Crohns with Fistula: Please help me with regard to how to get rid of an anal fistula assoc. w/ Crohns. I take high concentrations of an intracellular aloe vera product which seems to help but I don't want to live with this "pain in the butt" fistula forever! Only once a month does it flare up and abcess. Have had it asperated once, take sitz baths occassionally but.....Argh!! Thank you! Mrs. CR
Was at the Health Food Store picking up more Barley Grass for my boyfriend's Crohn's disease when I overheard a man looking for Pau D' Arco tea for his Crohn's. Apparently after many years of suffering from this disease, he only had 18" of his intestine left and after that was going to have to wear a bag. But he discovered this tea and has been drinking it every day and hasn't had any problems since. My boyfriend doesn't drink tea but I found capsules for him and he takes two a day along with the Green Barley Grass (two a day 500 mg each) and he swears this changed his life. He hasn't been sick since December of '13. We do not run out of the Pau D' Arco or Green Barley Grass anymore.
(Ten Mile , Tn.)
I had Crohn's Disease 20 years and could not get well. The last flare up I was going to the Dr twice a day to get predisone in my veins and it was not working. This flare up lasted about 4 months. I learned about Barley Grass(capsules) so I took it and the bleeding stopped soon after. I continued to take barley grass and vitamins and later learned about Slippery Elm (herb) also.These herbs and vitamins healed me of this horrible flare up and I have not had another flare up since then. That was 12 years ago. Before this I flared up every year. I stopped drinking milk and caffeine (I drink soy milk). I am sharing this so people suffering with Crohns can read about these herbs. I give God the glory for this. I had prayed so earnestly for help with this horrible disease.
(New Iberia, La)
How many times have we heard it said "drink your milk, it's good for you ". Our mothers said it, our doctors said it, television commercials said it even our schools said it. we fill our children's bellies at nearly every meal and insist that they drink up. you need the calcium to grow strong bones we tell them. but what we don't tell our children is the hidden danger that may be lying in every drop of the milk we so highly trust.
Cattle have an infectious disease called Johnes that produces horrible bloody lesions in the intestines. These lesions swell shut and frequently interfere with passage of stools. The pain is agonizing. The diarrhea never ending. Well, that pretty much sounds like Crohn's disease in humans.
After extensive scientific analysis researchers have found the organism mycobacterium avium paratuburculosis causes the same bloody lesions in cattle as it does in humans. Http://www.Crohn's.org/ see also notmilk.com/dr greger/Crohn's
So what it the problem? Milk gets pasteurized right? Well, consider this before you drink another drop. The USDA standards for milk pasteurization require the milk to be warmed to 165 degrees for a mere 15 seconds. Researchers working with the map bacteria have found that mycobacterium avium paratuburculosis can easily withstand 194 degrees for one minute. It is one of the highest heat tolerant organisms known. In other words, it goes right through the pasteurization process unscathed to be poured out intact right on top of your cereal.
There is a dramatic rise in intestinal disorders worldwide including Crohn's in most countries where they accept USDA guidelines for milk pasteurization. However, in India they drink huge amounts of milk but have low incidence of Crohn's. What could be the difference? They boil their milk for more than 1 minute, we don't.
So if we are being exposed to a dangerous mycobacterium why don'/t we all get sick? The answer to that would be the strength of our immune system and the presence of good bacteria continually fighting against it.
The scientific community treats Crohn's disease by giving antibiotics like candy and trying to reduce inflammation with steroidal anti-inflammatory. This avenue of approach is like putting gasoline on a fire. Map bacteria are intracellular organisms (mycoplasma) that feed off of preformed sterols. They actually get a break when you take ineffective antibiotics which serve to kill off their enemies the good beneficial bacteria in the intestines.
So what do you do with this bug to get rid of it? You work with the immune system not against it. And you take specific forms of bacteria that once were commonly found in the soil. You kill off the map with friendly bacteria of rare species.
A young man named Jordan Rubin once was a very healthy young man in the prime of life. After developing Crohn's disease at age 19, he lost more than half his body weight. He became bed ridden suffering excruciating agony from bloody intestines, excreting diarrhea so frequently he could seldom ever sleep. He looked like a walking skeleton and grew close to death actually praying to god to take him home or help him find the answer.
That was his moment of discovery. he found a scientific article about a research group working with rare types of soil organisms that once had been present in crop soils but now are long gone. These bacteria when tested exhibited types of antibacterial compounds lethal to map.
Today Jordan Rubin has fully recovered from Crohn's and become a doctor. He has developed his recipe of soil organisms into a probiotic freely available at any health food store. You can read about his journey from disease back to wellness in his book "patient, heal thyself".
