CROHN’S DISEASE: ITS CAUSE AND CURE
by Anthony Palombo, DC, ACN
I. THE CAUSE
First of all, as with all health conditions in the physical body, Crohn’s disease has an energetic, or vibrational, underlying cause conditioned by mental and emotional patterns of thoughts and feeling-reactions that maintain an underlying condition of stress in the physical body. These underlying stress-producing energetic patterns keep the body in a fight or flight response mode. Any treatment to bring about a “cure” of Crohn’s disease must necessarily include addressing this underlying energetic cause. Without this factor properly addressed and cleared, all treatments, medical and/or alternatve, will only bring about relief and management of the condition.
That being said, consider the following in light of this underlying causal factor.
Crohn’s disease is always preceded by chronic indigestion. The cause of Crohn’s disease, diverticulitis, colitis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is chronic indigestion.
In medical literature one will invariably find these words in the first paragraph under “Cause of Crohns”: “The cause of Crohn’s disease is unknown.” What is omitted in this statement are the words “…to medical science.” Medical science then proceeds to guess at what causes it and then treat the guesses along with the symptoms. The cause is not addressed because it is admittedly “unknown” to medical science. It would be ignorant and arrogant to assume that the cause is “unknown” simply because medical science doesn’t know.
Here is the definition of Crohn’s disease taken from http://www.medicinenet.com/crohns_disease/article.htm.
“Crohn’s disease is a chronic inflammatory disease of the intestines. It primarily causes ulcerations (breaks in the lining) of the small intestines, but can affect the digestive system anywhere from the mouth to the anus. It is named after the physician who described the disease in 1932. It also is called granulomatous enteritis or colitis, regional enteritis, ileitis, or terminal ileitis.”
(Note: The Ileum is another name for the last section of the small intestines, the part that connects to the large intestines (or ascending colon), which is where the appendix is also located.)
To answer the question “What causes Crohn’s disease?” one must first answer the question “What causes inflammation in the intestines?” Right? So, let’s think this through by following the digestive process. But first let’s look at the inflammatory process.
The Cause of Inflammation
What causes inflammation is the immune system. It’s the body’s way of dealing with infection. Infection is the immune system’s way of dealing with foreign matter that is not being eliminated. Food is foreign matter to the body. It is supposed to be digested and then eliminated from the intestinal tract.
Remember, the inside of the alimentary canal, from the mouth to the rectum, is outside the body, although it runs through it. In other words, it is part of the body’s immediate environment, just as dirt on your skin is external to the body. In fact, the lining of the intestines is made from the same matrix of tissue (ectoderm) as skin. It’s a membrane. In other words, it’s skin. The brain and nervous system are also made from the same matrix, the ectoderm. Skin is an organ of elimination and has intelligence. It is a very permeable membrane, however, letting in what will nourish the body and eliminating what is toxic and not handled by the other organs and glands of elimination. The pH of the skin is a crucial aspect of its integrity. High acidity will break it down. Inflammation is created by the immune system, which is very pervasive throughout the intestines and colon, in order to deal with the foreign substance that is irritating the membrane. It is literally a fire, a localized febrile condition created to burn up toxins and dying cells.
Food that is not properly digested will cause acidity in the intestines. Undigested protein will rot causing putrefaction. Undigested carbohydrates will ferment. Undigested fats will go rancid. Rancid fats destroy tissue immediately upon contact. This is why it is not good to eat rancid seeds and nuts or use rancid cooking and salad oils. They also destroy HDL, the so called “good” cholesterol. Cholesterol is essential to the structural composition of the cell wall . . . every one of the 100 trillion cells that make up your body.
