Some people who suffer from Crohn's disease have alternating periods of relative health (remission), alternating with periods of disease (relapse or flare), while other patients have continuous symptoms from continued inflammation ,
There are many theories about what causes Crohn's disease, but none has yet been proven. The most popular theory is that the body's immune system reacts to a bacteria or a virus by causing ongoing inflammation in the intestine.
The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain - often in the lower right area - and diarrhea. The inflammation can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea. Rectal bleeding, fever and weight loss may also be present. Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia. Children who suffer from Crohn's disease may suffer stunted growth and delayed development.
Complications of Crohn's Disease
The most common complication is blockage of the intestine. Intestinal blockage occurs because Crohn's disease tends to thicken the intestinal walls with scar tissue and swelling, narrowing the passage. Crohn's disease may also cause sores, or ulcers, which tunnel through the affected area into surrounding tissues such as the bladder, skin or vagina. The areas around the rectum and anus are often involved. These tunnels - called fistulas - can link the bowel to the anus, vagina or skin surface and are a common complication and often become infected. Sometimes these fistulas can be treated with medications, but in other cases surgery might be required. Sections of diseased bowel can be removed surgically but symptoms often return.
Medical science has not yet discovered a cause or cure for Crohn's disease, but many drugs are available to control symptoms. We are told that the FDA (U.S. Food and Drug Administration) has approved a new drug product for use in treating moderate to severe Crohn's disease. The drug, known as "infliximab" (Remicade), reduces levels of a protein called "tumor necrosis factor alpha", which is believed to contribute to the inflammation of Crohn's disease. There are more basic common-sense strategies which work better and are much less toxic, but also generate far less profit.
The entire solution to Crohn's Disease lies in having a proper diet. You will NOT get proper diet advice from a doctor - they only want to give you drugs. You will also, many of you who read this page, reject "diet" as too simple. Crohn's Disease is one of these diseases which many doctors have told you cannot be cured.
Crohn's Disease and L-glutamine supplementation
L-glutamine supplementation might benefit conditions characterized by increased intestinal permeability such as food allergies and associated conditions such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and irritable bowel syndrome. One study (1) of ulcerative colitis patients showed that feeding 30 grams of glutamine-rich germinated barley foodstuff (GBF) on a daily basis for 4 weeks produced significant improvements. In this study the patients' condition worsened when GBF treatment was discontinued.
Research in Japan has also indicated that people suffering from Crohn's Disease might benefit from flax oil daily. The all-important omega-3 fatty acids appear to play an important role in Crohn's disease.
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Here are 4 books on Crohn's Disease which I recommend: "Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet", "Food and the Gut Reaction", "Controlling Crohn's Disease: The Natural Way" and Hulda Clark's classic "The Cure for All Diseases".
1. Kanuchi O, Iwanaga T, Mitsuyama K. Germinated barley foodstuff feeding. A novel neutraceutical therapeutic strategy for ulcerative colitis. Digestion 2001;63:60-67.
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