RIP Alan Schachter

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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.”

Alan Schachter April 2, 2012

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.

  • May he rest in peace. He will be missed by so many. I hope he realized how many he truly helped struggling with this disease among other autoimmune diseases.

  • I told Alan that he missed his calling as a researcher. But I actually think he fulfilled his calling…in his passion to share all that he learned with so many others. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thank you for this tribute, Reid.

  • I can see people with IBD and their families crowd funding a new and better organization. A global one.

  • Reid, it’s sad news. He shared great advice for me during the one time I met him.

    I like what Emma says. Also, the possibility of crowd sourced research & citizen science.