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

  • Colonsocopy

  • Endoscopy

  • Full bloodwork panel that evaluates infections, organ function, inflammation, and vitamins

  • Nutrient deficiency testing

  • Digestive function testing

  • Food intolerance and allergy testing

  • Hormone testing

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.

  4. Removes food intolerances, food allergies, and other environmental toxins that may be impacting digestion and causing inflammation.

  5. Address nutrient deficiencies which is vital for overall function and mood.

  6. Rebuild and restore digestive function, the foundation of health, with herbs, vitamins, amino acids, and nutrition.

  7. Manage stress and unresolved trauma that weakens digestion. 

  8. Support emotional health and spiritual health which are essential in overall sense of wellbeing.

  9. Teach lifestyle adjustments unique to your lifestyle and schedule that may include exercise and other lifestyle habits. 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

  10. Naturopathic Counseling

  11. Hydrotherapy

  12. Homeopathy

  13. Referral to other healers or practitioners relevant to your health and healing.

Everyone is unique and has different reasons why they develop Crohn's disease. Good news is that everyone can improve their condition and activate their natural ability to heal. Dr. Felty can educate you on what your body, mind, or spirit needs to improve and heal from this. Call her office 773-472-0560 or fill out this form here to request an appointment.

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