Can Sugar Adversely Affect Crohn’s
disease or Ulcerative Colitis?
Does Sugar Play a Role in Crohn’s or Colitis?
Dr. Heaton, author of a report from a recent medical textbook of inflammatory bowel disease, reported that all studies found sucrose intake to be higher in Crohn’s patients than in people without Crohn’s disease.
Dr. Heaton reports: “The consistency of this finding is remarkable considering the variety of countries and methods used to carry out the studies. Among the patients in the seventeen studies reported was found that sucrose intake varied from between 20% to 220% more in Crohn’s patients than in people who did not develop Crohn’s disease.”
In conclusion, the connection between Crohn’s disease and a sugar rich diet is proved beyond a reasonable doubt. Apart from smoking, this is the strongest clue to an environmental etiology of the disease. Heaton, K.W. (1990). Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Eds. R.N. Allan, M.R.B. Keighley; Churchill Livingstone, New York.
Historical accounts revealed a Roman physician, 300 A.D., describing in detail a diarrhea condition sounding like celiac disease and suggested that fasting, along with the use of the juice of the plantain, a member of the banana family, would cure the disease. In 1745, Prince Charles, the Young Pretender to the throne of England, suffered from ulcerative colitis and was said to have cured himself by adopting a milk free diet. deDombal, F.T. (1968), Postgraduate Medical Journal 44:684-692.
Dr. Herter, a physician and professor from Columbia University, noted that in every case where children were withering away with diarrhea and impairment, proteins were favourably endured, fats were managed fairly well but carbohydrates, sugars and starches were adversely tolerated. He noted that ingestion of some carbohydrates almost inevitably produced a relapse or a return of diarrhoea after a period of improvement. Herter, C, (1910), Transactions of the Association of American Physicians 25:528.
About that time, Dr. Samuel Gee, another world renowned children’s specialist, clearly saw several important facts that continue to be missed by modern researchers. Dr. Gee said that if the patient with intestinal disease could be cured at all, it would have to be by means of diet. He added that milk was the least suitable food during intestinal problems and that highly starchy food (rice, corn, potatoes, grains) were unfit. Dr. Gee stated, “We must never forget that what the patient takes beyond his power to digest does harm.” (1994) Elaine Gottschall, Breaking the Vicious cycle, 2:6.
Therefore, any food especially carbohydrate should require minimal digestion. Adversely to what some may think undigested and unabsorbed carbohydrates are not departing benignly through the small intestine and colon and out in the feces but, ultimately travel elsewhere in the digestive tract causing problems.
Lactose intolerance has repeatedly been connected with Crohn’s disease, colitis, and various other intestinal disorders referred to as functional diarrhea.
Michael T. Murray N.D. and Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr. N.D. have compiled a list of comparisons relating to Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis: Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Prima Publishing, Rocklin CA., (1996), 237-254.
How can you improve or resolve your Crohn`s disease or Ulcerative Colitis?
Early detection will help in many cases, but lifestyle changes, particularly the diet will produce the quickest reversal and healing of intestinal aliments. Michelle Honda has a Ph.D. in Holistic Health Sciences. Her educational background includes 10 years of nutritional study and more. Her nutrition diploma, her bachelor’s degree, her master’s degree and her doctorate all focused on nutrition and the lifetime body of work of Dr. Bernard Jensen the pre-eminent clinical nutritionist of the 20th century.
Her knowledge of food and how it affects the body, but more importantly how it affects diseases is in rare company. Plus Michelle Honda did her Doctorate on the major gastrointestinal disorders of Crohn’s, colitis, irritable bowel syndrome and diverticulitis, so she is an expert of experts on these disorders. These conditions are largely diet related, and she has excellent results with her patients with these disorders.
If you are not local to the clinic, Michelle can conduct telephone appointments with you very easily. So if you have a phone, you can now successfully improve your Crohn’s or colitis.
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