Alternative Path to Treating Crohn’s
Suffering with Crohn’s disease is far from a walk in the park. This inflammatory disease of the bowels can rob a once healthy person leaving them both weak and wasting away. When suffering with Crohn’s, food is barely absorbed, blood is lost, and pain and chronic diarrhea are nearly constant. It is nothing short of a living nightmare for those who suffer.
Crohn’s is an autoimmune disorder in the family of inflammatory bowel diseases. It can be difficult to diagnose, at first, because its symptoms resemble other diseases like Ulcerative Colitis and IBS.
Ulcerative Colitis, as devastating as it is, only affects the lining of the intestinal tract. Crohn’s disease, however, causes inflammation in the deep layers of the intestinal wall.
No one is quite sure yet on what exactly causes Crohn’s disease, although there seems to be a genetic tie. It also seems to primarily affect those between the ages of 20-30 years old.
Doctors typically treat Crohn’s with a combination of immune suppressors and anti-inflammatory drugs. These drugs can offer temporary relief, but they also boast a whole host of side-effects: nausea, vomiting, and more diarrhea. Long term use of steroids like Prednisone lowers the immune system and make a person more susceptible to infections and disease. They can also cause hormonal imbalance, weight gain, and osteoporosis.
Many people who suffer from Crohn’s undergo surgery to relieve their severe symptoms. These surgeries are quite invasive and involve removing part or a person’s entire colon! Here’s what a typical surgery for Crohn’s entails:
- Proctocolectomy – Surgery to remove the rectum and part of the colon or the entire colon.
- Ileostomy – During proctocolectomy, the surgeon also performs an ileostomy. This attaches the ileum to an opening made in the abdomen called a stoma. An ostomy pouch is then attached to the stoma and worn outside the body to collect stool. The pouch needs to be emptied several times a day.
- Intestinal resection surgery – This is when only the diseased section of intestine is removed and an ileostomy is not needed. Instead, the intestine is cut above and below the diseased area and the ends of the healthy sections are connected in an operation called an intestinal resection.
What’s even worse is that, even after surgery, Crohn’s very often comes back! Surgery is not a cure and should be considered very carefully.
An Alternative Path
Given the above options, it really seems as though mainstream medicine doesn’t have a lot to offer those with Crohn’s. Many people throw in the towel believing they are doomed to suffer the rest of their lives with this damaging disease. But this just isn’t the case!
Thousands of people have found a new life, one without suffering with Crohn’s, by taking an alternative path. This path is void of side-effects and invasive surgeries. It does take discipline and hard work, but the payoff is great!
You can reduce or even completely eliminate Crohn’s by following these natural principles.
- Reduce inflammation (the cause of so many ailments and discomforts)
- Repopulate the digestive tract with probiotic bacteria
- Provide the body with easily absorbed nutrients
The root of Crohn’s damage afflicted on the intestinal tract is inflammation. Although pharmaceutical drugs exist that suppress inflammation, they also have many side-effects.
There are plenty of fantastic supplements on the market that target inflammation naturally and provide even greater results than pharmaceutical drugs! With so many choices that are relatively cheap and inexpensive, it might be worth trying one or two to see what affect it has on your symptoms.