Crohn’s Disease

We have successfully treated many cases of Crohn’s by using the methods described below.

Normally we do a blood food allergy test and a comprehensive stool analysis (in addition to the routine lab) to determine the root cause of the problem.

Description
Crohn’s Disease is a severe form of colitis that involves chronic inflammation of any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus — although it usually occurs at the end of the ileum (where the small intestine joins the large intestine).  The cause of Crohn’s Disease is unknown but it may be a response to infectious organisms or perhaps genetic — it is now regarded as an autoimmune disease.

Chron’s Disease is also known as: Granulomatous Ileitis; IBD; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Irritable Bowel Disease; Regional Enteritis;  Regional Ileitis; Ileocolitis.

Prevalence
There appears to be an hereditary element to Crohn’s Disease. Crohn’s Disease occurs most commonly in people of Anglo-Saxon or Northern European ancestry (particularly in Jews). Most cases of Crohn’s Disease commence prior to the age of 30 (often between the ages of 14 and 24). Crohn’s Disease occurs more frequently in women than in men. Crohn’s Disease occurs at a rate of 1 to 5 persons out of every 10,000.

These Substances Alleviate the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

  • Amino Acids – Glutamine (1,000 – 4,000 mg per day) improves the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients (primarily by supporting the intestinal mucosa).  Crohn’s Disease patients are generally found to have very low Glutathione levels and some researchers speculate that supplemental Glutathione (or its precursors) may improve the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Carbohydrates – Acemannan alleviates the inflammation of digestive tract associated with Crohn’s Disease. Glucosamine alleviates the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Enzymes – Supplemental Pancreatic Enzymes are a useful treatment for Crohn’s Disease (many Crohn’s Disease patients are deficient in Pancreatic Enzymes). Superoxide Dismutase (SOD) (when administered via injection) has caused regression in Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Hormones – Supplemental Human Growth Hormone (hGH) reduces the symptoms (especially abdominal pain) of Crohn’s Disease by approximately 25%.
  • Lipids – Alpha-Linolenic Acid (LNA) helps to counteract the inflammation associated with Crohn’s Disease (LNA functions as a precursor to Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) which in turn suppresses Leukotriene B4 in the colon – excessive Leukotriene B4 production in the colon is associated with the Inflammation that occurs in the Colon during Crohn’s Disease). Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) improves the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients (primarily by reducing the endogenous production of Leukotriene B4 which is implicated in the inflammation associated with Crohn’s Disease).  Medium-Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) improve the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Microorganisms – Lactobacillus rhamnosis improves the digestive system’s immune function in Crohn’s Disease patients. Saccharomyces boulardii (SB) (500 mg per day) alleviates the diarrhea that occurs as a side effect of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Minerals – Crohn’s Disease patients commonly exhibit abnormally low selenium levels. Crohn’s Disease patients are usually found to be deficient in zinc and supplemental zinc (25 – 50 mg per day) helps to restore the integrity of the intestines in Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Vitamins – Crohn’s Disease patients are usually found to be deficient in folic acid and supplemental folic acid (800 mcg per day) helps to restore the integrity of the intestines in Crohn’s Disease patients. Crohn’s Disease patients are generally found to be deficient in Vitamin A (and supplemental Vitamin A (50,000 IU per day) may counteract this deficiency). Vitamin B12 deficiency is common in Crohn’s Disease patients – this does not imply that Vitamin B12 alleviates Crohn’s Disease but does imply that Crohn’s Disease patients may need to supplement with Vitamin B12 (administered by a physician via intramuscular injection) in order to avoid Vitamin B12 deficiency – the sole absorption site for Vitamin B12 is in the ileum (the same site that is most commonly impaired by Crohn’s Disease). Vitamin C helps to prevent Crohn’s Disease and Vitamin C deficiency is common in Crohn’s Disease patients – this does not imply that Vitamin C alleviates Crohn’s Disease but does imply that Crohn’s Disease patients may need to supplement with Vitamin C in order to avoid Vitamin C deficiency.  Vitamin D deficiency is common in Crohn’s Disease patients and supplemental Vitamin D alleviates the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.

