Crohn's Disease

What Causes Crohn's Disease?

To successfully treat and prevent recurrence of Crohn's disease we need to understand and — if possible — remove the underlying causes and risk factors.  We need to ask: "What else is going on inside the body that might allow Crohn's disease to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind Crohn's disease consists of three steps:

Step 1: List the Possible Causative Factors

Identify all disease conditions, lifestyle choices and environmental risk factors that can lead to Crohn's disease.  Here are five possibilities:
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis
  • Autoimmune Tendency
  • Candida / Yeast
  • Hypercoagulation
  • Adrenal Fatigue

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
refined white flour consumption
hypoglycemia
difficulty swallowing
poor cold weather tolerance
severe fatigue after slight exertion
history of candidiasis
having asthma
a high-stress lifestyle
diminished perspiration
difficulty conceiving children
suspected vaginal yeast infection
frequent infections
... and more than 90 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of Crohn's disease:
Cause Probability Status
Autoimmune Tendency 99% Confirm
Hypercoagulation 13% Unlikely
Bacterial Dysbiosis 2% Ruled out
Candida / Yeast 1% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 0% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.

If you indicate bowel problems, The Analyst™ will ask further questions including this one:
Have you had Crohn's Disease?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, it has been ruled out
→ Moderately, but in remission
→ Seriously, but in remission
→ Yes, currently active
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of Crohn's disease, Crohn's disease in remission or active Crohn's disease, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bacterial Dysbiosis

During the early 1980s, exaggerated immunologic responses to components of the normal fecal flora were proposed as possible mechanisms behind inflammatory bowel disease.  Little progress has been made in confirming or disproving this theory, although bacterial overgrowth of the jejunum has been found in 30% of patients hospitalized for Crohn's disease, in which it contributes to diarrhea and malabsorption.  The demonstration of increased intestinal permeability in patients with active Crohn's disease and in healthy first degree relatives suggests the existence of a preexisting abnormality, such as dysbiosis, that allows an exaggerated immune response to normal gut contents to occur.

Elimination diets can induce remission in Crohn's disease as effectively as prednisone.  The primary bacteriologic effect of elemental diets is to lower the concentration of Lactobacilli in the stool drastically without altering levels of other bacteria.

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