Is Crohn’s Disease an Infection?

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Many GI doctors will tell you that Crohn’s disease is an auto-immune disease and that the body is going through an abnormal, incorrect immune response. That’s why there are a whole class of drugs that suppress the immune system, like Imuran, Remicade and Humira.

We all know that Crohn’s and Colitis are marked by chronic intestinal inflammation. That inflammation is caused by white blood cells in the affected area.

So one must ask, what role do white blood cells serve? According the Wikipedia.org, they

are cells of the immune system involved in defending the body against both infectious disease and foreign materials.

Here’s what the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America has to say on what Crohn’s and Colitis are.

They are marked by an abnormal response by the body’s immune system. The immune system is composed of various cells and proteins. Normally, these protect the body from infection. In people with Crohn’s disease, however, the immune system reacts inappropriately. Researchers believe that the immune system mistakes microbes, such as bacteria that is normally found in the intestines, for foreign or invading substances, and launches an attack. In the process, the body sends white blood cells into the lining of the intestines, where they produce chronic inflammation. These cells then generate harmful products that ultimately lead to ulcerations and bowel injury. When this happens, the patient experiences the symptoms of IBD.

Why do they believe the immune system is making a mistake? Why is there so little trust in the human body’s ability to do its job properly? We’ve evolved over millions of years to reach our current place in the world. We couldn’t have done that if our immune systems makes mistakes all the time!

Today I read this article titled, “Antibiotic Drugs for Acne Linked to Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD): Study“. It had this to say,

According to a study published online by the American Journal of Gastroenterology on August 10, many individuals who used Accutane to treat severe acne and later developed severe bowel problems first tried to fight their acne with antibiotics from the oral tetracycline class. Researchers say that there could be a link between antibiotic drugs for acne treatment and an increased risk of inflammatory bowel disease.

In my own history of fighting teenage acne, I went through rounds of many kinds of drugs, including tetracycline. That didn’t work and I then moved on to Accutane. Several months later after I finished my prescription, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease.

Several people I have interviewed for this documentary have said they believe their Crohn’s started AFTER they took antibiotics. This comes up time and again while doing research for the film, that antibiotics may play a strong role in the development of Crohn’s or Colitis.

It makes perfect sense once you realize that antibiotics wipe out the intestines of both good and bad bacteria. Good bacteria, (aka probiotics) are fundamentally essential to our health. They help us digest our food and help fight off bad bacteria that causes disease. When antibiotics are used, they are wiped out and the gut becomes an empty home for either good or bad bacteria to claim. Often it seems, bad bacteria win out. When they take residence in our bodies, the white blood cells do what they are supposed to do and fight. Then symptoms of Crohn’s or Colitis begins and you have a chronic disease.

The symptoms are a sign that we have an infection and our body needs some help. A well established protocol is to use a natural antibiotic, like Wild Oregano Oil or Colloidal Silver (do your research) and back that up IMMEDIATELY with high-dose, high quality probiotics so that your gut is filled with more good bacteria than bad. Once that balance has been restored, you may find your symptoms of Crohn’s or Colitis drastically reduced.

Now if we can get the GI medical world to stop misinforming the public about the immune system being faulty. This creates mistrust in ones own body to heal, which it can, but only if you allow it.

  • This is really fascinating, and you make a lot of good points in regards to the [mis]use of antibiotics.. Once the havoc is wrought and the proverbial slate wiped clean of all bacteria, it leads you to wonder how nutrition and diet play out in encouraging the regrowth of good colonic germs vs. bad.

  • It does! Grabbing a fresh carrot from an organic garden and eating it with the dirt still on it is going to give you more beneficial bacteria than eating a doughnut.

    Aside from the food itself having good/bad bacteria, highly processed foods are harder to digest and linger in the intestines longer than whole organic foods. This allows bad bacteria already in the gut to feed off the processed foods and flourish.

    Take away the processed foods and the bad bacteria starve to death. Then the white blood cells stop their attack and symptoms of IBD subside. At least, that’s the theory I subscribe to, but many don’t.

  • There are many diseases that the Medical Community blame on the disfunctionality of the Immune System, ie. MS and arthritis, as well as IBD. I’d like to know why researchers for those diseases, and others, don’t pool their resourses and study the immune reaction. They would have proved or disproved their beliefs a long time ago and could have been on to something helpful by now.