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Crohn's Disease

Crohn's DiseaseCrohn’s Disease is one of the diseases I am most passionate about treating.  Years ago my father was diagnosed with Crohn’s.  Due to the genetic link to the disease, doctors recommended that he not have children. Of course I am here and carry the risk of developing Crohn’s. Because of this, throughout my medical training and externships with various gastroenterologists I have paid special attention to treating this disorder.

Crohn’s Disease is an inflammatory gastrointestinal  (GI) disorder. It usually affects the lower part of the small intestine, but can occur in other parts of the GI tract from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation in the GI lining can cause abdominal cramps, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, weight loss and a loss of appetite. According to the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation(CCFA) http://www.ccfa.org/ people with genetic ties to the disease are at least ten times more likely to develop it as compared to the general public.  The disease affects men and women equally and onset can occur as young as 15 and as old as 80. People with Crohn’s Disease have a twenty times increased risk for gastrointestinal cancer.

Doctors may recommend a series of tests to check for anemia or elevated white blood cell counts. A colonoscopy is also usually done to analyze the GI lining of the patient. Most patients routinely get a colonoscopy at the age of 50 to check for any GI cancers, but if you have any symptoms and a family history of Crohn's it is imperative that you get diagnosed and treated before the age of 50.

The medical literature state there is no cure for Crohn's disease however the disease is caused by inflammation of GI tract. If the patient/physician is able to identify the item causing the inflammation there remains a great deal of hope for the patient.

At Global Integrative Medicine (GIM) we strongly recommend a food allergy test for this condition. Therefore the patient can stop ingesting food that will cause further inflammation. Alternative medicine offers lots of hope for people with Crohn's disease to live a healthy, vibrant life. Some of therapies include but are not limited to nutrition, homeopathy, natural anti-inflammatory agents and many more.  At GIM, we endeavor to heal the GI tract from the previous insults that resulted in the symptoms of Crohn’s and work to try to find the cause to prevent further damage to the area. With conventional medical treatment the patients are given corticosteroids and sulfasalazine (Azulfidine).  These medications have side effects like weight gain and decreased immune response. Sulfasalazine can inhibit the transport of folic acid and iron, which can make anemia symptoms worsen.

If you have Crohn’s Disease maintain a high anti-oxidant diet to circumvent the potential cancer risk and consider alternative medical treatments. For this disease it is imperative to try to identify the cause of the Crohn’s and not just treat the symptoms.

Wishing health and happiness to you and your loved ones.

 

Dr. Matesa Pringle

Dr. Matesa PringleDr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She practices alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from West Valley!

 

Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered exhaustive and doesn’t contain all available treatments. The information here should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC or Dr. M. Pringle assumes no liability for anyone using information on this site but is not under the care of a medical professional. By using this site you agree not to rely solely on any of the information contained herein for medical treatment. It is strongly encouraged you see a licensed physician, like Dr. M. Pringle or a physician of your choosing and adhere to that protocol first and foremost.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Irritable Bowel SyndromeIBS is the most common gastrointestinal disorder seen by physicians it is estimated one out of every five Americans have symptoms of IBS. IBS commonly causes cramping, abdominal pain, bloating gas, diarrhea and constipation. Despite inconvenience of the disorder, IBS doesn’t carry a huge medical risk. IBS is also known as intestinal neurosis, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, and spastic colon.

The gastrointestinal (GI) tract has normal rhythmic contractions called perstatlsis. With IBS the normal contractions become irregular and lack coordination.  Part of the fecal matter can become partially obstructed and produce gas, bloating, distention and constipation. Several lifestyle factors can impact IBS including stress and processing your emotions. Prayer, journaling, talking to the person who offended you or whatever method you find to help release the emotional upset will improve IBS symptoms. Other times it comes from an overuse of antibiotics that have disturbed the GI flora of the bowel. Other patients are allergic to certain foods that trigger the uncoordinated rhythm of the GI tract. Patients with IBS should consider food allergy testing to eliminate an allergic reaction being a trigger to IBS symptoms.

