Ulcerative Colitis

What is it?

  • Autoimmune, inflammatory bowel disease involving the colon and rectum.

  • The immune system produces autoantibodies against colon epithelial cells.

  • Immune system produces antibodies against rectal mucosa from infection with bacteria.

  • Altered gut permeability "leaky gut" and increased absorption of dietary and bacterial toxins.

  • Ulcerative colitis affects the innermost lining of your large intestine (colon) and rectum.

Causes

  • Excessive intake of sulfur containing foods: dairy, cheese, eggs, meats, wine, dried fruits, cordials

  • Lack of breast feeding

  • Dairy sensitivity or intolerance

  • Sorbitol intolerance

  • Gluten sensitivity

  • Immune system malfunction: When the immune system tries to fight off an invading virus or bacterium, an abnormal immune response causes the immune system to attack the cells in the digestive tract.

  • Poor diet

  • Infections

  • Genetics

  • High stress

  • Anxiety or Depression

  • Trauma

Symptoms

  • Diarrhea, often with blood or pus

  • Abdominal pain and cramping

  • Rectal pain

  • Rectal bleeding: passing small amount of blood with stool

  • Urgency to defecate

  • Inability to defecate despite urgency

  • Weight loss

  • Fatigue

  • Fever

  • In children, failure to grow

Tests

  • Abdominal exam

  • Blood tests for anemia, infection, and inflammation

  • Stool occult blood test

  • Colonoscopy

  • Nutrient deficiency testing

  • Digestive function testing

  • Food intolerance and allergy testing

  • Hormone testing

Allopathic Treatment Options

  1. Two common anti-inflammatory medications that are prescribed for ulcerative colitis include aminosalicylates and corticosteroids. Although these medications can be effective in reducing symptoms of ulcerative colitis, they come with a number of side effects. For instance, some aminosalicylates, including mesalamine, balsalazide and olsalazine, have been associated with kidney and pancreas problems. Corticosteroids, which are given to patients with moderate to severe symptoms, have numerous side effects, including a puffy face, excessive facial hair, night sweats, insomnia and hyperactivity. More serious side effects of this type of medication includes high blood pressure, diabetes, osteoporosis, bone fractures, cataracts, glaucoma and increased chance of infection. This is why these conventional medicines and treatments are not utilized for long periods of time.

  2. Immunosuppressant drugs are also used to treat ulcerative colitis. These medications suppress the immune system response that starts the process of inflammation in the first place. According to a study published in Digestive Diseases, the standard treatment of ulcerative colitis is directed towards inducing and maintaining remission of symptoms and mucosal inflammation.

  3. In severe cases, surgery can eliminate ulcerative colitis, but it usually involves removing the entire colon and rectum.

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 Ulcerative Colitis. 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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