Crohn's Disease, Colitis & Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Colitis, Crohn’s Disease and IBD
The medical fraternity may tell you that there is no known cause for these diseases and they often speculate that they are caused by a virus or bacteria. Doctors will often speculate a ‘virus’ as a cause when they don’t know the actual reason.
The symptoms of Crohn’s disease are varied, but mostly consist of abdominal pain in the lower right area, diarrhoea, rectal bleeding, weight loss, arthritis, skin rashes, boils and fever.
Colitis has similar symptoms, though the pain may be elsewhere in the abdomen.
Children with the disease may appear to have delayed or stunted growth, basically caused by malnourishment (lack of nutrient absorption).
Doctors may prescribe steroids, immunomodulators (which cause the immune system to be less active), anti-inflammatories, anti-depressants or a low-fibre diet, to relieve the symptoms, though the medical establishment may tell you there is no cure for these ailments.
However, I feel dietary changes to a more high-fibre, alkaline intake with increased quality water and salt may make a significant difference. I know a number of people who have taken increased amounts of AIM LeafGreens® and/or AIM BarleyLife® with AIM Herbal FiberBlend® and extra fibre to help alkalise the chyme, relieving the irritation whilst ‘alkalising’ their diet.
In Ayurveda (traditional Indian medicine), Crohn’s disease is treated with medicated enemas and diet change.
Let your food be your medicine.
It’s interesting to note that the symptoms of a dysfunctional digestion and elimination system are similar for most bowel disorders; because they are all ailments of the bowel. Overall, if you don’t uptake the nutrients from the food you eat, similar symptoms are the result. They can all mostly be eased or resolved by cleaning out the colon, detoxing the liver and alkalising the diet.
Colitis (and Crohn’s disease) is mostly diagnosed as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), but sometimes falsely diagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and should not be confused with a spastic colon which is usually caused by emotional tension. Generally, people with IBS don’t lose weight.
As mentioned previously, colitis is a disease of the colon and can be exhibited especially in the ascending colon if the regular diet is too acidic. Constipation can back up faeces to a point where the water-reduced, pasty faeces wallows in the ascending colon allowing acid to irritate the superficial mucosa lining of the colon wall, causing colitis (similar to continual, internal nappy (diaper) rash). Sometimes colitis will combine with a ballooned colon making the walls thin and even more irritated giving pain feedback and leading to leaky gut syndrome.
Ulcerative colitis occurs when the general irritation noted for colitis intensifies in a smaller, specific area, most often in the transverse colon. Because the faeces is more stagnant at this point, the irritation can evolve into an internal sore or ulcer on the colon wall which can bleed and become infected or inflamed. Because there is an open sore constantly exposed to toxic faecal bacteria, ulcerative colitis can turn into bowel cancer if left unchecked.
Most medical journals may tell you the cause of colitis is unknown, however, it’s logical to construe that acidic food, stress and constipation are three main causes. There’s not a lot of profit to be made by conducting studies that are likely to find that patients should cease taking medication and be encouraged to change their lifestyle. Changing to a high fibre, alkaline diet including plenty of water (thus relieving constipation) should help relieve this condition.
Symptoms of colitis include bloody diarrhoea, a false urge to pass a stool, reduced appetite, weight loss, fever and skin rashes during flare-up cycles. Symptoms can vary depending on how severely and which part of the colon is impacted.
As mentioned above, Crohn’s disease is mostly diagnosed as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Many medical experts consider colitis and Crohn’s disease to simply be two forms of the same disease having the same cause, hence the IBD diagnosis.
Crohn’s disease has similar origins to colitis, and though mainly found in the small intestines (especially at the end of the ileum), it can be present in the wall of the colon too, and be diagnosed as colitis. Patches of Crohn’s disease can be found in the stomach, oesophagus and mouth too, but are often simply called ulcers (for example stomach ulcer).
Colitis irritation tends to be diffused and uniform over a general area, mostly involving only superficial layers of the colon, whereas Crohn’s disease is more inclined to be patchy and concentrated in areas, involving deeper layers of tissue.
Again, medical journals may tell you the cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, though again it’s easy to surmise the same three causes are involved: acidic food (and therefore blood), stress and constipation.
Symptoms of Crohn’s disease include abdominal pain associated with eating, diarrhoea, fatigue, poor appetite, weight loss and skin rashes. Symptoms can vary depending on how severely and which part of the small intestine or colon is impacted.
Both Crohn’s disease and colitis may be relieved through effective diet and lifestyle changes that alkalise the body. I’ve known a number of people who have combined ingesting AIM Herbal Fiberblend® (to relieve constipation), AIM Composure® (to relax the bowel), AIM BarleyLife® (to alkalise the body) and AIM FloraFood® (to restore gut flora balance), which together can relieve colitis and Crohn’s disease, though results may not be typical for every person.
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