"Twenty years ago at the young age of 32, I developed severe abdominal cramps that were unlike anything I had experienced before. I went to my family doctor and he referred me to a Gastrointestinal Specialist.
After a series of tests including a colonoscopy, I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease that causes scarring and thickening of the intestinal walls and frequently leads to obstruction. Surgical removal of the diseased bowel section occurs in about 50% of the cases. After researching the many paths that the disease could progress to, it was not an encouraging picture. The disease could be managed by diet, exercise, a positive mental outlook, and multiple medications. However, the disease could not be cured and there was no known cause.
For 20 years, I have had to deal with chronic nausea, diarrhea, bloating, gas and a regiment of medications to cope with the disease. Whenever I traveled onbusiness or pleasure trips, it was almost a certainty that most of the symptoms would accompany me..." Dan Foster (TellMeTheStory.com)
Crohn's disease is a chronic inflammatory disease causing ulcerations in the small and large intestines. Normally appearing in the small intestine, Crohn's disease may affect any part of the digestive tract from the mouth to the anus. This infection will go deeply into the lining of the intestine and will cause great pain, diarrhea, nausea, fever, chills, weakness, anorexia and weight loss.
The specific cause of this disease is not clear and yet it is suspected that the body's immune system is reacting to a virus or bacteria which cause the inflammation in the intestine. Men and women are equally affected by this disease and it also appears to run in certain families.
One of the most common complications of Crohn's disease is that the disease causes the intestinal wall to thicken with swelling and scarring resulting in blockage of the intestine. Obstruction of the bowel, bowel perforation and potential cancer of the bowel are some other intestinal complications of Crohn's.Sores or ulcers often tunnel through the inflamed intestine into the surrounding tissues of the bladder, vagina or skin. These tunnels are called "fistulas" and often become infected further complicating the disease. Arthritis, skin problems, inflammation in the eyes or mouth, kidney stones, gallstones are some other associated complications with Crohn's disease.
Crohn's disease can be a very debilitating disease but with the implementation of some natural remedies a measure of relief and healing can be attained for those who suffer from this disease.
What To Look For
- Frequent attacks of diarrhea
- Severe abdominal pain
- Weight loss
- Rectal bleeding and bloody diarrhea are common.
- Continual bleeding may lead to anemia.
- Children with Crohn's disease often have retarded physical growth.
- Alfalfa aids digestion and supplies needed Vitamins K, A and D.
- Echinacea, chamomile, catnip, fennel, fenugreek and slippery elm aid indigestion, purify the blood and reduce inflammation and infection.
- Red clover improves overall health and relaxes the body.
- AVOID tobacco
- Eat a diet consisting mainly of non-acidic, fresh or cooked vegetables such as broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, garlic, kale, spinach and turnips.
- Steam, boil, broil or bake food.
- Drink plenty of liquids such as steam-distilled water, herbal teas and fresh juices.
- Fresh cabbage juice is very beneficial.
- Add papaya to your diet.
- Eat small, frequent meals.
- During an acute attack, drink clear liquids or fast to rest the bowel or try eating organic baby foods, steamed vegetables, well cooked brown rice, millet or oatmeal.
- Follow a low fat, high carbohydrate and protein diet.
- Try eliminating ALL dairy products, fish, hard sausage, pickled cabbage and yeast products from your diet.
- AVOID alcohol, caffeine, carbonated beverages, chocolate, corn, eggs, foods with artificial additives or preservatives, fried and greasy food, pepper, spicy foods, wheat, tomatoes, prunes and citrus fruits.
- Decrease intake of concentrated sugars and fat.
- Increase intake of complex carbohydrates and protein.