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.”
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.
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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.
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.
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. 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.