According to a Harvard Medical School report, chronic inflammation plays a central role in some of the most challenging diseases of this time I world’s history, including cancer, heart, disease, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, diabetes, and dementia. Some have said that another name for IBD could be Enteric Neuropathy. Meaning the neurons in the gut are unhappy because something is not working properly. It does not seem to be just one thing that triggers IBD, but a combination of factors. Some of these factors are stress, smoking, excess fat intake, excess consumption of added sugar and refined and highly processed carbohydrates. These factors are also linked with LDL cholesterol, weight gain, and gut permeability. Until more definitive research comes out one’s best shot is likely to live as balanced and healthy a lifestyle as possible.