By Matthew Sun
Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the colon, where the colon becomes inflamed and develops internal ulcers that weep mucus and blood. The condition causes the bowel to evacuate frequently and can be painful for the sufferer. The condition also causes food to be inadequately absorbed.
Evidence shows that anytime an organ of the body is regularly in contact with toxic material, that part of the body is likely to become diseased. Given this fact, is it any wonder that colon cancer is the fastest growing form of cancer in the US? Allopathic (western) medicine tells us that along with ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn’s disease, colon cancer and other bowel diseases have nothing to do with what we eat. This viewpoint fails to give us any clear view as to why the disease developed in the first place, what we can do to avoid the disease and what steps we can take to resolve them and become healthy once again.
As with all diseases, if we take the view that the disease developed because of our wrong actions in the past, then we take health back into our own hands, along with our knowledge of how to heal ourselves. It makes sense that diseases such as ulcerative colitis and other colon problems are caused by incorrect eating, and by cleansing the organ and changing our habits we can be free from the disease. Excessive constipation can also be a precursor to the disease.
Unfortunately ulcerative colitis is a fairly advanced bowel disorder, and the path to health will require the person to put in effort and maintain a strong will to overcome the habits of the past which caused the condition to arise.
- Diarrhea (blood and mucus may be present)
- Abdominal noises
- Abdominal pain and cramping that most often stops after a bowel movement
- Weight loss
- A constant feeling of needing to empty the bowel
Less common symptoms of ulcerative colitis:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blood in stools
- Joint pain
To diagnose ulcerative colitis, most patients will need to have either a sigmoidoscopy or colonoscopy done by a doctor. This procedure involves having a small tube with a camera on the end of it inserted into your rear end. Prior to the procedure the person must fast and empty the bowel by drinking a chemical solution. During either procedure, a biopsy may be done. In a biopsy, small samples of tissue are taken from the lining of the bowel so that they can be examined under a microscope for signs of inflammation.
In any case if the person has displayed the ulcerative colitis symptoms above, whether it is diagnosed by a doctor or not, there is a problem which needs to be rectified.
Diet plays a major role in the treatment and cure of ulcerative colitis. It is advised to follow a juice fast for five days or more for most cases of ulcerative colitis. It is advised to do this under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as your local friendly naturopath. Papaya (paw paw in Australia) juice, raw cabbage juice, and carrot juice are especially helpful. Citrus juice should not be consumed.
During the first 5 days of the juice fast, warm water enemas should be taken daily. Aloe vera juice and flax oil can also be added for their soothing qualities. The patient on the fast should rest in bed and patiently endure their healing process.
After the juice fast the person should gradually switch to a diet of small, frequent meals of soft cooked or streamed vegetables, rice, porridge, and well ripped fruits like papaya and banana. Yogurt and home made cottage cheese can be helpful. Especially goats whey as it is full of minerals. All food must be chewed slowly and thoroughly.
Once the colon bleeding and all symptoms of colitis have stopped and after waiting for a period of more than 6 months while consuming a healthy diet, it may be advisable to do a colon cleanse.
For more information please view the bowel health glossary for explanations of terms.