June 3, 2020 1 a.m.
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), which include irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, colitis, diverticulitis, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), celiac, etc. are on the increase. These sometimes debilitating diseases become a significant mental, physical and financial drain. They become mentally consumptive — awareness of where the next bathroom is, sensitivity to what they put in their mouths, never knowing where the next “attack” may hit — it can be exhaustive.