These Foods/Herbs Alleviate Crohn’s Disease

  • Animal-Derived Supplements –Bovine cartilage may improve the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Herbs – Aloe Vera (juice consumed orally) alleviates the inflammation of the digestive tract associated with Crohn’s Disease (primarily due to the Acemannan content of aloe vera). Boswellia alleviates the symptoms and inflammation associated with Crohn’s Disease (more effectively than many pharmaceutical drugs). Cat’s Claw alleviates Crohn’s Disease (according to anecdotal reports). Chaparral may be useful for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease (due to its ability to inhibit the excessive production of (pro-inflammatory) Leukotriene B4 that occurs during Crohn’s Disease).  Ginger may be useful for the treatment of Crohn’s Disease (due to its ability to inhibit the excessive production of (pro-inflammatory) Leukotriene B4 that occurs during Crohn’s Disease). Venus Flytrap (extract) is claimed to alleviate Crohn’s Disease.
  • Oils (dietary oils) – fish oils reduce the rate of relapses in Crohn’s Disease patients (due to the anti-inflammatory effects of the Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) content of Fish Oils).
  • Yeasts – Saccharomyces boulardii (750 – 2,000 mg per day) helps to prevent the (chronic) diarrhea that affects many Crohn’s Disease patients.

These Substances Can Cause Crohn’s Disease

  • Carbohydrates – excessive consumption of sucrose (in the form of refined table sugar) has been implicated as a possible cause of Crohn’s Disease, and 80% of Crohn’s Disease patients who adopt a sucrose-free diet achieve an improvement in symptoms after 18 months.
  • Immune System Chemicals – Immune Complexes (formed by the combination of antigens with specific antibodies) are strongly speculated to initiate the autoimmune reactions that are implicated in Crohn’s Disease.
  • Lipids – excessive production of Leukotriene B4 is implicated in the inflammation that occurs in Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Microorganisms – mycobacterium paratuberculosis is strongly suspected of causing Crohn’s Disease in persons susceptible to Crohn’s Disease.
  • Pharmaceutical Drugs – it has been speculated that excessive use of pharmaceutical antibiotics may be an underlying cause of Crohn’s Disease. Synthetic Estrogens (e.g. those utilized in Oral Contraceptives) increase the risk of developing Crohn’s Disease; women who use the Oral Contraceptive Pill have 2.6 times the risk for developing Crohn’s Disease.

These Foods May Exacerbate Crohn’s Disease

  • Dairy Products – dairy products exacerbate the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease in many (20% to 50% of) Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Grains – wheat exacerbates the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease in many (approximately 70% of) Crohn’s Disease patients.
  • Yeasts – baker’s yeast exacerbates the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease.

These Ailments Can Cause/Exacerbate Crohn’s Disease

  • Digestive System – intestinal permeability may be an underlying cause of Crohn’s Disease (most Crohn’s Disease patients are found to have intestinal permeability).
  • Immune System – food allergies can exacerbate the condition of Crohn’s Disease patients – removing the offending foods can result in the remission of some Crohn’s Disease symptoms. Excessive activity of TH1 Helper T-Cells (known as TH1 Helper T-Cells Dominance) may be an underlying cause of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Metabolism – Free radicals & oxidative stress have been implicated as a cause of Crohn’s Disease.

Crohn’s Disease Can Cause these Ailments (Symptoms)

  • Cardiovascular System – anemia can occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Digestive System – (painful) diarrhea can occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease. Indigestion can occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease. Intestinal cramps (including severe abdominal pain) can occur as a symptom of Crohn’s Disease. Malabsorption of nutrients can also occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Immune System – people who have had Crohn’s Disease for ten years or more have an increased risk of colon cancer. Fever can occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Metabolism – Crohn’s Disease often causes a loss of weight (cachexia) and fatigue.
  • Musculoskeletal System – abscesses can occur as a result of Crohn’s Disease.
  • Nervous System – Crohn’s Disease often causes loss of appetite and pain.

Diagnosing Crohn’s Disease
The usual method that physicians use to correctly diagnose Crohn’s Disease is a Barium swallow or Barium enema. Other methods that are employed to correctly diagnose Crohn’s Disease include:

– Sigmoidoscopy
– Colonoscopy (including tissue biopsy)
– X-rays of the large intestine and small intestine

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