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Crohn’s Disease Real Causes and Natural Treatments

Published on July 21, 2014

The title should have read, “Crohn’s Disease Surges 300%! Figures show the number of 16 to 29-year-olds receiving treatment in England for Crohn’s disease rose by almost 300% between 2003-4 and 2012-13.

“The number of young people admitted to hospital with serious bowel problems has soared in the past decade, and experts have warned that junk food and antibiotics may be to blame” writes Adam Withnall for the UK Independent. Notice the mention of the words “may be.” In the medical world, things are never certain and certainly, they are never complete. In this case, junk food and antibiotics are on the list as is stress and emotional conflict.

Stress and emotional issues are directly translated into gastro upset. The official story is “Crohn’s disease is caused by a combination of environmental, immune and bacterial factors in genetically susceptible individuals.” Does that sound like you? Interesting how they describe medicine and people, but it does not sound like they are talking about human beings and all their sensitivities.

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). It causes inflammation of the lining of your digestive tract, which can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea and malnutrition. The inflammation caused by Crohn’s disease often spreads deep into the layers of affected bowel tissue. Crohn’s disease, also known as Crohn syndrome and regional enteritis, may affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus.

Gastritis is inflammation of the lining of the stomach and can be part of Crohn’s disease though people and doctors normally differentiate between what is going on in the stomach and esophagus and what happens below. The key connecting point of course is inflammation. Upper central abdominal pain is the most common symptom of gastritis; the pain may be dull, vague, burning, aching, gnawing, sore, or sharp. It should be noted that to improve digestion and end heartburn we should increase stomach acid, not decrease it.

Dr. Stephen Hanaue, Medical Director, Digestive Health Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine writes, “Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are idiopathic (we don’t know the cause) inflammatory diseases (IBD) of the colon and/or small bowel. They are chronic in that we do not have a medical cure and are differentiated from IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) by inflammation that causes ulcerations of the GI tract. The inflammation and ulceration lead to symptoms of bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain that may be associated with “systemic” symptoms of weight loss, fever, night sweats and/or “extraintestinal symptoms” such as joint pains and arthritis, skin nodules or ulcers, inflammation of the eye, or inflammation of the liver.”

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Over 60% of all patients with Crohn’s disease will require surgery, and about half of these patients will require more than one operation over time. About 5-10% of all Crohn’s patients will die of their disease, primarily due to massive infection and medical malpractice.

We Do Know the Cause

Western medicine is anemic when it comes to understanding the causes of disease and that’s why they have not cured any disease since they found out that iodine cures goiter. Actually most doctors do not want to know because things then get complicated with patients, who really do not want to address the deeper issues of nutrition, lifestyle, emotion and conflict. Contemporary medicine is what it is because it demands little or nothing of the patient.

When we stop being ignorant of nutritional medicine and get specific then we can begin to get a first handle on what to do about Crohn’s disease. For instance, we now know that sugar poses a health risk—contributing to around 35 million deaths globally each year. So high is its toxicity that it should now be considered a potentially toxic substance like alcohol and tobacco. One of the first places affected by excess sugar intake is the gastrointestinal system from the ‘mouth to the anus.” Sugars and the inflammation and acidic environments they create are important constituents of the local environment of not only ulcers but of tumors as well.

The official medical line thinks while stress and diet are suspected as causes of Crohn’s, these factors are now seen as aggravating the disease, while the exact cause continues to remain unknown. The western medical establishment as a whole still does not want to see how much emotions matter in medicine, and how much stress takes down the digestive system. The last thing most doctors treat is stress and the inflammation that comes with it.

The digestive system is most sensitive to emotions and disturbances in each person’s consciousness. The cause of Crohn’s disease is officially unknown meaning doctors operating inside the orthodox medicine will not look at the hidden reasons for such gastro upset. We know that no infectious agent (virus, bacteria, or fungi) has been identified as the cause of Crohn’s disease but certainly it is not the men from mars that are causing the rising epidemic.