Digestion of Proteins and Carbohydrates
Protein is broken down and digested in the stomach by hydrochloric acid (HCL). Hydrochloric acid is secreted by the parietal cells lining the stomach at a pH (potential of Hydrogen) of 0.8, very acidic, and by the time it mixes with the stomach contents its pH increases to about 2.5. Pepsin is the activating enzyme for HCL, but it can do so only in this high acidic condition. This is why it is not smart to mix carbohydrates and sweets with meats in the same meal, as these foods set up an alkaline condition in the stomach, which will prevent pepsin from activating HCL, which in turn leads to indigestion. This also goes for the digestion and conversion of carbohydrates into sugar, which takes place largely in the mouth. Ptyalin (salivary amylase) is the activating enzyme for carbohydrate digestion and it needs an alkaline condition to do its job properly. So, you can see how these two chemistries are not compatible together in the stomach at the same time. These enzymes are mixed with the food during mastication – which is why it is important to chew food thoroughly before swallowing it. Lypase is the activating enzyme for the digestion of fats.
(Note: HCL production in the stomach begins to decline around age 45, and our enzyme reserve runs low, so it is supportive of digestion to take an HCL supplement with meat meals. I recommend Zypan by Standard Process Labs – www.standardprocess.com )
Poor Digestion and Stress
The function of the parietal cells, like all cells in the body, depends largely upon adrenalin. This is why when a person is under stress, it is not wise to eat food, especially protein. Vegetables and fruit are more easily digested during stressful times. Stress puts the body in fight or flight mode sending most of the adrenalin to the muscle cells. The body is not interested in growth and healing when it is focused on survival or running away from a stressor, such as a charging bull, a stressful job or lifestyle, or long-term grieving and mental and emotional distress. Toxins inhaled or ingested bring on stress just as surely as any other external stressors. This is why cigarette smoking keeps the lining of the stomach inflamed, mainly from the chemicals (some 300 of them in the paper and tobacco). Poor nutrition puts the body cells in a state of starvation stress as well. When there’s stress, the parietal cells of the stomach shut down the production of hydrochloric acid, rendering protein undigestible. Mental and emotional stress also produces acidosis throughout the body.
When protein is not digested properly, as I said, it will rot, producing putrid matter. Putrefaction produces organic acids, which will erode the stomach and intestinal linings. The acids of putrefaction and fermentation are what cause “acid indigestion” and “heart burn.”
It is not the hydrochloric acid that causes these symptoms, including ulcers. In fact, it is the lack of hydrochloric acid that creates the condition of indigestion that leads to putrefaction of proteins. So when a person has “heart burn” after eating, while antacids do relieve the symptoms, they also cancel out the hydrochloric acid needed for digestion. This sets up a condition for rotting meat and putrefaction of proteins in the gut further down the alimentary canal until the gas-producing material is finally eliminated. While this putrid matter is in the gut, however, it causes all sorts of assault to the intestinal lining, creating the conditions for Crohn’s disease and cancer to develop.
So when a person has “acid indigestion” and “heartburn” he/she needs some digestive support. Betaine hydrochloride provides that support by starting up the process of digestion again, the only way to stop the putrefaction and fermentation of un-digested foods. To take chemicals that stop the production of digestive stomach acids only adds insult to injury and really does expose the absolute stupidity and ignorance of pharma-driven medical science. We have to add digestive acids to the stomach not eliminate them. I cringe every time I see a TV commercial for such drugs. God help us! Zypan, a blend of Pepsin and HCL, is a great product for this purpose (2-3 with or after meals). Drop me an email and I will send you a bottle. $15 (90Tabs) $42 (330T) plus postage.
The Digestive Process and the pH Factor
The gallbladder and pancreas produce copious amounts of sodium-rich bile and alkaline juices respectively to emulsify fat and buffer the 2.5 pH acids of digestion in the chyme (stomach contents) coming out of the stomach into the duodenum, the first 12 inches of the small intestines. The intestines, which are ideally happy with a 5.8 to 6.2 pH, would be distressed and burned by 2.5 pH content. So, it is important that the gallbladder and pancreas produce their alkaline substances to buffer this acid. Otherwise duodenal ulcers may develop. The colon, on the other hand, likes a more acidic environment – for one thing, to keep yeast and fungus from growing and thereby giving rise to infection. The colon should never be alkaline.
