January 18, 2017

Healing Remedies for Crohn’s Disease

by Dr. Scott Saunders

Cynthia had come to the United States from Australia a few years prior to our meeting. She had been struggling for many years with digestive problems and was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease. Over the next several years, she had several surgeries to remove portions of her bowel, leaving her with a colostomy bag and a shortened intestine. She came in to see me because in spite of the surgeries, she still was having diarrhea, cramps, bleeding, and lots of pain. The bags on her abdomen became a mess and she needed constant help just to maintain her digestive system.

Crohn’s disease is a digestive disorder that causes erosions anywhere in the digestive tract – from the mouth to the anus. The Mayo Clinic website correctly states: “While there’s no known [medical] cure for Crohn’s disease, therapies can greatly reduce the signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease…” (1)

Crohn’s disease symptoms can be prevented or diminished with the following medical treatments:

None of these conventional medical treatments has been able to cure the digestive problem, although some can go into remission from Crohn’s disease for years. You can read about Barton Publishing’s very own Leslie Prins remission from Crohn’s disease with holistic treatment methods HERE.

Modern treatment can get to the cause of the problem.

Since we now have the ability to find the cause of illness, we can now repair the lining of the intestines with natural remedies, instead of just cutting it out, or trying to relieve the symptoms. This may require some testing by a health professional because symptom control must be tailored to the individual.

However, without knowing the exact cause, you can still treat Crohn’s without drugs. These healing remedies will include the following:

Diet

Food is the foundation of any healing treatment for Crohn’s disease. One of the mainstays of therapy in my office is to do an “elimination diet,” where all offending foods are eliminated for three weeks. The goal is to put as few demands on the digestive tract as possible.

This always excludes the following offensive foods from the diet:

  • Gluten
  • Dairy
  • Sugar
  • And anything that causes a reaction

If it is not clear which foods minimize cramps, then we may start with three weeks on a diet exclusive of all foods except beef or chicken broth and pure water. This works nine out of ten times.

nature's antibiotics

Remember:

  • No processed sugar at all
  • Very little fruit that contains sugar
  • Avoid grains, cereals, and starches
  • No alcohol
  • Drink water only. It’s best to hydrate well by drinking water with salt – add ¼ teaspoon of salt per quart of water, drink two of these per day.

Nature’s antibiotics should be used alternately, changing to a new one every week. If you find one that seems to work particularly well, it can be used for two weeks. Each should be used according to the package directions.

  • Oregano oil capsules
  • Grapefruit seed extract (GSE)
  • Pau d’Arco
  • Colloidal silver

Herbs for bowel and intestines

Herbs can be taken in teas or capsules. Each of these has been shown to relieve inflammation in the bowel. They also aid in repairing the lining of the intestines.

  • Boswellia
  • Turmeric
  • Licorice root
  • Ginseng
  • Marshmallow
  • Aloe Vera (Raw aloe vera juice works best, especially if you milk it straight from the plant)

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  • The amino acid GLUTAMINE is used to repair the lining of the intestines because these cells use it for energy, instead of sugar. Take about 5 grams twice per day on an empty stomach.
  • Digestive enzymes should be taken with meals, these often come with:
    • Betaine HCL – take 2 to 4 with meals – if you get a burning sensation, diminish it until that goes away.
  • Probiotics – try different ones on an empty stomach three times per day. Some that have more organisms are not necessarily better.

crohn's foods

Foods that fight Crohn’s:

  • Blueberries
  • Gogi berries
  • Pomegranate

Eat fresh berries because they contain nutrients that are not destroyed by processing. Cynthia found that only fresh pomegranate would relieve her symptoms. When there were no pomegranates in the store, she tried drinking pomegranate juice, but it didn’t help her at all.

All of this must be done at the same time! At first, the treatment for Crohn’s disease is a lot of change and work, but it’s DEFINITELY worth the trouble to avoid complications of this disease. You will be able to guide the therapy by your symptoms. Crohn’s disease manifests differently in each sufferer—in fact, even the individual’s Crohn’s symptoms may vary over time. You will know what works and what doesn’t so you can make changes as needed in order to heal quickly.

Some may need help from a doctor who is expert in the use of modern testing and treatment. There are several labs that can do comprehensive stool analysis to test for bacteria, parasites, yeast, inflammation, allergic reactions, and so forth. This can guide the therapy to specifically address your digestive problems.

Cynthia was able to get much better on her Crohn’s treatment, and was even able to get her colostomy taken down and have normal bowel habits. Her life is much better, however, she continues to deal with the long-term effects of having so much bowel removed, scar tissue, adhesions, and so forth.

As you can tell from Cynthia’s case, this is not a minor illness, and can have serious repercussions. It is therefore important to do this properly in order to prevent complications. You can be freed from the oppression of Crohn’s disease. Take time to heal and address all the underlying causes.

One of the concerns of Crohn’s disease is that if it goes unchecked and not kept under control, it not only can worsen in its current location, it can spread to other sites, even to other organs in the body. How do you keep Crohn’s in check? 

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Dr. Scott SaundersDr. Scott D. Saunders, M.D. (Ask-an-MD) is a practicing physician, specializing in preventative healthcare, who utilizes eclectic health care for the whole family, including conventional, orthomolecular and natural medicine. He is also the medical director of The Integrative Medical Center of Santa Barbara in Lompoc, CA. He went to UCLA medical school and is board certified in family medicine. View natural remedies with Dr. Saunders at: http://drsaundersmd.com

 

(1) http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104
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Crohn’s Disease Treatment Without Medication

by Dr. Scott Saunders, M.D.

