January 23, 2017

Intestinal Fortitude: Crohn’s Courage

by Michael Tyrrell

This month’s edition of Home Cures That Work is truly a labor of love…seriously… By the time you are reading this article, our beloved editor (formerly known as Cheryl Inghram) is newly married and back from her honeymoon! The former Chicago resident is now a Floridian and her new name is Cheryl Ravey. I was honored to marry Mike and Cheryl in the great state of Wisconsin on the 12th of October! All of us at Barton Publishing wish Mike and Cheryl a lifetime of love, laughter and divine health.

Like a successful marriage maintaining, a healthy lifestyle is a serious commitment. Keeping our resolutions, or vows, will determine the results! In our microwave culture, we want instant “just add water” results, but the truth is every great accomplishment is the fruit of hard work and longsuffering.

I belong to a couple of local gyms and I am amazed at the number of members that psychologically sabotage themselves every time they walk through the door! Especially considering:

  • The girl who spends 30 minutes on the elliptical machine and never breaks a sweat because she is talking on her cell phone.
  • Or the guy who has been there for years, but can’t lose his gut because he spends the weekend guzzling beer and pizza
  • Or the folks that spend a fortune on the finest cardio “gadgets” or exercise apparel, yet spend most of their time in the hot tub…

The bottom line is you get out of the gym what you put into it! Case in point, the guy with the chiseled abs and bulging biceps has a grueling routine, a stringent diet, leaves his cell phone in his locker, show up to work and his sweat equity pays him huge benefits.

Believe me…there is no shortcut, magic pill or placebo mechanism that can rival consistency and commitment. No guts. No glory! And with that said, I welcome you to our topic of the month: Crohn’s disease.

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Did Crohn Discover Crohn’s?

Crohn’s disease got its name from Dr. Burrill Bernard Crohn, a gastroenterologist who is credited for isolating the disease in 1932. Crohn’s disease is said to affect between 400,000 to 600,000 people in North America alone.

As with many of the mainstream “incurable” diseases, Crohn’s is shrouded in controversy. Presumed cases date as far back as 850AD with England’s King Alfred possibly being the first recognized diagnosis of Crohn’s disease.

The truth is Dr. Crohn didn’t discover the disease. In fact, nobody really knows who discovered it but a Scottish surgeon named Kennedy Daziel gave the disease the first clear description in 1913.

Yet nearly two decades earlier, a German doctor H.A. Johne described a clinically identical disease in cattle with the same symptoms and pathology as Crohn’s. The infected cows had the identical cobblestone appearance in the intestines, microscopically showing Crohns and Johnes as a “dead ringer.”

Today, doctors are split down the middle on virtually every aspect of the disease. Some believe it is autoimmune, some don’t. The modalities for treatment are equally as nebulous and patients end up with the short end of the stick.

My heart goes out to the hundreds of thousands of people suffering with this condition everyday. On a personal level, I have met people in my travels who have lost their quality of life and are not one bit better after myriads of treatments from the western medical community…and they are still looking for answers.

My purpose for this article is to provide you with valuable information that will challenge you to look past the currently accepted theories in regards to Crohn’s disease…and to do your own research and formulate your own conclusion.

Disclaimer: I am NOT a doctor or licensed health care practitioner. I am not diagnosing or recommending a cure, but am simply offering solid research to those with ears that hear and eyes that can read between the lines of conformity.

Is Crohn’s Disease A Fact Or A Theory?

First and foremost, a theory is NOT a fact. It is a supposition or hypothesis; a starting point. A theory is merely a proposed explanation made on the basis of limited evidence for further investigation.

When referring to Crohn’s disease, Dr. Crohn himself said it was his convictions that lead to his theory of terminal ileitis.

Did you get that? His theory…NOT fact. Yet with all of the controversy, inconsistency of evidence and hearsay, Crohn’s origin and label as an incurable disease is purported as fact. And because the title “Dr.” carries so much weight in society, people readily accept their opinions as absolutes and are afraid to challenge them.

Here is my first question to ponder…

Since we KNOW that Crohn’s patients suffer from chronic, often bloody diarrhea, why would doctor’s #1 choice of medication be…wait for it…prednisone?

