By David Brinn Rani Polak I could not decide between a career in the kitchen or medicine. So he decided to combine them. Student in his fourth and final year of the school of medicine Hadassah from the Hebrew University, Israel in 33 years, is also a Cordon Bleu chef. And this year merged their two interests as one of their gourmet sauces developed a cooking workshop for patients suffering from diseases connected with inflammation of intestines, which must conform to a strict diet low in fiber. Due to this singular project, Polak was awarded the Kaye innovation award during the 68th meeting of the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem conducted earlier this month. About 1.4 million Americans suffer from diseases connected with intestinal inflammation such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis – the two most common forms of these ailments and some 150,000 Americans are diagnosed each year.
In both diseases, the cover of the digestive tract becomes inflamed causing attacks of diarrhea and pain abdominal. Crohn’s disease can occur in any part of the digestive tract, often extending through the layers of the affected tissue. Ulcerative colitis, however, affects only, usually cover innermost (mucosal) of the large intestine (colon) and rectum. Polak said ISRAEL 21 that his interest in the topic derives from a class given by Prof. were Goldin, head of the Department of Gastroenterology of the Hadassah attended last year on the topic of diseases connected with intestinal inflammation.
Goldin, also spoke about the recent opening of the Centre for diseases connected with Intestinal inflammation in the Hadassah, who also ran. The topic intrigued me, and Goldin told us that the Center was not, only, open to doctors but to all kinds of audiences such as psychologists, art therapists and other forms of therapies, said Polak. According to Goldin, the most effective way of treating patients suffering from these diseases is through of a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses not only the physical aspects of the disease, but also the social and psychological needs of the patient.