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The Diet Can Help Crohn's Disease

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A diagram showing Crohn's disease symptoms. (Felipe Caparros Cruz/Dreamstime.com)

By    |   Friday, 28 June 2019 01:03 PM

A new study shows that a change of diet can dramatically improve Crohn's disease, a painful, debilitating condition that causes inflammation of the digestive tract. This can lead to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. According to the Mayo Clinic, Crohn's disease can be deadly.

While experts say there is no cure for Crohn's, a recent article published in Medical Daily highlighted a study that was featured in the journal Nutrients in which a young man had a complete remission of his symptoms when he followed a plant-based diet.

Prior to the study, the man, who was in his late 20s, had suffered severe abdominal pain, ulcers, bloating, fatigue, and nausea for years. The researchers asked him to stop eating meat and removed all animal-based products and processed foods from his diet for 40 days. He ate legumes, fruits and vegetables, and whole grains. At the end of the protocol, the study subject was symptom-free and tests revealed complete mucosal healing.

"This case study offers hope for hundreds of thousands of people suffering from the painful symptoms of Crohn's disease," Hana Kahleova, study co-author and director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine said. "It also supports the idea that food really is medicine.

"Not only does it show that eating a high fiber, plant-based diet could help lead to Crohn's disease remission, but all the 'side effects' are good ones, including a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer."

Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a renowned celebrity doctor who advocates a micronutrient dense diet, tells Newsmax that he has been an advocate of the healing powers of a plant-based diet for decades.

"I have been successfully treating autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis as well as inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn's and ulcerative colitis with a plant-based formula for 30 years," he says. "I've recorded these successes in my book, 'Super Immunity,' and in published medical journals.

"I also have many cases of disease remission described in detail on my website at Dr.Fuhrman.com for anyone to review. What is not known or utilized by the medical community is the vast majority of these individuals make a complete recovery through nutritional excellence and prevent the use of chemotherapeutic and immunosuppressive drugs that can cause cancer."

Dr. Fuhrman cautions that switching to a plant-based diet may not work for those with active inflammation.

"Often people can't tolerate raw vegetables when their disease is active and should use vegetable juicing until their inflammation subsides."

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