Last year I wrote a few posts about how eating yogurt everyday has helped keep my diarrhea output under control. Ever since then I have been getting angry emails from people who tell me yogurt is on some Crohn’s Disease ‘do not eat list’ (apparently along with every other ‘dairy’ product) and that I’m jeopardizing my health and the health of others by eating it and telling others that it helps me. So now I have to ask, does anyone else eat yogurt regularly as a part of their Crohn’s Disease diet or do you stay away from it? For me I eat it everyday, not because I necessarily like it, but because I like that it replaces the good bacteria that is essential to the proper function of the small intestine, which in turn seems to keep the amount of diarrhea I suffer at a pretty low level (Crohn’s Disease often kills this good bacteria). The fact that I’m able to go on long road trips, out to movies, out to dinner, camping almost every other weekend, and work 14 hour days on movie sets without much fear to me is proof that the yogurt is working. Sure I do suffer diarrhea from time to time, my Bill Pooped Here blog posts show this, but I seem to suffer it a lot less than others with Crohn’s Disease. I also seem to be able to eat foods that most people with Crohn’s Disease stay away from, foods that will cause me diarrhea if I don’t eat the yogurt regularly (I know, because for a year right after my diagnosis I wasn’t eating yogurt and suffered diarrhea everyday). Nothing I say within my reply to these angry emails seems to get this point across and instead causes more angry replies from the people sending them. I don’t know why. Some even while tell me that they can’t wait for the day when I suddenly find myself in the hospital because I have ruined my life by eating something like yogurt. So again, I have to ask, does anyone eat yogurt or am I the only one. If you do eat yogurt is there a certain kind you eat that helps? I only eat the Yoplait Original French Vanilla yogurt, mostly because I’m not a fan of eating anything with bits of fruit in it. I also have never really experimented with various yogurts to see if any have a negative effect on me (the only exception being the yogurt smoothies I used to buy that seemed to cause a lot of diarrhea -- see the Back to Regular Yogurt post). Instead I stick with this one because it seems to do the trick. Last but not least, if you don’t eat yogurt how do you maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in your intestines?