What is Crohns Disease?

Crohn’s Disease (CD) is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. It can affect any part of the digestive tract from mouth to anus. Most commonly it affects the small and or large intestine.

Symptoms of CD are dependant on its location, and include:

  • chronic diarrhoea
  • abdominal pain
  • vomiting or constipation caused by severe inflammation that blocks the digestive tract.
  • fever
  • anorexia (loss of appetite)
  • weight loss
  • abdominal tenderness
  • faeces may contain blood and or mucous and the colour can be very pale and float.
  • anaemia
  • stunted growth in children
  • ulcers or abscesses around the anus or fistulas (small holes in the wall of the bowel or rectum).
  • unexplained joint pain

While all the contributing factors resulting in Crohn’s disease are still being investigated, many studies show that inflammation due to infection from bacteria, yeasts, viruses and or parasites are a major factor in its development. Crohn’s disease responds very well to dietary modification, herbal medicine and specific nutrients.

Helen Padarin

Naturopath, nutritionist and medical herbalist Helen Padarin has been in clinical practice since 2001. She works from 2 clinics in Sydney, Australia, and was recently asked to take part in Chef Pete Evans upcoming production called The Paleo Chef, filming recipes for the new TV show.

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One Response to What is Crohns Disease?

  1. Kabayan 29 November, 2015 at 7:44 am #

    We are Primal/Paleo with some raw dairy. Our 16 month old has had raw milk since just before she treund one (and I started working). We introduced it along with nursing, and she gradually weaned over about three months, and has been fully weaned for about four weeks now. It all happened very naturally, as she was used to drinking expressed milk from a cup so there was no issue with her feeling deprived of the boob! She drinks milk with meals and before bed, and water throughout the day.Along with everything we eat, she eats a ton of sweet potatoes, peeled and roasted in bacon fat in chunks. She’s also a big fan of liver.We live in London, UK and are very fortunate to have an excellent source of raw milk; we buy it in the farmers’ market but they also delivery all over the country.