The upcoming topic on The Natural Health Show tomorrow, Saturday, December 7th, which also includes my Radical Remedies segment on detox, is on Inflammatory Bowel Disease. So why not write a blog about it, right?
To begin with IBD is actually a list of eight separate diseases, but the main ones are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. They both affect our gastrointestinal tract (i.e. the food tract which begins at the mouth and ends at the little hole of your behind) and both are on the rise in industrialized countries, including Canada. They are also both considered to be autoimmune diseases, which means that they are caused by an over active immune system. This also causes excessive inflammation. What is different about them is that Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract and has skip lesions, which means that it can affect the GI tract at separate locations along its length. It also affects the entire thickness of the GI track wall. Ulcerative colitis, on the other hand, affects just the large intestine (i.e. the colon) and the rectum. It has no skip lesions and it affects only the inner lining of the wall of the colon. Continue reading