Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s Disease

Condition Description

An inflammatory bowel disease that may involve the entire gastrointestinal tract from mouth to perianal area. The condition leads to intestinal scarring causing chronic obstruction and may even cause perforation of the gut or fistulae

Common Symptoms

  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Weight loss
  • Sporadic or constant abdominal pain on the right side, similar to acute appendicitis
  • Blood in stool
  • Lesions around anus like fistulae, abscesses, or scarring

Underlying Causes

  • Yeast overgrowth
  • Food allergies
  • Chronic bacterial and/or parasitic infections

Traditional Approach

  • Antidiarrhea medicines like loperamide, Diphenoxylate/Atropine, and Cholestyramine
  • Antispasmodic agents for abdominal pain like Dicyclomine and Hyoscyamine
  • For disease suppression, medications such as Mesalamine, Sulfasalazine, Balsalazide, Olsalazine
  • Antimicrobials such as Metronidazole, Ciprofloxin, Nifaximin
  • Steroids like Budesonide, Prednisone or immune suppressants like Azathioprine, Mercaptopurine, Methotrexate, or Biological agents like Infliximab, and Adalimumab

EHAC Approach

  • Test for and treat any yeast overgrowth or food allergies
  • Look for bacterial or parasitic infections and treat accordingly
  • Test for and treat any related nutritional deficiencies such as magnesium, calcium, or potassium
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