4-Step Method for Curing Digestive Disorders

While the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America purports the idea that digestive disorders should be treated with medications and surgery, there are many noninvasive and inexpensive methods for dealing with these issues.

  1. Removal of Food Allergens

Often the culprit of a digestive disorder is something we have ingested. A simple food allergy test can determine quickly, and inexpensively, what these foods may be.

  1. Removal of Antibiotics and Sugars

Antibiotics kill all bacteria indiscriminately, meaning they annihilate both good and bad bacteria. While antibiotics may help digestive infections and disorders initially, they set us up for future digestive failure. Sugars feed harmful bacteria and yeasts. Removing them from our diets starves out these harmful bacteria, allowing helpful bacteria to flourish.

  1. Probiotics

One of the major contributors to proper digestion and absorption are probiotics, healthful bacteria that live throughout our intestines. When our probiotic numbers are low, or harmful bacteria numbers are high, this imbalance can lead to digestive malfunction. Consult a medical practitioner about which supplements and foods will suit your particular needs.

  1. Other Supplements

Besides probiotics, there are many other supplements that help calm and ease an over-stressed digestive tract. Speak with an appropriate health practitioner for more information on what supplements are right for you.

DNA v. Environment: New Evidence to IBD Cause

 

An Incomplete Story: the “Genetics Loads the Gun” Theory

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affects approximately 1.4 million Americans, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The CCFA claims that the lifetime risk for developing IBD is 10 to 20 times higher for close family members (siblings or offspring) than for the general population. This leads many researchers to believe that a specific gene triggers the onset of these digestive disorders. Based on this assumption, the CCFA has created a DNA Data bank in order to isolate and study potential genes. However, studies not funded by pharmaceutical companies have pointed towards the power of the environment and diet in determining disease susceptibility.
Epigenetics and the Power of Environment 

Epigenetics is the study of gene expression. Through epigenetics, scientists have isolated a phenomenon called epigenetic drift, whereby twins become more different with time. Additionally, twins who spend more of their lives together in the same environment have similar genetic portraits than those who separate earlier. These studies reveal the vulnerability of early life, and the fundamental contribution of the environment in determining health. 
Why the CCFA Hides Part of the Picture

Mounting evidence points to the relevancy of external factors on our health. Irritable bowel diseases may have some genetic correlation, but larger contributors such as diet, lifestyle, and environment play the largest role. Often, resolving a dietary or lifestyle issue can completely eradicate digestive disorders. Unfortunately, it is more lucrative for pharmaceutical companies, and the organizations which they fund (such as the CCFA), to purport the “Genetics Loads the Gun” theory. 
Your Health: Get the Whole Story

When it comes to you and your family’s health, it is imperative to get the whole story. Your health depends on it.

An Incomplete Story: the “Genetics Loads the Gun” TheoryInflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which includes Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, affects approximately 1.4 million Americans, according to the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA). The CCFA claims that the lifetime risk for developing IBD is 10 to 20 times higher for close family members (siblings or offspring) than for the general population. This leads many researchers to believe that a specific gene triggers the onset of these digestive disorders. Based on this assumption, the CCFA has created a DNA Data bank in order to isolate and study potential genes. However, studies not funded by pharmaceutical companies have pointed towards the power of the environment and diet in determining disease susceptibility.
Epigenetics and the Power of Environment Epigenetics is the study of gene expression. Through epigenetics, scientists have isolated a phenomenon called epigenetic drift, whereby twins become more different with time. Additionally, twins who spend more of their lives together in the same environment have similar genetic portraits than those who separate earlier. These studies reveal the vulnerability of early life, and the fundamental contribution of the environment in determining health. 
Why the CCFA Hides Part of the PictureMounting evidence points to the relevancy of external factors on our health. Irritable bowel diseases may have some genetic correlation, but larger contributors such as diet, lifestyle, and environment play the largest role. Often, resolving a dietary or lifestyle issue can completely eradicate digestive disorders. Unfortunately, it is more lucrative for pharmaceutical companies, and the organizations which they fund (such as the CCFA), to purport the “Genetics Loads the Gun” theory. 


Your Health: Get the Whole StoryWhen it comes to you and your family’s health, it is imperative to get the whole story. Your health depends on it.

 

Pregnant Mothers and Biological Therapy: The Shocking Truth Behind IBD Medications

Negligent Medical Community Supports Drugs with Little Evidence

Pregnant women and children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) should receive biological therapy, according to an article posted in the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America website. This article supposes that “the greatest risk to mother and fetus during pregnancy is active IBD and not the medication used to treat it.” (Boggs, American Journal of Gastroenterology 2010). However, the same paragraph continues to admit that “there are no safety data for adalimumab [one of the forerunning biological therapy drugs currently on the market] with breastfeeding.” Additionally, the article states that infliximab and certolizumab only “appear” to be safe during breastfeeding. Didn't our parents always admonish us not to be fooled by appearances?

