Information and facts on Crohns Disease

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Crohn's disease occurs normally between the ages of 14 and 32. However, there are more cases being reported in children and other ages. The attacks may occur every few months the every few years and if  the disease continues for several years then bowels can be damaged. The disease may increase chances  for cancer by perhaps as much as 20 times. Symptoms may include loss of appetite, weight loss, abdominal pains, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, fever, headaches, and digestive problems. Crohn's is not contagious and its cause is still not known. Studies seem to indicate that free radical damage could be involved and a lack of vitamins C and E could be a factor.

Crohn's disease is indicated by a chronic and long lasting ulceration of section(s) of the digestive tract. This ulceration goes thru all the layers of the intestinal wall and affects all of the digestive system, all the way from the mouth to the rectum/anus. These inflamed body areas heal, leaving scar tissue that makes the passageways smaller. Important to note that this disease is not contagious. It's cause is still unknown, however a history of food allergies is known to increases the risk of developing Crohn's disease. Also, removing foods that cause allergic reactions will often relieve symptoms of the disease. Research studies also indicate that free radical damage is a factor, and that deficiencies of vitamins C and E is also a problem. Crohn's disease symptoms include: appetite loss, chronic diarrhea, energy levels loss, pain in the upper and lower abdomen, fever, headaches, malabsorption, malnutrition, steatorrhea (indicated pale bulky stools that float), and weight loss. Chronic bleeding may cause iron deficiency anemia. If the ulcerated intestinal wall starts to leak, it may cause peritonitis. Mouth and anal sores may occur when the disease is active. Because of diarrhea, nausea, pain, and sometimes severe headaches and even vomiting, people with Crohn's disease may not feel like eating. Doctors may misdiagnose Crohn's disease as appendicitis because the pain the disease creates is in the same location. In addition to both inflammation and ulceration, persons with Crohn's disease may develop strictures that partially block or obstruct their bowels. They may also have fistulas, abnormal passages that lead from one loop of intestine to another, or even their other organs. The beginning of Crohn's disease normally occurs between the ages of 13 and 30, however more often cases are being reported in children. The attacks can happen from every few months to every few years. In very rare cases, the disease occurs one or two times and never returns. If Crohn's disease continues for several years, bowel function is reduced below healthy operation. Left untreated, it can become very very serious, and even life threatening. Crohn's may increase the risk of cancer by as much as twenty times.

Crohn's disease in alot of ways is very similar to ulcerative colitis. Both diseases cause loss of appetite, abdominal pain, diarrhea, general malaise, rectal bleeding, and weight loss. The main difference between the two is the amount of involvement of the wall of the intestinal tract Ulcerative colitis is limited to only the mucosa and submucosa, which are the first two layers of the lining of the bowel adjacent to the lumen (central passageway). Crohn's disease also occurs deeper in the next two layers, the muscular layer and the connective tissue layer below it.


Nutrient / Supplement Importance
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Helpful notes
Essential fatty acids 10 extremely important for repair of digestive tract and it also reduces the inflammation associated with crohn's disease. Fatty acids are found in omega fatty acids from fish oil, flax seed oil, and borage seed oil.
Multi-vitamin & Mineral supplement 10 contains vitamin E , vitamin C , manganese, and zinc and all of these are helpful in both the treatment and prevention of Crohns. The nutrients found in a daily supplement are needed for good general health and well being.
Glutamine 10 is a very  important metabolic aid for intestinal cells
Fenugreek 9 herb supports digestion, cleanse the blood stream, and reduce inflammation and infection.
Licorice 9 herb works well in combination with fenugreek, aloe vera, and peppermint
Peppermint 9 herb supports digestion
Aloe vera 10 this herb helps restore flexibility and reduce inflammation and really nice if combined with kava kava, ginseng, or passion flower. Aloe vera is also an herbal remedy that helps for Crohn's disease because it softens stools and also has a healing effect on the entire digestive system. 
Acidophilus 10 friendly bacteria needed for good bowel and colon health. Maybe combined with Lactobacillus rhanosus, Bifidobacterium longum, and Lactobacillus plantarum in a combination such as Botana Cleanse (see link below)
Folic acid 9 helps the human body in producing new cells.
vitamin E 8 important anti-oxidant that help with repair of intestinal tract.
vitamin C 8 C vitamins are essential in increasing immunity and helps to prevent inflammation works better with bioflavonoids.
Bioflavonoids 8 helps to prevent inflammation and works with vitamin C
vitamin B 8 helps prevent anemia, B12 helps digestion.
vitamin K 8 very important for colon health 
Zinc 8 enhances healing and the immune system problems resulting from crohn's disease. Found in a good multi-vitamin and mineral supplement.
Garlic 8 fights free radicals in Crohn's disease
Calcium 8 helps to prevent colon cancer
Magnesium 8 mineral that works with calcium


Other Changes To Make

  • drink 6-8 glasses of steam distilled or filtered water a day

  • eat 50% raw fruits and vegetables (organic is best)

  • nuts, seeds, and whole grains are good

  • juice is good (make your own with a juice machine)

  • do not worry as much about calories as eating the right foods

  • carrot and celery sticks are good to use as a snack

  • a colon cleansing can be very helpful - (do several times each year)

  • do not drink coffee, alcohol, soda pop, other junk food drinks

  • do not eat processed foods white sugar, white flour, etc...

  • use stress relief like going for walks in the park (or the 10/90 rule - see Stress)

  • brown rice is good to eat

  • avoid red meat and animal fats

  • reduce dairy products cheese, milk, and others

  • fast a few days a month

  • get at least 8 hours of sleep 

  • exercise light to moderate amounts

  • avoid artificial sweeteners like Aspartame and NutraSweet

  • do not smoke and avoid second hand smoke

  • do not skip meals - just eat better and not as much at each meal

  • do not chew gum - it can cause you to feel hungry

  • do not watch too much TV try reading a book or something else


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