Alan Schachter passed away Sunday, July 8th, 2012 while bike riding and suffering a massive heart attack.
He was a dedicated parent and citizen researcher because one of his three daughters has Crohn’s disease. He did an astounding amount of research to find the safest and most effective treatment approaches for his daughter. He spent time and money to learn from nutritional experts like Robb Wolf and Matt LaLonde of the Paleo community.
I am so saddened to lose someone who I turned to for the latest info on alternative treatments and someone who understood my treatment goals.
What he learned, he willingly shared with anyone who was willing to listen. He and I met in person in December of 2010. We talked for at least two hours about his research and his daughter’s struggle with Crohn’s. Over the past year and a half, he and I talked a lot via email and Facebook messages. He was always sending me the latest research he read.
He also told me about his efforts to try and convince the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America that they needed to incorporate a more holistic view of the importance of using nutrition to heal and overcome from IBD.
“One of my goals is to bring this research to the CCFA and help them to change their educational programs.”
I can’t stop asking myself, “Who will carry forward Alan’s work with the CCFA?” Someone needs to convince the CCFA that their stubborn reliance on only sharing information about pharmaceutical and surgical treatment options is dangerously inadequate for the unique needs of patients with IBD.
Alan, it’s not fair. You left us too soon.