Beware this hidden cause of Crohn?s disease

July 08, 2008
Volume 05    |   Issue 25

Crohn?s disease is a digestive disorder that?s becoming a serious problem in the U.S. It causes chronic inflammation of the intestines with uncomfortable side effects, including intestinal bleeding, pain, and diarrhea.

Scientists now know that Crohn?s disease is linked to a strain of E. coli. If your immune system is working properly, it can fight this strain. But when Crohn?s develops, it?s evidence that your immune system isn?t able to fight it. That?s because you may also have a stubborn bacterium, called Mycobacterium paratuberculosis, or Map. This bacterium releases a molecule that prevents some white blood cells from killing the E. coli bacteria.

The one-two punch of E. coli and Map make it almost impossible to get rid of Crohn?s without the right help. Your doctor will prescribe antibiotics anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids, or immune-suppressing medications to fight Map and the E. coli. All, as you may know, have side effects you want to avoid.

But there?s another reason these aren?t adequate. Yes, they will kill Map and the E. coli, but only temporarily. Once you finish the antibiotics, they will return right along with the Crohn?s. Here?s why:

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Most people don?t eliminate the source of Map - dairy products. Once they stop the antibiotics, the Map returns and the E. coli can flourish. So if you want to get rid of Crohn?s disease, you have to follow this two-step treatment.

First, you first have to eliminate the source of Map. Once you get rid of it, your immune system can fight any E. coli that returns. And all you have to do to eliminate the source of Map is to avoid dairy products.

Dairy triggers symptoms of Crohn?s disease in many people. And researchers know Map is common in dairy cattle. So if the cows that provide you with dairy products have Map, simply avoiding these products will greatly reduce your exposure to the bacterium. This will help reduce your risk for the bacteria returning.

The second step is antibiotics. I?m not a fan of antibiotics, but sometimes they make sense. This could be one time when they?re worth considering. But not just any antibiotics.

Researchers in Australia have found a combination of antibiotics that works against Map. They are Rifabutin, clarithromycin, and clofazimine. The Australian biotechnology company Giaconda has combined these antibiotics into a single product to fight Map. It already has FDA approval. Taking this combination along with reducing your exposure to the bacterium could eliminate your Crohn?s disease.

So if you suffer from Crohn?s, print this out and show it to your doctor. Then discuss both dietary changes and the use of specific antibiotics to correct your situation. You don?t have to wait months or years to get relief.

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University of Liverpool (2007, December 13). How Bacteria In Cows? Milk May Cause Crohn?s Disease. ScienceDaily. Retrieved December 13, 2007, from

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