What Is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease(IBD), is an experience(often called a condition) that affects over 10 million people worldwide.

Experience may sound strange at first, even confronting to some. Let’s dig deeper. Let’s look at what America’s most trusted online dictionary has to say. According to Merriam-Webster:

Experience(noun): 
1a. Direct observation of or participation in events as a basis of knowledge. 
1b. The fact or state of having been affected by or gained knowledge through direct observation or participation.
2. Something personally encountered, undergone, or lived through.

Experience(verb): 
1. To have experience of.
2. To learn by experience.

According to the National Association of Rare Disorders there are over 7,000 rare diseases impacting over 25 Million Americans, including IBD.

With more than 10M cases of IBD globally, ~5M in the United States(a 200% growth rate over the past 20 years), children being diagnosed with younger and more aggressive cases than ever before, it’s not as rare as you may think.

Seems everyone we meet knows someone with IBD.

When our founder Joel Sprechman was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis(UC) in 2001, he suffered for 11 years, until a mentor invited him to think of UC as his teacher. Though challenging at first, everything changed from that day forward. A new way to view and live with IBD.

UC(Ulcerative Colitis) and CD(Crohn’s Disease) are the two most common forms of IBD. 

Other forms include Microscopic colitis, Lymphocytic Colitis, Collagenous Colitis and Ischemic Colitis.

In most cases, IBD can be managed with pharmaceutical medication. In some cases, surgery is needed.

Whether you have needed surgery or not, in a growing number of cases IBD can be managed solely through dietary and lifestyle changes.

(Reference The Crohn’s and Colitis Summit and One Great Gut Collection which at the time of this writing have been viewed and read by over 21,251 viewers from over 120 countries around the globe. Many of our followers no longer require pharmaceuticals. Some do. All who have viewed and read the Crohn’s And Colitis Summit and One Great Gut Collection are empowered with practical steps to improve their health and wellbeing.) 

Sometimes complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies can solely handle IBD. According to the United States National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine, CAM includes alternative medical systems, mind-body interventions, biologically-based treatments, manipulative and body-based methods, and energy therapies.

Integrative Medicine, which includes, like-minded medicinal physicians working together with qualified complementary alternative medicine providers in an evidence-based environment have demonstrated the following results over 20+ years of clinical and cost outcomes. 

60% Decrease in hospital admissions
59% Reduction in hospital days
62% Savings in Outpatient surgeries and procedures
93% Patients satisfied with the integrative therapies

96% Would recommend to friends or family

While there is a lot of health information online, a great deal of it is dangerous. 

If you’re interested in improving your health numbers, take a peek at what other’s have to say about The Crohn’s And Colitis Summit and One Great Gut Collection

We are committed to researching, teaching, educating, advocating for, and improving the worldwide acceptance of safe and effective Integrative Therapies so that more patients can Thrive!