Illnesses

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


"In my experience, the most significant breakthroughs for my patients with IBD have taken place with the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" advocated by Elaine Gottschall in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle."   "Patients with IBD often note significant improvement in their symptoms within three weeks of starting the Gottschall diet. By twelve weeks, the majority are recovering definitively."    Ronald Hoffman, M.D.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Irritable Bowel Syndrome - Frequently Asked Questions
by Laura Zurawski and Dr. Anthony Lembo
Background, Symptoms, Medical Facts, Diagnosis, Treatment, Related Maladies

Inflammatory Bowel Disease
from MayoClinic.com
Detailed

Inflammatory Bowel Disease: An Integrated Approach
by Patrick Hanaway, M.D.

Your Health: Irritable Bowel Syndrome
from the Calgary Health Region

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
by Ronald Hoffman, M.D.
"In my experience, the most significant breakthroughs for my patients with IBD have taken place with the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" advocated by Elaine Gottschall in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle."   "Patients with IBD often note significant improvement in their symptoms within three weeks of starting the Gottschall diet. By twelve weeks, the majority are recovering definitively."

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Update
by Ronald Hoffman, M.D.
"Why should inflammatory bowel diseases be on the upswing? There are many theories but conventional medicine has not yet satisfactorily answered the question. Many gastroenterologists choose not to believe it, but dietary factors clearly play a role."
Recommended

Comparison of Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
from SCDiet.org

CAUSES/RISK FACTORS/PREVENTION

Crohn's Disease: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Crohn's Disease.

Colitis: Causative Factors by Linda Lazarides
Includes Abstracts of Journal Articles Linking Diet to Colitis.

Intestinal Parasites, Bacterial Dysbiosis and Leaky Gut
by Leo Galland, M.D.
Excerpts from His Book - Power Healing

Possible Causes Of IBS
from About.com
Food Intolerance, Neurochemical Imbalance, History of Analgesic Use, Reproductive Hormones, Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth,

The Role of Hidden Food Allergy/Intolerance in Chronic Disease
by Alan R. Gaby, M.D.

Paratuberculosis

Bug Linked To Crohn's Disease Found
from ApplesForHealth.com

Paratuberculosis And Crohn's Disease
by Michael Greger, M.D.
"Every few hours, another child in this country is diagnosed with Crohn's disease and may be condemned to a life of chronic suffering. The balance of evidence strongly suggests a causative link between Mycobacterium paratuberculosis and Crohn's disease. This public health issue has been at the periphery of the dairy industry's agenda for years, a nagging concern on the back burner. The consumer movement needs to move it to the front burner and needs to turn up the heat."

Causation of Crohn's Disease & Treatment with Antimicrobial Drugs
by Dr. John Hermon-Taylor

Helminthic Parasites

Nature's Remedy For Intestinal Disease
by Leigh Hopper, Houston Chronicle

Will Helminths Become the Future Treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
by Joel Weinstock, M.D., and William R. Summers, M.D.
More Information on The Hygiene Hypothesis

PATIENTS' STORIES

Seth Barrow's Story Using Diet
"For years my doctors told me that diet had no connection with Crohn's disease. I now know that diet is related to Crohn's disease and many other diseases traditionally labeled as "autoimmune". I am a living example of how drastic changes in lifestyle (through diet or otherwise) can and does affect your health. It takes a strong mind and determination to change your eating habits. However, these changes can bring you a better life and better health, without the nasty side affects of drugs."

Crohn's Disease Testimonials
Patients' Stories Using David Gregg's Approach
(See below.)

TREATMENTS/THERAPIES

New Therapy for Irritable Bowel Syndrome
from Life Extension Foundation
"After reviewing my research on IBS and comparing the clinical studies, I found the fixed combination of peppermint/caraway oil to be the most effective. The fixed combination produced pain-free results in as little as two weeks, and produced the best relief of IBS symptoms after just four weeks of treatment."

Low Dose Naltrexone
Crohn's Disease: Successful Completion of Phase 2 Low Dose Naltrexone Trial
by Elaine Moore
"The conclusion of the study indicated that LDN is safe and effective for patients with Crohn’s disease, and further studies on LDN for patients with Crohn's disease are warranted."

