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?"
Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind Crohn's disease consists of three steps:
|Bacterial Dysbiosis||2%||Ruled out|
|Candida / Yeast||1%||Ruled out|
|Adrenal Fatigue||0%||Ruled out|
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
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.