About IBS, Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease

Silent suffering– that is what most  people with chronic digestive problems go through. Discouraged by their inability to control their symptoms and how unpredictable their condition is. Many are too embarrassed to even speak with their doctor about their symptoms. Cramping, bloating, intermittent or constant diarrhea or constipation. Many people will find themselves on the internet searching for some answers. Even after seeing a medical doctor the prognosis and treatment do not hold much hope for people.

Many people who have already been diagnosed with Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s Disease or Colitis but told only that they have to either learn “to live with it”, be put on pain medications or continue to have surgery after surgery while squashing their immune system with steroids while they still suffer the symptoms and discomfort of the disease.

How do you know what your symptoms are from and how to best treat your condition?

There are many similarities in IBS, Crohn’s, & Colitis.

IBS/Crohn’s Disease/Colitis:

Both can cause similar symptoms throughout the gut & body:

  • Abdominal pain, fullness, gas, bloating, acid reflux
  • *IBS-C (with constipation) vs IBS-D (with diarrhea) or can fluctuate IBS-A
  • vomiting
  •  Rectal bleeding (sometimes)
  • Severe internal cramps/muscle spasms in the region of the pelvis
  • Weight loss and various associated complaints
  • Symptoms come and go
  • Relief sometimes after bowel movement

Common Causes of IBS:

  • Linked to gut infection (bacterial, fungal, yeast, parasitic, viral)
  • Abnormalities between the gut flora or the gut immune system
  • Overactive sympathetic nervous system
  • Food sensitivities may be present

About Crohn’s Disease:

  • It’s an inflammatory bowel disease (the other is ulcerative colitis)

The main difference between Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis is the location and nature of the inflammatory changes. Crohn’s can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from mouth to anus, although a majority of the cases start in the terminal ileum. Ulcerative colitis, in contrast, is restricted to the colon and the rectum.

  • Can cause ulcers, scar tissue, fistulas from mouth to anus
  • Higher incidence among smokers
  • It’s an autoimmune disease
  • Diagnosis made from colonoscopy/biopsy
  • Exacerbation and remission
  • Food sensitivities may be present

Secondary Results of Crohn’s:

  • Uveitis (inflammation of internal eye)
  • Spondyloarthropathy (inflammation of joints and tendons)
  • Skin nodules and ulcers
  • Blood clots
  • Anemia
  • Peripheral Neuropathy
  • Arthritis
  • Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Headaches
  • Depression (Gut-Brain Connection)

Natural Metabolic Approach to Treating IBS/Crohn’s/Colitis:

  • Remove triggers to the immune system
  • Modulate/balance the immune system
  • Correct the damaging affects on the gut & brain

How do you treat these diseases naturally, without surgery and successfully?

First, using lab tests- not just guessing at what the problem is- and using functional lab ranges to diagnose the issues. Secondly by removing the triggers to the disease and implementing the correct supplementation to support good intestinal health.