Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Chronic Inflammatory Bowel diseases (IBD)

Crohn’s  disease  and Ulcerative Colitis are classified as chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) characterized by inflammation of the digestive, or gastrointestinal (GI) tract. In fact, Crohn’s can affect any part of the GI tract, from the mouth to the anus, but it is more commonly found at the end of the small intestine (the ileum) where it joins the beginning of the large intestine (or colon).

It can also affect:

Eyes
Skin
Joints

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Crohn’s disease vs. Ulcerative Colitis

Both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC) are inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs), but there are some key differences.

Crohn’s disease

Inflammation may develop anywhere in the GI tract from the mouth to the anus
Most commonly occurs at the end of the small intestine
May appear in patches
May extend through entire thickness of bowel wall
About 67% of people in remission will have at least 1 relapse over the next 5 years

Ulcerative colitis

Limited to the large intestine (colon and rectum)
Occurs in the rectum and colon, involving a part or the entire colon
Appears in a continuous pattern
Inflammation occurs in innermost lining of the intestine
About 30% of people in remission will experience a relapse in the next year

When people come to see me with these conditions, they have already been diagnosed by conventional medicine, using colonoscopies,  blood tests and also imaging such as ultrasound. The symptoms generally centre around pain and fatigue with some having chronic bleeding episodes.

The conventional treatment is steroids and immune suppressant drugs which give moderate results. My experience is that there is an underlying bacteria overload in the gut that needs to be addressed, coupled with an inability to process foods due to a lack of digestive enzymes resulting in an irregular immune response. The conventional gastroenterologists say that food has nothing to do with the condition, but in practice, I see food as a powerful driver of inflammation.

An example of a case being a young girl came to see me diagnosed with Crohn’s and put on Imuran which is a powerful immune suppressant. She suffered with pain and extreme fatigue. Using stool analysis and organic urine testing, it was found she had extreme bad bacteria in her gut and she lacked amino acids, certain B Vitamins and couldn’t process carbohydrates very well.

She had been suffering for years and even on the drugs. We embarked on a protocol of correcting bacteria, removing offending foods, enhancing digestion and correcting deficiencies and within 6 weeks she was pain free, had more energy, enjoying foods without being irritated and felt the most mentally stable for a long time.

She is now off Imuran and her blood work shows remission from inflammation and all other parameters improved. Her treatment continues to rehabilitate the gut and constant  improvement of  the gut function, using herbal medicine, orthomolecular medicine and dietary therapy.

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The VITAL HEALTH GUT RESET program will use functional tests to find the causes of Inflammatory Bowel and healing protocols put in place to eliminate inflammation and heal the gut.