What can cause these alkaline substances to be depleted of alkalizing sodium? Well, for one thing, over consumption of acid-producing foods – grains and proteins – which use a lot of acid-buffering sodium. What builds up sodium reserves? Vegetables, especially celery and cucumbers, and some fruits, such as prunes, plums and blueberries, are alkaline producing foods that build up your sodium reserves. These alkaline-producing foods should ideally make up 80% of our diet.
When bile loses it alkalinity, it becomes thick and therefore cannot easily flow through the small common-bile duct. Fat is not emulsified and therefore hardens to form stones. Calcium will precipitate out of solution and crystallize, creating calcium stones. When bile does not flow into the duodenum through the common-bile duct, the acid of the chyme does not get properly buffered and the fats are not emulsified. This creates an acid condition that will burn the small intestines, causing irritable bowel (IBS) and colitis. Bacteria, viruses and other pathogens will thrive in this acid environment. This leads to inflammation and infection, the immune system’s way of dealing with pathogens. Crohn’s disease develops as the lining of the intestines begins to get raw, eaten up by these organic acids. This is why it will appear as “raw hamburger meat” in a colonoscopy. In this compromised condition, bacteria and viruses, along with undigested proteins and other toxins, easily enter the blood stream through the “leaky gut,” causing so-called “food allergies,” as well as infection throughout the body, including the kidneys and bladder, organs of elimination of toxic waste fluids.
II. THE CURE
The “cure” of Crohn’s disease lies in the healing of the lining of the intestinal wall. It also includes treating and clearing the underlying energetic patterns of stress, as mentioned at the start of this article. One very effective method for addressing the energetic cause of disease is BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique (BEST), developed and taught by Dr. Milton T. Morter of Rogers, Arkansas (www.morterhealthsystem.com ).
In her wonderful and popular book, “You Can Heal Your Life,” Louise Hay suggests that behind inflammation in the colon (ileitis), which is what crohns is, may be a deep sense of fear and worry of not being “good enough.” This deeply rooted pattern was likely put there early in childhood by a well-meaning parent who tried to motivate a child by telling it how stupid it was and berating it for not being able to do anything right. A new thought pattern she offers could be: “I love and approve of myself. I am doing the best I can. I am wonderful. I am at peace.”
To Heal the Gut
The enzyme pepsin is the primary repair factor for the intestines because it literally digests the heavy mucous that clings to the intestinal wall, mucous caused by meats and dairy products. This mucous prevents nutrient absorption. So, by digesting the mucous and getting it off the lining of the intestinal wall, nutrients can be more easily absorbed. L-glutamine is the amino acid used in building protein molecules to repair the eroded lining of the gut.
Okra is a popular southern vegetable that has lots of pepsin. Okra Pepsis E-3 by Standard Process Laboratories is an excellent product for healing the intestinal wall. The raw okra is a sticky and gooey mucilaginous green vegetable that sticks to the intestinal wall long enough to put the protein digesting (proteolytic) enzyme, pepsin, in contact with the protein based mucous. The pepsin enzyme then breaks down the protein and thus destabilizes the mucous molecule. That causes the mucous to fall away from the membrane where it can then be eliminated in the stool. That, in turn, frees the villi that line the intestinal wall enabling them to extract nutrients from the digesting food.
Vitamin E-3 is a very important part of the product, as it is a powerful tissue repair factor, along with enzymes. Enzymes are the work horses of the immune system when it comes to repairing tissue throughout the body. They need to be taken on an empty stomach so that they will not be used up digesting the food and can go to work on repairing the stomach and intestinal lining.
