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Ulcerative Colitis
Posted by: Carrie
Date: January 29, 2000 6:56 PM

I am concerned about getting ulcerative colitis (which my mother has). Is there a way to prevent this illness and how is it treated?

Ulcerative Colitis,
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: January 30, 2000 1:51 AM

Many studies have now shown that 15-20% of individuals with either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease will have one or more other members of the family affected. Since families tend to share environments, this does not necessarily prove a genetic link, but twin studies have proved a genetic component beyond all reasonable doubt. I consider it a familially biased interactive disease (interactive with the environment). It probably does have an allergic component and is well-known to partially respond to identification and avoidance of allergens. I consider it to be one of a variety of responses the body has to chronic gut wall infection (best evidence points to Mycobacteria). This is a complicated issue relating to diet, acidity, heavy metals, susceptibility (may have a familial genetic component here), transient leaky gut phenomena, all resulting in chronic almost intractable dysbiosis. In addition to withdrawing foods one may be allergic to, dental amalgam removal, testing and treating for mercury toxicity followed by the SanPharma remedies has an excellent effect. It is a long, drawn out affair, but there is light at the end of that tunnel. The best way to prevent this or any illness is a healthy life-style. The body eventually pays one back for the way it is treated. The answer to the question “What is a healthy lifestyle?” is for a book I may write someday but that should not stop you for your own self-discovery here and now.

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