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Crohn's Disease

Crohn's Disease (CD), also known as regional enteritis, is a chronic, episodic, inflammatory condition of the gastrointestinal tract. CD is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The other type is ulcerative colitis (UC). CD can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from mouth to anus, whereas UC primarily affects the decending colon. Symptoms of CD vary between affected individuals, with the main gastrointestinal symptoms being abdominal pain, sometimes bloody diarrhea and weight loss. CD can also cause complications outside of the gastrointestinal tract such as skin rashes, arthritis, and inflammation of the eye. Frequently people with CD will undergo surgery to remove part of their intestines and will thereafter require a pouch (ileostomy) that attaches to their bowels through their abdominal wall, to collect their "stool." CD patients are at extremely high risks for nutritional deficiencies.

Case: Crohn's Disease / Fatigue / Weakness / Post-Nasal Drip

A 65 year old woman presented to Montana Integrative Medicine with CD. She had been diagnosed 43 years earlier in 1964, and had undergone a hemicolectomy (partial surgical removal of her large intestine). She suffered from extreme fatigue, insomnia, weakness and chronic post-nasal drip. She reported that her energy was "very low."

Her test results revealed deficiencies in branched chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine and valine) required to form muscle; low minerals (magnesium, copper and vanadium); extremely low vitamin D2; elevated free radical damage to DNA, a risk factor for cancer; an intestinal fungal infection, sometimes called "intestinal candida"; and decreased ability to utilize sugars to produce energy due to functional deficiencies in B-complex vitamins and lipoic acid. Additionally, she had food allergies to milk, casein (a protein found in high concentrations in milk and dairy products, and added to many packaged foods), eggs, garlic and mustard greens.

Amino acid deficiencies

Amino Acids

Elevated DNA free radical damage
Low vitamin D2
Difficulty utilizing sugars for energy
Intestinal dysbiosis (overgrowth of yeast)
Food allergies

She was placed on a customized program that included dietary recommendations, targeted nutrient therapies to provided highly-concentrated sources of nutrients, and a protocol to eliminate the infection in her intestines. After three months on the program she reported that her energy had doubled and that, "I haven't felt this good in 25 years." Her post-nasal drip had cleared up, she was sleeping better and she felt stronger and more positive about herself and her health.