Sorry, I won't mention the name of the probiotic as it might be considered spam. But realize soil organisms are indeed our primal defensive system
Now, one more bit of advice on healing Crohn's disease. A chemical exists which has an affinity for killing mycoplasma intracellular organisms, such as map and mycoplasma fermentans, both extremely hard to kill. It's not actually an antibiotic drug, It's gallium nitrate, a solution of gallium metal. Look up George Eby research/Crohn's disease. This is a new method of dealing with Crohn's you might not see for many years in the future.
(St Lazare, Quebec)
Stopping GMO foods will do wonders for Crohn's Disease. The gmo foods are treated as foriegn bodies and our body starts the immune response. Milk Kefir is the best for any type of Auto Immune disease. Good Health
My wife has IBS/Crohn's and after book after book and days on the internet and a doctor that wanted to put her on a prescription we finally came to find the chief culprits in her case. After reading a book published by a doctor who suffered from Crohn's we eliminated several things from her diet and added some items. Anything with high fructose corn syrup was out, citrus fruits were reduced, sugar consumption was reduced , herbal teas for the tummy are used and an on the shelf digestive product with dicalcium phosphate and magnesium sterate are used. This so far has been working. But the corn syrup is a major player, it's in everything in America. We try to buy European when possible they at least use sugarn their cookies, jam, etc.
Crohn's - DMSO gel & Manuka Honey
Hi: Try applying DMSO gel on your lower tummy (colon area) 2x a day. It helps to rid of inflammation, and restore healthier bowels. It helps with reduction of pain after 1 hour. Manuka honey also helps heal wounds in the bowels and definitely helped me with reducing acute pain. I take 1/2 tspn on empty stomach 2x a day.
Lastly, do not over look proper food combining. It is very important.
Crohn's Disease relief/cure. A lady I know had Crohn's in the past and I asked her about it because I was having stomach problems and my father had died from Crohn's. She said she had suffered and tried many different medicines with no success. She read about this remedy and it worked... Take 4 quality fish oil tablets before bed and 4 after waking up in the morning. She said she stopped taking them about 8 months later.
A couple of years ago, I was diagnosed with colitis. I went to the doctor constantly with diarherra, pus and bleeding. I was having pain after every meal and at one point, was losing a pound a day. My doctor told me that I would have to stay on a diet of soft foods. I found a book on the internet called "Crohns and Colitis". The author talked about eating a strict fruit diet. I starting doing it and the symptoms that I had been suffering from for over a year left me. The enzymes in the fruit made all of the difference.
(Stanton, Ca, USA)
My husband has Crohn's, and has had surgery once already.. All his pain and diarrhea has come back. Food does not digest comes straight out.. If anyone can please help!
Jordan Rubin has a book that helps! He's the creator of the Garden of Life products. Please check it out... You'll thank yourself later. I suffered with it for a few years. I applied the principles in his book. It took months to see results, but the doctor dropped the diagnosis from Crohn's to IBS. I no longer need my medication. There are many other testimonials. Give it a try! "Restoring Your Digestive Health" (I think that's the name of it..)
I posted in the past as I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. About a year later it was discovered I had Crohn's. I did the low residue diet with a tablespoon of Black Strap Molasses, and it brought me out in the past. I have been going on two months now and have lost a job (thanks Immodium with the "narcotic like effects") as a call center representative, and could not hold my head together.
This particular flare up I have tried turmeric with black pepper and oregano infusions to get rid of bacteria, coconut water famous for stopping the runs, pomegranate juice which is supposed to stop the "D", Pentasa, Asacol, glorious diet foods from Whole Foods "whole paycheck" that were supposed to bring remission (SCD), pepto bismol tablet and liquid, the famous anomaly coconut macaroons, blackberry brandy (the real stuff, not flavored), black tea, the bratt diet, caltrate, and finally, bentonite clay.
I was a wreck when I was on Immodium AD extra strength (my mind was not where my body was on the phones) as I found out when I had told a potential client wrong information on a call that was audited, and about a third into my shift, something was urging pretty severely to get out and it was not gas. I took my break a little early and ran to the nearest restroom which felt about a mile away in my dress shoes. I prepared some black tea because that might help calm things down a bit and had a cigarette. No avail. For lunch I had strange stares because who brings in gatorade and a couple of bouillon cubes? My mother died amidst all of this, and I still managed to catch a flight, play violin at her memorial service with the aid of goodnights. This is just not the way to live.
I on the good side of things dropped about 25 pounds (sexy... Lol). All of this brought me to an idea that I had when I was 15 (28 years ago) when I had a flu bug and the urgency was terrible. I had an herbalist tell me to go home, and take 1/4 teaspoon (and no more) of nutmeg with 4 oz of warm water, and don't eat for an hour and a half. That cleaned up the problem, and no worries after that.
