Inflammatory Bowel Disease Resources – the Good, the Bad, and the Yucky!
The official story about inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes ulcerative colitis (UC) and Crohn’s disease, is pretty scary.
Medical doctors are not usually very positive in their prognosis.
In this article we explore the official story about these diseases as well as a few natural inflammatory bowel disease alternative therapies that have very promising outcomes according to some who have tried them.
Before we take a look at the good news that I'm sure you'll be happy to hear about, let's see what you'll probably hear from your doctor.
The Official Story...
What is IBD?
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) the official story goes something like this:
"Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) is a broad term that describes conditions with chronic or recurring immune response and inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract. The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease."
WebMD will tell you that if you have an IBD, you know that it swings between a waxing and waning course, with severe inflammation and flare-ups as the symptoms on one end of the pendulum and relative respite at the other. "When there is less or no inflammation, the person usually is without symptoms and the disease is said to be in remission."
Unfortunately, and I am really sorry to say this, in spite of what some institutions and researchers say, doctors don't really know what causes IBD. WebMD gives this rather candid answer to the question of cause:
"IBD is a disease with an unknown cause. Some agent or a combination of agents -- bacteria, viruses, antigens -- triggers the body's immune system to produce an inflammatory reaction in the intestinal tract. It could also be that the body's own tissue causes an autoimmune response. Whatever causes it, the reaction continues without control and damages the intestinal wall, leading to diarrhea and abdominal pain."
The Mayo Clinic says that no one is quite sure what triggers inflammatory bowel disease, but there's a consensus as to what doesn't. They say that researchers no longer believe that diet and stress are the main causes. They do admit that stress and probably food, can often aggravate symptoms.
They rather focus on two culprits, the immune system (always getting blamed these days) and heredity (something you can't do much about). As I read these explanations, I can't help but think that there must be a better way of understanding this situation. Anyway, let's continue with the official story and then we'll get to the good stuff.
Treatment Equals Management
The CDC says that basically the solution is to manage the condition with drugs for, well forever, or until you die. If the drugs don't work, then they remove by surgery the offending parts of your body and call that a cure.
The basic treatment is divided into three areas of action: drugs, diet, and, if all else fails, surgery. In the case of Crohn's disease, 75% of all those affected will end up with surgery, and 25% of those with ulcerative colitis will have surgery.
Definitely not very encouraging.I like having all my body parts right where they are supposed to be and the thought of losing anyone of them is not a happy thought.
The drugs offered are of three main groups: sulfasalazines, mesalamines, and corticosteroids. These pharmaceutical drugs have side effects that can be very serious.
The insert for Azulfidine, a brand name for sulfazalazine delayed release tablets, mentions the possibility of causing Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a very serious condition that no one would ever want to get, believe me. It's rare, but it happens. There are all kinds of serious side effects, none of which you will want to suffer.
If you do consider taking any of the pharmaceuticals recommended for IBD, remember to always read very carefully the possible side effects so you are aware of the reactions that may occur and get help right away if they do, since many of these reactions can be life-threatening.
Again, this doesn't sound too inspiring, definitely not anything to look forward to.
And to add to the discouragement, conventional medicine doesn't seem to know what causes IBD. They are investigating, researching, working very hard to find the cause and until they do, they try everything in their power to make the symptoms go away. If all else fails, they cut out the offending members and count that a victory.
Good News: There Are Alternatives
OK. Sorry for all the bad news, but now for the good news. There are some very simple, natural alternatives that we're sure will be an encouragement to you.
One of the things I love about natural therapies is that there are many options available and the path of natural healing is a journey of hope, inspiration, discovery, and beauty. There doesn't seem to be just one path or one solution. What works for one person may not be the best for everyone.
The good news is, if one natural alternative doesn't work, it most likely won't hurt you either and you can move on to try another alternative. I personally recommend that you invest time to study the alternatives and see which ones resonate with you.
Many times it's possible to add several natural treatments together into one program or life-style healing protocol.
It's always good to approach alternative treatments with an open mind and do your due diligence. Some people prefer to find a natural or alternative health professional and follow their recommendations. Others find it better to investigate the different options and then seek out a professional who works with that particular modality. It's your choice.
This is not an all-inclusive list of alternatives, but it should be enough to get you started and give you enough information so that you can ask the right questions, which is an important step in finding a good answer.
1. Fecal Transplant
Below we are giving you just a few success stories of those who have used Fecal Microbiota Transplantation. There are many such stories. You can do a search on YouTube or Google to find more.
