Kent & Sussex Courier
- Reporter Nick Hitchens.
AUTHOR TELLS CROHN'S TALE ... Date : 27.06.08
A Wadhurst couple's fight against a debilitating disease is to be chronicled in a new book.
The book, to be published in the autumn, will be a biography of Crohn's Disease campaigner Tim Page and his wife Sarah, who suffers from the bowel-related illness.
Mr Page, of Bankside, Durgates, has been at the forefront of the battle to treat Crohn's Disease, currently incurable, with alternative forms of medicine.
It is hoped the biography, by Edgar Fleming, a fellow campaigner and author, will raise awareness of the illness and encourage further donations towards a fund for research into a vaccine which could cure Crohn's Disease.
Mr Page said: "Crohn's is something no-one ever talks about in the media, yet it affects people in every European country - America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many more.
"At the end of the day my job is raising awareness that there are other ways of treating Crohn's than surgery, and raising funds for research into the vaccine."
The research is being carried out by Professor John Herman Taylor at Kings College, London. Having already collected around £2m, Mr Page predicts another £600,000 must be raised before the vaccine can start to be properly developed.
"We are hoping the vaccine will be there in early 2010. It is amazing that the professor is going to be the man who cured Crohn's."
Mr Page has a website providing details of the current research, runs a helpline advising sufferers of alternative methods of treatment and works tirelessly raising the profile of the campaign, including visiting the House of Lords.
The 52 year-old has also recently branched out onto social networking websites such as Facebook and MySpace to advertise the work going on.
He first came into contact with Edgar Fleming six years ago through a mutual friend, Paul Taylor, who had helped Mrs Page's condition through the use of natural medicine.
Mr Taylor recommended the use of glyconutrients, which stimulate the immune system to fight the disease.
He also recommended the use of strong doses of aloe vera, imported from the USA, to alleviate the symptoms.
Mr Fleming, who lives in Telford, and is directly related to the famous inventor of penicillin Alexander Fleming, is a keen supporter of the use of alternative treatments for Crohn's and decided to use Tim and Sarah's struggle as an example of its success.
"I have written books before, and have supplied a smaller book, On Top of the World, about the benefits of glyconutrients, but after a chat with Tim we thought instead of doing a small book.
"I decided to go the full hog and do his biography.
"Sarah's is just a fantastic story and will highlight the success of natural medicine."