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Study: Why Ashkenazis are susceptible to Crohn's

American and other researchers have discovered five new genetic mutations that make Ashkenazi Jews four times more likely than other populations to develop Crohn’s disease.

Dr. Burrill Crohn first characterized the disease exactly 80 years ago at New York’s Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Ask the Rabbis: Does Jewish anxiety have a theological basis?

Anxiety is a universal human malady that strikes when we find ourselves at the crossroads of choice-making, equipped with several hefty wagonloads of relativities and barely a handful of absolutes. It was not into the light of clarity that Moses journeyed for his encounter with God, but into the Great Cloud of Obscurity. There he received two chunks of rock etched with divine absolutes. But by the time he returned to camp, the batteries had worn out, and the divine absolutes became an endless stream of possible interpretations and applications that continue to perplex us to this day. We live in the misty chasm of the most oft-repeated word in the Torah: “And.” It is in the struggle with the “and” that we grow; in grappling with the faded boundaries between clear and unclear, we unfold our deepest selves.

Anxiety seems to be more of a Jewish thing, not because non-Jews are less anxious, but because Jews are more likely to overtly dramatize their anxiety. As it is written: “Oy, I’m so thirsty! Oy, was I thirsty!” And why that is so is a whole other discussion.

Rabbi Gershon Winkler
Walking Stick Foundation
Thousand Oaks, CA

Personality profile and affective state of patients with inflammatory bowel disease.


The Eysenck Personality Inventory and Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale were administered to 80 patients undergoing medical treatment for long standing inflammatory bowel disease: 22 patients were studied before the diagnosis was established and 40 patients with diabetes mellitus served as controls. High neuroticism and introversion scores were more prevalent in the patients with inflammatory bowel disease than controls (p less than 0.05) and these characteristics were as prominent in patients before diagnosis as in established cases. Introversion scores increased with the duration of disease (r = 0.51). Depression was uncommon, occurring only in patients with active chronic disease. Patients believed there was a close link between personality, stress and disease activity. Fifty six of the patients recognized factors that initiated the disease and in 42 this was thought to be a stressful life event or a 'nervous personality'.

Psychological Issues in Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Overview

There have been some controversies regarding the role of psychological factors in the course of IBD. The purpose of this paper is to review that role. First the evidence on role of stress is reviewed focusing on perceived stress and patients’ beliefs about it in triggering or exacerbating the course of IBD. The possible mechanisms by which stress could be translated into IBD symptoms, including changes in motor, sensory and secretory gastrointestinal function, increase intestinal permeability, and changes in the immune system are, then reviewed. The role of patients’ concerns about psychological distress and their adjustment to disease, poor coping strategies, and some personality traits that are commonly associated with these diseases are introduced. The prevalence rate, the timing of onset, and the impact of anxiety and depression on health-related quality of life are then reviewed. Finally issues about illness behavior and the necessity of integrating psychological interventions with conventional treatment protocols are explained.

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