Crohn's IS caused by MAP (in perhap 80% of cases). Please excuse me if I'm a little cynical about the milk lobby. The problem with antibiotics, as far as I can tell, is that for now you must take them for several years to be successful (if you can find a doctor who will buy this research). Also, you must not have had those particular antibiotics before (For instance, I believe biaxin is used in combination with another drug). If I can rid my body of this bacteria, you can be sure I will not be having milk, beef, or cheese again.
As to the underlying mechanisms, this interview with a leading researching was very enlightening:
The researcher states that, like periodontitis-causing bacteria, certain bacteria can foil the bodies first line of defense (neutrophils) thereby causing inflammation (backup defense).
Leukine (gm-csf)is one of the first remedies that is actually an immune-stimulant and should be on the market by late 2007- it seems to be VERY effective but trials are ongoing (but look for an effective immunemodulator(sic) called Antegren to be also helpful in 2006). Remicade will only last so long and Humira may replace it- BUT I want to find this bacteria, not let it just reside in my system.
Until then I have to go on methotrexate this month.
For those of you with mild crohn's I heartily suggest Sachromyces Boulardii (prebiotics: effective yeast capsules) and Lactobacillus GG (probiotics that add a protective layer to the intestine).
Where can I get it and do I need a precription?