Colitis (also called ulcerative colitis) is associated with bleeding ulcers and inflammation of the mucosa, the inner lining of the colon. The colon also can be called large intestine. Ulcerative colitis occurs in the large intestine. It can start in the rectum (known as ulcerative proctitis), and proliferate gradually throughout the entire colon (known as pancolitis).
Certain factors such as virus, bacteria, parasites, prolonged use of antibiotics, food allergies or food sensitivities may trigger the disease.
The most common symptom of UC is bloody diarrhea coupled with abdominal cramps, pain and frequent urge to have a bowel movement. UC patient ends up running to the bathroom from 3 to 30 times a day. Abdominal pain is usually relieved by passing some gas, mucus, blood and stool. Other symptoms: weight loss, malnutrition, dehydration, electrolyte disbalance, fever, nausea and sweats. Due to systemic colon inflammation and immune dysfunction UC patients often develop other diseases: anemia, arthritis, osteoporosis, skin rashes, liver problems( fatty liver, cirrhosis, primary sclerosing cholangitis), gallstones, kidney stones, pancreatitis, inflammation of the eye, and colon cancer.
Gastroenterologist starts with complete physical examination together with a medical history. Physician usually recommends the following tests:
1. Blood work – CBC (complete blood count)to check for anemia, thrombocytosis, high platelet count, low albumin). Both C-reactive protein and ESR indicate inflammation process.
2. Electrolyte Studies
5. Stool culture for ova and parasites In certain cases, a physician will order renal and liver function test.
Also, a colonoscopy is ordered, which is used by a physician to view the mucosa ( the inner lining of the colon) to identify what part of colon is inflamed, to locate polyps and tumors and to perform biopsies (removal of a tissue sample). Biopsy samples are sent to laboratory pathologist to analyze for dyslplasia (precancerous cells)and cancer cells.
Drugs and surgery are two ways modern medicine treats colitis.
Anti-inflammatory Drugs are used to reduce colon inflammation.
Example: Azulfidine, Asacol, Rowasa, Colazal, Dipentum and Corticosteroids.
Side Effects of Anti-inflammatory Drugs: vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, heartburn, headache. Corticosteroids may trigger very serious side effects including depression, moon face, high blood pressure,bone fractures, osteoporosis and even diabetes. Immunosuppressive Drugs are used to inhibit colitis patients overactive immunity. The latest scientific theory that colitis is “autoimmune disease” in which the body’s immune system attacks its own digestive system. Immunosuppressive drugs override the body’s overactive immunity, and it is usually takes 10-12 weeks for drugs to start working. Example: Imuran, Purinethol,Remicade, Sandimmune, Neoral.
Side Effects of Immunosuppressive Drugs: inflammation of pancreas and liver, severe infections and allergic reactions, increased risk of tuberculosis and cancer (lymphoma). Galina’s opinion: I cannot find any logic in suppressing our immune system further with immunosuppressive drugs when it should be strengthened and rebalanced via diet, physical execrcise,relaxation technique, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments.
Antibiotics are used to reduce bacterial overgrowth and suppress infection in the gut. Example: Metronidazole(Flagyl), Ampicillin, Ciprofloxacin(Cipro).
Side effects: Diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, yeast infections, loss of intestinal microflora. Antibiotics can cause clostridium difficile colitis by suppressing good bacteria in the gut and giving bad bacteria a chance to multiply uncontrollably. C.difficile is a spore forming bacteria, which produces toxins. These toxins are responsible for the intestinal inflammation and diarrhea. Steroids are used in combination with other medication to induce remission in IBD. Example: Different forms of steroids are available: pills ( prednisone), enemas (hydrocortisone), suppositories, rectal foams and injectable ( methyprednisone).
NEVER DISCONTINUE STEROIDS ABRUPTLY. A sudden change imposes a great deal of stress on your body and can cause another flare. Taper steroids slowly. Consult your physician on a tapering schedule.
Colitis Healing Manual
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• How to stop bleeding , diarrhea and cramps.
• How to manage colitis flare-ups using secret European system.
• Which foods can heal your colon, and which foods may trigger diarrhea.
• Which drugs/foods/nutrients can spell disaster for your colon.
• How to prevent loss of vitamins/ minerals and remedy malnutrition.
• Research tested foods and supplements to use for long-lasting colon healing.
KnowYourGut Protocol for Colitis Healing
1. First identify and remove the possible cause of the disease.
Example: perform stool culture for ova and parasites to identify possible bacteria/parasite infestation. Food allergies/sensitivities (especially gluten, dairy) may cause intestinal irritation resulting in diarrhea.
2. Reduce colon inflammation and heal colon mucosa by using therapeutic foods /supplements.
Example: pau-d’arco tea infusion, medicinal clay, pharmaceutical grade L-glutamine.
3. Normalize intestinal flora (1) by removal of Candida albica overgrowth and (2) introduction of gut beneficial bacteria.
Example: use specific probiotics (good bacteria) for large intestine (Bifidobacterium bifidum strain) and small intestine (Lactobacillus acidophilus DDS-1 strain).
4. Improve digestion and absorption of foods by introducing colitis healing diet and enzymes.
Example: Hydrolized collagen for protein, combination of flaxseed tea and chlorophyll plus German manufactured enzymes.
5. Eliminate diet and lifestyle risk factors, which can trigger flare-up.
Example: gluten/gliadin containing foods, artificial sweeteners, dairy, emotional stress, exc.