Crohn’s, Colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Intestinal issues such as Crohn’s, colitis, diverticulitis, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can cause considerable upset in daily life. They are characterized by pain, changes in frequency and urgency of evacuation, intestinal bleeding, malabsorption, low energy, anxiety, depression and more. This can result in missing out on the joys of daily life during a flare-up, as social and work obligations may need to be set aside in favour of staying in the privacy and comfort of home. The causes of IBS are not entirely understood and is often diagnosed by excluding other diseases. Symptoms vary from constipation to diarrhea, sometimes even in the same person.
Crohn’s and colitis are a unique group of inflammatory bowel diseases in that they are considered autoimmune in nature. An autoimmune condition is when the immune system, for a variety of reasons, no longer recognizes itself and attacks its own tissue—in this case, the tissues of the intestinal system. In the case of Crohn’s, this can extend to adjacent areas in the intestinal system as well. Sufferers of these conditions are often prescribed expensive medications and, in severe cases, may require hospitalization and surgery.
Get Back to Being YOU
While stress and mood issues can certainly aggravate these conditions, it is a misconception the condition is the primary driver. In fact, significant changes in the balance of intestinal bacteria can cause depression, anxiety and amplify stress. Additionally, the depletion of the key nutrients needed to make hormone and neurotransmitters have been known to do the same.
Both our naturopath (Dr. Jan Dorrell), and our nutritionist (Virginia Spencer) have programs for assisting clients with intestinal issues and have many combined years of experience in this area. They often work together when needed and can provide support that includes dietary programs, supplements, herbs, and mood support. Our chiropractors can also provide valuable help to support the nerves supplied to the intestinal system.