You may not realize that the various inflammatory bowel conditions are actually related. Let’s take a minute and look at the following conditions. Irritable Bowel Syndrome-colitis- ulcerative colitis and crohn’s. From the point of view of a naturopathic practitioner each of these issues is really just a progressively worse version of the previous one.
With each of these conditions as time goes by without the proper treatment there is more and more damage being done to the tissue of the GI tract. You can compare this damage to that of first- second and third degree burns. As the level of a burn gets higher not only is it more painful but also more complicated to treat.
I call this progression ‘the train of pain.’ Each GI issue can be considered a stop along the way. The symptoms accumulate at each ‘stop.’
The 1st stop is Irritable Bowel Syndrome. The symptoms here include some pain that is more like cramping-gas-bloating and diarrhea. These symptoms are barely tolerable and as the train runs down the track do nothing but get worse.
The next stop is Colitis. Now the symptoms of IBS have gotten more pronounced especially the diarrhea which by now has become urgent and intolerable.
As we keep rumbling down the line the next stop is Ulcerative Colitis. Nobody likes this stop especially those who can’t stand the site of blood—-in their toilet bowel.
Now we find ourselves getting to the end of the line. We are running out of tract—as in gastrointestinal tract from our digestive acids eroding our colon. Imagine all of the above symptoms ramped up to another level with the addition of mucus in the stool. This is the last stop on the line—Crohn’s. You don’t want to go there.
All of this pain and suffering can be avoided if you jump off that train early by seeking an alternative means of getting where you really want to go—perfect colon health.