Crohn's Disease

Definition of Crohn's Disease:

Chronic inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract.  The most common symptoms are abdominal pain, often in the lower right area, and diarrhea.  Rectal bleeding, weight loss, and fever may also occur.  Bleeding may be serious and persistent, leading to anemia.

Also: Crohn's

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Anemia

...the condition
“...The common types of anemia are ... Anemia caused by chronic disease, such as HIV/AIDS, Crohn's disease, and rheumatoid arthritis...”

Canker Sores (Aphthous Ulcers)

...relationship to Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease causes inflammation of the gut, leading to ulcers developing in both the stomach and mouth.”
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Colon Cleansing

...as a treatment
“...Colonic irrigation should not be used in people with diverticulitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, severe or internal hemorrhoids, tumors in the rectum or colon, or soon after bowel surgery...”

Crohn's Disease

...the condition
“Alternative names: Regional Enteritis, Ileitis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease (collective term for Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's Disease), IBD Crohn's Disease causes inflammation in the small intestine...”
...our question about Amount of dairy product consumption
“...Forty million Americans have irritable bowels and over 500,000 have gone on to develop Crohn's disease.  "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis RNA was found in 100% of Crohn's disease patients, compared with 0% of controls...”
...relationship to Ankylosing Spondylitis
“Bowel inflammation is somehow tied to the development of ankylosing spondylitis and this is the reason why people with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis are at increased risk of the illness.”
...relationship to Small Intestine Cancer
“Adenocarcinoma of the small bowel is associated with Crohn's disease, which usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine (the ileum)...”
...relationship to Bacterial Dysbiosis
“...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...”
...relationship to Vitamin B12 Requirement
Crohn's disease can lead to malabsorption of vitamin B12.”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“A study of 474 smokers with Crohn's disease found that patients who stopped smoking for more than 1 year had similar rates of flare-ups as patients who never smoked, and both groups had fewer problems than current smokers...”
...recommendation against Glutamine
“Although glutamine is known to play a role in small intestine function, in Crohn's disease at least two studies have shown it to be mildly harmful...”
...recommendation Essential Fatty Acids
“A study by Japanese researcher Kuroki found that, compared with control subjects, Crohn's patients had lower concentrations of Omega-3 essential fats and higher concentrations of the monounsaturated fatty acids Omega-7 and Omega-9...”
...recommendation against Increased Fruit/Vegetable Consumption
“In one trial, patients (rather than doctors) were asked which foods aggravated Crohn's disease symptoms.  Those without an ileostomy said that raw fruit and tomatoes were among the most problematic foods, though responses varied from person to person, and other reports have come...”
...recommendation Zinc
“Tissue damaged by Crohn's disease has an enhanced recovery rate with adequate zinc.”
...recommendation Superoxide Dismutase
“A study from France demonstrated the use of an antioxidant called superoxide dismutase and desferoxamine (an iron chelating drug) which allowed 82% of severe Crohn's patients to go into remission.”
...recommendation Sugar Avoidance / Reduction
“Elaine Gottschall, author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has proposed that gut dysbiosis is a major cause of Crohn's disease, with small and large bowel fermentation being a key component...”
...recommendation Slippery Elm
“...It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis...”
...recommendation Robert's Formula
“See the link between Crohn's and Slippery Elm.”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Para-T) RNA (a bacteria causing Johne's disease in cows) was found in 100% of Crohn's disease patients, compared with 0% of controls...”
...recommendation Test for Helicobacter Pylori Infection
“Drug therapies used to fight the ulcer-causing bacteria Helicobacter Pylori may help treat Crohn's disease.  Researchers recently reported that "after treatment [with antibiotics against H. Pylori], clinical remission [of Crohn's disease] was achieved in all patients", regardless of the type...”
...recommendation Gluten-free Diet
“See the link between Crohn's and Sugar Avoidance / Reduction.”

Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)

...the condition
“...Other risk factors include ... Inflammatory bowel diseases such ass Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis...”

