oa South African Journal of Clinical Nutrition - Glutamine, heat shock protein, and inflammation - opportunity from the midst of difficulty - : editorial

Volume 17, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1607-0658
  • E-ISSN: 2221-1268



In 1985 I was a typical 15-year-old boy, obsessed with playing soccer and trying to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. My life changed dramatically when I was told I had inflammatory bowel disease, specifically ulcerative colitis. In the same discussion I was told I would not be able to eat or drink anything for the next few weeks. What a thing to tell a teenage boy - I lost 60 pounds over the next weeks, the steroids I was on failed to slow the progression of my disease and the side-effects were maddening. This led the physicians at the community hospital I was at to throw up their hands and transfer me to the University of Chicago Hospital where I was told I was to be given total parenteral nutrition (TPN) via an intravenous line in my shoulder.

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