Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, also known as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), often strike between ages 15 and 35. The term inflammatory disease encompasses a wide spectrum of clinical symptoms in their severity from mild diarrhea, proctitis, fatigue, and abdominal cramps to life-threatening intestinal inflammation with gastrointestinal bleeding, bowel perforation, hemorrhage and shock.
The IBD may be divided into two major groups: chronic ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The original description of the disease was described by Crohn (not surprising), Ginzburg and Oppenheimer in 1932. These diseases are more common in whites than in blacks or Asians and interestingly there’s a high incidence in Jews (three to six fold increases) than non-Jews. Both sexes are equally affected.
The cause of ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease remains unknown. No infectious organism has been identified despite an intensive search for viral, bacterial or parasitic agents. Medical treatment is not curative and often multiple operations may follow during the clinical course.
Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease have many similar and some different clinical presentations and pathologic manifestations. Crohn’s disease primarily affects young adults and its incidence appears to be rising. The inflammation in Crohn’s disease occurs through the entire thickness of the bowel wall with fibrosis involved typically in the small intestine and colon. Ulcerative colitis has friable bleeding mucosa and is limited to the colon. Anal fissure is a classical characteristic of Crohn’s disease.
Classification of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are important for the understanding of the pathology, diagnosis and CPT code. But, does it really help the patient? Therapies are similar with antiinflammatory medication, immune-suppressive medications and steroids. Surgeries often follow as a last resort. In fact, in ulcerative colitis, the operation (colectomy) is considered curative, but surgery cannot cure Crohn’s disease.
In February 2010, an almost 13-year-old Jewish girl with a history of Crohn’s disease for two years, came to see me for evaluation. Some of her symptoms included frequent bowel movement, straining, heavy mucous in the stool, abdominal cramps, indigestion, anemic, chest pain, fatigue and not gaining weight. Colonoscopy was done and the finding was consistent with Crohn’s disease according to the biopsy. She was hospitalized, started on IV steroids and multiple medications to control her symptoms without much success.
When I measured her 40 acupuncture meridian points, 13 out of 40 meridians were out of balance. The main problems were coming from the large intestine meridian, stomach meridian and allergies. She was started on the parasite medications of Alinia followed by Levamisole. She was also started on homeopathic remedies for allergies and parasites, and probiotics called Prescript-Assist. Food allergy testing (IgG Delayed Hypersensitivity Test) revealed she was severely allergic to 15 foods including sugar, yeast, chocolate, oat, spinach, orange and lamb.
Her bowel symptoms waxed and waned with some improvement, followed by setbacks with recurrent symptoms during the course of the treatment. Her mom was constantly vigilant and brought her to see me with constant changes of her condition. At times, she would have flare ups with high fever, cramps, straining bowel movements and abdominal cramps.
During the course of treatment, I added more rounds of parasite medications, Tinidazole, Levamisole, Ivermectin, and Alinia plus herbal parasite preparations based on Acupuncture Meridian Assessment; as well as Color Therapy and nutritional therapy based on a hair mineral analysis. I want to emphasize that I was not treating her Crohn’s disease, but merely trying to balance the meridians to unmask the hidden underlying problems.
One year later, she had minimum symptoms. She was no longer anemic. She is growing, gaining weight, going to school, and hardly misses a day of school anymore. Is she in remission or perhaps cured? Within a one year period of treatment with me (after her previous two years of no success and debilitating treatments), she is not on any medication and there’s no sign of active Crohn’s disease.
What have I learned from taking care of this girl who was suffering from Crohn’s disease? According to mainstream medicine, the cause of IBD is unknown. Virus, bacteria and parasites as a cause have been ruled out, yet, she responded to parasite medications.
When you get stuck and don’t know what is going on for IBD and IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), think parasites and allergies! Also, I have seen many cases of colitis improve after extraction of infected root canals. I recommend that you read my article, “Curing the Incurable by Measuring the Immeasurable,” and also her mother’s testimonial on her daughter’s Crohn’s disease on the Outcomes page of my website at www.preventionandhealing.com.