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Intestinal Fortitude

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Table of Contents

  • Intestinal Cure without drugs
  • Crohn's and Chiropractic
  • Groundbreaking Research May be the Answer for Suffering Millions
  • Natural vs Chemical "Cures"
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Crohn's Disease Helped with Chiropractic, Study Says

Research, published in the November 2002 issue of the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research (JVSR) demonstrates that chiropractic care may be effective in helping patients with allergies and Crohn's Disease. The results of those studied showed long-term remission and alleviation of symptoms in both allergy and Crohn's Disease.

Crohn's disease causes inflammation in the small intestine. Crohn's disease usually occurs in the lower part of the small intestine, called the ileum, but it can affect any part of the digestive tract, from the mouth to the anus. The inflammation extends deep into the lining of the affected organ. The inflammation can cause pain and can make the intestines empty frequently, resulting in diarrhea. Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines. Crohn's disease affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families. About 20 percent of people with Crohn's disease have a blood relative with some form of IBD, most often a brother or sister and sometimes a parent or child. Crohn's disease may also be called ileitis or enteritis

In the research 57 patients were divided into two groups. One group was a control group that received only standard medical care for their condition. The second group consisted of 17 patients who also received their standard medical care but additionally received chiropractic care. This group of 17 patients received spinal adjustments in order to reduce the vertebral subluxations in the thoracic and lumbar regions of their spine. The control group did not receive spinal adjustments.

The researchers found that vertebral subluxations were a common and characteristic finding in patients with allergies and Crohn's disease. The results showed that 12 of the 17 patients who received spinal adjustments, showed long-term and stable remission of their symptoms while 9 experienced an alleviation effect. The researchers concluded, "According to the results of this study the possibility may be considered that chronic nerve compression secondary to vertebral subluxation in the thoracic and lumbar regions had a significant effect on the immune function of these allergy and Crohn's disease patients."

Groundbreaking Research May be the Answer for Suffering Millions

According to a recently published study in the Journal of Vertebral Subluxation Research there appears to be a relationship between vertebral subluxation, Crohn's Disease, allergies and immune function. While that study is fascinating reading and has broad implications for chiropractic care, the story of its author and his dedication to researching chiropractic is equally fascinating.

Yasuhiko Takeda was born in Japan in 1946 into a family of several generations of medical doctors. Despite this he always questioned, much as D.D. Palmer did, why some people heal and others don't. His contention was that the answer was in the spine and nervous system, since these are the main coordinators of information between the brain and the organs.

His questions led him on a search for an educational institution that focused its study on the spine and nervous system and in 1988 he graduated from Osaka Chiropractic College.

Following his graduation from Chiropractic College, Dr. Takeda became chief researcher at the Tokyo Low Back Pain Research Center where he served until 1993. Since then, he has served as the president of the Nerve Information and Blood Circulation Research Institute in Osaka where be has been conducting his research.

Takeda related how difficult it was to study chiropractic in Japan and to carry out research since chiropractic is not officially recognized there and because there is opposition from organized medicine.

"I started to study and research problems for which there isn't a teacher and there is no useful literature," he explained. "Dr. Joseph Janse's books and manuscripts became important resources along with Henry Windsor's works." Takeda learned about Windsor's works through Dr. Fred Barge.

Beginning in 1992, the focus of Takeda's research has been on the relationship between subluxation, allergic disease, asthma, Chron's disease, irritable bowel disorder and ulcerative colitis. He became interested in this after observing common patterns of spinal distortions and subluxation in patients presenting with these problems, and after observing that many of these people got better following chiropractic care. This convinced him that chiropractic care was the answer to these health problems and that he needed to look into it in more detail.

As Takeda pointed out, "Allergic disease are a large group of disorders that include: pollinosis, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, hay fever, bronchial asthma, drug allergies, Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease to name a few. In Japan alone these diseases affect tens of millions of people. It affects their quality of life in terms of physical strength, immune deficiency, and autonomic imbalance. It doesn't stop there as it affects their social well­being, schoolwork and on the job productivity. You must also consider the terrible side effects of the steroid medications and immunosuppressants that are given to treat these patients."

Takeda's dedication to these patients and desire to bring the chiropractic solution to the forefront is unquestionable. In order to fund the study he sold his chiropractic office, his land and his house. Hopefully, the truth about Chiropractic will be available to those suffering from these disorders thanks to his efforts.

Natural vs Chemical "Cures"

The January 8, 2001 issue of Business Week mentions that Priolsec is the top selling prescription drug in the world. It earns Astra Zeneca (the drug's maker) 6 billion dollars per year.

The drug and others like it clearly are effective at reducing symptoms, or there is no way these companies could convince people to buy them. BUT they do NOT solve the problem. In fact, they actually worsen it.

Then, when you are using the wrong solution for the problem, you are bound to have problems. Drugs are rarely, if ever, indicated for the common ulcer and associated stomach problems. The proton pump inhibitors like Prevacid and Prilosec and the H2 blocker agents like Tagament, Pepcid, and Zantac are some of the worst drugs that you could possible take.

They significantly reduce the amount of acid you have and with that your ability to properly digest food. Reduction of acid in the stomach also diminishes your primary defense mechanism for food borne infections and will increase your risk of food poisoning.

The reduction in stomach acid also causes the intestines to be overworked by moving only partially digested food through them. Overworked colons wear out faster and are subject to complications. We all know somebody who is missing a section or two from their colon nowadays.

So, you may want to consider an alternative, natural treatment for this condition.

Chiropractic Care has helped many people eliminate the need for prescription medications and now they are living healthy productive lives without the fear of unwanted side effects.


Everyone suffers from the occasional bowel disturbance, but for sufferers of "Irritable Bowel Syndrome", symptoms of this disorder may be more pronounced or occur regularly. IBS occurs when the muscles in your intestines contract faster or slower than normal – causing pain, cramping, gassiness, bloating, constipation and/or sudden bouts of diarrhea. Between 10-20% of the population experiences IBS, and the medical community has no good answers for this condition.

IBS is also referred to as a spastic colon, mucous colitis, spastic colitis, nervous stomach or irritable colon. Whatever the name, it is important that your intestinal/digestive system is healthy, so food is properly broken down into the nutrients that your body needs and absorbs, providing fuel to function.

If your intestinal system is not working as it should, this can cause damage to the lining of your intestinal tract, which could hinder digestion and absorption and lead to more serious health problems down the road. The nervous system controls the function of our digestive system and damaged nerves can lead to damage of our "systems".

IBS has many underlying causes that can often be successfully treated with alternative therapies. Spinal manipulation may improve symptoms of IBS in some individuals, creating a balancing effect on the nerves that supply impulses to the intestinal tract. Give our office a call and see how we can help.