When you're ready to dig deeper into this incredibly effective and inexpensive treatment that actually addresse the underlying causes of IBD, go to The Power of Poop! It's our favorite site on Fecal Transplant therapy. They have a Facebook support group as well. It looks like a great community.
Introducing 10 year-old Emma
Listen to Emma, a 10 year-old, tell of her personal experience with fecal transplant and the radical healing and recovery she experienced.
This is a DIY at home treatment, inexpensive and simple.
Colstridium difficile testimony
Diane Seegers did not have IBD but rather Clostridium difficile. However, we are including her story as many IBD suffers end up also with C. diff. She chose fecal transplant treatment at the Mayo Clinic and tells of her excellent results without having to resort to surgery.
Diane Seegers had suffered for several years with recurrent bouts of diarrhea and generally feeling unwell. A recent hospitalization led her to seek treatment at Mayo Clinic for Clostridium difficile, or C. diff, a debilitating and sometimes fatal infection of the colon. Mayo specialists recommended an investigational treatment - fecal transplant - with the hope of alleviating Diane's symptoms and improving her quality of life. The Mayo Clinic says that they have a whopping 90% success rate with fecal transplants.
For more information on this treatment, please refer to http://www.mayoclinic.org/medicalprof.... You can schedule a consultation to determine if you might be a candidate for fecal transplant at http://www.mayoclinic.org/gi
An Icky Sounding Miracle - Fecal Transplant
Yes, 'fecal transplant' sounds gross, but Mary Greeley's innovative approach is providing fast, effective relief to patients who need it. In this video, we take you inside Mary Greeley's laboratory where fecal samples are processed and prepared, before being administered to very sick patients. You'll hear from
McFarland Clinic gastroenterologist Dr. Bryan Graveline and infectious disease specialist Dr. Ricardo Arbulu, who helped develop Mary Greeley's approach to this treatment. Learn more at http://www.mgmc.org/services/surgical-services/gastrointestinal-services/#.VAI_H_ldV8E
Two great book recommendations
The Fecal Transplant Guidebook by Sky Curtis
Sky Curtis has helped many people become well from intestinal disorders. After extensive research, she created the first successful fecal transplant home protocol for Crohn’s Disease to heal her son from this crippling illness.
This inspirational story of creativity and courage is told in A GUT REACTION, published by Inanna Publications.
Worldwide medical trials and case studies are now providing evidence that fecal transplants treat many intestinal diseases, including potentially fatal C. difficile infections.
THE FECAL TRANSPLANT GUIDEBOOK offers new hope to all people who suffer from an intestinal disorder. Its home-based protocols provide an excellent alternative to unsuccessful diets, dangerous medications, aggressive surgery, and even death. Fecal transplants are simple and effective.
A Gut Reaction by Sky Curtis
A Gut Reaction is an entertaining as well as informative true story about the author’s battle to save her son’s life — or at least his large intestine — from a very severe case of Crohn’s disease.
With persistence, humor, much searching of the Internet and the help of two unusual doctors, one in Canada and the other in Australia, she and her son, who was in his early twenties, finally find a regime of fecal infusions that replaces the bacteria that had ulcerated his gut with a healthy flora donated by his mother.
The manuscript details their adventures and then concludes with a helpful summary of how they did it. It includes a foreword by Dr. Thomas Borody, a globally recognized gastroenterologist and the Director of the Centre for Digestive Diseases in Australia, whose emails and phone conversations helped the author understand what, how, and why to do what was necessary.
When the regime is only a partial success, she figures out on her own that she must eliminate many of the problems that are preventing the helpful bacteria from being able to colonize her son’s intestine. By talking to a helpful pharmacist and then with the support of a helpful doctor she begins the healing of the intestine walls and develops a more extensive regime of fecal infusions that cures her son.
Sky Curtis’s sometimes desperate, often hilarious, and always determined international quest for a treatment for her son’s life-threatening Crohn’s disease resulted in a new protocol for the treatment of this disease.
Do You Really Need Poop-in-a-Pill?
Fecal transplants show great promise and good results in treating inflammatory conditions such as Colstridium difficile and Chrohn's disease.
Dr. Mercola, from www.mercola.com says the following about new research:
Mounting research suggests that supplementing with probiotics (good bacteria) is probably more important than taking a multivitamin, and this is due to the profoundly important role gut bacteria play in your health.
Many still fail to recognize that the microbes in your gut influence far more than your digestion—their influence actually extends to your brain, your heart, your skin, your mood, your weight, even genetic expression…
It is highly probable that many of our modern diseases are the end result of a dramatic disconnect from the natural world, which teems with microbiota, as predicted by the so-called Hygiene Hypothesis.
