INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
Colitis - Diverticulitis
Crohn's Disease - Appendicitis
Diarrhea and Colitis are on the rise in our society and are causing people to quit work because of their debilitation. The causes are directly related to our diet, the reflection of which is shown in our society's various advertisements for denatured foods. Why are we not educated about nutrition? Why are these diseases not being prevented?
INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE (IBD)
Inflammatory bowel disease is defined as a reoccurring inflammation of the colon or lower bowel. It is referred to as Colitis, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis and Appendicitis . These are diseases of modern civilization caused by refined, denatured foods and sedentary, stressful lifestyles. The main symptom is diarrhea followed by years of constipation. IBD almost always occurs in conjunction with lymphatic disturbances. See brochures called IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME, AUTOINTOXICATION, CONSTIPATION and LYMPHATIC CONGESTION.
Colitis is an irritation or inflammation of the colon lining, which commonly results in diarrhea. There are two kinds of Colitis: mucus and spastic Colitis.
In Mucus Colitis , the lining of the bowel is attacked by toxins, which then secretes excessive mucus. Milk products in the diet can also contribute to an over abundance of mucus in the colon. Both situations result in the constriction of the nerves and muscles, causing diarrhea and the propelltion of the waste material through quickly, before it can form a stool. This is mucus irritated diarrhea.
Toxic irritation can be severe, even to the extent that the tissues seep a bloody fluid or actually bleed, showing blood or mucus in the stools. This is called Bloody Colitis. Sometimes the muscles may constrict so much that the waste mass has difficulty passing through on its way to the rectum. One possible result of this is alternating constipation and diarrhea. If the toxins become very poisonous, they can create a sore or ulcer on the inner lining, producing Ulcerative Colitis . This demands immediate treatment by your physician, since the ulcers may develop into a cancerous condition.
In Spastic Colitis, the symptoms are similar to Mucus Colitis, except that excessive mucus may or may not be present. Again, the main difficulty seems to arise from the irregular and unpredictable upsets in those muscles which control the contraction of the bowel, because of irritated, toxic nerves. The colon can squeeze together in some places and remain relaxed in others. This causes undue retention of waste material and gives rise to the gas that produces the colicky pains characteristic of this ailment. Since the colon is tense, tight or squeezed down, it means that blood is not being circulated to the bowel wall in a normal manner. This results in hypoxia, or reduced oxygen availability to the bowel wall, which in turn causes the tissues to become acidotic from nonremoved metabolic waste products. The ensuing effects are swelling of the local tissues with gas and bloating, as well as alternating diarrhea and constipation.
Diverticulitis is a condition in which small pouches, sacs or diverticuli are formed on the colon wall. This out-pouching is a ballooning of the tissues from hardened debris, chemical toxins and gas which place pressure on the colon lining. This of course is caused by years of constipation. Diverticuli can occur anywhere in the colon, but most commonly are found in the descending and sigmoid sections of the colon where the feces are drier and harder. Trapped gas from indigestion can place additional pressure on these sacs, resulting in pain. When these pouches become irritated from toxins, they may then become inflamed. Now this condition is called Diverticulitis, meaning inflammation.
Symptoms of Diverticulitis vary, but usually include abdominal cramps or gas pain after eating too much fiber such as seeds, nuts, popcorn, bran or even raw vegetables - that irritates the diverticuli.
CROHN'S DISEASE (ILEITIS or ENTERITIS)
Crohn's Disease is one of the most serious of the digestive tract diseases. It is a chronic inflammation and infection of all the layers of the lining of the small and/or large intestine. Colitis occurs throughout the whole colon, while Crohn's can affect various segments of the small and large bowel. This inflammation can lead to ulceration of the gut lining. These ulcerated areas can form scars that sometimes cause obstructions in the digestive tract.
Malabsorption Syndrome , which can occur in the small intestine, describes the inability to absorb normal, nutritional amounts of vitamins and minerals from digested food. Blood, fluids and protein can also lead to anemia, dehydration or malnutrition.
Like the other inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease may go into remission for awhile and flare up periodically.
Appendicitis is the acute inflammation of the appendix. The appendix is an appendage protruding from the lower section of the cecum in the colon. This gland's job is to generate and secrete a powerful, acidic germicide fluid into the cecum, when the alkalized food comes from the small intestine into the colon through the ileo-cecal valve. The fluid neutralizes any residue that could interfere with the proper elimination of waste through the colon.
Excessive retention of wastes from years of constipation results in an overworked, irritated and inflamed appendix. If this gland were to burst, peritonitis could occur, indicating a dangerous situation. The germicide from the appendix could cause a poisoning and inflammation of the outer bowel wall and the inner lining of the abdominal cavity. Surgery is usually performed by a physician. Symptoms can be those of IBD, along with severe pain in the lower right quadrant of the abdomen.