Crohn’s disease and its affiliate ulcerative colitis can have a huge detrimental impact on everyday life. Each patient’s case is individual. The invisible symptoms of the disease can be just as bad, if not worse. Alongside the unpredictable cycle of flare-ups and remissions, patients can suffer from serious fatigue at any time. For many Crohn’s disease is like being trapped in a "living nightmare."

Natural Allopathic Treatments for Crohn’s Disease

Treatments for Crohn’s disease try to reduce the underlying inflammation, the resulting malabsorption/malnutrition, the uncomfortable symptoms of crampy abdominal pain and diarrhea, and the possible complications (obstructions, abscesses, and fistulas).

Eating clay or other intestinal formulas is where to begin when treating the GI Tract. Edible Clay assists the body’s eliminatory process by acting as a bulking agent, similar to psyllium fiber, sweeping out the old matter that doesn’t need to be there. It is not digested in the same manner as food as it passes through the alimentary canal. Instead, it stimulates intestinal peristalsis, the muscular contractions that move food and stool through the bowels. The clay and the adsorbed toxins are both eliminated together. Probiotics are also necessary to ease the problems that come with Crohn’s.

The second step in gastrointestinal treatments involves enzymes. Regular supplementation with digestive enzymes takes stress off the pancreas (and the entire body) by providing the enzymes required for digestion. Digestive enzymes help with ulcers in two ways. First, they help digest so much of your meal during the 40-60 minutes of pre-digestion that your body requires less acid in the actual digestion phase. Hydrochloric acid can be used as one eats making sure food is digested, as it should be.

The third base to cover every day is massage if you are having trouble with any part of your gastrointestinal system. There are many ways to calm someone, many healing and medical treatments that can reduce stress, reduce sensory overload, slow the heart and help a person balance. The most beautiful forms of touch are actually healing techniques.

Even the Bible makes reference to the "laying on of hands" to heal the sick. Translated into practical treatment this means learning how to do abdominal massage and abdominal shiatsu on your own belly each day or several times a day. In addition, it means finding a professional massage therapist or encouraging one’s loved ones to participate in your treatment by giving love through touch into the abdominal region.

Far-Infrared Treatments

I can tell you from experience that when you have gastrointestinal problems there is nothing like having a far-infrared mattress to lay and sleep on. When there is pain and discomfort light and heat medicine is another type of massage that brings warmth and healing comfort. During the day, a BioMat can be used at high heat to penetrate directly and deeply into the belly and sleeping on one at low temperatures at night supports the body’s basic energies while it promotes deep relaxation and sleep.

Far infrared treatments reduce the stress on the cells by not only nourishing them with light and heat but also by increasing nutritional sufficiency of oxygen and by increasing cellular respiration so more toxins and wastes leave the cells.


Those belly massages should be done with magnesium oil and all one’s water should be high in magnesium bicarbonate. Chronic low-grade inflammation is the main characteristic of all gastrointestinal syndromes. It is magnesium that modulates cellular events involved in inflammation. Magnesium deficiency causes and underpins chronic inflammatory build-ups. Magnesium deficiencies thus feed the fires of inflammation and pain.

Magnesium is at the very heart of the inflammatory process. It is the prime first cause of inflammation when it is not present in sufficient quantities. Both deficient magnesium intakes (<250 mg/day) and serum magnesium concentrations (≤0.75 mmol/l) have been associated with elevated serum C-reactive protein concentration, a widely used indicator of inflammation.[1]

Marginal-to-moderate magnesium deficiency through exacerbating chronic inflammatory stress may be contributing significantly to the occurrence of chronic diseases such as atherosclerosis, hypertension, osteoporosis, diabetes mellitus, and cancer.[2] Certainly it is involved with gastrointestinal distress. Magnesium literally puts the chill on inflammation and helps out a lot with reducing stress.

Oxygen is one of the principle agents for taking the punch out inflammation. I wrote a book about using oxygen and carbon dioxide as primary anti-inflammatory agents.

