Apr 212014


Hearing the doctor say that your eight year-old has a chronic illness is quite an emotional load.  That’s where we’ve been for the past couple of months.

Many doctor (gastroenterologist) visits, many blood draws, many out-patient hospital tests.  And, finally, the verdict:

Crohn’s Disease

The medical model for treatment is frightening.  It begins with high dose steroids, potentially for long periods of time.  That’s not healthy for anyone, and definitely not for a growing child.

Web MD summarizes:

Many of the same drugs used to treat flares are also used to manage Crohn’s disease. Some options:

  • Anti-inflammatory drugs, such as sulfasalazine
  • Immune-suppressing drugs, such as 6-mercaptopurine, azathioprine, or methotrexate
  • Corticosteroids, which suppress immune responses and control inflammation
  • Biologics, which block inflammation. These include Cimzia, Humira, Remicade, Stelara, and Tysabri.
  • Antibiotics

Let me back up a minute and explain the amazing results we have had in our house recently with Essential Oils, and Oregano in particular.  We have healed a recurring two-kid bout of Impetigo that had survived two rounds of antibiotics, cured an ear infection, and destroyed a wart.  And that doesn’t even touch the more-subtle wonders like soothing headache, clearing sinus pressure and congestion, helping heal boo-boos, and on and on.

It’s enough to convince a person (all over again) that God knew what He was doing, and He put on the Earth the things that we need to keep our physical bodies healthy.

I was really tickled when I found Jini Patel Thompson on YouTube, while researching oregano oil’s antibiotic properties.  I have been gluten free for over two years now (never bothered to get tested for Celiac), so I was fascinated with her usage of Oregano to heal digestive issues.

Little did I know just how much I would need this information a short time later.

It turns out that Mrs. Thompson healed herself from an extreme (extreme!) place in her battle with Crohn’s Disease, and has spent the past 12 years refining her protocols, and working with others in the same predicament.


It all comes together in a program (explained in a book) called Listen to Your Gut.  And, as you may have guessed from my lead-in, she uses oregano oil!

I’ve purchased the book (which comes with a wealth of coaching, support, digital worksheets, etc.), and I am feverishly reading my way though it.

The bottle of extreme steroids that was prescribed is still sitting on the counter.  I filled it, but I just couldn’t bring myself to give it to her.

It’s a long road ahead for my sweet girl, so I don’t feel any particular pressure to do something TODAY.

We are considering a “give your guts a break so that they can heal” dietary time for the whole family.  Although I like the idea of the “Whole 30″, this wouldn’t be suitable for her (too much fiber, tough to digest veggies, etc.).  We are looking into the GAPS diet, and also considering a raw milk fast.

Have any of our readers been down this path?  We would certainly appreciate your input…  and even just your company.

* Photo at the top is from a site called L-Glutamine Truth, which I know nothing about and am not endorsing in any way.  Just liked the image.  :)

  3 Responses to “A Chronic Diagnosis”

  1. My oldest sister was diagnosed with Chron’s when she was 16 years old. I sent her your post and figured maybe she would have some advice to share. Here’s her facebook page too: (https://www.facebook.com/kristinia?fref=ts)

  2. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease right before my 16th birthday back in 99.. I would advise if you can help it staying away from Prednisone or any corticosteroid if possible.. I now at 30 have worsening osteoporosis and osteopenia and my bones are thinning every time we have a bone density test done due to the Doc’s when I was a teen dosing me and dosing me on high steroid levels.. I have went through many trials and tribulations, even surgery in 2000… with Docs warning of surgery at a later time.. If you have any questions feel free to email me or Facebook friend me, facebook.com/kristinia

    • Thank you so much for sharing with us! The steroids are a worrisome component of the medical treatment model to me as well – I’m sorry for what you are going through!

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