffered an epileptic seizure, has been able to perform astounding mathematical computations, knows seven languages, and is developing a language of his own.
  7. Keith Jarrett. This jazz musician was discovered at age 3 to have perfect pitch, which scientists can pinpoint in the right frontal lobe.

Moments in History

The study of the brain has an interesting history. Check out this abbreviated time line to learn interesting facts about the history of brain research and development.

  1. 2000 B.C.. Archeologists found evidence that primitive brain surgery was performed by drilling a hole in the skull.
  2. 1811. Scottish surgeon Charles Bell described how each of the senses had a corresponding spot in the brain.
  3. 1899. Aspirin was marketed as a pain reliever, but was not available without a prescription until 1915.
  4. 1921. Hermann Rorschach invented the now-famous ink blot test for use with his patients.
  5. 1959. The first rhesus monkey was sent into space to study human behavior.

Coping With Crohn’s Disease: 100 Helpful Resources and Communities

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Crohn’s disease, an autoimmune disease that affects the bowel causing inflammation, pain, and gastrointestinal symptoms, affects hundreds of thousands of people in North America alone. Whether you are newly diagnosed with Crohn’s disease or have been living with it for years, finding new information, support, and a sense of community is always important. With no known cure and varying approaches to treatment, gathering and sharing knowledge is an excellent way to help yourself and others deal with this disease. Below, you will find articles, support groups, education, foundations and associations, information on diet, clinical trials, and blogs from other people living with a diagnosis of Crohn’s.

The Basics

Learn the basics from descriptions of Crohn’s to symptoms to medical treatment options with these resources.

  1. Mayo Clinic Crohn’s disease. Learn the basics about Crohn’s as well as symptoms, treatment options, and alternative therapies.
  2. MedicineNet.com Crohn’s Disease. Another good resource for learning the basics, this site also offers professional advice on specific medications and surgery.
  3. Crohn’s Disease. From the National Digestive Diseases Clearinghouse, get information on Crohn’s as well as links to clinical trials and additional resources.
  4. Crohn’s Online. Supported by Abbott Laboratories, this site offers information on Crohn’s and a decidedly medically-based approach to treatment.
  5. Crohn’s disease – Everybody. This health site from New Zealand offers a good overview on what Crohn’s disease is all about.

Associations and Foundations

These associations and foundations from around the world all offer help, information, and medical advice for those living with Crohn’s. No matter where you live, you can share information and find support.

  1. Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Not only can you get news and information about Crohn’s here, you can also find clinical trials, physicians, and more.
  2. Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of Canada. Select the French or English version of this website to get information, become a volunteer, or find events in your area.
  3. American Gastroenterological Association. Get information on the treatment of Crohn’s with articles, podcasts, videos, and more.
  4. United Ostomy Associations of America, Inc.. This national network serves to unite support groups for patients and caregivers of those dealing with "bowel and urinary diversions."
  5. Australian Crohn’s & Colitis Association. Find information about research, clinical trials, get newsletters, and more at this resource.
  6. Crohn’s & Colitis Australia. Read about Crohn’s, get support, and learn about current research with this Australian organization.
  7. European Federation of Crohn’s & Ulcerative Colitis Associations. Get information about research studies, find youth groups, and connect face-to-face at this European connection.
  8. International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders. This non-profit organization works for education and research in the field of gastrointestinal disorders.
  9. International Ostomy Association. Committed to improving quality of life for ostomates, this foundation offers forums, resources, and more.
  10. National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. This organization in the UK works to provide support and education for those dealing with IBD.

Resource Centers

Offering everything from articles and newsletters to forums and message boards to book reviews and news stories, these sites serve as resource centers to provide plenty of information and support.

