I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the ripe young age of 20, and when my doctor told me my Crohn’s had nothing to do with me, the poor lifestyle choices I had made, and that I had no control over getting it or beating it, I became a victim who was attacked by my disease instead of a hero who could overcome it.
It’s not you. It’s coincidence. It’s not what you ate, or did, or how you lived, or even in your genes. It has nothing to do with the prolonged use of antibiotics you had as a child or that measles vaccine virus in your gut. Sugar addiction? Definitely not a factor. Crohn’s is something that just “happens.”
We’re told a lot of stuff about Crohn’s that doesn’t make sense or simply isn’t true and it’s the reason why there are so many sick people walking around with this disease. If you want to beat Crohn’s like I did, then we have to address the seven most common myths of Crohn’s disease.
Myth #1: Crohn’s disease has nothing to do with food. Your diet didn’t cause it and your diet won’t fix it.
Except that it did, or at the very least, your diet was a contributing factor:
- What do you think feeds the candida or bacterial overgrowth having a circus in your gut? Food.
- What is your gut used for? Digesting Food.
- What type of disease is Crohn’s? It’s autoimmune.
- Where is most of your immune system located? Your gut.
- What is the number one thing that affects the part of the immune system housed in your gut? Food.
- What plays a major role in determining whether you have the right bacteria in your gut? Food.
- When do your worst flares occur? After you eat food.
Your doctor, the Crohn’s websites, and anyone mainstream will tell you that what you put into your gut has nothing to do with the disease that’s in your gut. In the next breath, they’ll tell you they have no idea what causes Crohn’s disease and it’s just a coincidence that certain foods trigger your flare-ups. How can this disease have nothing to do with food when food is the very thing that drives the disease?
The truth is, what you put into your mouth has everything to do with the condition of your gut and although we feel relieved when our doctor takes the responsibility for our choices off our plate, it doesn’t get us any closer to our goal.
Myth #2: There will be a pharmaceutical cure for Crohn’s.
You might want to sit down for this because what I’m about to tell you will change the face of “race for the cure for Crohn’s” forever: There will never be a one-drug-cures-all for Crohn’s. Why? Because drugs focus on symptoms, not on causes, and you can’t develop a cure without first knowing the cause, and the cause is unique to each person and usually consists of one or several things that can’t be patented.
Think about it: If the government acknowledged that Crohn’s disease could be cured or effectively managed through diet, exercise, and proper supplementation, their bottom line would bottom out. If I were to get my prescription filled every month the cost would be more than $1500. There are about 1 million people in the U.S alone who have some form of IBD and pharmaceutical companies would lose more than $150,000,000 a month if people were to start opting out of medications in favor of changing their diets. This does not count the cost of all the other drugs we have to take because of the negative side-effects (like liver disease, osteoporosis, kidney disease, etc.) we got from the initial drugs we took for Crohn’s in the first place.
I know. That’s subjective data, right? But let’s look at the “facts:”
A study conducted in 2008 showed that it costs a Crohn’s patient almost $19,000 per year to pay for their direct medical costs. The more severe the disease, the higher the costs. Those in the top 25% pay around $60,582 per year, and if you are unlucky enough to be in the top 2%, your disease could cost you $300,000 per year.
According to a study conducted in 2017, healthcare charges incurred between 2009 and 2013 totaled $56,523,835 with a median charge of $116,838 per patient. Our government alone spends an estimated $10.9-15.5 billion dollars on Crohn’s disease each year. You want to know why we aren’t exploring natural alternatives? Question no more. Pooping is big business.
Myth #3: You cannot eat fiber, fruits, vegetables, or raw foods if you have Crohn’s disease.
Well, this is true … unless you have teeth. Now I know … they give you this sheet in the hospital that recommends a diet of jello, all things bland and processed, enriched carbs, and liquid pooptein, but unless you’re in the middle of a serious flare, toss the sheet, grab a plate of veggies, and chow down because you will not get better if you don’t.
You can’t give your body something that isn’t in the food you’re eating and your body needs vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and essential nutrients from fruits and vegetables to heal. Fiber cleans your intestine, adds bulk to stools, absorbs toxins, regulates your pooper, and feeds your good bacteria, which powers the immune system. If you’re too tired to chew, invest in a blender and if you’re in the middle of a serious flare, cook down the vegetables or break out the juicer, which will remove the fiber and concentrate the nutrients.
Myth #4: Crohn’s disease is caused by an “overactive” immune system.
Once upon a time, everyone thought Crohn’s was caused by an overactive immune system that ran out of things to do, got a little too excited, and attacked itself. Because nobody knew what was causing it, they just decided to suppress the overactive immune system with immune suppressants. This often reduced symptoms like inflammation and ulcerations, but it was short-lived because what was causing the immune system to “rev up” in the first place wasn’t addressed.
Now we know that the immune system isn’t overactive. It’s doing exactly what it’s supposed to be doing — hijacking whatever is all up in its business. Re-program your lifestyle and you’ll re-program your immune system. It’s that simple.
Myth #5: People with Crohn’s disease only have diarrhea.
Although a lot of people with Crohn’s have the runs, some of us wish our bowel would run period, and it probably took us a lot longer to get a proper diagnosis because it didn’t. People with Crohn’s disease can suffer from diarrhea, chronic constipation, and no motility.
Myth #6: Antibiotics help those with Crohn’s Disease.
Unless the root cause of your Crohn’s is a serious bacterial infection, antibiotics are going to tear you up. 70-80% of the immune system is found in your intestine and its proper functioning is absolutely dependent on the right gut flora. Almost a decade ago when I was diagnosed, physicians knew nothing about probiotics or the gut microbiome, so they passed out antibiotics like candy.
Sometimes people would see initial improvement, but because the antibiotics killed the good bacteria with the bad and people weren’t put on a probiotic regimen, yeast and fungus went unchecked, bacteria colonized in the wrong areas or bad bacteria over-colonized, and people were left susceptible to all sorts of pathogens. This ultimately caused a worsening of symptoms and Crohn’s.
Myth #7: Natural supplements are dangerous and ineffective at managing Crohn’s disease.
Have you ever looked at the package insert for your Crohn’s medications? Liver disease, osteoporosis, kidney failure, joint pain, and cancer. Pharmaceutical medicine kills about 400,000 people each year. Death by anything natural supplement? About zero. The truth is, natural medicine has been around since the beginning of time and has been proven through centuries of use and research. Supplements are only dangerous if not used properly, are poorly sourced, or our contraindicated for one of your medical conditions. When used properly, you could experience a little nausea, in which case, might I recommend a snack?
I could go on but I think you get it. Question everything. The truth is, we have a medical system that profits off of sick people, a corrupt pharmaceutical industry that stifles and suppresses its competition, a medical model that compartmentalizes symptoms and diseases, and a complete lack of understanding when it comes to really addressing Crohn’s. I’ve been Crohn’s free for 10-years and the first thing I had to overcome in getting there were the myths that limited my mindset.
To learn more about what I did to heal my Crohn’s and to get a copy of the exact protocol I used, grab a copy of my e-book.