Drug Close-Up: Infliximab

Common Side Effects:

-        Back pain

-        headache

-        mild to strong stomach pain

-        runny or stuffy nose

-        exhaustion

Rare Side Effects:

-        severe allergic reaction

-        bloody, black, or tarry stools

-        chest pain

-        dizziness, fainting

-        fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

-        nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

-        red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin

-        seizures

-        migraines

-        sudden, unexplained weight gain or loss

-        suicidal thoughts or attempts

Prenatal Medical Disasters of the Past: The Case of Thalidomide

Infliximab and other biological drugs are brand-new, which means long-term, longitudinal studies have not been completed. How can medical professionals advertise their efficacy and safety when no research has been conducted on potential latent effects? In cases where new drugs are heavily marketed to expecting mothers, it can be educational to reflect on past public health pregnancy disasters. One such disaster was the use of thalidomide. The drug, among other things, was used extensively by women to help combat morning sickness. Unfortunately it was only years later that the horrific consequences of thalidomide bubbled to the surface- children born with an improper formation or absence of the anus, partial or total loss of sight, even paralysis. It has been said that had there been more extensive testing on animals before the drug was released, it would have been obvious that the drug was dangerous.

Don't Take Chances with Your Family

The drug companies don't have the best record when it comes to producing and selling helpful medications. While new regulatory agencies, such as the Food and Drug Administration (F.D.A.), now exist, it is still imperative that we question drug safety and look, first and foremost, for alternate routes of healing. Often times medicines produce more problems than they solve. Infants and unborn children are especially at risk. Their delicate nature predisposes them to stronger reactions to powerful drugs. Our past should teach us to be wary of the present, or at least to think more critically about it.

Dangerous and Expensive Medication: Crohn's and Colitis Drugs Revealed

What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's Disease is a type of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) where chronic inflammation can destroy the integrity of the colon wall, severely impeding the body’s ability to absorb food.

New and Controversial Medicines

Biological therapy medications are the latest addition to the stock-pile of questionable drug solutions thrown at IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. The pharmaceutical industry claims these pills will revolutionize the treatment of IBD. The medications are, efficacious because they are tailored to specifically target an immune or genetic mediator of the disease. However, this theory completely disregards the contributions of our environment, lifestyle, and diet choices on our health. And the medication still does not provide an absolute cure. Why is science so focused on our genes if the medications thus far have not entirely worked?

Biological Therapy is Big Business

At $3,000- $8,000 Per Infusion, Biological therapy is extremely profitable for pharmaceutical companies. There is no incentive for them to invest in preventative or alternative measures when they charge an arm and a leg for each infusion.

4 Dangerous Side Effects

Not only are these new biological therapy medications unaffordable, they also have numerous detrimental side effects.

  1. Anyphylaxis
  2. Reactivation or worsening of old diseases, like tuberculosis
  3. Multiple Sclerosis
  4. Lymphoma

Your Call to Action

If you or a loved one suffers from an Irritable Bowel Disease, take a second look at the medications pushed at the problem. Before you sink money into a hazardous drug, we encourage you to find other options that are simpler, healthier, and more cost-effective.

3 Reasons to Get a Second Opinion about Crohn's and Colitis Treatments

1. One in ten Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBD) patients are under the age of 18.

IBD and other disorders such as Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis are growing among children. Dealing with these diseases immediately can change your child's life.

2. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) has entirely “ruled out” diet as a contributing factor

Instead, the CCFA recommends drugs such as corticosteroids like prednisone, aminosalicylates, immunomodulators, antibiotics, and surgery. These medications have many side effects ranging from diarrhea to seizures. Surgery is invasive and dangerous.

3. The CCFA claims there is no known cure for Crohn's and Colitis

The CCFA is a business, funded by pharmaceutical corporate sponsors. There is a lot of money to be made in research, development and sales of medication and surgery techniques.

Another Way to Heal

There is hope. If you or a loved one suffers from Crohn's or Colitis, a simple food allergy test can quickly and easily determine what allergens may be triggers. Once the offending foods are removed the digestive tract will begin to heal. Let's change the conversation when it comes to our health. 

