5 Ways to Approach Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis presents numerous treatment challenges. 18% of patients suffer from an active form of the disease, and 30% of those patients need a colostomy within 10 years of diagnosis. [1] Factors such as the timing of identification, environmental elements influencing the colon, and possible side effects have led researchers and doctors to look beyond the standard treatment protocols to alternative approaches.

1. Drugs

Mainstream treatment of colitis uses a variety of drugs, mainly corticosteroids, depending on the severity of the disease and the responsiveness of the patient. With the use of drugs, about 30% of patients experience remission at 52 weeks of treatment. [2][3]

2. Surgery

The most severe cases do not respond to drug treatments and may develop into advanced conditions, such as colorectal cancer. Surgery remains a regular practice for non-responsive patients. Some doctors have introduced a three-state surgery for active ulcerative colitis; the standard procedure involves only two stages. Researchers recently evaluated both approaches and found, while the 3-stage procedure is assumed safe, the results do not confirm this belief. [4] Patients undergoing the traditional two-stage surgery had no difference in abscess formation or pouch failure (a surgical creation to replace the colon and rectum). [5]

3. Fecal Matter Transfer (FMT)

The idea behind this new treatment involves relocating healthy colonic bacteria from a donor host to a patient. In other words, the technique essentially transfers fecal matter from one person to another. A study looking at the effectiveness of this procedure noted success in 1 out of 5 patients, or 20%. [6][26] Another, perhaps more preferable, way to get healthy bacterial colonies into the gastrointestinal tract involves the use of probiotics.

4. Probiotics

Probiotics have captured a lot of attention as a possible therapeutic option for ulcerative colitis. [7] Results of probiotic supplementation seem to prove favorable for maintaining one's remission status. [8] Adding probiotics by introducing kombucha, fermented sauerkraut, or probiotic supplements can go beyond protecting the colon, with plenty of research showing its positive effects on digestion and immune system health.

5. Acupuncture

The ancient practice of acupuncture has shown promise for ulcerative colitis, with numerous research studies examining its effect on easing the severity of the disease. One study looked at moxibustion application (the heating of an acupuncture site) in tandem with a traditional ulcerative colitis drug. Patients with a mild to moderate condition experience much greater relief and symptom reduction than those who did not receive the moxibustion application. Another study examined the use of Kuijiening plaster to treat the spleen-kidney yang deficiency associated with ulcerative colitis. [9] Patients receiving the Kuijiening plaster treatment responded significantly better than those only receiving the standard drug. [10] The continued success of holistic treatments suggests the need for a broader consideration of the disease and its approaches.

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The Hidden Culprit Behind Wheat Sensitivity

Wheat is typically avoided these days because of its gluten content. Many people are going gluten free, not always for the right reasons, believing the protein to be one of the most disastrous things to plague humanity. While gluten is certainly difficult to digest and can lead to inflammation, there is another component to wheat that proves toxic. Conventional wheat is commonly consumed in its refined form, mostly from processed foods, and these foods contain a number of toxins.

The Hidden Issue Facing Wheat Sensitivity

Roundup, a glyphosate herbicide manufactured by Monsanto, is commonly applied to wheat prior to harvest. It is now used as not only an herbicide, but a desiccating agent, helping to reduce moisture on crops. Glyphosate has already been linked to enzyme inhibition in animals, and some research shows that it may disrupt the endocrine system. Many people who have wheat sensitivity may actually not be reacting to the gluten. Instead, their body is reacting to the minute chemicals that coat the crop.

What You Can Do

If you wish to continue consuming wheat products, it is always best to choose organic, unhybridized Einkorn wheat. This type of wheat is lower in gluten; however, if you do have a sensitivity to gluten or are downright allergic, you must avoid wheat. Raw vegetation should make the majority of your diet, anyway, letting grains make up a small portion of your daily intake. Be aware that other products, like sugar, often contain Roundup. It is always best to purchase food organic, whenever possible, in order to avoid these toxins.

-Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DCBCN, DABFM

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Stephen Mayne unveils election promises, set in stone

By Sally Whyte Crikey founder and Melbourne City councillor Stephen Mayne launched Crikey's Set In Stone project on the steps of the State Library of Victoria this afternoon, saying that politicians must be held to account for the promises they make in…

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Unions see red as Scott defends lack of voluntary redundancies at ABC

By Myriam Robin The ABC is pitting ABC staff members against each other to defend their jobs in a completely unfun version of musical chairs. The union says that is both cruel and unusual — and that there is a better way.

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