  1. Living with Crohn’s Disease. Find out about Crohn’s, pediatric Crohn’s, subscribe to the newsletter, and learn about the latest research here.
  2. Crohn’s Disease Resource Center. From HealingWell.com, this site offers articles, books, forums, and news stories about Crohn’s.
  3. Crohn’s Disease Treatment, Symptoms & Information. This site provides information about Crohn’s, treatment options, forums to connect with others, a newsletter, and much more.
  4. ButYouDon’tLookSick.com. Anyone suffering from chronic illness, pain, or invisible disabilities can benefit from the articles, book and product reviews, and message board at this site.
  5. Shaz’s Ostomy Pages. Learn about the various forms of ostomies, read other people’s stories, and connect with other "ostomates" at this site.
  6. Crohn’s/Colitis Home Page. Having been around for 13 years, this site aims to be a "one-stop" site for information and support.
  7. Crohn’s Disease Info Center. Find information on Crohn’s as well as information on a current clinical trial that includes research, trial information, a physician information kit, and more. You can also join on the message board, get newsletters, and find links to other resources.
  8. David’s Crohn’s & Colitis Webpage. check out all the useful information available here, then participate in message boards and support groups, or just check out the "Best and Worst times to have to go" section.
  9. Teens With Crohn’s Disease Website. Teens can read about the experience of other teens living with Crohn’s, participate in message boards and chat rooms, get recipes, and more.
  10. Annee’s Crohn’s Disease Page. Annee shares her experience of living with Crohn’s and also offers tons of information and opportunities for support here.

Articles

From video interviews with average people living with Crohn’s to travel to college to humor, these articles offer information and more to those touched by Crohn’s.

  1. New York Times Health Guide Crohn’s Disease. Learn about Crohn’s disease, find out what types of tests are available, get treatment options, and more in this helpful article.
  2. Crohn’s Disease. This very detailed article describes the disease, genetic connections, diet, stress, types of Crohn’s diseases, and much more.
  3. sophia.and.org. This website presents its information in a rather different format. The woman here had an ileostomy ten years ago and has several editorial pieces that describe her life experiences. Click through the website to discover them all.
  4. About.com Crohn’s Disease. Get plenty of great information from the articles here that cover everything from surgery to book reviews to traveling with Crohn’s.
  5. New York Times Well. This article from a blog at the New York Times offers video of seven people living with Crohn’s.
  6. Surviving College with IBD. This multi-part About.com article offers sound advice for teens living with Crohn’s going off to college.
  7. Confessions of a Chicken Man. Written by a man living with Crohn’s, this article describes food choices made while traveling and the empowerment in his choices.
  8. The Lighter Side. If you find you need a little humor, then check out this site that shows advertising that holds special humor for those living with Crohn’s.

Communities

Connect with other people living with Crohn’s by participating in these great online communities.

  1. PatientsLikeMe. This community brings together people living with illness. If you don’t see a community of people dealing with your exact disorder, send a request and they will add it.
  2. CarePages. Create a care page and help friends and family stay connected to your health journey as well as meet new friends undergoing the same health concerns.
  3. Cafe Chronique. Become a member here and have access to forums, chats, groups and more. Create your own page to help connect with others living with chronic illness.
  4. Crohnsforum.com. Complete a free registration to participate in the forums here that discuss many aspects of living with Crohn’s.
  5. IBD Sucks!. Specifically for those with Crohn’s and other IBDs, register for free to participate in the forum here.
  6. iVillage Crohn’s Disease & Colitis. Join in the discussions going on at this message board for women dealing with Crohn’s or colitis.
  7. Yahoo! Groups: Crohn’s and Colitis. These Yahoo! groups offer support and connection for everyone. Browse through the listing and join as many as you like.
  8. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD) Forum. This forum welcomes anyone living with IBS, Crohn’s, or colitis to participate in the discussions and find support.
  9. Crohns-Sanity.org. Not only can you take part in online support through the forum, but there is also a section for memorials, links to other resources, and some information on theories.
  10. Crohn’s Disease Support Group. A part of MD Junction, this group offers forums, diaries, articles and more to help you find support and empowerment.
  11. IBS Self Help and Support Group Forums. These forums provide several categories such as teens, women, meetups, abdominal pain, gas, and more.
  12. Crohn’s Zone. This community offers forums, chats, articles, and more for those looking for support and connections.
  13. WeAreCrohn’s.org. A patient-led support network, this group offers connections through online discussions, articles, communities, and photo sharing.

Finding Support

Find online support in these groups and blogs that are dedicated to educating and empowering those living with Crohn’s.

