My mom has a great sense of humor. She sent me this comic below and I think my IBD friends will get a kick out of it. Click on it to see the full image and the punch line.
Daniel Durrant, my indispensable side-kick in the production of this documentary posted this Amplify article, Crohn's Board Wants National Strategy.
Crohn's and Colitis Otago [in New Zealand] board member Henriette Rawlings said the organisation wanted a national strategy and national standards for the treatment of the disease to be developed.
Dunedin Hospital gastroenterologist Dr Michael Schultz wants to create a national strategy for diagnosing and treating patients with Crohn's disease.
A national strategy was needed to ensure action to life-changing drugs such as infliximab was equal across New Zealand, he said.
Ms Rawlings, of Dunedin, successfully fought for the drug to be funded in Otago, for her daughter, and for other sufferers.
The idea of a national strategy for treating Crohn's (hope they include Colitis) is exactly what I want this documentary to help revise here in North America, at the very least. Would be wonderful if it went global.
I know from my research that conventional strategies in North America are two pronged, 1) Induce remission with strong drugs that have serious side effects and 2) once in remission, maintain it with another class of drugs that have their own side effects.
The problem with this is that these drugs only mask the symptoms of the diseases, often by suppressing the immune system. I disagree with using immune-suppressing drugs because people with Crohn's and Colitis already have weakened immune systems. The diseases still exist and can cause serious complications years later, one of the most common being bowel obstructions, which can be fatal because blocked food will rupture the intestines.
The current conventional healthcare strategy of inducing remission, then maintaining it is doing their patients a huge disservice because they are forgetting other vitally important components to healing the root causes of Crohn's and Colitis.
There are decades long debates on whether or not Crohn's disease is caused by a bacteria infection, specifically MAP. Even if one wants to debate what causes these diseases, one of the most important components to healing Crohn's and Colitis patients is to repair their intestines.
Both diseases wreck havoc on the intestines, causing inflammation, ulcers, abscesses and so on. The body has an amazing capacity for healing itself after injury and it's vital people with Crohn's or Colitis do everything they can to repair that damage.
I used to have nauseating partial bowel obstructions, but I learned how to repair my intestines with Glutamine and Colloidal Silver supplements. There are other protocols one can try but those are the two that I have tried and today I can eat foods like strawberries, lettuce, carrots and raspberries when I couldn't before without suffering from intense gut pains for hours on end.
I'm tired of seeing my friends with Crohn's or Ulcerative Colitis have their diseases not fully taken care of. They end up having surgeries and that only makes the diseases worse in the long run:
Small bowel obstruction (SBO) is usually caused by adhesions that occur in the small intestines (small bowels). Post-surgical adhesions are the leading cause of blockage in the small intestines; they cause 60% of all small bowel obstructions. Footnote #1
A national strategy for diagnosing and treating both Crohn's disease and Ulcerative Colitis are sorely needed and I will be presenting that plan in the near future.