Maintaining a healthy environment in your gut, by eating unpasteurized fermented foods and/or taking a high-quality probiotic supplement, along with avoiding antibiotics, will support your overall health and well-being.
Read whole article here on mercola.com.
2. The Gerson Therapy
What is the Gerson Therapy?
I personally discovered the Gerson Therapy while researching natural healing protocols for a friend who discovered he had cancer. He died six weeks later as I didn't really understand enough about the therapy for it to be of any help to him.
After his death I determined that would study the therapy and try it on myself so I would know how it works and how it works. I can say from two years of experience, that it is a wonderful, positive, therapy that helps the body recover it's integrity and vitality. In the heightened state of health, the body heals itself of just about whatever is ailing it.
Here is how the Gerson Institute explains the Gerson Therapy:
The Gerson Therapy is a natural treatment that activates the body’s extraordinary ability to heal itself through an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas and natural supplements.
With its whole-body approach to healing, the Gerson Therapy naturally reactivates your body’s magnificent ability to heal itself – with no damaging side effects. This a powerful, natural treatment boosts the body’s own immune system to heal cancer, arthritis, heart disease, allergies, and many other degenerative diseases. Dr. Max Gerson developed the Gerson Therapy in the 1930s, initially as a treatment for his own debilitating migraines, and eventually as a treatment for degenerative diseases such as skin tuberculosis, diabetes and, most famously, cancer.
In the Gerson Therapy Case Studies I found the following:
Subject: Ulcerative Colitis
CHRIS MATIESEN, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, INFERTILITY.
Diagnosed 1974 after proctoscopy, colonoscopy. 60 mg Sulfadine, prednisone. Latter caused weight gain, acne, moon face, facial redness. Doctor said diet makes no difference, urged removal of colon, refused. Started Gerson Therapy in June, 1979 in Mexican hospital In five months, back to work, felt normal, off all drugs, became father. Alive and well 18 years later.
The Gerson Therapy states that the protocols have been used successfully for Crohn's disease as well as Ulcerative colitis. So if you like the idea of healing your body using food, I'd highly recommend getting your hands on the book and start reading as soon as you can.
The Gerson Therapy by Charlotte Gerson and Morton Walker, D.P.M.
Fed Up With Illness? Now You Can Overcome It With This Lifesaving Nutritional Program!
Cancer. Hepatitis. Migraines. Arthritis. Heart Disease. Emphysema. For years, the medical establishment has called these chronic or life-threatening diseases "incurable."
But now, The Gerson Therapy® offers hope for those seeking relief from hundreds of different diseases.
Juice Your Way To Wellness
You can also contact the Gerson Institute in San Diego, California for more information and guidance.
The Gerson Institute is a non-profit organization in San Diego, CA, dedicated to providing education and training in the Gerson Therapy, an alternative, non-toxic treatment for cancer and other chronic degenerative diseases.
3. Green Lipped Mussel Oil Omega-3s
Omega-3s are one of two essential fatty acids you have to consume because your body does not and cannot product them.These lipids have been shown to reduce inflammation.
However, not all omega-3s are created equal. There is an unusual source of omega-3s that comes from one of the few pure and pristine environments left on the planet. It contains very special omega-3s that have been studied for more than 30 years with profoundly surprising results.
If you are suffering from a disease or condition that has an inflammatory component, such as one of the IBDs, then you may want to consider this special source of omega-3s.
To be clear, taking this special omega-3 supplement is not a magic bullet. But it comes pretty darn close. For omega-3s to work their magic, it's necessary for several co-factors to be present. Udu Erasmus in his tome "Fats That Heal Fats That Kill" states that antioxidants are also necessary, especially vitamins E and carotene, in order to keep essential fatty acids (including omega-3s) intact in our body, to protect them from being destroyed by oxygen and free radicals.
He goes on to list many more necessary co-factors, all of which come from food and enter the body via the digestive tract. So an essential part of any treatment for IBD is calming the inflammation in the GI tract so that essential nutrients can be absorbed by the body to provide the nutrients needed for healing.
Although this special omega-3 is not a magic bullet, it certainly is safer than toxic pharmaceutical drugs. If you suffer from IBD, why not consider trying it, and see if it helps calm the painful inflammation in the GI tract.
The special source of omega-3s is the New Zealand green lipped mussel. Read more at www.Green-Lipped-Mussel-Oil.com
4. Cannabis for Crohn's Disease
Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBDs) such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease affects over a million people in the United States, with an estimated indirect cost from work loss of $3.6 billion annually.
In spite of cannabis being illegal in many jurisdictions, scientific research into it's benefits are continuing to be published.
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