The entire Natural Allopathic Protocol is anti-inflammatory. It is used for cancer, because cancer is an inflammatory disease and soon I will be publishing Natural Oncology. Oxygen starved tissue is exquisitely sensitive to even small increases in oxygen tension. Inflammation is a low oxygen condition so one can imagine when boatloads of oxygen come to the rescue. There are many conditions that benefit from increasing our oxygen supplies including gastrointestinal disorders.


Crohn’s disease is a lifelong disease with frequent periods of remission in symptoms, mainly due to the fact that allopathic medicine is improperly treating with pharmaceutical medicine. Complications of Crohn’s tend to increase over time and can be quite severe due to inappropriate treatment and lack of knowledge of the true cause.

Personal Testimony: Getting to the roots of my battle with Crohn’s disease began when I started using a curious and extremely interesting medical diagnostic device from Russia called the VedaPulse. My entire gut was inflamed and seriously disturbed and I had been going up and down with it for well over a year. I was already applying many parts of my protocol but still was not getting better. It was a confusing time for me for answers were not coming until I strapped the VedaPulse onto my wrists and got the deepest diagnostic and treatment recommendations one can imagine. The VedaPulse uses Heart Rate Variability, as does the Emwave2 device from HeartMath.

I was following a liquid diet with superfoods added but the VedaPulse suggested a radical change in diet into strong solid foods, which I happily followed. Three months later, I am remarkably recovered though I still have a long way to go to get into excellent shape and health.

Critical to gastrointestinal sufferers is stress and the VedaPulse showed me how incredibly stressed I was. The VedaPulse breaks open a new world of diagnostics based on an exact reading of one’s bodily functions and imbalances. There is no guessing with the VedaPulse. We get an exact readout of the deepest forces at play inside of each person. For practitioners it is a dream machine offering safe and quick (five minutes) diagnosis and exact treatment recommendations for diet, herbs and aromas as well as for exercise and rest.

In terms of my own oxygen therapy with Live O2 it continues to pull me out of the deep inflammation and vascular degeneration, I was suffering from along with Crohn’s. It continues to be the perfect therapy for me because when I was at the threshold of death seven months ago I could not even get my heart rate up to 85 without difficulty, dizziness and weakness. Now I am pushing up to 110. Combining exercise with intensive oxygen therapy is a perfect solution to most people who are suffering from long-term degeneration as I was after 60 years of life.

[1] Effects of magnesium depletion on inflammation in chronic disease; Nielsen FH; ;Curr Opin Clin Nutr Metab Care;2014 Jul 11. [Epub ahead of print];

[2] Magnesium, inflammation, and obesity in chronic disease; Nielsen FH; Nutr Rev; 2010 Jun;68(6):333-40; doi 10.1111/j.1753-4887.2010.00293.x.;

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  • jonathan

    Don’t listen to this crap, i have crohns and it is controlled/healed with the SCD diet. Looking at false statistics about the high death rate of crowns isn’t gonna help anyone. Crohns is healed with the mind just as much as diet and lifestyle.

    • Tal

      Jonathan – every one and every disease responds to different things. What has helped hundreds of thousands of other people has not helped me so I like hearing about alternatives that have helped others. There is no harm with research!

