Crohn's Disease

What is it?

  • Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

  • It causes inflammation of your digestive tract

  • Excessive immune response to food

  • Too much leaking from food and bacteria reaching immune system of the intestines

  • Microclot formation which indicates circulating endotoxins

  • Massive disruption of glucosaminoglycan barrier in the mucosal layers

 

Causes

  • Smoking

  • Alcohol

  • Birth control pills

  • Lack of breast feeding

  • Dairy sensitivity

  • Poor diet

  • Virus​ or Bacteria

  • Genetics

  • High stress

  • Gut dysbiosis or gut flora imbalance

Symptoms

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Fatigue

  • Abdominal pain and cramping

  • Blood in your stool

  • Mouth sores

  • Reduced appetite and weight loss

  • Pain or drainage near or around the anus due to inflammation from a tunnel into the skin (fistula)

  • Inflammation of skin, eyes and joints

  • Inflammation of the liver or bile ducts

  • Delayed growth or sexual development, in children

Tests

  • Blood test for anemia or infection

  • Stool occult test

  • Colonsocopy

  • Endoscopy

Allopathic Treatment Options

  1. Immunosuppressive treatments include corticosteroids and immune blockers. Immune blockers increase infection risk. Corticosteroids can increase appetite, weight gain, insomnia, fluid retention, and cause mood changes, such as feeling irritable, or anxious. Side effects of oral corticosteroids used on a long-term basis (longer than three months) include: osteoporosis (fragile bones), hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, weight gain, increased vulnerability to infection, cataracts and glaucoma (eye disorders), thinning of the skin, bruising easily, and muscle weakness.

Naturopathic Treatment Options

  1. Discover the root cause to why your body is creating symptoms

  2. Begin with natural, non invasive solutions to support and stimulate the body to heal itself

  3. Support liver health to detox environmental toxins and infections

  4. Address micronutrient deficiencies to build up the physiology/biochemical function of the body

  5. Find out what foods you are intolerant to through food intolerance testing. Dr. Felty's patients experience relief after removing foods that bother them

  6. Optimize gut function

  7. Anti-inflammatory support with herbs and high fiber diet

  8. Anti-oxidant support with clinical nutrition and vitamins

  9. Support emotional health

  10. Reduce stress and anxiety naturally through mind body techniques such as somatic experiencing and qigong

  11. Support physical health through breathing exercises and abdominal massage

  12. Counseling

  13. Acupuncture

  14. Hydrotherapy

  15. Homeopathy

  16. Lifestyle adjustments unique to your lifestyle and schedule such as exercise, sleep, etc. Dr. Felty looks at more than your symptoms. She provides care for your whole health. Many different factors impact your symptoms. Dr. Felty will take time to educate you and work with you to feel better

With the help of a health care professional like Dr. Felty, you can receive personalized recommendations on how to improve your health. Call today to schedule an appointment to discuss possible solutions.