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What’s Crohn’s Disease?

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What is Crohn’s Disease?

Crohn’s is part of a group of conditions known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease, shortened by using the initials IBD. The part of the body affected is the digestive tract,  where we digest our food.

Crohn’s most commonly affects the end of the small bowel (the ileum) and the beginning of the colon, but it may affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, anywhere from the mouth to the anus.

This GI inflammation causes parts of the intestines to become red and swollen. The inflammation typically extends into the lining of the affected organs. Sometimes sores and even ulcers occur in the walls of the intestine.

Over time the chronic inflammation will result in digestive symptoms.

What are the  symptoms of Crohn’s?

  • cramping
  • abdominal pain
  • rectal bleeding
  • fatigue
  • persistent diarrhea (loose, watery, or frequent bowel movements)
  • weight Loss

How can you find out if you have Crohn’s?

Because Crohn’s disease is marked by an abnormal response in the body’s immune system it can be detected with an at home stool test. We advise clients to use Genova Labs 2.0.

Genova’s easy to use, at home stool test employs markers that tell the difference between IBD (Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis) and IBS (irritable Bowel Disease). If the test shows positive for IBD, further evaluation with a physician is appropriate.

What is the treatment for Crohn’s?

Start today with effective, natural supplements and a change of diet. Many people have been able to control their symptoms and encourage remission with a drugless approach.

For symptom relief here are natural, safe anti-inflammatories that can help reduce inflammation. Our clients do well with Serrapeptase, FYI and Aloe Concentrate. The products are safe to use and don’t have harmful side effects.

Click here to see our Crohn’s Protocol

If you have any questions, please email – we offer complimentary online support when you purchase products from us. We are happy to assist in helping you to create an individualized program to meet your specific needs.

Crohn’s Disability Benefits Guide

Disability Compensation Guide

Did you know that you could get disability compensation for Crohn’s Disease?

  • The inflammation and tissue damage associated with Crohn’s disease requires long-term management
  • This condition is considered chronic
  • This condition can be life long

Crohn’s is an inflammatory bowel disease which has a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity.

While some people may show only mild or occasional symptoms, others experience debilitating and frequent symptoms such as:

  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • fatigue

The symptoms may be severe enough to impact your quality of life. They can also increase the risk for additional health problems.

Given the long-term nature of Crohn’s disease, it may be worth looking into disability benefits. This can help offset the costs of management and help pay for unexpected expenses surrounding potential complications of the disease.

Click Here to Read The Guide to Disability Benefits For Crohn’s 

 

 

A Guide to Disability Benefits and Crohn’s Disease

CCFA La Jolla Patient Education Conference

CCFA Crohns and Colitis Foundation

 

 

 

 

I attended CCFA Patient Education Conference that was held in la Jolla on Saturday, April 22, 2017. I was very impressed from beginning to end. Tiffany Jordan, their regional education and support manager, co-ordinated the event. She did an exellent job.

Not only in her selection of a convenient and comfortable location but also in her choice of a knowledgable speakers who were able to cover a wide variety of topics.

IBD is a challenging condition to deal with. Each person seems to have their own unique expression. The level of severity differs from patient to patient and therefore it’s extremely important for patients to have a good understanding of their condition.

It’s also very important for them to get an accurate diagnosis. The more information they have, the better they can cope with their condition and make rational decisions about which types of therapies they wish to select.

Elizabeth Evans MSN FNP-BC – UCSD was their first presenter. She covered IBD Treatment Options. Elizabeth is a gifted speaker. I marvelled how she was able to break down extremely complex information into layman’s terminology so that we could all understand what she was talking about. You’ll be reading more in-depth blog posts about what she spoke about in the next few weeks.

Her presentation was followed by Samuel Eisenstein MD – UCSD’s talk concerning ‘Questions to Ask Your Surgeon’. Yes, there are lots of questions that patients often forget to ask.

This was a great reminder of the important ones. Dr Eisenstein sees patients for a variety of colon and rectal problems but his specific area of interest is in Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

Alissa Speziale MD – Sharp Health Care – spoke about ‘Staying Well with IBD’. She has a very friendly, amiable presence. She’s an active reservist and warned us in advance that she may need to leave if summoned!

She’s a dedicated volunteer of CCFA and an avid supporter of the ‘Take Steps for Crohn’s & Colitis Walk‘ that takes place all over the country and this year it’ll be next month in San Diego, on May 20, 2017.

As Dr Speziale so rightly says…” Over 1.4 million American adults and children are affected by these digestive diseases. While many suffer in silence, Take Steps brings together this community in a fun and energetic atmosphere, encouraging them to make noise and be heard.” Think about participating or donating to this worthy cause.

The meeting ended with Brian Kleker, MD – Kaiser giving the audience a lot of useful information about ‘Dermatalogic Manifestations in IBD. His goal is to concentrate on providing personalized evidence-based care to his patients.

CCFA staff an volunteers are caring and dedicated to their cause. They really go to extra lengths to reach out to their community at large and provide support. I, for one, run a support group in San Diego for them. You can get information about their support groups all over the country from their website.

They also have a particular interest in teens, who often feel very embarrassed and isolated as a result of their condition. They even provide a teen guide.

What’s also impressive is that they have an Information Specialist Hot Line:
You can call speak to someone …
You can email them …
You can order informational brochures

CCFA is an organization that always needs support to further their never ending need for adequate research to end IBD related suffering. You can donate now!

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