If you’re reading this, you’re looking for answers about Crohn’s disease. You have been told that there is no real reason for it; consequently there is no cure. The only option left to you is treatment with the strong pharmaceutical drugs.
Most likely you are confused. You are afraid of pain, bloody diarrhea, fatigue, the possibility of having your colon removed, cancer and side effects of the medications you are taking. In the jungle of the Internet, thousands of websites promise and sell miracle cures. The situation with Crohn’s disease is extremely complicated. Even medical authorities in the field write, “Seventy-five years after Crohn’s characterization as a unique entity, we are still groping in the dark.”
Let me share some ideas about causes and possible non-drug treatments for this disease. All I am telling you is information from statistical and medical literature, the practice of doctors from other countries and my own 40 years of experience with Crohn’s disease. Yes, we do not know what is the true cause of this disease, but some facts can shed light on this issue.
All medical statistics show the growth of autoimmune diseases including Crohn’s disease during the last 60 years mainly in North America, Europe, New Zealand and much less in Southeast Asia, South America. We can’t blame genes; they cannot change in 60 years. Some scholars consider Crohn’s disease a disease of the rich and associate Crohn’s disease with Westernization.
You were told Crohn’s is an inherited disease, so you had no chance of escaping it. The significant role of genetics is only 15%. I personally believe in lifestyle inheritance where from generation to generation people have cesareans, only formula and eat unhealthy foods, drink alcohol, smoke, have the same vaccinations and infections, take antibiotics, NSAIDs and live or work in the toxic environment etc.
No wonder, lifestyle inheritance is responsible for many disorders, and medical articles and books back it up. Therefore, 85% of harmful environmental factors play a role in the development of autoimmune diseases, which have been on the rise over the past 60 years.
They have been told that Crohn’s disease is an autoimmune disease where the immune system reacts like crazy by attacking the person’s own tissues. Normally, the immune system is designed to protect people from invaders such as harmful microorganisms and toxic substances.
There are three common immune system disorders. The immune system can be weakened after viral, bacterial or parasitic infections, chemotherapy, immunosuppressive drugs, radiation, stress, AIDS, heavy metal toxicity, low adrenal and thyroid levels, etc. Second, the immune system can work particularly hard. We can see it in many allergic diseases, food and chemical intolerance, vaccinations, chronic infections, etc. All of these factors can trigger an abnormal immune response in predisposed individuals.
Unfortunately, there are no specific tests for Crohn’s disease; therefore, alternative diagnoses must be ruled out, such as B. Gut Infections and Parasites, Post Antibiotic Diarrhea, Clostridium difficile Diarrhea, Celiac Disease, Lactose Intolerance, Worsening Irritable Bowel Syndrome-IBS, Diverticulitis, NSAID Side Effects, Candida Yeast Overgrowth, Small Gut Bacterial Overgrowth-SIBO, Colon Cancer and more.
I have been helping patients with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease for many years and I firmly believe that the solution to treating autoimmune diseases is to treat digestion, dysbiosis (Candida yeast overgrowth, Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth – SIBO) and Chronic Acidosis at the same time control body.
The key to healthy digestion is healthy pancreatic function and the right balance of friendly gut flora. Unfortunately, the modern man’s beneficial gut flora is diminished and altered. If the baby has not received mother-friendly intestinal flora through natural birth and breast milk or the infant receives numerous courses of antibiotics from the first year of life, the beneficial intestinal flora is replaced by yeasts, harmful bacteria and parasites.
These nasty invaders irritate and inflame the walls of the small intestine, creating a porous, leaky gut, fermenting undigested food and producing large numbers of toxins. This can put an enormous strain on the immune system with its overload, which manifests itself in allergic reactions and allergic diseases. In Crohn’s disease there is always an allergy; it is a leading player in all autoimmune diseases.
Modern diets with unhealthy eating habits, consumption of chemically modifying “dead” foods, sugar, white flour, bad fats and oils, processed cow’s milk can deplete the pancreas’ function. The pancreas needs to produce more pancreatic digestive enzymes to digest “dead” food without natural digestive enzymes. Improperly digested food enters the bloodstream through the porous, leaky gut, causing an additional horrible overload on the immune system.
