Ulcerative Colitis

What Causes Ulcerative Colitis?

In order to deal properly with ulcerative colitis 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 ulcerative colitis symptoms to develop?"

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Accurate diagnosis of the factors behind ulcerative colitis 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 ulcerative colitis symptoms.  Here are four possibilities:
  • Stress
  • Bacterial Dysbiosis*
  • Adrenal Fatigue
  • Autoimmune Tendency
* symptoms can be very similar

Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist

Identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
suspected adrenal insufficiency
craving for salt
regular bizarre dreams
recurring depression
cold sores
frequent stools
recent death of a loved one
adverse reaction to stress
difficulty getting out of bed
an average-stress lifestyle
regular infections
absent sexual desire
... and more than 100 others

Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause

A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of ulcerative colitis symptoms:
Cause Probability Status
Bacterial Dysbiosis** 97% Confirm
Stress 25% Unlikely
Autoimmune Tendency 5% Ruled out
Adrenal Fatigue 5% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
** Symptoms can be very similar

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 Ulcerative Colitis?
Possible responses:
→ Never / don't know
→ Mild / moderate but in remission
→ Serious, but in remission
→ Yes, currently mildly / moderately active
→ Yes, currently seriously active
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate ulcerative colitis in remission, ulcerative colitis or severe ulcerative colitis, The Analyst™ will consider possibilities such as:
Bacterial Dysbiosis

A variety of bacterial pathogens can cause severe gastrointestinal symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, fever or abdominal pain.  In addition, many of these intestinal microbes can exacerbate or cause flare-ups of symptoms in patients who already have ulcerative colitis.

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