Diarrhea

...the condition
“...Causes of Chronic Diarrhea The most likely cause of chronic bloody diarrhea is inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), i.e. ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease.  Symptoms of tenesmus or incomplete evacuation suggest rectal inflammation...”
...recommendation Zinc
“...Individuals who have had gastrointestinal surgery or who have digestive disorders that result in malabsorption, including sprue, Crohn's disease and short bowel syndrome, are at greater risk of a zinc deficiency...”

Elevated Homocysteine Levels

...relationship to Crohn's Disease
“Homocysteine levels are often increased in patients with Crohn's disease...”
...relationship to Ulcerative Colitis
“Several studies have found that patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are more likely to have elevated blood homocysteine levels (hyperhomocysteinemia)...”

Enteritis

...the condition
“...Types of enteritis include ... Crohn's disease / regional enteritis...”

Excess Animal Fat Consumption

...the condition
“...These diets also appear to protect to varying degrees against Alzheimer's disease, dementia, Crohn's disease, kidney failure, multiple sclerosis, premature aging, erectile dysfunction, prostate enlargement, and reduced male fertility...”

Fish Oils

...as a treatment
“...Evidence is mixed on whether fish oil can help prevent flare-ups of Crohn's disease, a condition in which parts of the digestive tract are highly inflamed...”

Food Poisoning

...the condition
“...The following individuals should seek medical attention if food poisoning is suspected ... inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis...”

Gastritis

...recommendation Slippery Elm
“...It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis...”
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Glutamine

...as a treatment
“...Glutamine is a "brain food"; it helps build and maintain muscle; useful in weight loss and bodybuilding; used to treat arthritis, autoimmune diseases, fibrosis, intestinal disorders (such as Crohn's disease, irritable bowel disease, ulcerative colitis), lupus, connective tissue disease and tissue damage from radiation treatments, fatigue, impotence, schizophrenia and senility...”

Heartburn / GERD / Acid Reflux

...relationship to Crohn's Disease
Crohn's disease is a chronic ailment that causes inflammation and injury in the colon and other parts of the gastrointestinal tract, including the esophagus.”

High/Increased Fiber Diet

...as a treatment
“...Water insoluble fiber assists in maintaining regular bowel movements, but may have an adverse or detrimental effect on irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn's disease.  Soluble fiber may be beneficial in atherosclerosis, hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, diabetes, obesity, hypertension, dumping syndrome, and gallstones...”

Hypercoagulation (Thickened Blood)

...the condition
“...This list currently includes CFS/FMS, myofascial pain syndrome, osteonecrosis of the jaw, fetal loss, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, Sjogren's syndrome, IBS, Lyme disease, autism, gulf war illness and ADD...”

IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)

...the condition
“...No link has been established between IBS and inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.”
...recommendation Dairy Products Avoidance
“Mycobacterium paratuberculosis (Para-T) RNA (a bacteria causing Johne's disease in cows) was found in 100% of Crohn's disease patients, compared with 0% of controls...”

Intestinal Malabsorption Syndrome

...the condition
“...The many possible causes of malabsorption include ... Crohn's disease...”

Iritis

...the condition
“...These are called connective tissue diseases and include: rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, lupus, scleroderma, Behcet's disease, ankylosing spondylitis, Reiter's disease, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and B-27 disease...”

Lactose Intolerance

...the condition
“...There are, of course, many good reasons to avoid milk, including ... Milk is linked to Crohn's disease.  "Mycobacterium paratuberculosis is capable of surviving commercial pasteurization...”

Lipase

...as a treatment
“...People with a tendency to pancreatic insufficiency and cystic fibrosis may benefit from a lipase supplement as well as those with celiac disease, Crohn's disease, as well as those suffering indigestion and heartburn...”