The GI is responsible for absorbing our nutrients from food so many people with IBS can have mal-absorption disorders which can lead to many different symptoms in the body. The diagnosis of IBS can be given after ruling out other GI disorders like Crohn's disease, fecal impaction, food poisoning, parasites, ulcerative colitis and lactose intolerance.  A physician may refer you to other medical specialist to have barium enema, colonoscopy, etc. to rule out  the other disorders.

Irritable bowel syndrome is painful and inconvenient but most people lead active, productive lives if they change their diet to replace needed nutrients and try to find the cause of the IBS to reverse it. In the meantime here are some items you can consider to improve the quality of your life. 

Eat high fiber diets including plenty of fruits and veggies and whole grains (especially brown rice) and legumes.

Avoid soda pops and caffeine.

Limit your consumption of gas producing foods like beans that haven’t been soaked in advance, broccoli and cabbage if they cause problems for you.

Chew your food well and eat in calm environments not while watching an emotionally charged television show. Our bodies digest food while we are in calm and relaxed state. 

If your IBS causes chronic diarrhea make sure to replace your electrolytes. Electrolytes can be replaced with items like Gatorade, Pedialyte etc..

If your IBS is impacting the quality of life considered being seen by a licensed physician.  Wishing you health and happiness!Dr. Matesa Pringle

Dr. Matesa PringleDr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She practices alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from West Valley!

 

Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered exhaustive and doesn’t contain all available treatments. The information here should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC or Dr. M. Pringle assumes no liability for anyone using information on this site but is not under the care of a medical professional. By using this site you agree not to rely solely on any of the information contained herein for medical treatment. It is strongly encouraged you see a licensed physician, like Dr. M. Pringle or a physician of your choosing and adhere to that protocol first and foremost.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative Colitis

UlcerativeColitis (UC) is a chronic condition in which mucosal membranes of the colon become inflamed. Patient’s symptoms can range from bloody diarrhea, pain, gas, bloating, and hard stools. Traditional medicine says the “cause” is unknown. A gastroenterologist generally diagnoses patients and the diagnosis is confirmed via a colonoscopy.


UC symptoms can be mild to very severe. Many patients accept UC as “incurable” and plan to stay on medications for the rest of their life.  Traditional doctors prescribe amino salicylates and if those fail will give prednisone.  Prednisone has very unpleasant side effects if used long term. Patients who come to us have been switched from medication to medication and have received several hospitalizations.  During patient “flare ups” increasing the dosage of their current medications or adding new ones often treats them. During hospitalizations patients are usually delivered more steroids via the blood stream.  If the patient continues to have symptoms, surgery is usually recommended. However, at Global Integrative Medicine, where we specialize in digestive disorders naturally we have treated thousands of patients who remain symptom free of their UC.

Ulcerative Colitis is inflammation of the GI tract. It is our job to find the cause of the inflammation. If we are able to find the cause we may be able to totally reverse the symptoms of the disease and make your digestive tract healthy again!  We have treated thousands of GI patients successfully who all came with a diagnosis of “incurable”.

Wishing you health and happiness and an open mind of exploring different methods of curing your condition!

 

Dr. Matesa Pringle

Dr. Matesa PringleDr. Matesa Pringle is a naturopathic physician who practices in Mesa, Arizona. She practices alternative medicine as well as traditional medicine and serves the East Valley cities of Gilbert, Chandler, Scottsdale, Tempe, Apache Junction, Queen Creek, Phoenix, and even has some patients who travel from West Valley!

 

Disclaimer: The information on this site regarding medical conditions is presented for general informational purposes only. It should not be considered exhaustive and doesn’t contain all available treatments. The information here should not be used as a substitute for the advice provided by your own physician. Global Integrative Medicine, PLLC or Dr. M. Pringle assumes no liability for anyone using information on this site but is not under the care of a medical professional. By using this site you agree not to rely solely on any of the information contained herein for medical treatment. It is strongly encouraged you see a licensed physician, like Dr. M. Pringle or a physician of your choosing and adhere to that protocol first and foremost.