Crohn’s Disease(CD) is a chronic inflammatory disease which affects the whole intestinal tract mainly in the large intestine or the distal small intestine or both. Regional lymph nodes can be involved.
Ulcerative Colitis(UC) is a chronic inflammation which is limited to the mucosa of the large intestine. The inflammation usually starts from the rectum and slowly ascends distally. The illness is characterized by acute relapses and disease free intervals.
Both diseases are found frequently in Northern Europe and North America, with 4 to 6 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants per year.
Italian researchers stated that CD and UC patients have a higher intake of carbohydrates than other people which might be related to the consumption of “fast food”.
More cases are found in western industrialized countries
Urban areas more frequently than rural areas
More frequent in higher educated people
CD seems to be more frequent in people who have very high hygiene standards in their youth.
With CD the following genetic factors are found:
Some researchers described chromosomes 14 and 16, as well as 6 as being linked to CD.
HLA: HLA-DR1, DQ5 and DR13 (with Caucasians)
French and German population: HLA-DR7
Japanese: HLA-DR4 and DQ4
HLA DR3 seems to be protective against CD.
Genetic factors in UC:
chromosome 12; HLA: HLA -DR1 and DR9
Possible viruses are:
Measles, Cytomegalovirus, Epstein Barr Virus
Possible bacteria are:
Mycobacterium, Paratuberculosis, Listeria, Helicobacter pylori
It seems that the entire intestinal flora has a part in the development of CD and UC. In both diseases we find a hyperactivity of the immune system. With a surface of 400 m2 the digestive tract is the largest boundary between the organism and the environment.
Within evidence based medicine we know that very often nutrition intolerance, for example cow milk protein, wheat as well as modern nutritional additives, are related to these diseases. Both diseases show allergic inflammatory reactions against certain nutrients.
Candidiasis is not rare; especially where heavy metals are involved (amalgam, environment, seafood).
A lack of vitamins, minerals, and trace elements can be caused by malabsorption of the intestine.
This results in further symptoms such as nightblindness, anemia, growth disturbance, immune deficiency, kidney and gall stones due to loss of water from frequent diarrhea.
Primarily an intestinal re-harmonization and a detoxification therapy are indicated. Change in diet and a treatment of the dysbiosis are first priority.
Treatment of viral loads according to diagnostic results, Micro immunotherapy, detox of vaccinations. Substitution with orthomolecular medicines, vitamins, minerals, trace elements, re-harmonizing of the acid-alkaline balance. Therapy has to be induced very slowly, we need a lot of patience on both sides, therapist and patient.
Ideal additional therapies are: meridian therapy to resolve blocks, psychotherapy, and expressive therapy.
Anti-inflammatory herbal remedies used with success: Myrrh, Boswellia For the treatment of diarrhea: Chamomile and Myrrh in combination with Carbon is very helpful.