  1. Reach Out For Youth with Ileitis& Colitis. Run by parents of children with Crohn’s, this group offers support, research, and much more to help your family deal with this disorder.
  2. In Sickness and In Health: A Place for Couples Dealing with Illness. Written by an ex-psychotherapist and woman dealing with chronic illness, the posts on this blog are meant to help couples who are dealing with a chronic illness in their lives.
  3. Invisible Illness. This site has articles, offers support and more for those dealing with an "invisible" illness.
  4. Every Patient’s Advocate. Trisha Torrey works as a patient advocate after being mistakenly diagnosed with a terminal illness. Read her blog for tips, news, and more to empower every patient to be their own advocate.
  5. GlutenFreeTravelSite.com. Visit this site to take the worry out of planning a trip and eating gluten-free.
  6. Crohn’s and Colitis Support Group Web Site. Get information about Crohn’s at this site from New Zealand and find links to support groups too.
  7. The J-Pouch Group. This website is dedicated to educating and providing support to those who plan to have the surgery or are living with a J-pouch.
  8. IBS Tales: Personal Stories of IBS. Read about the experiences of others dealing with IBS at this site where stories are categorized by happy, sad, and embarrassing. You can also find articles, details of specific therapies, and more.

Clinical Trials

Many people seek clinical trials in search of new, innovative treatments and to help further research. If you are interested in clinical trials for your Crohn’s disease, then check out these resources.

  1. ClinicalTrials.gov. Use this resource to find both federally funded and privately funded clinical trials around the world.
  2. CenterWatch. Patients can get information about clinical trials, health associations, and even receive trial notifications with this service.
  3. Clinical Trials Search.org. Search for clinical trials in the US or internationally by condition, location, or sponsor at this site.
  4. Clinical Connection. Not only can you find clinical trials here, but you can also receive notifications, participate in message boards, and get an education about clinical trials.
  5. The Center for Information & Study on Clinical Research Participation. Before starting a clinical trial, visit this site to become an informed participant.
  6. International Clinical Trials Registry Platform. This portal from the World Health Organization provides access to information on clinical trials being conducted around the world.
  7. CanadaTrials. Find current clinical trials in Canada at this site.

Specific Carbohydrate Diet

This diet has a huge following among those with Crohn’s. These resources offer articles, recipes, places to buy equipment, and more.

  1. SCD Recipe. If you are following the SCD, then this resource is a great place to get recipes and even read the blog for the latest news and information about Crohn’s.
  2. Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Read about the SCD, find information and news, locate support groups of people following this diet, and more.
  3. Lucy’s Kitchen Shop. This site sells items used by those following the SCD, but it also includes information about this diet.
  4. SCDiet.com. Learn about the history of this diet, read the first chapter of Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and find out about more books, DVDs, and CDs.
  5. SCD Bakery. Check out baked goods that adhere to the SCD diet at this site.
  6. Grain-Free Gourmet. While the goal of this site is to promote this cookbook, you can also find sample recipes, information about the SCD, and even read it all in French, if you like.
  7. SCDiet.net. A huge resource for SCD, this site offers recipes, links to other resources, a mailing list, and much more.
  8. SCD Web Library. This invaluable resource includes support, recipes, success stories, FAQs, links to other resources, and more.
  9. SCDUK. Out of the UK, this not-for-profit site offers support, information, and recipes for those following the SCD in order to ease symptoms of Crohn’s as well as Celiacs, colitis, and other digestive disorders.
  10. Intestinal Health Through Diet. This site provides information on the SCD, tips for starting and maintaining the diet, recipes, resources, and even a local support group if you live in or near Austin, TX.
  11. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet – communicatrix. The communicatrix offers suggestions, advice, resources, and more as a second-generation Crohn’s sufferer following the SCD.

Crohn’s Blogs

Blogs are an excellent way for those with Crohn’s to read about how others live with the disease as well as find a community of support.

