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Northport Crohn’s & Colitis Study Underway

Northport 2016 BWH/Harvard

Crohn’s & Colitis Study Underway

~ Still Recruiting Participants ~

 

Dr. Josh Korzenik, The Director of the Crohn’s and Colitis Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), one of the leading IBD researchers in the country, and his team have begun their second study of the health cluster of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease diagnosed in Northport residents.  Their 2011 study concluded diagnosed cases of ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease in the community was 10 to 15 times higher than national standards. This was one of the largest health clusters of these illnesses Dr. Korzenik  has ever seen.

The current study is a more in-depth epidemiological case-control study.  The focus is in finding a possible correlation of chronic exposure to specific heavy metals and ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.

The case-control study includes participants who have been diagnosed with either Crohn’s or colitis as well as participants who have not been affected.  In March I asked for volunteers for this new study. The response I received was overwhelming. I provided the full list to Dr. Korzenick, however if you volunteered and have still not heard from them please call or e-mail them at:  IBDresearch@bwh.harvard.edu  or  617-732-9173.

It is not too late to volunteer if you haven’t.  They are still recruiting participants.

The scope of this study, and the study itself, has the very likely possibility of providing groundbreaking information the scientific community is greatly lacking.

Thank you to the many past and present Northport residents who have volunteered to participate in this study.

We cannot change the past or the damage Teck’s pollution has caused, and continues to cause, to countless Northport residents. However, by participating in studies like this invaluable information on the routes and duration of exposure to specific environmental toxins have in triggering or causing these rare diseases.  This could help accomplish prevention, regulatory changes, and better treatment options and cures for Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and possibly many other autoimmune diseases.

–  Jamie Paparich

Request for Northport Resident’s Participation

If you are a current or past resident of Northport, WA and have suffered health issues, specifically:

  • Auto Immune Diseases (MS, Parkinson’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Crohn’s)
  • Cancers  (report all cancers, but specifically  Bladder, Stomach, Pancreatic, Prostate, Kidney, Brain, Breast)
  • Thyroid/Endocrine Disorders  (Hyper/Hypo Thyroidism, Enlarged Thyroid, Thyroid Cancer, Addisos Disease, etc)
  • Brain Aneurism/Tumors
  • Hearing Loss/Vertigo/ Mieners
  • Heart / Lung Issues (specifically Pulmonary Embolusim)
  • Chronic Sore Throats/Nose Bleeds

I would like to hear from you.  Many of you completed the 2009 Community Health Survey.  However, what I am looking for now is a history of your time in Northport (years lived here and where specifically). Also, illnesses you and/or your family members have been diagnosed with, struggled with, or died as a result of.  Please provide the approximate year the symptoms began.  Also, if you are comfortable, please share how these illnesses have affected you and your families lives.  And some long time residents have shared stories with me from stories they have heard from older relatives, some who even documented the results of Tecks pollution and the havoc and death the toxins causes right befor their eyes.

I am hoping to gather as many personal stories from impacted Residents to help ensure that Northport will receive the Human Health Risk Assessment promised to us for years, and also to create a book of the stories of the impacted residents using your own words, and you and yourheartbreaking sacrificesfrom these emails

Please send your e-mails to:  northportproject@hotmail.com  

They can be as short or as long as you want.

Thank you so much for everyone who takes the time to do this.

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