Inflammatory bowel disease is a group of inflammatory conditions of the GI tract. This can be extremely serious. Both Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are part of this disease. Usually the small intestines and the colon are involved. When they become inflamed and irritated it can lead to abdominal pain, diarrhea, rectal bleeding, vomiting, weight loss and smuscle spasms in the pelvis and back. Keep in mind that although Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis are part of the IBD conditions, they have different mechanisms of wreaking havoc on your body. Crohn’s is an autoimmune condition, whereas many researchers do not consider Ulcerative Colitis to be an autoimmune condition. IBD can require very serious medications as well as serious surgeries to consider. Inflammatory bowel disease can lead to many different complications and has a higher risk for certain conditions including:

  • Ulcers
  • Bowel obstruction
  • Malnutrition
  • Fistulas
  • Fissures
  • Colon cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Problems with fingernails,
  • Bile duct inflammation
  • Brittle bones
  • Kidney stones
  • And gallstones

Dr. Picard has spent well over 500 hours of postgraduate class time studying functional endocrinology and chiropractic neurology. He is board eligible in chiropractic neurology, and has 23 years of experience, allowing him to work with very difficult cases where other doctors have failed. Specific tests are available, which require a specific form of analysis, that can help to decrease the frequency of flare ups that occur with autoimmune conditions, including Crohn’s. Is it a cure? NO. There are no cures, but your goal with Crohn’s, or any other autoimmune condition is to decrease the frequency of flare ups so that your immune system does not continue to destroy your body.

What if through proper testing Dr. Picard found that there are certain foods in your diet that are increasing the rate of flare ups? Could avoiding those foods make a change in your condition? What if the organs and glands of the body could be evaluated to see which of them could benefit from nutritional support? Anything that can be done to increase the function of your body is a benefit to you. Anything that can be done to balance out your immune system that would lead to a decrease in the frequency of autoimmune attacks would be a blessing. Whether it’s removing the foods that are damaging your body, or increasing the necessary nutrition to support proper glandular and organ function, it can all be beneficial. To what degree, it will not be known until the proper tests are run, the necessary support is given, and then a re-evaluation is given. Hypothetically speaking, what if your condition improved by 20%, 40%, or 60%? Would that be a victory? People have even responded much better than that, but everyone is different.

There is much more that can be looked at when it comes to offering people with an autoimmune condition an opportunity to slow down the immune system’s attack on your body, without the side effects that are seen with medications. Unlike medications, this type of care does not lower your overall immunity! If you are looking for more information as to what options are available to you, call the office today to schedule your $27 screening. During the $27 screening you can go over your health history, review previous care, discuss the type of testing and care that may be best for you, and Dr. Picard will answer your questions so that you can decide if this approach is right for you.