When John Maffioli first fell ill at 19, he put it down to the excesses of his life as a university student. But after six months of acute stomach cramps he had lost almost two stone and was suffering extreme fatigue.
He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, where the body's immune system attacks the digestive tract, causing damage and inflammation. And he feared the debilitating gut condition would mean a lifetime of medication and even surgery, with an increased risk of cancer. Remarkably, eight years after his diagnosis, John, who is one of 60,000 Crohn's sufferers in the UK, is free of symptoms - yet has never had a single drug treatment. He has run the New York Marathon, regularly plays club rugby, and achieved this medical breakthrough thanks to a simple diet.
John, a 28-year-old accountant, is one of about 1,000 patients who have taken part in a continuing medical trial at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge.
Source - Daily Mail