The Health Corner Vol. 7 – Case History: Crohn’s Disease
A 24 year-old man who had recently been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease came to my clinic. He had heard about the positive things we were doing for others and wondered if we could help him, too. He had been diagnosed four months earlier and had been placed on steroids at a cost of $270.00 a month, to control the inflammatory process targeting his bowel. His prognosis according to his doctors was bleak. He was told he would suffer this disease, with its periodic painful and disabling flare-ups, for the rest of his life. As a result, he would have to continue to take steroids even after he was off the initial program. Most distressing of all, he was given to understand that this disease would likely shorten his life.
Of course, I suggested he be tested with Nutrition Response Testing. He consented to the procedure, and as we proceeded, I found that he had acetate poisoning in his pituitary gland. This was not surprising, as the pituitary gland is not only the master control gland for the endocrine system of the body, but is also the master control for digestion, specifically.
As a result of my findings, I placed him on the indicated program and, because he had to drive 260 miles to get here, he opted to take an even more vigorous program to try to get his symptoms under control. I ended up putting him on a total of 57 pills that day. That may seem like a lot, but one must remember this patient was suffering from a painful, life-altering condition that he was expected to have to deal with for the rest of his life. He had found no relief so far, and was desperate to do all that he could to allay his symptoms and reverse the disease process as soon as possible.
I sent the patient home with his expanded program and told him to return two weeks later. When he did, he reported that the diarrhea had subsided considerably. In fact, it was almost gone! The pain in his gut was gone completely, and he had decided to stop taking the steroids. (He said that when he stopped the drugs his condition seemed to improve even faster.) The diet I had suggested for this patient was strict, but he was doing very well on it—no negative reactions to the food eaten. Both he and I were greatly encouraged by the way the prescribed program was working in only two weeks time! When we retested and re-dosed, again with Nutrition Response Testing, his pill count went from 57 to 33. It was still a fair number of pills, but the reduction was significant—well over 40%! More good news!
Another two weeks later, now a month into care, the patient reported back again. His pill count upon another re-dosing was under 20, and he was doing even better symptom-wise. He was eating more and had even begun eating salads … something that any Crohn’s patient understands would normally wreak utter havoc on the G.I. tract.
Another three weeks went by–a total of seven weeks–and the patient was able to eat anything he wanted with the exception of beans because they caused him gas. By this time, his pill count had been reduced to a mere 10 or 11 a day. He had gone to see his gastroenterologist, who was astounded at the patient’s improvement! The doctor could not believe that this gentleman was off the cortisone and eating basically whatever he wished.
This patient was a walking miracle!
But, such is the case when health is looked at from the proper perspective. If the body is treated with a view toward restoring function with proper nutrition it can more readily do its job—namely heal and keep itself healthy. If the common stressors such as immune challenges, heavy metals, or chemicals are addressed and dealt with properly the body can and will recover giving the patient astounding results.
In the case of this patient, we found that the chemical acetate, which had poisoned him and caused so much damage, had most likely come from his use of solvents and cleaners in the remodeling of a house. I believe that if the patient hadn’t been tested with Nutrition Response Testing this link in the health/disease continuum might never have been found. He might have remained on steroids the rest of his life. And, the quality of his life, even the length of it, might have been greatly reduced.
Now, seven months later this patient continues to do better and better every day. He has made a complete turn-around from a very grim prognosis. Crohn’s disease was effectively ‘cured’ as a result of the use of a simple, non-invasive procedure, which allowed the patient’s body to tell me what was happening and what I needed to do to facilitate the natural healing of which it was capable.
I am thankful to have this invaluable tool at my disposal, and hope to help many other people who wish to keep their health or make positive changes in it safely and effectively.
To your good health!
Dr. Jon R. Link