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Crohn’s Disease Signs and Symptoms

Crohn’s disease is in the family of autoimmune diseases known as inflammatory bowel diseases.  Inflammatory bowel diseases involve an inflammatory reaction against the body’s gastrointestinal tract.  Crohn’s disease can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus.  Crohn’s disease may also be referred to as regional enteritis or chronic ileitis.  We have put together a list of signs and symptoms of Crohn’s disease below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Bloody stools
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Fistulas
  • Anemia
  • Abdominal pain in the lower abdomen
  • Growth retardation in children
  • Low-grade fever


Crohn’s Disease Diagnosis

The symptoms of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are very similar.  Ulcerative colitis affects only the lining of the colon, whereas Crohn’s disease can form painful lesions along the entire gastrointestinal tract.  Some helpful lab tests for diagnosing Crohn’s disease include small bowel series x-rays, an upper endoscopy, a serum B12 test, and an abdominal/pelvic CT scan.


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Hair Tissue Analysis Report

Hair Tissue Analysis Report

We suggest getting a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) to help you determine accurately what your body needs more of in terms of essential trace minerals and needs to eliminate in terms of toxic heavy metals and toxic mineral ratios. Toxic mineral ratios and toxic metal accumulation following long term or acute exposure can contribute greatly to degenerative conditions like Crohn’s disease.

Essential minerals such as calcium, magnesium, zinc, iron, potassium and sodium all have important metabolic functions. However, too little or too much of any of these essential minerals can have an adverse affect on the human body and it’s ability to recover.

How can a hair analysis help me achieve better health? If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health.

The dangers of exposure to toxic heavy metals such as mercury, lead and aluminum have been well documented over the years. Levels of heavy metals in the body can only be accurately measured using a hair tissue analysis or a chelation challenge test (which can be expensive and have serious side-effects). Blood or urine tests give information about your metal or mineral levels at the time of the test only.

Testing for minerals in the urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body. So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.

A hair analysis provides a biological profile of the past 2 – 3 months of intracellular activity revealing a unique metabolic world, which cannot be seen through most other tests. The hair mineral analysis gives you or your healthcare professional much-needed information about mineral deficiencies and chemical imbalances in your body, especially if you’re suffering from symptoms of any disease or disorder, including Crohn’s disease.

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Books for People With Signs and Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease:

The First Year: Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: An Essential Guide for the Newly Diagnosed
Jill Sklar
Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Everything You Need to Know (Your Personal Health)
Fred Saibil


Controlling Crohn’s Disease: The Natural Way
Tom Monte
What to Eat with IBD: A Comprehensive Nutrition and Recipe Guide for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis
Tracie M Dalessandro MS RD CDN

Crohn’s Disease Resources

General Patient Resources

  • Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

Even though there is no cure at this time, CCFA’s research and education programs already have improved the health and quality of life of people with Crohn’s disease.

http://www.ccfa.org/info/about/crohns

  • Living With Crohn’s Disease

Get the Facts About Crohns Disease Sign Up to Receive News & Updates

http://www.livingwithcrohnsdisease.com/

  • Crohn’s and Me

Utilize Crohn’s disease resources available to learn how to manage a lifestyle with Crohn’s.

http://www.crohnsandme.com/crohns-disease-resources/

  • HealingWell . com

Discussion forums, weekly chats, news, information and more in a moderated and supportive environment.

http://www.healingwell.com/community/default.aspx?f=17

  • Crohn’s Forum

A Crohns Disease , IBD, and Ulcerative Colitis online Support Forum

http://www.crohnsforum.com/



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Addresses causes, symptoms, risk factors, treatment and drugs.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/crohns-disease/DS00104

  • MedicineNet . com

Crohn’ s Disease resources with articles, digestion topics and health solutions.

http://www.medicinenet.com/crohns_disease/article.htm