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Treatment of Colitis, IBD, and Crohn's Disease Part 2

Steps to Restore Normal Metabolic Reactions in the Colon

The steps involved in the treatment of the painful symptoms of Colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s begin with identifying food allergies.

Submit to a special food allergy blood test, and discontinue all allergy causing foods during treatment. Re-establish normal bacterial balance in the colon.
Feed the intestinal tissue with proper supplements, restore normal chemistry, and reduce inflammation.
Improve digestion.

Proper bacterial species which need to be re-established in human beings with Colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s include acidolphilus and bifidus species.

Dr. Dahlman has his own preferred source of bacteria and other materials for treatment of Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's which have worked satisfactorily for a number of years.

Big Four Dietary Rules

• All dairy products must be eliminated.
• Gluten containing products must also be removed from the diet. Gluten plays a large role in Crohn’s symptoms, so wheat, rye, oats, and barley must be discontinued. Spelt bread can be tried, which is usually OK for a gluten restricted diet.
• Stop eating all gas causing foods such as navy, lentils, garbanzo, kidney, black, and red beans. Green beans, peas, and lima beans are OK.
• Don’t drink during meals. Gas and bloating are caused by not breaking down foods in a timely manner. There should be soft chewed food in the bottom of the stomach.

Drinking liquid during a meal creates a soup and dilutes the hydrochloric acid (HCl) and other digestive enzymes. Digestion may be delayed creating a gas, because the food may actually start to rot in the stomach if digestion is delayed.

The Perils of Self-Medication

Over the counter drugs, prescription drugs, poor diet, and alcohol also contribute as secondary reasons for losing the beneficial bacterial populations in Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's.

For pain NSAIDS may be used. They may or may not work. NSAIDS are enemies of a healthy intestinal tract and should be eliminated if possible. NSAIDs may contribute to bleeding of the damaged intestinal tract.

NSAIDS can give potentially fatal side effects because gastrointestinal side effects don’t give advance warning. In a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine and referred to by Dr. Dahlman, (NEJM) by the Boston University School of Medicine, over the counter medications generally, and NSAIDS in particular, hinder the effort to conquer gastric damage, ulcers and bleeding in Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's.

Antacids reduce the amount of stomach acid which decreases the availability of calcium (Ca), magnesium (Mg), and potassium (K).

Calcium availability is reduced because of the increase in pH, or decrease in the acidity, of stomach contents.

Calcium availability is also reduced because calcium utilization requires Vitamin D, which is a fat soluble vitamin. Saturated animal fat is required for optimal utilization of vitamin D and therefore optimal utilization of calcium.

And we are told to reduce our intake of saturated fat. The result is that a lot of calcium and Vitamin D does no good because of inadequate animal fat intake.

Calcium is needed for muscle contraction, and also for bones & teeth. With reduced acidity from self-medication there may be malabsorption of minerals in Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's.

Self medication with antacids is first line of attack to alleviate heartburn symptoms. These always exacerbate stomach and colon conditions, even though temporary symptomatic relief may be obtained.

Antacids lower the amount of digestive enzymes, especially hydrochloric acid (HCl). The pH of the stomach contents during digestion is too high if these materials are in use. To put it another way the stomach contents during digestion may not contain enough acid.

Digestive enzymes, especially those that digest proteins, need proper acidity to denature proteins so the initial breakdown of proteins can begin.

There is a sphincter muscle at bottom of the esophagus that needs calcium to operate properly. When this sphincter muscle doesn’t close because of a lack of calcium, acidic contents of the stomach splash into the bottom of the esophagus, and pain results.

Proper acidity in the stomach also helps to disable, or kill microorganisms that are present on all raw natural foodstuffs.

Poor Diet and Prescription Drugs

Many realize certain foods make symptoms worse. So they try to avoid those foods or maybe become afraid to eat.

As the symptoms become worse, a visit to a physician may be deemed necessary. Frequently the physician will write a prescription for Nexium or Prilosec. The most common side effects of Nexium are headache, diarrhea and abdominal pain. Which is what you are experiencing. So the question could be asked how is this drug supposed to help?

The reason given for prescribing Nexium or Prilosec is an overproduction of HCl, which Dr. Dahlman says is a misdiagnosis. Nexium and Prilosec reduce the amount of stomach acid which only makes stomach and colon problems in Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's worse.

The TV ad says serious stomach conditions may still exist. I’m sure they know that Nexium is not really a healing pill. But it is a good selling point, and many have swallowed their advice. It may actually make stomach and colon conditions worse even though temporary symptom relief of pain in the esophagus may be obtained.

This will take you to part 3 of the summary of Dr. Dahlman's report on Colitis, IBS, and Crohn's.

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