My ultimate goal in life is to murder Crohn’s and Colitis.
This topic is very near and dear to me because my oldest son suffers from this disease. Although time has made things better, we still have our ups and downs.
The downs aren’t as bad as they used to be and that I am thankful for.
So here I am talking with each one of you who are either suffering from Crohn’s and colitis, or know kids with crohn’s who are.
I’m all about delivering everything that I have tried on my son for the past 7 years. Some things didn’t work, while others did.
Although there is no cure for crohn’s yet, I feel like it’s already floating around out there, I just haven’t found it yet.
As I share the things that worked, I will make sure that I share the things that didn’t work. And although it didn’t work for him, it doesn’t mean that it can’t or won’t work for you.
Let me break down what Crohn’s sickness is so that you can add this to your arsenal.
I’m sure you’ve been on tons of different websites, so your brain is probably filled with medical jargon. But it never hurts to read it again someplace else.
Which Door to Crohn’s and Colitis
Instead of me saying Crohn’s disease, I wanted to pinpoint the disease my son is currently faced with.
We went back and forth to the point where the doctors didn’t know what he had. First it was Ulcerative colitis, then it was Crohn’s disease, then it was Ulcerative Crohn’s.
It got to the point where I was starting to feel as if no one was understanding this disease
I personally feel like it is more ulcerative Crohn’s. Please, don’t get it misconstrued, both diseases share the same symptoms; it really is just based on the location of the disease.
Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disorder in which the mucous membranes lining the colon become inflamed and develop ulcers, causing bloody diarrhea, gas, pain, bloating, and hard stools.
The colon muscles have to work hard to pass these stools through the colon. This in turn can cause the mucous membrane lining of the colon to bulge out into small pouchlike projections called diverticula.
This can occur in any part of the colon, but it tends to happen more in the sigmoid colon; the lower section of the large intestine.
Ulcerative colitis can occur in people of any age, but usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30.
My son was 7 when it happens to him. It is said that 20% of people with ulcerative colitis have a member of a family or relative with Crohn’s and Colitis.
I still haven’t seen studies proving this theory, so I fall back. Complications associated with Crohn’s and Colitis is bloody diarrhea, and bleeding.
This can often lead to the loss of vital nutrients, and fluids.
A rare but known complication is toxic megacolon, this is where the intestinal wall weakens and balloons out, threatening to rupture.
My son also suffered from this due to malpractice of his first surgeon. The causes of cause of most Crohn’s and Colitis cases are unknown, but possible contributing factors include stress, poor eating habits, food allergies.
Because my son was being fed processed foods left to right as a toddler. And I rarely fed him veggies, I knew exactly what went wrong.
Some people suffer from this disease and still have no idea where things went crazy at. But I would put my last dollar on it that daily habits might have played a major role.
Colitis can also be caused by infectious agents such as bacteria. This type of colitis is associated with the use of too many antibiotics, which alters the normal flora in the bowel, permitting microorganisms that are held in check to proliferate.
My Theory When it comes to His Crohn’s and Colitis
The first thing any of us should do is create a plan. You can’t do anything without a plan.
I’ve created and revised my plan over the years, and I continue to do so as time goes on. We try different things, and see what works.
Keep what works and throw the other crap by the waste side. It’s just that simple.
The idea behind my plan is to work systemically to reverse his Crohn’s and Colitis. Which means that I’m not just focused on his Colon, I’m focusing on his entire body.
I believe that the outcome is the same as you taking a Tylenol for a headache, but that Tylenol works systemically to treat your headache.
Remicade and Humira are used to systemically calm inflammation in your body, which means that whatever I should be doing should be systemically done.
So yes, there are anti-inflammatory teas and herbs that work on the digestive system directly.
But I want to be able to couple those treatments with treatments that support systemic healing.
I don’t want him to lose his colon, and in the end, I want him to be able to get put back together again.
Which means that he must heal and we must get rid of any scar tissue that might popped up along the way during the rapid healing on Remicade, as well as from all the surgeries.
Sounds like a long shot, doesn’t it? It’s only a long shot if my son chooses to make decisions that affect his progress in a negative way.
Has he done that? Yes. That is the part that makes this entire journey difficult. You can only control what you can control.
I will tell you like I tell him, if you want it bad enough you will sacrifice for it.
Either you want to sneak and eat a burger, knowing it will cause you pain. Or you will find alternatives that taste just the same, it’s your choice.
In the end, I refuse to allow him to get a full reversal if I don’t see him making valid efforts to maintain his new lifestyle.
He must want it more than me. And because he ripped his anus from hard stools, which is why he ended up with a colostomy in the first place; we won’t be rushing to surgery if all the stars aren’t aligned properly.
The answers aren’t just going to fall right into your lap. You are going to have to search for them. You will have to do your homework, and you will have to ask questions.
Don’t be afraid to try, especially if you have nothing to lose. Eventually those medications are going to stop working, or they are going to cause more harm than good. And when that happens what are your plans?
There is nothing wrong with taking advantage of Western medications when you are swimming in a pool of pain.
I recommend that you run to them as fast as you can. But I also recommend that you start coupling holistic, alternative treatments with that medication, so you can see long term healing.
At the end of the day, those medications are nothing more than band aids. They cover the real issue. But eventually you will have to remove that band-aid only to see that the wound is still there.