See also Low Dose Naltrexone in this web site.

Articles by Leo Galland, M.D.

Leaky Gut Syndromes: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
"Altered intestinal permeability is a key element in the pathogenesis of many different diseases. Hyperpermeability initiates a vicious cycle in which allergic sensitization, endotoxic immune activation, hepatic dysfunction, pancreatic insufficiency and malnutrition occur; each of these increases the leakiness of the small bowel. Effective treatment of the Leaky Gut Syndromes requires several components: avoidance of enterotoxic drugs and allergic foods, elimination of infection or bacterial overgrowth with antimicrobials and probiotics, and dietary supplementation with trophic nutrients."

Nutritional Therapy for Crohn's Disease
"The present study demonstrates the feasibility of applying established knowledge concerning nutritional and dietary influences on Crohn's disease in treating patients in an Integrated Medicine practice. Individualized dietary modification and nutritional supplementation was associated with a reduction in symptoms, induction of clinical remission, and decreased use of medication."

The Carbohydrate Specific Diet

"The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free dietary regimen intended for those suffering from Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease, IBD, and IBS."   The SCD Web Library

Specific Carbohydrate Diet Web Library
"The SCD is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates requiring minimal digestion are well absorbed, leaving virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on. As the microbes decrease due to lack of food, their harmful by-products also diminish. No longer needing protection, the mucus producing cells stop producing excessive mucus and carbohydrate digestion is improved. The SCD corrects malabsorption, allowing nutrients to enter the bloodstream and be made available to the cells of the body, thereby strengthening the immune system's ability to fight. Further debilitation is prevented, weight can return to normal, and ultimately there is a return to health."

Testimonials for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Dozens of Success Stories

SCD-Friendly Doctors

SCD Recipe

Lucy's Kitchen Shop

Life Extension Foundation's Protocols

Recommended
Crohn's Disease

Colitis

Articles by David W. Gregg, Ph.D.

Proposed Biochemical Cause and Remedy for Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Original thinking. Innovative, creative approach.

DMSO and MSM

Safety of Melatonin

How Safe Is Melatonin?
from Life Extension Foundation

Is Melatonin a Miracle Drug or a Myth?
by Karl Hempel, M.D.

Other Articles

Essential Fatty Acids in Health and Disease
by Edward N. Siguel, M.D., Ph.D.

Alternative Treatments for IBS
from About.com

Chinese Herbal Medicine for Irritable Bowel Syndrome

OTHER RESOURCES

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

Crohn's Disease Resource Center
from HealingWell.com

Crohn's Disease
from About.com
Several Useful Articles.

EnteroLab
They specialize "in the analysis of intestinal specimens for food sensitivities (reactions by the immune system to common proteins in the diet) that cause a variety of symptoms and diseases."
"EnteroLab has developed a unique screening test for gluten sensitivity as well as for dietary yeast and cow's milk, and chicken egg sensitivity that is more sensitive and specific than tests in current use..."

International Association for Paratuberculosis

The Healing Crow
A grassroots charity with a mission to inform the public about viable non-drug related approaches for treating chronic illnesses.

NewTreatments.org
One Patient's Approach to Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Hypoglycemia

Podcasts
Dr. Hoffman and Skip Lenz on Low Dose Naltrexone August 22, 2007

RECOMMENDED BOOKS

Please click on the picture or the title of the book to order.

Barbara Bradley Bolen, Ph.D., Breaking the Bonds of Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A Psychological Approach to Regaining Control of Your Life

Elaine G. Gottschall, Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet
To read the first chapter on-line, click here
Ronald L. Hoffman, M.D., 7 Weeks to a Settled Stomach

Julie R. Ingelfinger, M.D., Coping With Prednisone

Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D., The Pain Cure: The Proven Medical Program That Helps End Your Chronic Pain

Cheri Register, The Chronic Illness Experience: Embracing the Imperfect Life

 

Fred Saibil, M.D., Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis

James Scala, Ph.D., The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut: The Complete Nutritional Guide to Ileitis, Colitis, Crohn's Disease, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease

 

W. Grant Thompson, M.D., The Angry Gut: Coping With Colitis and Crohn's Disease

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