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Digestive Disorders

November 18, 2012

Have You Been Diagnosed With Crohn’s Digestive Disorder?

Crohn’s is one of the most common, chronic inflammatory bowel diseases, and may be the result of a dysfunctional immune system that causes the body to attack its own gastrointestinal tract.

According to, in the United States alone, between 500,000 and 2 million people are affected by IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease).

Because the symptoms are so similar to other digestive disorders, people who have Crohn’s are often misdiagnosed with:

The symptoms they experience are unpredictable and may keep them from leading the active life they would enjoy. Although stress and diet aggravate the symptoms, they are not caused by them.

Symptoms of Crohn’s:

  • Diarrhea
  • Abdominal Pain – often in the lower right
  • Weight Loss
  • Rectal Bleeding
  • Fever
  • Anemia

About Crohn’s Disease

Like other digestive diseases, Crohn’s is not on a schedule and strikes at some of the most inconvenient times and comes on quick and strong.

It seems that Crohn’s can run in some families, attacks both women and men equally and is no respecter of age, typically beginning between 13 and 30 years of age. People who smoke are at higher risk of developing this disease than people who don’t.

Some of the complications that can develop from having Crohn’s are:

  • Intestinal blockage
  • Ulcers
  • Anemia
  • Osteoporosis
  • RLS – Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Kidney Stones or Gallstones
  • Eye or Mouth inflammation
  • Malnutrition

Medical professionals often prescribe medication and even more drastic…surgery (removing the colon) to relieve your symptoms.

At the Kirkland Health Institute, we like to take a more natural, comprehensive look at all the factors that can cause autoimmune conditions.

We will do specific lab tests that can find the causes (which are often overlooked by medical doctors). We do a thorough neurological evaluation to look at the role the brain stem plays in stimulating the digestive system.

Once these evaluations are done we can determine what the proper treatment will be.

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