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In this video, Dr Huntoon discusses what to consider when dealing with digestive issues.
Ulcerative Colitis is usually caused by a specific imbalance that your medical doctor will not look for typically. What will happen is you will be placed on the "treadmill of treatment" by being given medications that you will need to be checked regularly for negative side-effects. This is not a True Solution.
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Inflammatory bowel disease - ulcerative colitis; IBD - ulcerative colitis
Ulcerative colitis is a type of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects the lining of the large intestine (colon) and rectum.
See also: Crohn's disease
The symptoms vary in severity and may start slowly or suddenly. About half of the people only have mild symptoms. Others have more severe attacks that occur more often. Many factors can lead to attacks, including respiratory infections or physical stress.
Other symptoms that may occur with ulcerative colitis include the following:
The cause of Ulcerative Colitis from a medical perspective is unknown.
People with this condition have problems with the Immune System, but it is not clear whether immune problems cause this illness. Although stress and certain foods can trigger symptoms, they do not cause ulcerative colitis.
The Alternative perspective has been understood to be caused by the intake of antibiotics. This alters the normal flora within the bowel system, creating a whole cascade of effects within the body.
Among these imbalances, it allows for certain foods to not be properly digested and result in food stagnation, putrification and finally bowel irritation. This will also lead to Immune System weakness which will manifest in possible parasitic infection. Dr Huntoon has seen this in far too many people with this condition as the underlying link with ulcerative colitis. Simple blood tests can confirm if the parasitic infection is true. If this is found, treatment of the parasite while restoring bowel balance will help remedy the condition once and for all.
Ulcerative colitis may affect any age group, although there are peaks at ages 15 - 30 and then again at ages 50 - 70.
The disease usually begins in the rectal area, and may involve the entire large intestine over time.
Risk factors include a family history of ulcerative colitis, or Jewish ancestry.
Signs and Tests
Colonoscopy with biopsy is generally used to diagnose ulcerative colitis.
Colonoscopy is also used to screen people with ulcerative colitis for colon cancer. Ulcerative colitis increases the risk of colon cancer. If you have this condition, you should be screened with colonoscopy about 8 - 12 years after being diagnosed. You should have a follow-up colonoscopy every 1 - 2 years.
Other tests that may be done to help diagnose this condition include:
Medications that may be used to decrease the number of attacks include:
As with all medications, certain side-effects and complications are seen. Discussing the possible side-effects and complications with your medical doctor or pharmacist is necessary before starting any medication. Understanding what to look for, before beginning any medication, is vital. Many times once you start the medication, you cannot come off the medication without creating more serious health conditions. Please strongly consider this.
Surgery to remove the colon will cure ulcerative colitis and removes the threat of colon cancer. Surgery is usually recommended for patients who have:
Most of the time, the entire colon, including the rectum, is removed. Afterwards, patients may need a surgical opening in the abdominal wall (ileostomy), or a procedure that connects the small intestine to the anus to help the patient gain more normal bowel function.
The goal of Alternative treatment is to restore balance to the digestive system and to eliminate the cause of the ulcerative colitis. This can be under the guidance of a Holistic Chiropractor, Acupuncturist, Homeopath or Naturopath. Positive outcomes to eliminate the cause of the ulcerative colitis have been achieved. As with all forms of treatment, discussing what is involved, the time commitment and the expectations along the way would be important to know before beginning any treatment regime.
Having this condition is not fun, as it robs you of your life and steals your joy. Working with a Holistic Chiropractor can help you develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach to your ulcerative colitis. Understanding your specific condition is important before beginning this form of care.
The goals of Medical treatment are to:
DIET AND NUTRITION
Certain types of foods may worsen diarrhea and gas symptoms, especially during times of active disease. Diet suggestions include:
You may feel worried, embarrassed, or even sad or depressed about having a bowel accident. Other stressful events in your life, such as moving, or losing a job or a loved one can cause digestive problems.
Ask your healthcare practitioner for tips to manage your stress. NeuroEmotional Technique (NET) or Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) are excellent solutions to dealing with your emotional stress.
Call Your Health Care Provider If:
You develop persistent abdominal pain, new or increased bleeding, persistent fever, or other symptoms of ulcerative colitis
You have ulcerative colitis and your symptoms worsen or do not improve with treatment, or new symptoms develop
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Social support can often help with the stress of dealing with illness, and support group members may also have useful tips for finding the best treatment and coping with the condition.
For more information, visit the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) web site at www.ccfa.org.
Working with a Holistic Chiropractor using a well-rounded, multifaceted approach is the best way to eliminate this condition. Discussing the time commitment and the specifics of what is involved is prudent. Understanding all the causes and what is involved in solving your condition is the best way to approach your ulcerative colitis.
Others have had positive resolution of their condition by using Acupuncture, Homeopathy or Naturopathy.
About half of patients with ulcerative colitis have mild symptoms. Patients with more severe ulcerative colitis tend to respond less well to medications.
Permanent and complete control of symptoms with medications is unusual. A Medical cure is only possible through complete removal of the large intestine.
The risk of colon cancer increases in each decade after ulcerative colitis is diagnosed.
Repeated swelling (inflammation) leads to thickening of the intestinal wall and rectum with scar tissue. Death of colon tissue or severe infection (sepsis) may occur with severe disease.
That is why working with a Holistic Chiropractor to develop a well-rounded, multifaceted approach is warranted. Understanding your personal condition is what allows for a specific treatment protocol for your individual needs. Discussing the time commitment and the specifics involved is prudent.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may make symptoms worse.
Due to the risk of colon cancer associated with ulcerative colitis, screening with colonoscopy is recommended. Understanding the potential for bowel perforation and the potential for other complications is important before agreeing to have a colonoscopy. The American Cancer Society recommends having your first screening:
8 years after you are diagnosed with severe disease, or when most of, or the entire, large intestine is involved
12 - 15 years after diagnosis when only the left side of the large intestine is involved
Have follow-up examinations every 1 - 2 years.
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