Nutritional protocols and cures I’ve used in my practice for years
Gastrexby Standard Process Labs is an excellent product for supporting the healing of stomach and duodenal ulcers. Taken 2-10 minutes before meals, it relieves gastritis and promotes healing of the GI tract, especially the stomach and duodenum. Beyond its primary role, it acts as a detoxifier. Formulated with an absorbent bentonite clay (montmorillonite), which absorbs toxins and takes them out through the stool, Gastrex is an ideal product for healing the gut. Then add the healing and desensitizing qualities of chlorophyll, Mother Nature’s healing balm, along with the healing factors of okra, duodenal extract, and silica, the pain is relieved instantly upon contact as the pain-causing acid is neutralized, while the oxygen-laden chlorophyll molecules bring natural healing elements to the cells of the intestinal wall. It’s a win-win formulation.
The protocol for Crohn’s disease also calls for Cholacol II, which is a combination of purified bovine bile salts to buffer digestive acid and emulsify fat, bentonite clay for absorption of toxic waste, and collinsonia (root) herb to help with vascular tone and circulation in the intestinal wall. Blood vessels take a beating with inflammation and often leak blood. Cataplex ACP brings Vitamin C from dried buckwheat juice, rich in the antioxidant bioflavonoid (rutin – also known as “Vitamin P” for vascular tone), which is essential to the absorption of Vitamins A and C, healthy function of capillaries and connective tissues, and immune system support. Chlorophyll Complex Perlesare taken on an empty stomach to offer soothing healing balm to the eroding intestinal wall. Finally, immune system modulation and support is brought on line with Immuplex and Echinacea Premium.
Supporting Digestion after the Initial Therapy
This protocol represents the initial 3-week therapeutic program for Crohn’s disease. After three weeks of intense healing, we then start supporting the digestive system with Zypan(a pepsin & hydrochloric acid supplement), and Enzycore, a vegetarian enzyme blend to help break down protein, carbohydrates, and fat. It also delivers L-Glutamine to the cells, an amino acid used as a building block for other amino acids that provides energy to cells with high energy needs (like those of the intestines). Enzycore also provides kale and beet powder to support healthy digestion.
Synergistic nutrients and herbs are included in the protocol for Crohn’s disease. They include Boswellia Complexto support and cool down the inflammatory process, Calcium Lactate to facilitate and support infection fighting, and Chamomile as a sedative to calm down the tissue cells and relax the flat muscles of the intestines. St. John’s Wort herb is also included to deal with any “enveloped’ viruses that may be present in the gut. Viruses are scavengers, opportunistic bugs that appear on the scene wherever decay is occurring in the body. When they are “enveloped,” the immune system cannot deal with them. St. John’s Wort dissolves that envelop to expose the virus to the immune system. It also aids the liver in processing its chemistry in eliminating toxins from the blood stream.
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Dr. Anthony Palombo — Chiropractor and Applied Clinical Nutritionist, Certified BEST Practitioner
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Thank you, this is the most comprehensive article I have read on inflammation of the colon. I have read through to Louise Hay’s affirmation of approving of oneself rather than fearing and worrying about not being good enough, and must take a break to get some sleep. I will be back to take notes, especially on the types of foods which help to heal the colon. I haven’t had the full test done for coeliac disease, and the gut problems I have sound like they would benefit from some of your practical wisdom! Thanks, and be back soon.
Thank you, Sofia. Happy to know you found it helpful. My best to you.
What if a parent did not raise a child in the way you describe “stupid etc.” But was loving and a caretaker. I like your article but don’t want to offend a wonderful mom.
Great question. In such a case, one has to look to the genetic factor. Crohn’s Disease in the family genes will skip over a generation. Even in this event, the pattern of parental verbal and emotional abuse of offspring will be “in the field”– in the energetic field handed down from generation to generation. “The sins of the fathers are visited upon the children even unto the fifth generation.” A BioEnergetic Synchronization Technique (BEST) practitioner can help clear such patterns. Thanks for your comment and inquiry. I hope this helps.