Crohn’s Disease- Is There Hope For A Cure?

We’ve been hearing more and more about Crohn’s disease and wondered if there is help for those who suffer and are in such terrible pain from it, so we’re reaching out…

A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia.

Crohn’s disease

Inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn’s disease; Regional enteritis; Ileitis; Granulomatous ileocolitis; IBD- Crohn’s disease

Crohn’s disease is a disease where parts of the digestive tract become inflamed.

  • It most often involves the lower end of the small intestines and the beginning of the large intestine.
  • It may also occur any part of the digestive system from the mouth to the end of the rectum (anus).

Crohn’s disease is a form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Ulcerative colitis is a related condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease

Causes

The exact cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown. It occurs when your body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue (autoimmune disorder).

When parts of the digestive tract remain swollen or inflamed,  the walls of the intestines become thickened.

Factors that may play a role in Crohn’s disease include:

  • Your genes and family history (People of Jewish descent are at higher risk.)
  • Environmental factors
  • Tendency of your body to over-react to normal bacteria in the intestines
  • Smoking

Crohn’s disease may occur at any age. It most often occurs in people between ages 15 – 35.

Now that we know pretty much what it is, what do some of the people we trust say about it?

From LIVESTRONG.com…

Herbal Remedies for Crohn’s Disease

By Sarah Terry
Herbal Remedies for Crohn's Disease
Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects that can help to treat Crohn’s disease. 
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the small intestine and colon, typically causing bloody stools, diarrhea, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and malnutrition. Crohn’s is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that often causes ulcers, intestinal obstructions and other serious ailments of the intestinal tract. Although no cure exists for Crohn’s disease, many different medications, therapies, dietary changes and herbs can help to keep the symptoms under control, sometimes inducing long-term remission of the disease.

Boswellia

Boswellia is a medicinal herb with anti-inflammatory effects that can help to treat Crohn’s disease. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center points out an eight-week-long double-blind clinical trial of people with Crohn’s disease that compared taking a boswellia standardized extract with taking the prescription drug mesalazine. The study participants who took boswellia reported the same reduction in Crohn’s disease severity as those taking the prescription medication. Other small medical studies have shown boswellia’s ability to help in treating Crohn’s disease, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC). UMMC recommends taking 1,200 mg of boswellia standardized extract three times daily for up to eight weeks to treat Crohn’s disease.

From Natural News…

Beat Crohn’s disease naturally

By: Dr. David Jockers
Crohn`s disease is an inflammatory disease of the intestines that can affect any part of the digestive system from mouth to anus. It primarily causes abdominal pain and diarrhea (which may be bloody if inflammation is at its worst). This syndrome may also cause complications outside the gastrointestinal tract such as arthritis, eczema, fatigue and lack of concentration. Natural lifestyle solutions exist for preventing and reversing this crippling disease.Crohn`s disease is considered an auto-immune disease where the body`s immune system attacks the tissues of the digestive system. Environmental factors play a large role as evidenced by a higher incidence of the disease in western industrialized nations compared to other parts of the world.The immune system is characterized by 2 major regions: Innate immunity and adaptive immunity. Innate immunity provides immediate defense against pathogens and is characterized by t-cell formation. Adaptive immunity is considered a `learned immunity` and is what provides long-lasting immune defense through antibody formation. Researchers have shown that Crohn`s is an innate immune deficiency. Chronic inflammation with this disorder is caused by the adaptive immunity trying to compensate for the reduced function of the innate immune system.

Crohn`s disease appears to be associated with anti-yeast antibodies. Mannon is a component of the yeast organism`s cell wall. Individuals with Crohn`s tend to have lower levels of lectin binding proteins that bind mannan and help expel it from the body. Due to the lowered lectin levels and the insufficient innate immune system, individuals with Crohn`s very often develop anti-yeast antibodies. This overproduction of anti-yeast antibodies triggers an inflammatory response that damages the gut lining.

Individuals with Crohn`s disease should avoid all yeast products and other common allergens. The most common food allergens to avoid include gluten containing grains such as wheat, barley, rye, oats, kamut, & spelt. Soy products, different nuts (such as peanuts), eggs, and heavy proteins are often not tolerated well. Some individuals struggle with nightshade vegetables such as eggplant, tomatoes, & potatoes.

An anti-inflammatory diet and lifestyle are critical for full recovery from this condition. Anti-inflammatory foods help to modulate the immune system and give it a more accurate pair of eyes so as to not over-inflame when stimulated. To effectively de-inflame it is key to completely avoid man-made foods, sugars, and food allergens as listed above. The long chain omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA powerfully de-inflame the body by restoring natural balance to the lipid wall of the cell membrane.

Other great anti-inflammatory foods include coconut products, berries, and non-denatured, whey protein from grass-fed cows and goats. This protein source is also loaded with L-glutamine and enhances cellular glutathione stores which are both necessary for rebuilding the gut and de-inflaming the body. Anti-inflammatory herbs such as turmeric, ginger, boswellia, cinnamon, rosemary, & oregano among others should be used as much as possible.

Dysbiosis is a common feature in individuals with auto-immune disease. Naturally fermented foods such as red cabbage sauerkraut, kimchi, & coconut kefir are phenomenal foods for restoring healthy gut bacteria. Additionally, a high quality probiotic supplement with 50+ billion microorganisms should be consumed regularly.

A balanced immune response in the body is also dependent upon healthy vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps the body recognize between foreign and self proteins. This reduces inflammation and auto-immune reactions. Healthy Vitamin D levels also stimulate natural Killer cells and macrophages that destroy antagonistic microbes & other pathogens. Healthy Vitamin D3 levels should be between 60-100 ng/ml. Be sure to get tested and supplement if necessary.

After reading some of these articles, we believe that the key to ridding the body of Crohn’s is to follow the suggestions we lay out in our EAT HEALTHY! page. If you do that and still have a problem, then re-read the information given by Dr. David Jockers in the above article. We wish you well, but just remember- if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got. Change comes when we are willing to make a change within ourselves.

TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH!

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