SYMPTOMS OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
* bloody diarrhea
* frequent loose bowel movements
* weight loss
* abdominal cramps
* gas pain
* abdominal pain
* malnutrition from vitamin deficiencies
* malaise and fatigue
* vomiting after eating solid food
* stomach pain
* prolapses of the colon
* abdominal distention
* excessive gas.
Check off the symptoms that you are experiencing.
One of the dangers of continued diarrhea is the loss of electrolytes, especially if accompanied by vomiting. Electrolytes are the mineral substances that are dissolved in fluids of the body. Disturbances can be fatal in a short period of time, particularly in infants. In very extreme situations, the patient must be fed by intravenous methods in the hospital.
In these extreme situations while waiting to see a physician, fluid and electrolytes can be put into the body via the skin. Apple cider vinegar can be rubbed into the skin, which absorbs its potassium and mineral content. Rubbing sea salt water into the skin also adds a variety of minerals.
CAUSES OF INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE
The cause of all of these conditions is basically constipation. The definition of constipation is that there is still something in the bowel that has not come out. This could be toxic chemicals, mucus, gases, parasites, fungus, bacteria and viruses. We also know that constipation is caused by a damaging diet. Allergy and food hypersensitivity are factors involved in most cases. If there is a family, genetic weakness, this will increase the factors further. See articles on ALLERGIES and CONSTIPATION.
EMOTIONS & STRESS
Emotions and stress do not specifically cause the previously-listed diseases, but instead act like a trigger to set them off. If emotions are having an effect on your body, it is often caused by a physical deficiency in the body, giving out an emotional communication. It is not in your head, as many physicians will tell you. A toxic colon cannot synthesize the necessary B Vitamins in the colon which nourish the nerves. Irritated, undernourished nerves create a stressed colon, resulting in diarrhea. It is best to identify the stress triggers in your life and consider some relaxation techniques.
MEDICAL TREATMENT FOR IBD
The physician may request the following variety of tests for diagnosis: x-ray, ultrasound, rectal exam, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, stool tests, and blood tests. Treatment may be antibiotics, cortisone (steroids), sulfa drugs, sedatives, tranquilizers, a bland diet, rest or hospitalization, etc. In a reactionary state, it is wise to seek medical attention from your physician. Remember that people with IBD have a higher than average risk of developing cancer of the colon or rectum. Continue to work with your physician always. Seek help from holistic health that can greatly compliment and improve your condition.
ALLERGIES & INTOLERANCES
It is very important to have food sensitivities identified. There are several tests that could be utilized. The ELISA blood test will identify blood antibodies to certain foods. This is a more expensive test with blood drawn and sent to a specific laboratory. Electro-Dermal Screening or the Meridian Test, which is the same test, is very good for detection too. This can be done directly in a Holistic Health Clinic. Kinesiology Muscle Response Tests might be good too. The Scratch Test that is done by a Medical Doctor Allergist tends to be good for environmentals, but not accurate for food. Do some research into these tests so you can select one. Remember that if you have been avoiding a food for a long time, it is possible that it will not show up in these tests.
DIET & EXERCISE
A Bland Diet will help in the reactionary state of any case of Inflammatory Bowel disease. Foods should be soft and well cooked, or even blended. Foods high in roughage, such as raw fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds should be strictly avoided. Warning milk and cheese are almost always not tolerated.
Lactic acid powder (acidophilus), provides friendly bacteria, which often soothes an irritated digestive tract, and provides an effective crusading force against undesirable bacteria in the g the colon to heal.
Outdoor exercise along with diet and dietary supplements, should be included but must stop short of fatigue, since exhaustion makes the disease worse. But probably as important as any other therapeutic measure is the need to relax, reduce stress and change your lifestyle.
Vitamin A and B complex are often effective in dealing with disorders of the gastro-intestinal tract. Vitamin A can strengthen the mucus membranes of the intestinal walls. The thiamine in Vitamin B Complex can feed the intestinal nerves and help induce better control, both in the in the intestinal nervous system and the colon itself. Passion flower of other herbs such as valerian can also do the same, perhaps better. In some cases of ulcerated colitis, successful attempts have been undertaken using amino acids and administering them on a similar basis as that of the medical treatment given for ulcers of the stomach.
Liquid chlorophyll contains natural iron which may be necessary to deter the development of anemia. Vitamin C can aid the absorption of iron as well as heal irritated tissues and ulcerations. Aloe Vera gel is very effective at helping the intestines to heal, especially a leaky gut. Speak with a Holistic Practitioner or Nutritionist to plan a program specifically to your needs.