Doctors Admit They Don’t Know What Causes Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis, So Just Go Vegan
People who suffer with Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis symptoms are no closer to knowing what causes the condition despite the fact that research shows the condition is somehow viral. If your doctor isn't sure what causes the disease, it's time to advocate for yourself and go vegan.
According to the Center’s for Disease Control (CDC), an estimated 1.3% of U.S. adults (3 million) reported being diagnosed with IBD (either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis). This was a large increase from 1999 (0.9% or 2 million adults, yet doctors still aren't clear on what causes the condition.
What doctors do know is that Ulcerative colitis is a condition that causes inflammation and sores in the lining of the large intestine or colon. It usually affects the lower section of the colon and the rectum, but can affect the entire colon. Generally, the more of the colon that's affected, the worse the symptoms will be. The disease can affect people of any age. But many are diagnosed before the age of 30. Other than that the specifics of both conditions remain blurry.
The Number Of People Diagnosed With Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis is Growing
More and more people are being diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease IBD, and it seems researchers are no closer to concluding the viral aspect of the disease. As a result Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis remain a mystery illness and patients that robs people of their colons with a guessing game of how to treat it.
The standard of care usually involves the typical go-to’s: steroids, which translates into “I don’t know how to treat this” or immunosuppressive drugs, but these are just a quick fix and symptoms historically reoccur.
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How You Know Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis May Be Viral
A 2013 a study found that Epstein-Barr virus, (a herpes virus) was associated with inflammatory bowel disease, but its role as a pathogenetic or exacerbating factor remained unclear.
“Although causality could not be determined, the significantly higher prevalence of Epstein-Barr virus in intestinal tissue from patients with inflammatory bowel disease compared with controls and in patients with exacerbation compared with patients in remission suggests a potential viral involvement in the severity of inflammatory bowel disease. These findings merit further investigation in view of a potential for usefulness of antiviral therapy against Epstein-Barr virus infection in patients with exacerbation of inflammatory bowel disease”
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Other research revisited the viral connection and similarly found that a virus may play a significant role in inflammatory bowel diseases, for Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
This Time The Findings Were Blatant
In this 2015 study, people with inflammatory bowel disease had a greater variety of viruses in their digestive systems compared to healthy people, the investigators found.
The findings suggested that viruses, as well as bacteria, are a factor in inflammatory bowel disease, according to the study published online Jan. 22 in the journal Cell.
The findings are the "tip of the iceberg," said study senior author Dr. Herbert Virgin IV, a professor of pathology and head of the department of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Much more research is needed to learn more about these gut viruses -- many of which are new -- and how they interact with the gut and gut bacteria, Virgin said in a university news release.
Advocate For Yourself
Assuming Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's disease are viral, the best plan of action is to clean up your diet. Foods that tend to be inflammatory include, animal products such as dairy and eggs, meat and poultry, wheat, corn, soy and canola oil. Foods that are anti-inflammatory and helpful in ending symptoms of Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis symptoms include all avocado, aloe, papaya and coconut, lettuces, leafy greens like spinach, and cucumber juice, which are incredibly healing and soothing to the digestive tract.
Adopt A Raw Vegan Diet
If your doctor tells you to avoid fruits (which are antiviral) because of a fiber fear, get yourself a juicer, remove the fiber and nourish yourself that way. Do not cook your fruit, this denatures it and and eliminates the antiviral properties necessary for healing. Always work closely with your practitioner, and consult with a Naturopath or Holistic Nutrition Professional to fine tune and IBD diet that works for you.
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