Sally was a pretty blonde young woman from New Zealand who had been suffering with diarrhea, constipation, cramps, nausea, and blood in her stool for more than three years.  She had been to several doctors in Australia and the United States and was eventually diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.  In spite of trying every medication to stop it, it only got worse.  Eventually, she had developed all the worst complications, including abscesses and fistulas, and the surgeons had to remove several large portions of her bowel, leaving her with a colostomy bag.  She didn’t like the bag at all and was hoping for a way to re-connect her colon.

One day she was eating a pomegranate and noticed she didn’t have any pain that night.  The next day she ate another pomegranate, and, still no pain.  She decided to continue eating them.  As long as she ate one pomegranate per day, she had no symptoms of Crohn’s disease.  She was feeling normal, and was able to have her colon repaired and the bag removed.

anti inflammatory crohn's foods

One day, she went to the store and there were no pomegranates!  None of the other stores had any either.  She started getting her pain and diarrhea back.  It was miserable!  She tried the pomegranate juice in bottles, but it didn’t work at all.  She remains dependent on fresh pomegranates, when she can get them, to relieve the symptoms of her illness.

Crohn’s disease is one of the “Inflammatory Bowel Diseases” (IBD) which afflict about 1.4 million people in the United States, according to CDC estimates.  This is different from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), though they have some similar symptoms.

  • IBS is spastic and not inflammatory.
  • Crohn’s disease, however, causes ulcerations in the lining of the bowel, bloody diarrhea, obstruction, abscesses, and fistulas.  The inflammation wreaks havoc on the intestines, preventing the absorption of nutrients.  Many get deficiency diseases and even protein malnutrition.

Does surgery help?

As you can see, Crohn’s is a serious illness leading to disability and death, if not cared-for properly.  It is very unfortunate when a person must have surgery for obstruction, abscess or fistulas because the illness itself may affect the surgical site and cause worse problems.  They also develop scar tissue and adhesions (where the intestines stick from scar tissue to the wall of the abdomen) causing pain and further risk of obstruction.  For this reason, surgery is a last resort to prevent immediate death from obstruction or infection.

Are there any medications to control the symptoms?

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3 Tips for Curing Constipation

by Yuri Elkaim, BPHE, RHN

Constipation is one of the most common health complaints in our society. Constipation is completely controllable and stems from a number of factors including a poor diet (low fiber, low essential fatty acids), a lack of exercise, stress, and dehydration.

If left untreated, constipation leads to a host of other problems including parasite infestations, increased risk of colon cancer, weight gain, gut inflammation leading to leaky gut syndrome, and more.

Without regular bowel movements, we end up keeping rotting food, fecal matter, and toxins in our body where they can putrefy and create further toxic build-up inside the body. Think of like not being able to take out the trash in your home. Eventually, things would get pretty scary. Yuck!

Thus, getting regular and talking poop is serious business.

3 tips for constipationThe Low-Down on Poop

What you poop and how often you poop is the result of what you eat. The body absorbs some of your food intake and the rest is sent to the colon to be eliminated (as poop). But your body cannot optimally absorb nutrients or remove waste without a healthy functioning colon and digestive system.

A healthy colon and digestive system, including the stomach, and large and small intestines, has certain features. The first feature is the presence of happy, healthy enzymes that break down food, move it through the body, and increase the amount of nutrients absorbed. The second important feature is the lack of sticky mucus or old, rotting, unprocessed food or fecal matter.

If your intestines, stomach, and colon don’t have these two features, chances are, you will be backed up, constipated, and feeling tired and weak. Or, you might be fluctuating between constipation and diarhea, or fighting irritable bowel syndrome, or other health problems.

But what constitutes constipation? How often should you be pooping?

While everyone has a different body, with a unique physiology, it is still considered constipation if you poop less than once a day. I know that seems like a bit much. Western doctors only recommend pooping once a day to be healthy and some people even think it is fine if you go only (EEK!) three times a week.

But, as a sign of good health, you should passing healthy, non-strenuous poops at least twice, if not three times, per day. This indicates that your body is processing foods and moving them through and out of your body.

When food is moving through your body this efficiently, none of it is rotting in the colon for fungi or parasites to feed on. Food processed this quickly also is not irritating the intestinal walls, causing food to leak into the blood, and creating toxicity in a process called leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut syndrome is a major health concern and may even be linked to lupus, asthma, and other allergic reactions.

So with that foundation, let’s look at 3 ways to cure constipation once and for all. You might actually be surprised at how simple it is.

Drink More Water, Eat More Fibre, and Lubricate Your Gut

For your bowels to function properly, they need 3 specific nutrients – water, fiber, and essential fatty acids.

Water is necessary to move waste through your colon in much the same way that a water slide shoots kids from top to bottom. No water, very little flow.

Fiber is necessary as it provides bulk to your stool, while absorbing toxins and cholesterol to be eliminated. Fiber intake increases your body’s need for water. The easiest way to ensure these 2 nutrients are balanced is by eating more fresh food like fruits and vegetables. These uncooked plant foods have high amounts of fiber and water, which would otherwise be minimized and lost, respectively, when cooked.

Finally, to lubricate the lining of your gut, allowing the easy passage of stool, essential fatty acids like omega-3s are needed. Flax oil, hemp oil, fish oil, and even monounsaturated fats like olive oil and avocados are great sources of these healthy fats that lubricate your gut.

In addition to these 3 simple tips for curing constipation for regular poops, getting regular physical activity, especially “bouncy” type of activities like walking, running, and rebounding are very helpful.

 

 

Yuri_150Yuri Elkaim is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, fitness expert, and highly sought after High Performance Health Coach. He’s also a former professional soccer player and served as the Head Strength & Conditioning and Nutrition Coach for men’s soccer at the University of Toronto for 7 seasons. For more than 13 years, he’s empowered more than 80,000 people to greater health with his no-nonsense approach to health, fitness, and nutrition.

 

 

 

 

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