Drug Therapy vs Natural for Colitis

Drug Therapy and Colitis
We talked about nutraceuticals and colitis. What does Traditional Medicine have to say for itself?
Colitis facts
•Colitis is inflammation of the inner lining of the colon. It may cause abdominal pain and diarrhea with or without blood. Fever may be present.
•There are numerous causes of colitis including infection, inflammatory bowel disease, ischemic, and microscopic colitis.
•Blood in the stool is never normal and should not be ignored.
•Depending upon the history and physical examination, further testing may be required to find the cause of colitis.
•Treatment of colitis often is supportive and is aimed at maintaining adequate hydration and pain control while a diagnosis is being pursued.

I have read many traditional medicine articles and could not find anything tying diet with this awful illness.
What I did find was plenty of doctors willing to treat it with drugs.

Here is one of many:
Treatment options
It’s important to learn all you can about treating ulcerative colitis (UC)

A variety of treatments are available for UC. The location and severity of your disease, accompanying complications, and your response to previous treatment will influence your gastroenterologist’s choice of therapy. Treatment options can be divided into 2 general categories:

1.Conventional therapies, which include anti-inflammatories (5-ASAs and steroids) and immunomodulators (these suppress the immune system)
2.Biologic therapy works to block a protein in your body that leads to inflammation. Too much of this protein can lead to the painful symptoms of UC

Treatment Goals
There are a number of important treatment goals, which include:
•Quick control of symptoms
•Keep UC in remission. (Remission is a period of time with few or no symptoms)
•Heal the intestinal lining or mucosa

It’s important to find the treatment that’s right for you. Discuss your symptoms with your doctor and he or she will determine appropriate treatment options. Currently available treatments for UC include, but are not limited to:
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REMICADE® is not right for everyone.
Control of UC
Some people may experience periods when the disease is inactive (few or no symptoms). These periods are called remissions. They alternate with times when symptoms worsen and persist, called flares. However, symptoms usually recur at various times during a person’s lifetime. It’s not possible to predict when a remission may occur or when symptoms will return. Because of the unpredictability of UC, you may need medical care for as long as your gastroenterologist decides it is necessary, with regular office visits to monitor your condition.

Here is the closest thing that I have been able to find on Diet and Colitis.
The first line (in bold) is what you will hear time and time again. Ginger’s personal experience has shown us that this is not so:

Although there’s no evidence that diet causes UC symptoms, see below for a few diet tips that may help:

•Keep a diet diary to help pinpoint troublesome foods
•Adjust eating patterns as your disease changes over time
•Maintain a well-balanced diet
•Consume ample amounts of fluids
A well-balanced diet helps replace nutrients.
Good nutrition is one of the ways the body restores itself to good health. Restoring and maintaining proper nutrition is important to help manage your UC for the following reasons:
•Appetites can be reduced
•Chronic diseases tend to increase the energy needs of the body
•Conditions may improve with nutritional support

The last bullet above  is the closest thing I have seen anywhere relating to nutritional issues and colitis.

Now here is the really harsh reality of what drug therapy can cause while treating colitis with Traditional Drug Therapy.

Let’s look at just the drugs mentioned in the article above:

Drug: Asacol (mesalamine)
Side Effects: Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop taking mesalamine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
•severe stomach pain, cramping, fever, headache, and bloody diarrhea.
Less serious side effects may include:
•mild nausea, vomiting, stomach cramps, diarrhea, gas;
•fever, sore throat, or other flu symptoms;
headache or dizziness;
•tired feeling; or
•skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Drug: Entocort Prednisone
Side Effects:
Headache, Respiratory Infection, Nausea, Back Pain, Dyspepsia, Dizziness, Abdominal Pain, Flatulence, Vomiting, Fatigue, Pain

Drug: Imuran Azathioprine
Side Effects: Stop using azathioprine and call your doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms of lymphoma:
•fever, night sweats, weight loss, tiredness;
•feeling full after eating only a small amount;
•pain in your upper stomach that may spread to your shoulder;
•easy bruising or bleeding, pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate; or
•nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).
Stop using azathioprine and call your doctor at once if you have any of these other serious side effects:
•signs of infection (fever, chills, sore throat, body aches, weakness, muscle pain, flu symptoms);
•severe nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
•pain or burning with urination; or
•white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips.
Less serious side effects may include:
•mild upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite;
•hair loss; or
•skin rash.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This above is really frightening and it is from the company that manufactures this crap!!!!!
Reread my wife’s colitis journey to health and ridding herself from the horrors of colitis and then you decide which road trip you want to go on!!!!
For more info contact me at: DonP@PTSDHotline.Com

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