At last, I see a scientific confirmation of my over 20-year-old theory: Colitis and Crohn’s can be caused by bacterial infection.
It is known that Mycobacterium avium, subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) causes intestinal disease in dairy cows. The same bacteria MAP has been found in patients with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In one study, scientists have found Mycobacterium avium complex in intestinal tissues of 60 % Crohn’s patients and in 40% Ulcerative colitis patients.
So, how can you get infected with this MAP bacteria?
There are 2 possible sources for MAP infection:
• Manure of infected Cows & Milk
A family living in part of Germany with water “poorly controlled hygienically” was reviewed. After 6 months moving to this area of Germany, mother developed ulcerative colitis and her 2 kids developed Crohn’s disease few years later. Normal water filtration and chlorination does not kill MAP bacteria.
“MAP is excreted in infected animal’s feces and secreted in its milk.” Furthermore, European studies show that up to 20% of pasteurized milk sold in supermarkets contain MAP bacteria.
People usually assume that drinking pasteurized milk is safe. But what most of us do not know that pasteurization usually uses temperature well below boiling point. So, milk is heated to only 71.7 degrees C (161 degrees F) for 20 seconds, which often does not kill bacteria.
So, after we learned that MAP bacteria is one of the possible causes of Colitis and Crohns, how can we prevent contracting MAP infection?
The answer is simple. Boil for few minutes both drinking water and milk, even pasteurized milk.
And for those who are already inflicted with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s, and tested positive for MAP, talk to your doctor about the course of antibiotics designed to remove MAP from your body. Here is additional information from Human Para Foundation about treatment of IBD using anti-MAP therapy.
References: GUT Pathology Journal 2010