  • Lisa Smit

    I just wanted to share a little bit. My son was diagnosed with crohns a few years ago. He was in and out of the hospital, on different medication etc. About a year and a half ago he ended up having surgery removing 6″ of his small intestine. I’m a nurse but I don’t have a background in gi and things that you learn about general nutrition and gi, basically get thrown out the window when dealing with crohns. I had to learn a lot. And realized it’s very individual. After my son’s surgery he was doing better but not as good as we hoped. He was on medication, i was giving him injections, which not only he hated but caused pain and a huge amount of side effects. One day after giving him a shot he was crying and begged me to find a different way. That breaks a mothers heart. I reviewed his labs and the realization that this medication wasn’t helping him at all and no improvements at all.
    About a week later, I was at work talking to a diabetic patient about hyperbaric oxygen treatment for wound healing on his feet and it hit me. Oxygen. Wound healing. Crohns flares are basically a wound inside. I called his drs who said it wasn’t covered by insurance and that there isn’t any real studies to show it works. I researched on my own and found studies done in Europe with great outcomes. I found a chiropractor who also does oxygen treatment in his office for a lot of different diseases and aliments and after talking to him i brought my son in to talk to the dr and let him see if he wanted to try it. He did that day. He did a few days in a row of hour long treatment, then twice a week, and our treatment kinda varied after that. He was showing improvements after the second week and I felt pretty good about this and spending a lot of money on the treatment. But after about a month and a half he had blood work done and it was the first time we saw huge improvement. I couldn’t believe it. We weened him off all his meds and the side effects went away, his labs continued to get better and in an mri he showed zero inflammation. That was after 6 months. Our oxygen treatment continues but not as intense. He has had no inflammation, and his blood work has remained in normal range. He is not on any medication (so no side effects or long term effects no lowered immune system and no pain). It is wonderful. It’s like a prayer has been answered. And he is a normal kid again. I try and tell people about this, and I hope it works for other people too. Sometimes the answer is not drugs and medicine, sometimes it’s as simple as oxygen. I am so thankful we found that and now looking at the cost compared to what I spent on medication, treatment of side effects missed school missed work copays hospital stays etc it’s far less than that and he is healthy and happy. If anyone wants to know more about our experience I’m more than happy to answer any questions. Thanks for reading this and spread the word out there!

    • Gina

      Hi Lisa. Thank you so much for taking the time to share your experience. My son is 8 years old and recently diagnosed with Crohn’s. I am going to look into the Oxygen therapy. I will check all Chiropractors in the Niagara Region to find out who does it. Anything specific I should be looking for or asking them??! Thanks again. Gina

      • Lisa Smit

        Hi Gina!
        The first place i would look at is probably their websites. Chances are if they have hyperbaric oxygentreatments they have some sort of experience with treating all sorts of things from autism to psoriasis. Some might have more experience with crohns too and will either have it on their website or they will let you know somehow.
        Ask what kind of treatment schedule they would recommend. It shoulbegin with a few back to back treatments, then a break with a few more back to back and then after you get the results you want once or twice a month just to keep it going.
        It does get expensive, so definitely see if they have a package deal or any other discounts available- it still ends up cheaper than all the rest so keep that in mind!
        Also, you might want to request from your dr office labs to be done before you start so you can see the difference. My sons sed rate was the first thing to move!
        Good luck
        Let me know how it goes!
        Take care

    • Kim

      Yes thank you, Lisa for sharing your story. My 13 year old was just diagnosed last week after an extensive stay in Children’s hospital from a scary occurrence of fever and abnormal amounts of bleeding. They have ordered him to start taking Remicade in the next week or two. I’m very worried especially since I try to stay herbal and believe in homeopathic over pharmaceutical treatments. I will do anything to find a more holistic form of treatment so I will be calling around to check into the oxygen treatments. Surgery and removal of part of his intestine or colon is my son’s biggest fear and I will do anything to help prevent that. I am so sorry you and your son had to go through such a nightmare and I pray he stays feeling healthy.

    • Karen

      Hi- My 17yr old had colonoscopy Monday. They found an area and believe it’s crohns and few days after procedure he was ER for vomiting dirreaha cramping. He’s in steroids now. Next step is MRI because they couldn’t get into his small intestines. I’m very holistic and do not want him on meds or surgery. Please let me know how the oxygen treatments are currently working. I need hope, my heart is breaking. I live near Charlotte nc. Thank you

