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Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of diseases that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The goal of medical treatment of IBD is to suppress inflammation.

Crohn’s disease (CD) causes inflammation of the digestive system and can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. It often affects the lower part of the small intestine called the ileum. It can occur in people of all age groups but is most often diagnosed in young adults.

Common symptoms of IBD are:

  • pain in the abdomen
  • diarrhea
  • Bleeding from the rectum
  • weight loss
  • joint pain
  • skin problems
  • fever may also occur

Children with the disease may have growth problems. Other problems can include intestinal blockage and malnutrition.

Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a disease that causes ulcers in the lining of the rectum and colon. Ulcerative colitis can happen at any age, but it usually starts between the ages of 15 and 30. The most common symptoms are:

  • abdominal pain
  • bloody diarrhea
  • anemia
  • severe tiredness
  • weight loss
  • loss of appetite
  • bleeding from the rectum
  • sores on the skin
  • joint pain

Children with the disease may have growth problems.


There are more than 100 complications of IBD that reach outside of the GI tract. The most common is arthritis which occurs in 25% adults with IBD. Arthritis can affect the knees, ankles, wrists, and/or spine. Other complications are skin problems, inflammation of the mouth, liver disease, thrombophlebitis (inflammatory blood clots), finger clubbing, eye inflammation, gallstones, kidney stones, malnutrition, weight loss, anemia, and in children failure to grow, thrive and mature normally.

Documented nutritional deficiencies include iron, B6, folate, magnesium, potassium, retinol, ascorbate, vitamin D, zinc, vitamin K, copper, niacin, vitamin E, and trace minerals.

The goal of medical treatment is to suppress inflammation, and the primary drugs used are corticosteroids (cortisone & prednisone) and sulfa based antibiotics (Sulfasalizine). Known complications of corticosteroids are:

  • breakdown of the protean structures of the body
  • depressed protein synthesis
  • decreased absorption of calcium and phosphorus
  • increased excretion of ascorbic acid calcium, potassium and zinc
  • increased blood glucose, triglycerides and cholesterol
  • increased need for vitamins B6, C, folate and D
  • decreased bone formation
  • and slower wound healing

Known complications of Sulfasalizine include decreased serum folate, decreased iron and increased urinary excretion of ascorbic acid.


Although the cause of IBD is officially listed as “unknown”, there are several clues:

  • Genetic predisposition: There is strong evidence for a genetic predisposition as it tends to run in families.
  • Antibiotic exposure: There has been an epidemic-like increase in countries after extensive antibiotics use.
  • Western Diet: Crohn’s disease continues to increase in populations consuming a Western diet and is virtually nonexistent in populations consuming a primitive diet.
  • Too much stress: Mental and emotional factors are known to promote exacerbation of IBD.
  • Reduced intake of Omega-3 oils and increase consumption of red meat has been linked to a rise of CD in Japan.

Inflammation, the Program

Remove, Replace, Re-inoculate & Repair

The four “R” strategy is designed to address basic causes of inflammation. Start with step 1 for one to two months, then step 2 for one to two months, next step 3 for one to two months, and finally step 4 for ongoing support.

Step 1 – Remove

Eliminate & Challenge The four basic food allergens: wheat, corn, soy, and any food that contains milk.

Antornex 1: 5 – 2 times per day: helps the liver remove inflammatory products by detoxification

Boswella Complex 2: 2 – 2 times per day: key herbs to support the body’s removal of inflammation.

(Boswella can be continued long term)

Step 2 – Replace

Replace missing nutrients, refined carbohydrates and trans-fats with fresh vegetables and lean meats.

Enzacore 2 with each meal: replace needed digestive enzymes to help GI tract detoxification. (Enzacore can be continued long term)

Herbs have been used for thousands of years to support adrenal glands and a healthy response to stress. Traditionally, liquids have been used as they are two to ten times more effective than tablets; however a tablet protocol is offered for those who prefer the convenience.

Herbal Liquid Blend2: 15ml 2 time per day: an herbal blend customized for your specific needs.


Withania complex2: 2 times per day: discontinue during acute infection.

Step 3 – Re-inoculate

Weekends: weeding
Gut flora complex2: 3 – 2 time per day: immune support, antimicrobial, antiparasitic, and antifungal activity.

Garlic 5000mg2: 2 – 2 times per day: Garlic is a GI antiseptic which inhibits bacterial growth in the colon, this allows healthy bacteria to preferentially grow during the feeding phase.

Weekdays: feeding and seeding

Spring Water 6 glasses/day: minimum

Slippery Elm 1 heaped tsp in ½ cup water 2x/day: take 2hrs away from prescription medications

pre-biotic to feed favorable intestinal flora

Lact-Enz1: 3 – 2 time per day: seeding with beneficial bacteria to further enhance gut health.

(lactobacillus, acidophilus and bifidobacterium longum)

Step 4 – Repair

General Health Pack1: 3 packs per day: Each pack includes 3 Catalyn (our best multi vitamin),

2 Tuna Omega-3 oil (anti-inflammatory), and 1 Trace Mineral B12 (multi-mineral).

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