Pill Poison: Crohn's and Colitis Drugs

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) and their pharmaceutical sponsors are not interested in curing their patients. A cured patient is one who will no longer purchase medicine. The CCFA says that though there is no cure, “a number of different medications have proven effective in helping to control the disease.” Instead of addressing the cause directly, the CCFA and their pharmaceutical sponsors prefer ineffectual band-aid remedies that only minimally manage the pain and discomfort. In addition, many of the medications promoted by the CCFA are extremely harmful and can lead to the development of secondary health conditions.

2 Common Crohn's and Colitis Drugs and Side Effects:

1.

Symptom treated: Inflammation

Drug: Sulfasalazine

Common side effects:

-        headache

-        loss of appetite

-        mild stomach upset or pain

-        nausea

-        vomiting.

Rare side effects include:

-        rash

-        facial swelling

-        bloody diarrhea

-        fever, chills

-        hearing loss

-        mental or mood changes

-        seizures

2.

Symptom treated: For treating open and draining fistulas

Drug: Infliximab- first medication approved by the FDA specifically for treatment of Crohn's disease

Common Side Effects:

-        Back pain

-        headache

-        mild to strong stomach pain

-        runny or stuffy nose

-        exhaustion

Rare Side Effects:

-        severe allergic reaction

-        bloody, black, or tarry stools

-        chest pain

-        dizziness, fainting

-        fast, slow, or irregular heartbeat

-        nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea

-        red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin

-        seizures

-        migraines

-        sudden, unexplained weight gain or loss

-        suicidal thoughts or attempts

 

For Quick, Easy and Safe Results there is one way:

Symptom treated: Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis

Drug: None. Diet change, with possible supplements to heal digestive tract.

Common Side Effects: Eradication of the disease. 

Conventional Medicine Exposed: the Truth about Crohn's and Colitis Treatments

Contradictory and Controversial

The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) offers some confusing information in regards to diet and the onset of Irritable Bowel Disease. First, they concede that diet “may play some role in the underlying inflammatory process” but then claim “there is no evidence that anything in your diet history caused or contributed to these diseases.” They ridicule patients who “believe that their disease is caused by, and can be cured by diet.” This, they inform us, is “too simplistic an approach.” The options they recommend are corticosteroids, immunosuppressive agents, antibiotics and surgery, all of which are expensive, invasive, and potentially dangerous.

Uncovering the Hidden Truth

There are some obvious holes in this argument. What the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America neglects to mention is that 70% of our immune system is located in our digestive tract. Therefore, nutrient malabsorption is one of the biggest causes of all systemic ailments. Food, obviously a major component in this absorptive process, is a key contributor to our health. The suggestion that food and digestion is irrelevant to any illness, especially an Irritable Bowel Disease, is ludicrous.

Take Back Your Health from Greedy Corporations

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America is funded primarily by pharmaceutical corporations such as Abbott, Axcan Pharma, Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., Takeda Millenium, Warner Chilcott, Salix Pharmaceutical Inc., and Shire. Though CCFA claims they do not necessarily endorse the views of their direct corporate sponsors, it is unlikely that they would bite the hand that feeds them and support “simplistic” resolutions such as diet and lifestyle changes. “Simplistic” is actually a euphemism for “no profit.” Do you really want to be another dollar in their pocket?

It's time to take your health into your own hands. If you or a loved one suffers from an Irritable Bowel Disease, do not hesitate to get help now. 

Crohn's Disease: What Everyone Needs to Know

Spreading at an Alarming Rate

Up to 600,000 people in the United States alone suffer from Crohn's disease and the number is quickly growing, according to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard Medical School. The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) believes over 1.4 million people suffer from one of these diseases.

What is Crohn's Disease?

Crohn's Disease is a type of Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) where chronic inflammation can destroy the integrity of the colon wall, severely impeding the bodies ability to absorb food.

6 Symptoms Watch:

1. Loss of appetite

2. Chronic diarrhea

3. Cramping

4. Abdominal pain

5. Weight loss

6. Complications such as intestinal blockage, sores or ulcers that tunnel through the affected area to surrounding tissue in the bladder, vagina, and areas surrounding the anus. These tunnels may become infected and require surgery.

Conventional Treatments: “No Cure”

Modern conventional medicine claims “there is no medical cure” (The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America). While it is certainly true that no medicine has proven to eradicate the disease, there are simple, cost-effective ways of healing our digestive tracts.

Other Treatments: Cheap, Easy and Effective

The easiest and most cost-effective treatment for Crohn's disease is diet and lifestyle change paired with supplemental support. A simple food-allergy test followed by removal of aggravating food allergens can quickly and drastically improve our health. Supplements can help the readjustment process as we begin to heal our compromised digestive tract.

Take Action

Don't let conventional medical wisdom stand in the way of your health. If you or a loved one suffers from Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) or Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), take action and get help now.