      • Lisa Smit

        Hi Karen! I’m sorry about your son, I defiantly know what you are going through. I wish the best for him and a speedy recovery. We did a lot of hospital stays, tests, all the fun symptoms, endless drugs (which didn’t help my son, only lowered his immune system so he was sick all the time and never better)
        But that was years ago. So in my original post I talked about having the idea for o2 therapy and found lots of studies from over in Europe-not so much in USA, mainly because pharm co pay for research and trials and o2 isn’t really a drug (sad but true). So about 5 years about my son was diagnosed, about 3 1/2 years ago he had had 2 surgeries, never better, tons of drugs and begged me with tears to figure smething out on one of his “shots night”. About 3 years ago, we found a natural holistic doctor (who we jokingly call the “voodoo witch doctor”) it is right in her office, so not as intense as in the hospital but that’s ok because he could bring in his ipad and watch a movie and it’s about as uncomfortable as being on a plane. He started going for an hour about everyday for a week, then tapered down to 1 hour once a month, which he still continues to this day as kinda preventive. After a few months his blood levels were finally in the normal range which they never had been since he was diagnosed, all the nasty side effects cleared up and a little while later he was 100% off medication. In the beginning it was more of a financial investment, but now compared to all the copay’s, dr visits, hospital stays, my time off etc- it has saved me thousands. Also, my son’t immune system is outstanding and I don’t think he has even had a cold in the last few years. Since starting this and still to this day he has no pain, his MRI’s have all been clear, he has normal bms, has no diet restrictions.
        Any time he has something that causes him “extra stress” (ie drama, sports injury, family issues etc) I take him in for an extra 1/2 hour of o2 whenever the stress is going on, not necessarily at the same time as his regular hour. Stress is huge in causing flares.
        There were a few extra things the natural doctor would give him throughout the years- mainly different vitamins, minerals, probiotics etc. But that would change on the time of year and what is going on at the time.
        Like I mentioned before, I am a nurse and I was and still am shocked at how amazing this has been for him. It was a real blessing to have found this and that’s why I tell people and very open to help or talk about it.
        A few other stories that I have heard with crohn’s and o2 is actually mostly similar or have had a vast improvement and is heading that direction but just started so wait to see the same results.
        Only a couple that I have heard did not have the same results, but helped huge with side effects and helped their medication work better and therefore better overall results. But with everyone that I have talked to and they have shared how it worked for them- it’s important to remember that everyone has different starting points and everyone is a little different and treatments would vary accordingly. Also, as my son’s doctor said when I brought it up to him years ago before we started “it won’t hurt him”.
        I can say from my personal experience with my son, this has been and continues to be the most amazing thing. I definatly recommend it. You can start by looking up HBOT in your area, or holoistic/natural doctors/wellness clinics and also offered at some chiropractics. They use o2 for a lot of different things , so they are easier to find than what I first thought 3 years ago.
        Good luck, I hope it helps and if you have any other questions or if I can help in any way just let me know! And good for you— looking further to better the health of your son 🙂

    • Irina

      Hello Lisa, how many times you took this treatment and how long was fully remission, thank you

      • Lisa Smit

        Sorry it took me so long to reply, I must have missed the email I get sent when people reply to my post!
        To answer your question, about 6-9 months. I say 6-9 months only because of the time between labs and other tests! Thanks so much for your question and sorry again about the delay!

    • Iram Siddiqui

      Hi Lisa, Could you let me know where your son had the oxygen treatment. We live in UK, Cheshire area. Our daughter is a teen just diagnosed with moderate crohns. Taking immunosuppressant. I’m not keen. Do let me know details. So glad your son is doing well. Thanks. Irum

    • Jennifer Tumolo Hillis

      So wonderful I would love to hear more and share what I am doing holistically for our son who is 14 almost 15. So happy to her your son is doing good!

    • Jennifer Tumolo Hillis

      What specific oxygen therapy did you do with your son? There are several types and your story was hopeful to me for my son.

      • Lisa Smit

        He does hyperbaric oxygen treatment. Many holistic wellness centers have them, sometimes in a tent form or in a capsule shape- they all work, as lobg as it’s the pressurised oxygen- feels like your in an airplane. When he started he did daily intense treatments (aka he played on his tablet for an hour sitting in there) then they got more spaced out, it would just depend on the person. I still bring him in once a month for a half hour but he hasn’t had a flare, pain, abnormal labs since we started o2, and hasn’t been on medication or a special diet either and now he’s in high school!
        Good luck to you and your son and feel free to ask anything!

