What Is Crohn's Disease

mazeArticle Written by Jini Patel May 7, 2009

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease in which parts of the digestive system swell and develop deep sores, or ulcers. The ulcers usually occur in the last part of the small intestine and the first part off the large intestine, but can occur anywhere in the gastrointestinal tract, including the mouth, stomach and anus. The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown, but an abnormal immune system response, bacteria, viruses, genetics and smoking may all play a role.

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A Child's Suffering Drives A Mother To Seek Untested Treatments

mom comfort sick childArticle Written by Heather Won Tesoriero May 2, 2017

Your child is diagnosed with a serious autoimmune disease and conventional treatments aren't proving to be effective. Doctors prescribe powerful medications that don't seem to work. Not only is your child not responding as hoped, he's withering from the side effects. What do you do? Journalist Susannah Meadows found herself having to answer this question when her son, Shepherd, was diagnosed at age 3 with juvenile idiopathic arthritis, joint inflammation that can last a lifetime.

When the drugs didn't work, Meadows was persuaded to look at his condition through a different prism and to consider the possibility that medications might not be the only answer. Meadows began speaking to parents who had sleuthed out alternative theories and tried things like radically changing their kids' diets and giving them Chinese herbal medicines. Like many parents of sick children, Meadows grew increasingly willing to venture outside of the standard treatments.

Her experiences spurred her to seek other stories of people with illnesses ranging from multiple sclerosis to epilepsy to ADHD who pursued unproven methods of treating their diseases. Their stories, as well as an account of her son's case, are compiled in The Other Side of Impossible: Ordinary People Who Faced Daunting Medical Challenges and Refused to Give Up, published Tuesday by Random House.

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What Is CBD (Cannabidiol)? 9 Benefits & How It Works for Our Body

cannabisArticle Written by Christine Ruggeri, CHHC March 29, 2019

By now, you’ve probably heard about the many benefits of CBD oil and maybe you have considered using products containing the cannabis compound. But you may be wondering — what is CBD, exactly?

There’s a lot of confusion out there about CBD and how it affects the human body. Considering the endocannabinoid system was only discovered 25 years ago, we are just beginning to learn about cannabidiol and its abilities.

But so far, the research is promising, which explains why so many people are becoming interested in using this thousand-year-old natural remedy for their own health needs.

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What is NAET?

The NAET Training Institute January 10, 2014

NAET; Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques; A revolutionary technique developed by Dr Devi S Nambudripad, M.D., D.C., L.Ac., R.N., Ph.D, in 1983 and practiced by over 8000 medical practitioners worldwide. This technique is non-invasive, drug free & a natural solution to treat food, chemical, environmental, emotional allergies and allergy based disorders with lasting results. Unresolved health problems and various pain disorders are frequently due to the result of allergic and hypersensitivity reactions to various substances someone consumes or comes into contact with on a daily basis. This technique will assist in detecting the culprits that produce symptoms. NAET utilises testing and treatment principles from Chiropractic, Oriental Medicine, kinesiology, and Nutritional disciplines.

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Biomedical Analyses of a Holistic Peanut Allergy Treatment: NAET

peanutArticle Written by Brady Vincent and Dayne Bonzo
March 31, 2011
Medical Laboratory Sciences Weber State University


Across the United States holistic medicine is being used as an alternative to, or in combination with, traditional medicine. One such treatment is for peanut allergies, which involves a series of kinesiology and energy balancing tests. This rapidly growing treatment is called Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Technique (NAET) founded by Devi Nambudripad M.D., D.C., L.Ac, Ph.D and is practiced primarily by licensed chiropractors. The difference in allergy treatment techniques applied by traditional versus holistic practitioners is based primarily on the definition of allergy. Although definitions and techniques may vary, the outcomes must be the same – that is, desensitization to the offending allergen. This study is an analysis of NAET peanut allergy treatment using immunological measurements. Participants with peanut allergies had their blood tested for peanut specific IgE and IgG levels, as well as the inflammation marker tryptase. The blood will be collected pre- and post-treatment and will be tested by validated methods at ARUP laboratories. It follows that if a participant is desensitized to the allergen, there would be a measurable biomedical response in the participant when treated using NAET allergy alleviation therapy.

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Protective links between vitamin D, inflammatory bowel disease and colon cancer

girl in sun and sunflowersArticle Written by Stacey Meeker, Audrey Seamons, Lillian Maggio-Price, and Jisun Paik
World Journal of Gastroenterology (2016); 22(3):933-948
January 21, 2016


Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with a wide range of diseases and multiple forms of cancer including breast, colon, and prostate cancers. Relatively recent work has demonstrated vitamin D to be critical in immune function and therefore important in inflammatory diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Because vitamin D deficiency or insufficiency is increasingly prevalent around the world, with an estimated 30%-50% of children and adults at risk for vitamin D deficiency worldwide, it could have a significant impact on IBD. Epidemiologic studies suggest that low serum vitamin D levels are a risk factor for IBD and colon cancer, and vitamin D supplementation is associated with decreased colitis disease activity and/or alleviated symptoms. Patients diagnosed with IBD have a higher incidence of colorectal cancer than the general population, which supports the notion that inflammation plays a key role in cancer development and underscores the importance of understanding how vitamin D influences inflammation and its cancer-promoting effects. In addition to human epidemiological data, studies utilizing mouse models of colitis have shown that vitamin D is beneficial in preventing or ameliorating inflammation and clinical disease. The precise role of vitamin D on colitis is unknown; however, vitamin D regulates immune cell trafficking and differentiation, gut barrier function and antimicrobial peptide synthesis, all of which may be protective from IBD and colon cancer. Here we focus on effects of vitamin D on inflammation and inflammation-associated colon cancer and discuss the potential use of vitamin D for protection and treatment of IBD and colon cancer.

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