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:
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.
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.