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:
showers cause fatigue
severe constipation
high cold water fish consumption
high fast food consumption
multiple swollen cervical nodes
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
cold sores
moving white lines across nails
occasional sore throats
major joint pain/swelling/stiffness
moderate mercury toxicity
oily/sticky stools
... 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 95% Confirm
Inadequate Fiber Intake 21% Unlikely
Mercury Toxicity 5% 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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