Furthermore, wheat and milk were not introduced into the human diet until 10,000 years ago. From that time on, the digestive systems did not adapt well to lectins; Proteins in grains and beans (for example gluten) or casein (protein in cow’s milk). Poorly digested lectins enter the blood system through the porous, leaky gut wall and attach to body tissues, mimicking healthy cells. A confused immune system also destroys the healthy intestinal cells by attacking the lectins. Many scientists believe it may be a key mechanism to trigger “crazy” immune responses, particularly in predisposed individuals.
There is also some evidence that Crohn’s disease is an infection, and Mycobacterium avium, which causes cow tuberculosis, may play a role in the development of Crohn’s disease.
The question arises. Can alternative medicine methods help? My answer is yes, because these methods not only focus on aggressive immune responses and inflammation, but also on possible causes, consequences and treatments. Many of these methods are proven, scientifically and clinically sound. Some are commonly used by doctors in other countries. They are:
1. Strictly no lectins, anti-candida, separate and alkaline-forming nutrition
2. Drinking healing mineral water made from genuine Karlovy Vary thermal salt
3. Super strains, bile-resistant probiotics
4. Herbal Formulas, Herbal Extracts and Teas
5. High quality and effective variety of dietary supplements such as minerals, trace elements, vitamins, amino and essential fatty acids, various dietary supplements to support immunity, reduce pain and scarring, fight Candida yeast, bacterial and parasitic growth, heal intestinal mucosa and progenitors the neurotransmitter
6. Acupuncture: Chinese body, Japanese scalp, Russian earlobe, Korean wrist-foot, cupping, electro-acupuncture
7. Medical hypnosis, deep relaxation, custom self hypnosis CD, etc
Some of these healing methods are virtually unknown in the United States. For example, one of the unknown methods is drinking healing mineral water for ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease. For more than 500 years, European doctors have been sending their patients with chronic diarrhea or bloody diarrhea to the small Czech town of Karlovy Vary to drink healing mineral water from the thermal spring.
Since the mineral content of this water is an important therapeutic component, Czech doctors suggested making the real Karlovy Vary thermal salt. By dissolving this salt in water, anyone can make healing mineral water at home. Thanks to scientific research, Karlovy Vary mineral water heals
• Normalizes the acid-base balance
• Improves liver and pancreas function
• Increases the quantity and quality of pancreatic digestive enzymes
• Promotes the growth of friendly intestinal flora
• Heals damaged intestinal walls, reduces inflammation
• Restoring the balance of water, essential minerals and trace elements
Almost all patients with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease are aware of probiotics and may already be taking them. On the other hand, not too many people realize that mixing probiotics with antibiotics, immunosuppressants, and steroids either doesn’t work or can pose a potential risk.
We can make the gastrointestinal tract analogy with garden. It is difficult or impossible to grow roses when the garden is infested with weeds, pests, rodents and chemicals and the soil is depleted and deficient. The roses themselves must also be of acceptable quality. Nobody can improve the condition of the garden without the help of a qualified professional. Restoring friendly gut flora is vital, but not a quick fix and self-treatment.
Based on clinical studies and my experience, achieving stable remission without restoring normal pancreatic function is impractical. Poor pancreatic function, low quantity and poor quality of pancreatic digestive enzymes aggravate all autoimmune diseases; I explained that in my eBook. Chronic bloody diarrhea has afflicted mankind for millennia. Therefore, some time ago, the ancient doctors faced this problem and gained experience in treating chronic diarrhea, mainly through healing foods, herbs and acupuncture.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are thus the result of a multifactor interaction between genetic, immune, environmental, digestive, infectious and possible medical triggers. If I accept that, I don’t believe in the panacea or miracle in this case. Only the hard work and cooperation between the patient, their friends, relatives, PCP and knowledgeable licensed physicians can lead the patient to stable remission. For people with ulcerative colitis or Crohn’s disease, an individually tailored, simultaneous combination of natural, holistic, non-drug methods of alternative medicine can be very beneficial.
The aim is to improve the function of the pancreas and the overall digestion, restore the friendly intestinal flora and normalize the acid-base balance, regulate the immune response and inflammation and compensate for deficiency symptoms.
Hurry doesn’t help. Stopping medication abruptly can cause a rebound effect, which can make the situation worse. After helping to achieve clinical remission, the patient and their doctor make a decision about safely stopping the medication, followed by overlapping with more non-drug methods.
The information contained herein is for educational and informational purposes only. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information is not to be used to replace the services or direction of a physician or qualified health practitioner.
Thanks to Peter Melamed Ph.D.