  • Prednisone is a corticosteroid that has a list of nasty side effects like bloating, edema and…here’s a beauty… rectal bleeding and intestinal irritation!!
  • The usual protocol for Crohn’s often includes periodic courses of antibiotics, which kill unfriendly, as well as, friendly bacteria.
  • And then after that the patient tells the doctor they still don’t feel any better.
  • Usually 2 weeks to a month later, doctors prescribe another stronger corticosteroid…
  • And are told they will have to take them for the rest of their life.
  • But, here’s the worst part…eventually they recommend surgery. More and more of the patient’s intestine are removed until there is nothing left to cut.
  • Then…you guessed it… a colostomy bag!

If this is “practicing medicine,” then are you comfortable with being a practice dummy?

As long as a disease is considered incurable, these arcane and often barbaric treatment regimens are viewed as “helpful.” However, they offer the patient nothing more than a glimmer of hope… a temporary bandage with an inevitable conclusion: the removal of a large part of the intestine and the financial burden that accompanies the surgeries.

Here’s the next question…

If someone who was clinically diagnosed with terminal ileitis or Crohn’s disease and was completely healed using only “natural” supplements, then would the medical and pharmaceutical industry be pleased?

Enter a young man named Jordan Rubin diagnosed with a terminal case of Crohn’s disease at 19 years of age. (1) Jordan’s before and after pictures along with his blood tests and documented healing from Crohn’s by 100% natural means has caused a tsunami in the medical and pharmaceutical community.

Why would the FDA, AMA, doctors and pharmaceutical companies, which purportedly exist to heal the sick, not rejoice after seeing the cold hard medical facts that a young man was healed from Crohn’s disease using only natural means?

Remember, I am not going to give my opinion. I am merely asking you questions that will require you to do your own research to formulate the answers. Watch the following video on YouTube to learn more about Jordan Rubin’s amazing healing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VbqowMKM2A

I have met Jordan Rubin in person and all I can say is that he is an amazing Christian man who is completely healed from Crohn’s disease!

Remember, a man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.

What is MAP?

MAP, or mycobacterium paratuberculosis, is a parasite present in Crohn’s disease sufferers. Here’s the interesting part… it does not naturally occur in humans. It is an animal parasite!

So, you are probably asking yourself, “Hmm…I wonder how it gets into humans?” The number one answer…MILK! Specifically, cow’s milk!

Come on, Michael! Good ‘ole cows milk is part of Americana! Remember, the “Milkman” and “Elsie, the Cow?” I sure do and had I known then what I know now, I wouldn’t have touched the stuff with a ten-foot pole!!!

Remember earlier I mentioned a doctor named H.A. Johne who discovered a disease in cattle that was identical to Crohn’s? Mycobacterium paratuberculosis was evident in 100% of the cattle diagnosed with Johne’s disease. It is a fact that the bacteria mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis is often found in milk!

Got Milk? Maybe you should reconsider…

So, here’s another question. Who came up with the idea that drinking the milk of a mammal with totally different DNA then that of a human would be beneficial to our health?

Fact… every species of mammal, with the exception of humans, consume milk in the infant stage. We are then weaned and do not drink milk again because all of the immune building colostrum and nutrients necessary for a healthy life are assimilated during that breast feeding period.

Are animals more intelligent than humans? Only animals drink the milk from their mother… Humans often “opt out” of breastfeeding and replace the mother’s milk with cow’s milk or a man-made formula and often continue drinking cow’s milk for the rest of their lives… which is udderly ridiculous!

This is why you should reconsider milk in your cereal, with your chocolate chip cookies, chocolate cake…or at any other time.

Here are the contents of one 8 ounce glass of milk (2):

That’s right, friends! Though an 8-ounce cup of milk contains as much as 300 mgs of calcium, but not one iota of it is bio-available in the human body. In fact, it is highly acidic in our bodies and actually removes calcium (leeches) from your bones.

If you have bought into the term “lactose intolerant,” then you are half-way there. You see, it takes lactase (a lactose digesting enzyme) to digest lactose (milk sugar). The problem is the only time you have enough of this enzyme present is during infancy, hence, the reason for weaning!

Without the enzyme lactase, ingested lactose goes right to the intestines and ferments causing gas, lactic acid build up… a perfect environment for parasites.

Remember, the only way a human can become infected by MAP, mycobacterium paratuberculosis, is by ingesting it predominantly through cow’s milk. I personally don’t care what any scientist, biologist, doctor or dairy farmer says…Cow’s milk, complete with bovine growth hormones, pus, blood, antibiotics, bacteria, and viruses, do not belong in your body…period!