  • atom55

    I’m writing this in the event someone stumbles across this.

    The absolute worst thing you can do if you have inflammation is take a bulking agent to clear yourself out. This is simply common sense. Be it clay like this “Dr” says, or any bulking laxatives. Your intestines are inflamed creating a narrower gap to food to pass through. Why on earth would increasing the bulk of what passes through improve this?

    A bulking agent is about the fastest way to land you in the hospital and cause extreme stomach pain. Please…*never do this to attempt to alleviate Crohn’s symptoms*. If you are constipated with Crohn’s, take Miralax.

    • J

      Clay is in no way a laxitive or a bulker. Please please do extensive research. I personally know I drink it I cured my valley fever when nothing else did! A bulker gets stuck if there isn’t enough water to push it through & water causes it to swell making it bulkier. This is absolutely not the case with clay it does not bulk in water unless you add too little water but if you compare it to fiber or laxative the textures are night & day! It’s very similar to activated charcoal. It absorbs all the toxins in your body then comes out laxatives & fiber only make you go! It also it great for diarrhea because again it’s like charcoal & will absorb the runny stool making it compact! Clay is also a soil based probiotic & not to mention it’s from the earth it’s dirt basically! People think we need antibiotics steroids etc to cure diseases but our bodies don’t need steroids or antibiotics to survive however we do need minerals vitamins sun (yes the dreaded thing that everyone’s afraid of is vital to us) sleep, clean foods from the earth not fast food! So why would consuming the earth be a bad thing? It’s not trust me I know!

  • Tsivya The-Baker

    My 24 year old daughter has had Crohn’s for a long time. We walked away from the Dr.s and she is on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for 3 years doing very well, Thank G-d.

    I have a lot of respect for Dr. Sircus but find it very distressing that such a knowledgeable person, living in a gorgeous country, had his body break down at 60 years old. That isn’t old and I find it worrisome. I don’t understand how that can be if he is doing most things right.

    • I guess I need to remind you that even Dr. Sircus is not perfect. He has shared many of his difficulties of the past two years and shared much of his journey of discovery in finding what will work for him. This is a very personal thing to share and each person’s answer may be different from the next. It really points up the truth about the great difficulty of making lifestyle changes which he wrote about here:
      Sometimes even the best recommendations will not work for everyone and as Dr. Sircus’ journey has shown, it is often coming down to our ability to handle stress. You can search for his essays on stress to learn what his process has been.

      He is only human and under a great deal of stress that no pill or mineral or vitamin will cure all the time.
      Claudia French

      • Tsivya The-Baker

        I appreciate your reply and hope that the good Dr. will find a healthy balance in his life, return to complete health,and be able to share his good work for many years to come.

        • Tsivya The-Baker

          I just came across this. Looks interesting. Claims that, among other things, it cures Crohn’s. Would love to hear Dr. Sircus’s take on it.

          panaseeda oil

    • Mary

      Maybe he wasn’t doing things right for himSELF. We all have our “demons” to contend with… our old habits, temptations, weaknesses of spirit. Our childhoods may have not had a good healthy start in life, and this tends to extend into adulthood . I “cured” myself of a 12 year illness via holistic medicine that often left me bedridden fir weeks at a time, and my own doctor bosses could not help. Yet I fight the demons that put me there to begin with – even when I know better and just what to do. I fell into more illness because I discontinued what I knew to do to stay healthy, on top of that I suffered tremendous amount of stress through domestic violence and financial constrictions (this was 2 reasons that interfered with my health protocols. I’m just saying. Sometimes there are other things in life. Sometimes we are too busy taking care of others to do right for ourselves. This does not mean you don’t have the wisdom. I have not ever been as sick as before I healed though.

      • Tsivya

        WOW, this just came up after so many years and I was just wondering how the Dr. is doing. Hope that he is better and that you soon heal from all of your challenges.