Re: smoking and uc
I've had similar experiences--at least with smoking and transdermal nicotine patches. A great deal of research supports the use of nicotine to bring ulcerative colitis into remission, and I've written quite a bit about this in my book: "A Journey to Health: Overcoming Inflammatory Bowel Disease." I now smoke a pipe with organic tobacco and that helps keep my symptoms under control--you don't inhale a pipe so it's not nearly as bad for you as smoking cigarettes although it's not healthy either. I have some success with the patches but not consistently.