All these years later I have this flare up, and 2 months after the start 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg, and later that evening I had a Jamba juice Pomegranate pick me up with their yogurt (which is not good as well as a test), and a 12 inch steak and cheese with spinach, black olives, and chipolte sauce (gentle test) on Italian Herbs and cheese from subway; things are normal this morning (so far). I found that for whatever reason nutmeg is a cleanser of the digestive tract, and an effective astringent as well it will bind your intestinal tract. You DO NOT want to take more than 4 tablespoons in a day however as it will make you very ill, and usually has bad effects on your body such as possible hallucinations (not likely but has been documented as a possible side effect), and possibly death (most likely not, but possible). If you are sensitive to nutmeg or have reactions to apple pie, or other common recipes that contain nutmeg, sorry this course is not for you.
I had also looked in to coconut oil for a few days after things are back into swing and you need to normalize the bowel, and have come up with a decent brand of coconut oil on amazon from Jarrow (it really tastes like coconut, and very fragrant).
In my research, experience with doctors, and self experience have found that I have been my best barometer of success with this ailment. It matters not necessarily what you eat because if you are going to have a resection, surgery, or other procedure, it will happen anyway. I had Solu-Medrol followed by a taper Rx of Prednisone which I forced myself off of sooner than prescribed because walking a parking lot felt like walking a football field, and the jitters and palpitations were terrible, and when I ran out of Pentasa and tried to get assistance from Shirecares.com they were like dealing with the jaws of Satan. All I can say is I am grateful I have no adverse reactions to nutmeg, and it works.
Another thing of note is that Crohn's sufferers are commonly deficient in vitamins b-12, and d3, and some cases iron. It is important in addition to your multivitamins you supplement them with either b-12 or b complex, d3, and if you have a lot of bleeding or are anemic; iron. If for some reason you are unable to consume iron supplements, liver (usually beef) is a good starting point. Also if you are iron deficient Do NOT take pomegranate supplements or juice.
I am not a doctor, though I have visited many. I ask a lot of questions, and make sure I don't leave until I get answers. Also I have found that if you are gluten intolerant, you may have celiac disease. Other topics of interest to explore are Colitis (any form), c-diff, and h-pylori. If the diagnosis is Crohn's, make sure you review cat scans, x-rays or biopsies with your physician thoroughly, and write down the questions you intend on asking before your visit. Do not leave until you have all of your questions answered.
(Fort Lauderdale, Fl)
Kombucha and probiotics for Crohn's Disease. I had to have my colon, and anus removed with emergency surgery due to untreated chronic diarrhea(mutating fungus in the colon). After surgery, it started to attack my small intestine. It could have been prevented by consuming Kombucha. I make my Kombucha with apple juice (frozen purified water) no extra sugar, plus add 1 probiotic capsule the first 2 batches. It is very acidic, so I mix 1fl. oz. with 15 oz. water. Drink 3 times a day forever, and say goodbye to medical doctor!
Hi all! I wanted to write in with a discovery of mine; Kratom for diarrhea symptoms.
I am 24 years old, was diagnosed at 8 and have been in "remission" since a small bowel resection since I was 17. I haven't had any flare-ups since then, but I have had to deal with constant diarrhea and the occasional bout of weirdness that my doctors don't know how to deal with. (for example, over the course of several months last year somehow I lost 2/3 of my total blood volume, zero pain, zero injuries, zero idea how it happened*. Isn't this disease full of wonderful surprises?)
I stumbled across Kratom while looking for natural cures for depression. Kratom is a plant from Southeast Asia that has been used as a medicine for centuries.
After a little trial and error with different varieties, I eventually discovered that taking 2 tablespoons a day of kratom powder COMPLETELY CURED my diarrhea. I think it's helped with my depression as well, though that might just be because now I can actually function like a real person. I usually take it in the mornings with fruit juice (f you get powder don't try and take it with water, it tastes disgusting and seems much harder to swallow). I also take it with breakfast, but haven't noticed anything bad taking it on an empty stomach.
From what I've read, dosage can vary a lot from person to person taking into account the strength of the variety you're using and body weight (I'm 120 lbs), things like that. I did take too much once, though I only experienced some nausea that cleared up after a few hours.
I will add that if you search for Kratom on the web, you're likely to come across a few scare articles about it. From what I've read and experienced, this is complete bunk.
*Also, I don't know if kratom had anything to do with this, but the three months I started taking it were also the three months after my weird blood volume incident. I had received a transfusion at the hospital, which raised my number from a 4 to an 8 (I don't know what they call this scale, but normal blood volume is between 16 and 12). Three months after the transfusion, I got some labs to measure it again, and my lab work came back great (at a 12). My Hematologist was ecstatic, she was expecting my numbers to be dropping again. Kratom was the only supplement I added.
(Greensboro, North Carolina)
I have had crohns disease for twenty five years. My change came with food - go back to what your ancestors ate. I started a garden. I eat lots of veggies and some fruit, minimal fruit doesn't agree with me. I use every thing all natural every ones genes r different but flare ups are minimal.