1.4 million Americans are estimated to have Inflammatory Bowel Disease. An estimated 50,000 children suffer from IBD, typically being diagnosed after age 15 and rarely under the age of 8. Crohn’s disease is a chronic digestive illness, categorized as a breed of IBD. Patients suffer from a plethora of aches, pains, and extreme discomfort.
Treatment options are limited in terms of managing Crohn’s, increasing the devastation of a diagnosis. About 75% of people with Crohn’s disease receive surgical treatment, and a staggering 38% have recurring symptoms within a year of their procedure.
- Cramps/Abdominal pain
- Bloody stool
- Ulcers/Sores in Mouth
- Appetite Loss
- Weight Loss
- Developmental Delays (in children)
- Blood Loss
- Fluid Loss (dry mouth, bed-wetting, etc.)
- Kidney Stones
- Anal Skin Tags
- Joint Pain
- Perianal Disease (pain and drainage of the anus)
- Inflammation of
- Bile Ducts
These symptoms can slowly appear as small painful inconveniences or rapidly take over the body, making life a nightmare almost instantly. Experts have known for quite a while that chronic stress, an inflammatory diet, bacteria, exposure to certain illnesses and infections, and genetic factors feed into Crohn’s disease.
Recent studies hope to have unearthed the roadblock in creating successful cures-a fungus feeding the disease! Scientists, through tedious research, are working to understand Candida Tropicalis’ relationship with Crohn’s. Their recent studies have proven this specific fungus inflames the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and depletes the body of precious, healthy bacterium. Most CD patients have low bacteria levels, and the source is often unknown.
This breakthrough in holistic medicine should spark hope in our holistic health community battling this illness; it offers the possibility of new natural medicines and probiotics to help fight and even cure CD!
Diet, among other simple lifestyle implementations, plays a significant role in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Stay tuned for our next blog, where we outline easy steps for you to prevent Crohn’s and how to be mindful of others managing it.
If you know someone struggling with an IBD, you won’t want to miss it!
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