When Imuran™ (azathioprine), Purinethol™ (mercaptopurine), or Cyclosporin no longer work for Crohn’s disease or Ulcerative Colitis
You’ve been going to the doctor for Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis and have taken Imuran™ (azathioprine) or Purinethol™ (mercaptopurine) or cyclosporine, or some other immuno-suppressant. You still have abdominal pain and do not know where to turn.
Crohn’s Disease is a disabling intestinal illness of the small intestine. Ulcerative Colitis is a disabling intestinal illness of the large intestine. People who suffer from Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis have terrible pain much of the time. Irritable Bowel Syndrome is related, but not as severe. People with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis have runaway inflammation of their small or large intestine. Some of the treatments involve drugs that suppress the immune system, such as Imuran™, Purinethol™, cortico-steroids or cyclosporine. These medications deactivate immune cells which are causing the inflammation. The problem is, these medications have significant side effects and don’t always work.
Crohn’s Disease Diet
Can you do something else?
Yes. In my clinical practice, I have treated many people with serious bowel problems using my Feast Without Yeast diet, which is the best yeast free diet, and the non-absorbed medication, Nystatin. To see some of the cases I have treated, click here. I also describe cases in my book, An Extraordinary Power to Heal.
Why is this Crohn’s treatment effective? If you research the disease, you will find that one of the main immune cell types attacking the gut is called the “Th17” cell. Unless you have been to medical or graduate school, Th17 does not mean much by itself. One of the main roles of the Th17 cells is to attack fungus and yeast in the gut, namely to attack the intestinal yeast Candida albicans. This is well understood and has been studied many times. It is quite possible that the Th17 cells are not only attacking the yeast Candida albicans, but are also attacking the intestinal cells.
Instead of using medication to deactivate the Th17 cells, then, one could take the approach of eliminating the underlying cause of the attacks. That is, if you eliminate the yeast Candida albicans, the Th17 cells will not be so active. This has been my approach to treating these disorders, and it works.
When Crohn’s patients are treated for intestinal Candida, their symptoms improve and may even go away. When the Candida is gone, the Th17 cells have less to do and no longer seem so interested in attacking the gut lining.
So, if you are looking for a different, non-toxic and relatively simple approach to treatment, I would suggest you look at eliminating the yeast Candida albicans through changing diet and incorporating the non-absorbed, anti-yeast medicine nystatin. This combination treatment works very well. Implementing this diet for colitis or Crohn’s may be your best bet.
I, Dr. Bruce Semon, am available to help you.