An “organic” cow is still…a cow.

Big Dairy, Big Trouble?

Because it is an American staple, you would probably laugh at me if I suggested that the Dairy Lobby was bigger and more protected than Big Sugar or Big Tobacco.

So, I will just share a few pieces of information and you can be the judge.

Originally, Louis Pasteur’s “pasteurization” process was thought of as a way to make milk safe. But, there was a lovely side effect… significantly longer shelf life and the ability to mass-produce the milk.

The positive side of pasteurization was that prior to the process, children were dying left and right from tainted TB milk…mycobacterium was the culprit.

Originally, the pasteurization process was 144° F degrees for 30 minutes, which apparently worked as TB was wiped out and there were zero cases of children infected with Crohn’s disease in the 1940s through the 1950s.

Then, a curious thing happened. Cases of Crohn’s disease in children doubled, tripled, quadrupled until today, where it is nearly an epidemic! In fact, one in every six new cases diagnosed are under the age of twenty.

Why is Crohn’s on the rise? Crohn’s disease is most prevalent in three regions of the world. America is number one by far, followed by England and Scandinavia.

Not surprisingly, these three regions have the least stringent laws governing content and pasteurization(4)! Here is an example.

  • The U.S. allows the upper limits of “pus” cell concentration in milk, which is almost double the international standard of allowable pus cells.
  • By U.S. law, grade A milk is allowed to have over a drop of pus per 8 ounce glass of milk.
  • That is roughly 135 MILLION pus cells per glass!

Not to mention that the former pasteurization method has been changed to a commercial “flash” HTST (high temperature short time) method, which is 161° F degrees for 15 seconds! And it should be no surprise to you that HTST does NOT kill mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis, a very hearty bacterium second only to prions which cause mad cow disease.

Another alarming fact is milk is NOT checked prior to pasteurization to see if it is “clean” enough to pasteurize. Perhaps the money made by the industry by using 15-second pasteurization methods is more important to them than your family’s health and safety?

If mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis could be the cause of Crohn’s disease and HTST pasteurization doesn’t kill it, then why would anyone take a chance when an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure?

Is all of this just another conspiracy theory? You decide!

Notice the question that is always asked is, “Which is better for you, pasteurized or whole milk?”

I have a better one “Why would a human drink cow’s milk?”

I am looking at a milk advertisement that reads, “Natures Pure Food.” I guess that’s true, if you’re a cow(3)!

Milk it for all its worth

A book could (and should) be written on this topic, but the truth is that it would be lampooned by doctors, criticized by scientists, attacked by pharmaceutical companies, investigated by the government and hated by the dairy farmer! That’s why I wrote an article full of questions for the reader to answer on his or her own after researching the above facts, as well as the myriads of additional information available to the public.

There is a good reason I titled this piece, Intestinal Fortitude for it will take all you can muster to beat Crohn’s disease. It is my prayer that once you read the following definition you will let nothing, or no one, get in the way of the truth…

As long as there is a God in heaven, there is no such thing as an incurable disease and if you don’t give up I am convinced that you, dear reader, will find it.

Until next month,


Definition of Intestinal Fortitude: Courage, also known as bravery, fortitude, will and intrepidity, the ability to confront fear, pain, risk, danger, uncertainty or intimidation or in other words…Guts!

Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Michael Tyrrell
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Michael Tyrrell, www.michaeltyrrell.com is the founder of the Network Center Inc., a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2001 which works as an advisory agency to local churches, faith-based ministries, Para-church ministries, schools, home fellowships and music ministries in connection with their outreach ministries or missions based activities.  Michael has been committed to training their key leaders and members to deliver the message of their Christian faith in order to reach the lost, the disenfranchised, the sick and the hurting through the organic roots of the Christian faith and other areas as needs arise.  Michael has been in full time ministry for the last 27 years and is a writer music producer and well known musician. http://michaeltyrrell.com


(1) http://www.crohns.net/Miva/education/articles/HSO_PrimDef.shtml
(2) http://foodmatters.tv/articles-1/how-many-pus-cells-are-in-your-milk
(3) http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/04/15/inhumane-treatment-on-dairy-cows.aspx
(4) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Somatic_cell_count

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