Crohn’s Disease Treatment Without Medication
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.
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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