The inflammation of Crohn’s disease is nearly always found in the ileocecal region. The ileocecal region consists of the last few inches of the small intestine (the ileum), which moves digesting food to the beginning portion of the large intestine (the cecum). However, Crohn’s disease can occur anywhere along the digestive tract. Crohn’s disease is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the gastrointestinal tract but most commonly occurs in the ileum (the area where the small and large intestine meet).
Alternative Names: Inflammatory bowel disease; Regional enteritis; Ileitis; Granulomatous ileocolitis
Causes, incidence, and risk factors: Autoimmune disorders occur when the immune system attacks the body’s own cells. In Crohn’s disease, these rogue immune cells attack the gastrointestinal system. The cause is unknown, but genetic factors seem to play a role.
Inflammation frequently occurs at the end of the small intestine that joins the large intestine, but the condition may affect any area of the digestive tract. As a result of the immune attack, the intestinal wall becomes thick, and deep ulcers may form.
The disease may occur at any age, but adolescence and early adulthood are the periods of highest risk. Other risk factors include a family history of Crohn’s disease and Jewish ancestry. About 7 out of every 100,000 people will develop Crohn’s disease.
- Abdominal pain
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Abdominal mass
- Abdominal sounds (borborygmus, a gurgling or splashing sound heard over the intestine)
- Clubbing of the fingers or toes
- Gastrointestinal bleeding
- Foul-smelling stools
Additional symptoms that may be associated with this disease include the following:
- Bloody stools
- Joint pain
- Swollen gums
- Abdominal fullness – gaseous
Lori: I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2002. My doctors explained that this disease would never go away; I’d have to spend the rest of my life on immune suppressive drugs to slow down the progression of the disease, and that many Crohn’s patients end up having chunks of the damaged intestine surgically removed.
Every day I’d feel nauseous and would have severe abdominal cramping. My body functions were unpredictable, and many times I’d have embarrassing accidents. I had no energy, and spent most days curled up on the couch in pain. I associated food with pain, so if I ate at all, it would be something soft like mashed potatoes or broth.
As a mother of five, I enjoyed volunteering in school, and eventually became a substitute education assistant. As my disease became worse, I eventually had to give up these things that I enjoyed so much because I was just too sick. I had to avoid my kids when they were sick because the medications I was taking depleted my immune system. My kids took care of me more often than I was able to care of them.
The medications I had to take all had horrible side effects. One gave me side aches; another landed me in the hospital for a week and made my hair fall out. After two years of trying one med after another, I made a personal decision to discontinue use of pharmaceutical medications because I felt that the side effects were worse than the disease itself.
In 2005 someone suggested I try Mangosteen & Minerals. A short time after drinking my first 2oz shot, I noticed the nausea and cramping began to subside. I continued to take the product, and each day I continued to feel better. Eventually my body functions became normal again. My energy level increased, my hair started growing back, and I was able to start eating real food again.
In 2008 I went back to my doctors to tell them what had happened for me since taking Mangosteen & Minerals. They immediately ran a CT scan on my abdomen and did some blood work. All of my tests showed that there was no sign of disease in my body.
I never really thought about nutrition or supplementation. Now that I’ve seen what’s happened in my body, I realize how important it is!
I can’t say how grateful I am to have discovered Mangosteen & Minerals! I’ve got the quality of my life back, I’m able to eat whatever I want, and my energy is through the roof! It’s SO GOOD to feel good again!
Carolyn: ”In June 2005, I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. For the next 2 1/2 years I was on three different (very expensive) medicines, but could not get complete control of the disease. Then I was introduced to the mangosteen and mineral product by a friend in January 2008. I started taking the mangosteen and minerals and within 6 weeks began to see great improvement. In about 3 months I went into remission and have been in remission ever since. My last colonoscopy in February 2009 showed approximately an 85% improvement since the last one I had in 2005. I really believe in the mangosteen and mineral product. I am taking it twice a day, just to be doubly insured! I really do believe the mangosteen and aloe, plus the other ingredients have had a tremendous healing effect on the inflammatory condition of my Crohn’s.”