Interview with Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D. author of The Prevention of Crohn's Disease


Inside the Book:

The Prevention of Crohn's Disease
Title: The Prevention of Crohn's Disease 
Author: Gilles R.G. Monif, M.D. 
Publisher: AuthorHouse 
Genre: Health 
Format: Ebook

Prior to 1936, Crohn’s disease was a rare and unrecognized disease entity. Today, the United States is the midst of a rapidly growing epidemic. It is estimated that between 800,000 and 1.2 million citizens are currently afflicted. The unanswered question is WHY? In the 1990s, circumstantial scientific data inferred a potential causal relationship between Crohn’s disease in humans and mycobacterial pathogen in domestic animals, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). When it was documented that MAP survived pasteurization and was potentially present in milk, infant formula, and powdered milk, a global precautionary alarm button should have been pushed by those who govern in the public trust.

PREVENTION OF CROHN’S DISEASE describes MAP’s journey across the zoonotic bridge between animals and humans and the unique circumstances by which it allegedly produces disease.

The Prevention of Crohn's Disease is available for order at

Can you please tell us about you book and why you wrote it?

The title per se is a misnomer. Telling how to abort the current Crohn’s disease epidemic is but the icing on a darker story. The book is about discovering why a new disease suddenly appeared and then grew into a global epidemic affecting millions of individuals. Embedded in book is how, when confronted with an apparent hazard to the public welfare, agencies within the federal government acted contrary to the mandate of the Congress and protect agribusiness from possible economic disruption of their commerce rather than seeking answers that would achieve nearly the same end. Being actively engaged in research involving the presumed etiological agent, the book is autobiographical, yet tells the story of others who fought in order that an inconvenient truth be told.
The answer as to why has two parts: 1) having known individuals whose lives and careers were radically altered by Crohn’s disease (Crohn’s disease is a destroyer of lives) and 2) being a Trekkie in quest of why the sudden emergence of this new disease and why it had attain epidemic proportions on a global scale.

What were some of the biggest challenges you faced writing it?

My “displeasure” that economics triumphs over the public welfare and dealing with vested third parties that “sinned by silence” in the face of destructive “collateral damage.”

Do you plan subsequent books?

Probably. A non-scientific book entitled Roots in the Circles was also published in 2015. 

When did you begin writing?

During my medical internship. The dairy kept became the basis for my first nonscientific book, Bellevue Diary.

What is your greatest strength as an author?

Concern for the subject matter.

Did writing this book teach you anything.

Those Third Parties can apparently exercise policy that runs contrary to the public welfare with impunity.

Meet the Author:

Gilles R. G. Monif, M.D. has served as Special Interest Consultant for Infectious Diseases to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. A world recognized leader in infectious diseases that affect women and their unborn infants, he co-founded the Infectious Disease Society for Obstetrics and Gynecology. His text book Infectious Diseases in Obstetrics and Gynecology, currently in its sixth edition, is the standing reference text for the discipline.

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