WANTED: Crohn’s End is a documentary about empowered patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis who struggle to use controversial alternative treatments when nothing else works. They have listened to their gut, and took a proactive approach to ending their condition despite mainstream medicine saying there is no cure.
Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are two types of Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs). IBDs are incredibly complicated to treat, costing the average American patient $19,000 out of pocket each year. Complications from IBDs can and do lead to fatalities.
Inspired by Daniel Durrant’s original Crohn’s End social network website, Reid Bryant Kimball knew he had to make a documentary to accomplish the following goals:
- Provide a voice for stories of triumph over Crohn’s and Colitis
- Create more awareness for safer, cheaper, and more effective alternative treatments
- Empower patients to feel confident in having a greater say in the care of their IBD with their healthcare team
Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are two chronic diseases that ravage the digestive systems of people. Symptoms include chronic, uncontrollable diarrhea, sometimes with blood, fistulas and bowel obstructions, which can be fatal.
Conventional healthcare, especially in North America views both diseases as separate autoimmune disorders and typically uses powerful antibiotics, anti-inflammatory drugs and immunosuppresant drugs to get the patient into remission and maintain remission. In an emergency, allopathic remedies can indeed be life saving.
Yet, these are powerful medications and they are often prescribed for prolonged use. Side effects include a worsening of symptoms, mental confusion, fatal infections and cancers.
Regardless of using allopathic or naturopathic remedies, after a while, patients often experience a closing of their intestinal tracts which cause potentially fatal bowel obstructions. Their doctors suggest surgery to modify or cut out the affected portions of their intestines.
Sixty to Seventy-five percent of Crohn’s patients will have surgery and about fifty percent of them have the disease return and experience more bowel obstructions 5 – 7 years later. Another round of antibiotics that induce more symptoms, anti-inflammatory drugs that wreck havoc on the entire body and immune suppressing drugs that may lead to fatal infections are used. These approaches suppress the symptoms, but do not heal the root cause. The vicious cycle continues and patients suffer endlessly and needlessly.
The time has come for patients to be made aware that safer, cost-effective, and more clinically-effective alternatives exist, which can heal the gastrointestinal tract. Everyone has the right to be made aware of and to choose from all available treatments and to apply the healing that makes the most sense to them, whether or not it is controversial or even illegal. Patients ought to be in control of their bodies and healing.
Reid Bryant Kimball
Director of WANTED: Crohn’s End