Crohn's Disease - An Auto Immune Disease

According to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, there are more than 1.6 million Americans living with either Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis. Unfortunately, those affected with Crohn’s usually have to deal with the painful symptoms on a lifelong basis, and the mainstream treatments, over time, become a heavy financial burden.

However, there have been alternative, natural medicine practices that have proven to effectively treat not only the symptoms of Crohn’s, but the underlying cause as well. At LifeWorks Wellness Center, individualized health treatments have proven successful with Crohn’s patients from around the world, alleviating their symptoms on a long-term basis.

Who Gets Crohn’s Disease

Most who are affected with Crohn’s are diagnosed at a young age, usually in their teenage years or early twenties but others develop the disease later in life. Although the direct cause of Crohn’s is unknown, there are a combination of factors that likely contribute to the onset of Crohn’s Disease. As reported by the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, anywhere from 5 to 20 percent of people who have an Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) have a relative within their immediate family who also has an IBD suggesting a genetic weakness or tendency.

Causes of Crohn’s Disease may differ from person to person, but the subsequent effects are generally the same. The attacking cells cause inflammation, which in turn leads to a thickening of the intestinal wall. The thickened wall causes patients to experience painful cramps, weight loss, diarrhea, blood in the stool, digestion issues, and even ulcers.

This disease is not one that will simply go away untreated. The effects are long-term and can seriously affect one’s quality of life-- emotionally, financially, and physically.

Is Crohn’s Disease an Autoimmune Disorder?

Undoubtedly, Crohn’s Disease is an autoimmune disorder. Anything that causes your own immune system to attack and destroy healthy tissue is considered an autoimmune disorder. In the case of Crohn’s Disease, the body attacks its own intestinal tract, leading to severe inflammation and an array of painful side effects.

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise but conventional doctors find such diseases difficult to diagnose, and even more difficult to treat. The T cells (T lymphocytes) that are supposed to identify and attack foreign microbes fail to do so. Risk factors for autoimmune disorders are most commonly associated with genetics, but also include environmental factors and even nutritional deficiencies, which leads us to the role of nutrition in Crohn’s disease.

Nutrition and Crohn’s Disease

A 2010 study done by McGill University Health Centre found that vitamin D can counteract the negative effects of Crohn’s Disease. The study went on to say,

"Our data suggests, for the first time, that Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to Crohn's disease," says Dr. White, a professor in McGill's Department of Physiology, noting that people from northern countries, which receive less sunlight that is necessary for the fabrication of Vitamin D by the human body, are particularly vulnerable to Crohn's disease.”

It has been noted in countless studies that vitamin D is a great aid to the immune system. It makes sense that, with proper nutrition, the negative effects of Crohn’s Disease can be diminished or alleviated entirely with appropriate nutritional supplementation.

At Lifeworks Wellness Center, we understand the vital role nutrition plays in the health of immune system and the body as a whole. Rather than mask the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease with countless prescription medications that only provide temporary relief, our natural treatments aim to treat the root of the problem. We also understand that there is no one standardized treatment plan that works for everyone. This is why every treatment plan is tailored to the individual patient. It is not uncommon to find several underlying and undetected conditions contributing to a weakened or malfunctioning immune system. Lifeworks Wellness Center provides a comprehensive autoimmune disease treatment plan that works in harmony with your entire body, knocking out foreign invaders such as rogue bacteria, fungi, toxins and parasites while simultaneously strengthening the immune system and supplying critical nutrition the body needs to recover.

Getting Help with Crohn’s Disease

LifeWorks Wellness Center is considered one of Florida’s top autoimmune disease clinics. We routinely see patients from all over the country seeking solutions for Crohn’s disease because they either do not have access to experienced health oriented autoimmune disease specialists or because the treatments available in their area are not consistent with the patient’s beliefs about how health is restored.

Meet with a Crohn’s Disease Doctor

If you or anyone you know are seeking an effective, alternative, and natural treatment option for Crohn’s Disease or any other autoimmune disease, LifeWorks Wellness Center has plenty to offer you. We have offered Crohn’s disease treatment to help patients regain their health and we would love to help you, too. 

To schedule an appointment to be seen by a Crohn’s disease specialist or for more information about our services, feel free to call our New Patient Coordinator at (727) 466-6789 or simply submit an online web form with your request.

Dr. David Minkoff, M.D.
Founder and Medical Director
In 1995, Dr. Minkoff's wife became ill and her physicians couldn't find what was wrong. Not accepting their "no hope" conclusion, Dr. Minkoff went on a search to help her which led him out of emergency medicine into complementary and alternative medicine to find the answers. In the process he gained expertise in Biological medicine, heavy metal detoxification, anti-aging medicine, hormone replacement therapy, functional medicine, energy medicine, neural and prolotherapy, homeopathy and optimum nutrition. He studied under the masters in each of these disciplines until he became an expert in his own right. The answers he found were soon in demand when others learned of his wife’s return to good health. In response to this, he and his wife, Sue Minkoff RN established Lifeworks Wellness Center in 1997 and it quickly became one of the most comprehensive complementary and alternative medicine clinics in the U.S.

       *Disclaimer: Individual patient results may vary based on a patient's medical history and other factors.


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