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One of the more serious chronic food related diseases is Crohn's disease. We know people with this disease have abnormalities of the immune system. The most common symptoms of Crohn's disease are abdominal pain, often in the lower right quadrant, and diarrhea. This disease usually begins in young people and tends to involve the end of the small intestine in inflammatory swelling. However, it can affect any part of the digestive tract. Crohn's affects men and women equally and seems to run in some families. About 20 percent of people with this disease have a blood relative with some form of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the general name for diseases that cause inflammation in the intestines.

The Complement Antigen Test is a safe non-invasive approach to treating Crohn's disease. Using our multiple pathway testing allows us to offer a more comprehensive analysis of reactions that cause this debilitating illness. The reactive foods can be identified accurately and quickly through the use of this blood test. Removing the offending foods from the diet allows the body's natural healing process to begin quickly thereby providing lasting relief from the devastating effects of Crohn's disease.

Normally, the initial treatment for most people with Crohn's disease is through the use of drugs that control inflammation. Drugs that suppress the immune system are also routinely prescribed. However, these drugs can cause serious side effects, including greater susceptibility to infection, nausea, vomiting, heartburn, diarrhea and headache. Additionally, these drugs only provide temporary relief from the effects of Crohn's by treating the symptoms instead of the underlying cause of the disease. More importantly, use of these drugs does not necessarily prevent the need for surgery, which, while surgery can help Crohn's disease, it cannot cure it.

Thus the question remains - what is the most effective treatment for Crohn's disease? To help answer this, we refer to the Surgeon General's report on nutrition and health issued in 1987 in which he stated that there is a "convergence of similar dietary recommendations that apply to prevention of multiple chronic diseases. Diseases of nutritional deficiencies have declined and have been replaced by diseases of dietary excesses and imbalances-problems that now rank among the leading causes of illness and death. It touches the lives of most Americans, and generates substantial health care costs." Food is the most intimate part of our environment because food is ingested. When something goes wrong, it makes good biological sense to look at the flow of substances through the mouth for the source of the problem. There are two types of adverse reactions to foods - immediate and delayed. Immediate reactions are easy to self diagnose, but delayed reactions are very difficult to pin down. Since most autoimmune diseases and chronic conditions, including Crohn's disease, are caused by delayed autoimmune responses to foods in the digestive track, only a multiple pathway testing method provides the necessary information for a diagnosis that actually improves your health by avoiding reactive foods.

Food and the environment are basic determinants of health. Food causes more than half of all serious and chronic diseases in North America. The most effective and reliable test available today is the Complement Antigen Test.

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