Crohn’s & Colitis-Join the Team Challenge

What is Team Challenge? 

The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is sponsoring the Team Challenge Race for the Cure Fundraiser.

Crohn's & Colitis Team Challenge

The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundations mission is to cure Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases.

Whether you have been directly affected by one of these diseases or want to support a loved one with Crohn’s or colitis, supporting this cause is so worthwhile. The foundation has already invested over $280 million in research.  More than 80% of each $1 raised goes towards research, education and support.

What does the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation do?

Since this non-profit was started, nearly five decades ago, the CCF has remained at the forefront of research in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They fund cutting-edge studies at major medical institutions, finance underdeveloped areas of research and enable medical professionals to keep pace with this rapidly growing field.

For those suffering with Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis they provide a forum of education, support and resources.

The Team Challenge Race event is an endurance training and fundraising program to raise money for research that could impact the scientific community’s understanding of the causes, cures and treatments for IBD. One of their current initiatives includes the research on the Microbiome. This event has raised  $71 million dollars to date since 2007.

How can you support the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation?

You can sign up to compete in a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon. Check the site for more details on the fundraising program. There are even triathlon, Iron man and cycling events. Find the team that works best for you. Teammates receive professional coaching, free accommodation at select events, race entry, and fundraising mentorship.

Be a part of the cure and sign up today. Click Here 

Kathleen Baker Rises Up Against Crohn’s Disease to Win Silver at Olympics

Kathleen Baker defies Crohn's to Win at OlympicsKathleen Baker took second place to win a silver medal on Monday in the 100 meter backstroke. It was an incredible win for her since she has been battling Crohn’s disease.

Baker said she hoped her journey of coping with adversity would inspire others with Crohn’s. Kathleen was diagnosed with Crohn’s when she was just 13. For her to climb to the top and fulfill her dream of becoming an Olympic champion Baker had to battle fatigue, weight loss and chronic pain. This lifelong disease didn’t stop Kathleen but instead motivated her more and made her appreciate participating in the sport.

Read more about Kathleen’s climb to the top here.

Stay tuned as Kathleen Baker gets a shot at a gold medal later this week.

What Your Poop Can Tell You

“At Home” Stool Tests Enable You to be Your Own Health Advocate

Have you ever taken an “at home” stool test? Ever wondered what an analysis of your poop can tell you? There’s no need to be intimidated, its actually a very simple way to identify problems within your gut.

What if I told you it’s the best way to learn about your health and to shed some light on the root cause of symptoms you may be experiencing. Everyone should consider testing as the first step in finding out more about the health of your gut and systems. 

Dr's Data testWhat Does a Dr.’s Data At Home Stool Test Help Determine? 

  • Digestive conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Abdominal, cramping and diarrhea causes
  • Reasons for nausea, vomiting and bloating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Absorption of nutrients
  • Parasites 
  • Infections from bacteria, viruses, or funguses
  • Liver problems
  • Pancreatic function

How is Dr.’s Data Test Different From Other At Home Stool Tests?

Doctor’s Data labs have been examining stool samples  for over 40 years.  Doctor’s Data became the first lab in the functional medicine industry to introduce MALDI-TOF (Matrix- Assisted Laser Desorption/Ionization Time of Flight) as a method of identifying bacteria and yeast in stool culture. MALDI-TOF works by measuring the unique “fingerprints” of our microorganisms. This spectra is then compared to a reference database for verification and identification.

What Makes the MALDI-TOF a Superior Measure for Stool Testing?

Doctor’s Data utilizes MALDI-TOF in combination with “high-complexity” culture for rapid, accurate and reliable identification of hundreds of gastrointestinal bacterial and yeast species, and even subspecies. The MALDI-TOF reference database is the most expansive and is growing by about 100 species per month. To date they have identified over 180 yeast species; 65 of these are Candida alone. This ability to differentiate is extremely important since some patients may have up to 6 or 7 different strains.

Why Stool Test?

When you’re considering an at-home stool test ask yourself this question; will knowing the results of this test change my treatment plan? If not, maybe you can skip the collection. If you’re like most people, you know that your poop holds information that could very well be the key to good health. Collecting it and shipping it off could be the easiest way to gather helpful information that will put you on the right path for a treatment plan.

When you are looking for clues for any digestion issues or concerns, start by being your own health detective and try the Doctors Data Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology test. The results could end up saving you time and money while enabling you to focus on a treatment plan tailored to your specific issues. 

Crohn’s Disease vs. IBS

Crohn’s disease affects more than half a million people in the United States, while anywhere from 10 to 15 percent of the population has irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). The two conditions are very different, although they affect the same area of the body.

Crohn’s disease causes inflammation of the digestive system and can affect any area of the GI track, from the mouth to the anus, although it most often affects the end of the small intestine and the start of the colon. Crohn’s disease is included in a group of conditions collectively known as inflammatory bowel disease.

Symptoms of active Crohn’s disease include diarrhea, abdominal cramping, bloody stool, fever, and fatigue. Reduced appetite and weight loss are also symptoms of Crohn’s disease, which can only be diagnosed by a doctor. Research is mixed, but there may be a link between Crohn’s disease and later development of colorectal cancer.

Complications from Crohn’s disease may include ulcers on the walls of the intestine, holes in the bowel, abscess in the abdomen, pelvis or anal area, or even a narrowing of the intestine caused by scarring. Individuals with Crohn’s disease may not absorb nutrients properly.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is not the same as irritable bowel disease, IBD, which is the category of conditions into which Crohn’s disease falls. IBS does not cause inflammation, but does involve a change in bowel function.

Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea or constipation, or some combination of the two. Many individuals can control IBS with medication and changes in diet. Stress and hormones may trigger episodes of IBS. This chronic condition does not increase one’s risk for colorectal cancer or cause changes in bowel tissue, unlike Crohn’s disease and related conditions.

Doctors can determine whether the symptoms one is experiencing are from IBS or Crohn’s disease and develop a treatment plan that helps a patient to control his or her symptoms.

Take it from a Doctor: Four Surprising Ways to Treat Crohn’s Disease

Surprising Ways to Treat Crohn's Disease

Living with Crohn’s disease or other inflammatory bowel diseases can be stressful. Add in work, doctor’s appointments, and not feeling well, and it’s a recipe for disaster.

When the body is stressed, blood is shunted away from your midsection and moves peripherally, to your arms and legs. This leads to decreased oxygenation of the gut and decreased metabolism. Stress also unleashes an army of hormones, which can lead to a flare in bowel symptoms. While you can’t eliminate all stress, you can change your habits to reduce its effects on a daily basis.

Here are four surprising ways to treat Crohns Disease by managing stress:

 

Read more Take it from a Doctor: Four Surprising Ways to Treat Crohn’s Disease