Crohn’s disease (regional enteritis, granulomatous ileitis, ileocolitis) is a chronic inflammation of the intestinal wall that may affect any part of the digestive tract. The cause of the disease isn’t known. Researchers believe that a dysfunction of the immune system results in the intestine overreacting to an environmental, dietary, or infectious agent.
Some doctors think it’s the result of a bacterial or viral infection. Several studies have shown that the measles and mumps viruses might be involved in the development of the disease.
This disease occurs about equally in both sexes, is more common among Jews, and tends to run in families. Most people develop the disease before age 35, usually between the ages of 15 and 25.
The most common early symptoms of the disease are chronic diarrhea (which sometimes is bloody), crampy abdominal pain, fever, loss of appetite, and weight loss. Symptoms may continue for day or weeks and may resolve without treatment. Complete and permanent recovery after a single attack is extremely rare. The disease almost invariably flares up at irregular intervals throughout a person’s life.
Researchers have demonstrated the benefits of coconut oil for patients with digestive problems at least since the 1980s. This includes Crohn’s disease. The characteristic inflammation and injury in the digestive tract seems to be soothed and healed because of the anti-inflammatory and healing effects of the oil. Its antimicrobial properties also affect the intestine by killing microorganisms that may cause chronic inflammation.
The ease with which medium-chain fatty acids are digested and absorbed is noted by Dr. L. A. Cohen of the Naylor Dana Institute for Disease Prevention in Valhalla, New York. He says that they are useful in the clinical setting as a means to provide high energy lipid to patients with disorders of lipid digestion ie. pancreatitis, lipid absorption ie.
, and lipid transport ie. chylomicron deficiency.
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