What is Crohn's disease?
Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that causes
inflammation or ulceration of the digestive tract. It can affect any part of
your digestive tract, but it is most common in the last part of the small
intestine (ileum) and the large intestine (colon).
Crohn's disease affects the deepest layers of the lining of the digestive
tract, causing deep sores called ulcers.
and ulcerative colitis (which affects the colon and rectum) are the most
common types of inflammatory bowel disease, with ulcerative colitis being
What causes Crohn's disease?
The cause of
Crohn's disease is not known. It sometimes runs in families, suggesting a
genetic link. The immune system may overreact to normal intestinal bacteria
and cause inflammation. Disease-causing bacteria and viruses also may play a
role in triggering the condition, and smoking increases the risk of Crohn's
researchers think environmental factors play a role in causing Crohn's
What are the symptoms?
symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain, rectal bleeding, and
diarrhea. Constipation, fever, and loss of appetite may also occur.
also may cause:
Sores in the mouth.
Nutritional deficiencies, such
as lowered levels of vitamin B12, folic acid, iron, and
fat-soluble vitamins, because the intestines may not be able to absorb
nutrients from food.
Anal tears (fissures) or
openings (fistulas), abscesses, or skin tags that may resemble hemorrhoids.
Joint aches and fatigue.
complications develop elsewhere in the body (systemic), including the eyes,
liver, blood, and bones. These systemic symptoms suggest immune system
Crohn's disease diagnosed?
disease is diagnosed through a medical history and physical exam, imaging
tests to look at the intestines, and laboratory tests.
disease can be difficult to diagnose. Early symptoms, or its only symptoms,
may consist of joint aches and a general feeling of fatigue. The condition
may go undiagnosed for years because symptoms usually develop gradually.
Tests that may be
done to diagnose Crohn's disease include:
Barium X-rays of the small
intestine or colon, in which a white liquid is used to coat the inside of
the intestine so that it can be seen more clearly on an X-ray.
Colonoscopy or flexible
sigmoidoscopy, in which a lighted viewing instrument is used to examine the
inside of the colon.
Biopsy, in which tissue is
taken from the affected area and tested to distinguish between Crohn's
disease and other conditions such as cancer.
Stool analysis to look for
blood and signs of infection.
How is it
medical sickness community,
Crohn's disease can usually be controlled with medications that reduce
inflammation and cure infection, keeping the disease from producing symptoms
(known as being in remission). However, while it can be managed, Crohn's
disease cannot be cured.
of Crohn's disease may be treated with anti-diarrheal medications. Talk with
your health professional before taking them, though, because they may cause
side effects. Prescription medications also may be used to treat mild
symptoms and keep Crohn's disease in remission.
symptoms may require treatment with one or more prescription medications.
The first type of encouragement the wellness industry believes you get from
the medical community is when they say “You may also need to follow a
special diet if you are not able to absorb nutrients properly”.
symptoms are severe or do not get better with initial medications, you may
need more aggressive treatment with intravenous (IV) medications and
possibly surgery. Surgery is usually done only when severe symptoms don't
respond to medication or when complications develop, such as bleeding or
developing a blockage (obstruction) in the intestine. Crohn's disease tends
to come back after surgery.
wellness community, wellness industry,
Crohn's disease is relieved (because we can’t treat any disease) with
nutritional supplements and diet is very important.
In many ways the
best treatment for Crohn’s disease is diet and supplements. This can lead to
long remissions without the risk of the side effects produced by so many
drugs and may reduce the need for surgery. The diet varies from one Client
to another and must be tailored to each individual carefully utilizing
biofeedback to identify food triggers. Food triggers not only trigger sugar
to increase in the body but the elevated sugar may also play a role in
How do diets work?
Food residues, which
have not been digested and absorbed in the small intestine, pass down into
the lower bowel and are fermented by the bacteria that live there. It is
believed that an immune reaction against the bacteria living in the bowel is
a very important factor in the cause of Crohn’s disease and that the
activity of these bacteria can be modulated by diet. Diet does not work in
Ulcerative Colitis, probably because the bacteria involved rely not on food
residues but on substances, which naturally occur in the bowel, such as
mucus, for their energy requirements. The reaction to foods is quite
different to allergy where special antibodies are circulating in the blood.
This means that skin prick and blood tests for allergy are of no help in
deciding which foods need to be avoided.
How is a
Crohn’s diet constructed?
There are 3
stages in dietary treatment in the “wellness industry” and it may be elected
by the client when suggested by the staff.
1. The client
stops eating processed foods and is taught to eat fresh veggies pureed. Raw
foods are the basic building blocks of life, so that the nutrients are
easily available for rapid absorption in the upper small intestine, and
there is little if any residue for fermentation by gut bacteria. The simple
proteins are also pureed utilizing canola (rapeseed) oil, soybeans and
soybean oil, pumpkin seed oil, purslane, perilla seed oil, walnut oil and
flax seed oil. Proper vitamins and minerals are suggested to take twice
daily to make the meals nutritionally complete. Symptoms normally disappear
after 2-3 weeks.
2. When all symptoms have cleared normal foods utilizing veggies and protein
and no starch are reintroduced. If symptoms appear, stop one of the normal
food sources and puree that one for two weeks. Work in this manner until all
symptoms can be linked to certain foods, and; Those provoking symptoms are
3. When all foods have been reintroduced those irritating the bowel are
tried again to make certain they genuinely cause difficulties.
Supplements are high antioxidants that include acidophilus; the tissue is
measured via cold light laser for baseline and tracked by monthly
re-testing. A variety of nutrients may be suggested by the biofeedback
analysis and should be strictly followed.
Bowel Disease (IBD)
and people with Crohn's disease (CD), one form of IBD, have low levels of
omega-3 fatty acids in their bodies. Evidence suggests that long chain fatty
acid supplements containing omega-3 fatty acids may reduce symptoms of CD
and ulcerative colitis (another inflammatory bowel disease), particularly if
used in addition to proper diet.
intolerances discovered by biofeedback and clients themselves with Crohn’s
disease vary. Some have been shown to be wheat and gluten, dairy products,
maize or corn, and yeast. However, some clients may be upset by a number of
other foods particularly those that are high in fat or fibre; unlike coeliac
disease, a single diet where 97% of clinets respond to gluten free diet, a
single diet for Crohn’s disease does not exist.
client has control over the disease with diet and nutritional supplement
support. If mild relapses occur they can be controlled quickly without
medical intervention. After diets are surmised through trial and error,
Clients understand how to avoid running into difficulties at times of
holidays, celebrations and other major events when they particularly wish to
long remissions of Crohn’s disease. Once the process of food testing is
complete it is unusual for clients to relapse. After a year of successful
dietary intervention most clients remain completely well and find after 5-10
years their diet has returned to normal, the Crohn’s disease having
apparently burnt itself out completely.
Crohn's disease affect my life?
disease is a chronic condition that may flare up throughout your life. You
may have only mild symptoms or long periods without symptoms. A few people
have persistent, severe symptoms.
People who have
only mild symptoms that respond to home treatment cope well with the
disease. But for some others, Crohn's disease can be a frustrating
condition. The persistent diarrhea that often occurs may make you feel as if
your life revolves around the bathroom. You may feel isolated, be
embarrassed by the symptoms, and have a poor body image. These feelings may
keep you from participating in work, social, and sexual activities.
people with the condition live high-quality, productive lives using
medications to control inflammation and treat symptoms.
disease can cause stress, which in turn may affect the course of the
disease. Help is available if you are struggling with the condition. Seek
support from family, friends, clergy, or a professional counselor. Exercise
and A strong social network may reduce stress and make the disease less
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