Liver Abscess

...the condition
“...organ transplant, weakened immune system, malnutrition, trauma to the liver, Diabetes, old age, pregnancy, recent abdominal surgery, recent endoscopy of the bile ducts, tropical travel, Crohn's disease, abdominal or gastrointestinal infection, and steroid use...”

Magnesium Requirement

...the condition
“...The loss of magnesium through diarrhea and fat malabsorption usually occurs after intestinal surgery or infection, but it can occur with chronic malabsorptive problems such as Crohn's disease, gluten sensitive enteropathy, and regional enteritis...”

Neutropenia

...the condition
“...This may be related to having an autoimmune condition, such as ... Crohn's disease...”

Ozone / Oxidative Therapy

...as a treatment
“...disease such as stroke, obstructive arteriopathy, venous insufficiency, cancer, acute and chronic viral diseases, ulcers, infected wounds, gangrenes, burns, inflammatory bowel disease such as Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and spinal disc problems...”

Phosphorus Deficiency

...the condition
“...Diseases such as Crohn's disease and celiac disease impair the body's ability to absorb nutrients such as phosphorus...”

Short Bowel Syndrome

...the condition
“...The types of surgery that can cause short bowel syndrome include surgery for ... Crohn's disease...”

Small Intestine Cancer

...the condition
“...People with Crohn's disease and small bowel bypass procedures also require immediate attention...”

Steatorrhea

...the condition
“...Increased fecal fat levels are found in cystic fibrosis, malabsorption secondary to other conditions like Whipple's disease or Crohn's disease, maldigestion secondary to pancreatic or bile duct obstruction, and "short-gut" syndrome secondary to surgical resection, bypass, or congenital anomaly...”

Turner's Syndrome

...the condition
“...Occasional Abnormalities: Dysplastic hips; Scoliosis; Tendency to form keloids; Cataracts; Tendency to obesity; Idiopathic hypertension; Diabetes mellitus; Abnormal glucose tolerance; Crohn's disease; Thyroid disorders; Ulcerative colitis”

Ulcerative Colitis

...the condition
“...Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease are chronic diseases that involve inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract...”
...our question about Vaccinations
“Based on a study of 3,545 people who received live measles vaccine as children, their rate of developing ulcerative colitis was 2.5 times higher (3 times higher for Crohn's) compared to an unvaccinated group.”
...relationship to Ankylosing Spondylitis
“See the link between Crohn's Disease and Ankylosing Spondylitis.”
...recommendation Tobacco Avoidance
“Smokers have lower than average rates of ulcerative colitis, but higher than average rates of Crohn's disease.  Some patients with ulcerative colitis, in fact, have reported that their disorder began after they quit smoking, and many studies have reinforced the association between smoking and...”
...recommendation Slippery Elm
“...It is part of the herbal combination called "Robert's Formula", which is widely prized by naturopathic physicians for such intestinal inflammations as gastritis, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis...”

Vitamin B12 Requirement

...the condition
“...Another cause is the bowel failing to absorb vitamin B12 because it has been damaged by disease (e.g. Crohn's disease) or shortened by surgery (usually to treat bowel disease)...”

Vitamin B6 Requirement

...the condition
“...It is known that B6 is actively transported to the fetus and concentrated up to 4 times the normal level; Malabsorption: Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, etc.  Age-related: several studies of Danes and Americans showed low B6 status corresponding to age...”

Vitamin D Requirement

...our question about Removal of section of small bowel
“Vitamin D malabsorption reflects the extent of distal small bowel resection in Crohn's disease patients.”

Vitamin E

...as a treatment
“...Dr. Antonio J. DeLiz treated an advanced case of Crohn's disease (severe ileum or colon inflammation and ulceration with bloody diarrhea), another incurable disease, with remarkable results using 16,000 IU of vitamin E daily...”

Weakened Immune System

...the condition
“...include, but are not limited to, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, autoimmune disorders in general, primary chronic polyarthritis, chronic candidiasis, cancer, neurodermatitis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, food and other allergies, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) and chemical sensitivities...”
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