Diverticular Disease

What Causes Diverticular Disease?

In order to deal properly with diverticular 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 diverticular disease to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind diverticular 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 diverticular disease.  Here are three possibilities:
  • Mercury Toxicity
  • Inadequate Fiber Intake
  • Constipation

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
very angry/hostile disposition
very early puberty onset
cold sores
unexplained missed periods
moving white lines across nails
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
metallic taste in mouth
having amalgam fillings
slight abdominal distension
coated tongue
gums that bleed easily
moderate mercury toxicity
... and more than 40 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of diverticular disease:
Cause Probability Status
Constipation 99% Confirm
Inadequate Fiber Intake 23% Unlikely
Mercury Toxicity 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 been diagnosed with Diverticular Disease?
Possible responses:
→ Don't know
→ No, it has been ruled out within the past 2 years
→ It is suspected
→ Confirmed 1 or 2 pockets
→ Confirmed 3 or more pockets
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate absence of diverticular disease, suspected diverticular disease or diverticular disease, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
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