(Also known as Crohn's Disease and Colitis.)



Crohn's Disease

By P. Landis, N.D., Med. Shirt

Crohn's disease is another chronic inflammatory disease with no identified cause, which commonly afflicts young people from 10 to 30 years of age.  Initially, it may appear to be ulcerative colitis, however, the masquerade usually ends when this terrible disease manifest its ability to appear anywhere along the entire GI tract from mouth to anus.  Generally, more debilitating that ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease is often treated surgically by resecting areas of diseased bowel, which never fully heal and where scarring can cause obstruction.

The disease can involve portions of the bowel so severely that no digestion occurs at all, while adjacent segments are totally normal.  Unlike ulcerative colitis that begins at the bowel's inner surface, Crohn's disease begins below the mucosa and spreads both inwards and outward through the deeper layers of the bowel wall.  This extension outward can even create tunnel-like connections (fistulas) between two separate section of bowel. 

Because the disease most often involves the small bowel where the absorption of key nutrients takes place, malnutrition and deficiencies of vitamin B12, calcium, folic acid, and vitamin D can occur.  Patients also experience weakness, abdominal pain, and frequent bloody diarrhea.  Simply getting enough calories for adequate nutrition and growth is often problematic.  Supplements are commonly used.

Once again, the mainstay of medical treatment is the use of powerful anit-inflammatory medications, such as steroids.  However, since most cases of the disease involve the small bowel, medications are oral, and therefore, their side effects are systemic (affecting the whole body).

In my interaction with Crohn's patients, I have never met any that felt that medicine adequately controlled their symptoms.  I certainly never felt that way.

The role of Beta – glucan in Crohn's Disease.

As with ulcerative colitis, the Beta – glucans and Triterpenines in Shiaqga address the problems of immune cell dysfunction and chronic inflammation in the bowel.  The systemic immune cascade so influences the immune response that infection is first reduced and then minimized. 

I am a cancer survivor of twelve years and it has made all the difference in the world to me.  My diagnosis is T-cell Lymphoma of the bowel with 4th stage metastasis to the liver, prostate, vocal cords and lymph nodes of the abdomen and throat.  No treatment was suggested as my cancer was too far advanced to do anything about it.

Please read the following information about the Ultra 1, Shiaqga, and the Beta – glucans it contains. Complete abstracts of the research is available but your doctor should be able to obtain it more quickly and easily than you or I. 

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