  1. Advocacy for Patients with Chronic Illness. Written by a lawyer and Crohn’s disease sufferer, this blogger provides information about chronic illness and patient advocacy as well as writing about her own struggles with chronic illness.
  2. I’d Like to Buy a Bowel. This young woman not only blogs about her Crohn’s, but actively works to raise awareness and funds for further research.
  3. The Bright Side of Crohn’s. Posts here are written by a young woman newly diagnosed with Crohn’s and include tons of information from learning the facts about Crohn’s to a personal, heartfelt letter to Crohn’s.
  4. crohn’s disease – living with crohn’s disease. Find natural solutions, medical research and news, and personal experience from this man who has been living with a Crohn’s diagnosis since his early 20s.
  5. I hate my guts!. Jenni chronicles her experiences with Crohn’s in this very real description of living with the illness.
  6. I live, therefore; I dump. This young woman shares her Crohn’s experiences, provides recipe ideas, and offers a glimpse of what it’s like to live with Crohn’s.
  7. The Crohnsicle. Read about updates in the new of Crohn’s treatment, share the experiences of this man’s experience with Crohn’s, or laugh over his list of euphemisms for pooping.
  8. Kelly’s Crohn’s Blog. Kelly posts monthly check-ins, updates with news about Crohn’s, and offers her experience and emotional response to the disease.
  9. Sugar and Spice and my gluten-free life. This young woman blogs about her life with Crohn’s and her gluten-free diet. The photos of the food are mouth-watering.
  10. Crohn’s News. From Medical News Today, get the latest news reports that pertain to Crohn’s disease at this blog.

Chronic Illness Blogs

Not specifically focusing on Crohn’s, these blogs do offer a look at living with chronic illness and provide validation and empowerment to others.

  1. ChronicBabe.com. Women who are dealing with chronic illness will find lots of advice and support at this award-winning blog.
  2. ChronicTown. Dealing with a rare chronic illness while parenting and writing, this blogger shares her ups and downs of life.
  3. ChronicallyMe. As this blogger deals with her chronic illness, she blogs about the challenges and conquests of chronic illness.
  4. Through Myself and Back Again. This woman shares her experiences with a genetic disorder and being an advocate for those with disabilities.
  5. chronic holiday. Part of living with chronic illness or disability is hearing crazy things come out of people’s mouths. This blog is dedicated to some of the things people have said to this blogger in the course of the illness.
  6. Professional Patient. This blog offers suggestions for managing chronic illness and disability and managing the world of insurance.
  7. sick girl speaks!. This girl hasn’t let chronic illness slow her down. As a writer and speaker, her blog is an extension of her work as an advocate for patients and and those who live with chronic illness.
  8. Farty Girl. Diagnosed with IBS and lactose intolerance, this woman is now possibly gaining a celiac diagnosis. She blogs about her experiences with going gluten-free and dealing with digestive disorders.

Food and Recipe Blogs

Living with Crohn’s often means changing the way you eat. These blogs have recipes, share diets, and often infuse a warm sense of belonging.

  1. Eating SCD – the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This blogger credits the SCD for his Crohn’s remission and blogs about the diet, news about Crohn’s, and more.
  2. bethsblog. This woman has a daughter with Crohn’s and they both followed the SCD for one year. Find interesting posts about this diet as well as others, food, art, and more.
  3. The Dietary Adventures of Jilluck. Suffering from Crohn’s, this woman discovered the SCD and relief. Get plenty of great food ideas from her blog.
  4. Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn’s and IBS. Get plenty of recipes and information about health and nutrition as it applies to these digestive disorders from this popular blog.
  5. No More Crohn’s. Erin offers advice on cooking and storing food for the SCD on her blog. Also check out her website for more information, ideas, and support.
  6. Straight into Bed Cakefree and Dried. This gluten-free blogger follows the SCD and posts lots of recipes along with information about gluten-free eating.
  7. Thyme on My Hands. This blogger, diagnosed with Crohn’s, offers recipes (most SCD-compliant) as well as links to other resources.
  8. Kat’s Food Blog. Get suggestions for SCD meals and preparation, recipes, and more from this blogger.
  9. Gluten-Free Girl. This popular blog is written by a woman with Celiac and includes both delicious recipes and gorgeous photos of her creations.
  10. A Gluten Free Guide. Get gluten-free recipes as well as mini gluten-free restaurant reviews from restaurants in major cities.
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