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Dr. Cynthia Jaffe D.C., RN, F.I.A.M.A.

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Northbrook, IL 60062




Digestive Track Therapy

Finding the trigger

At Chicago Loop Chiropractic our initial task in treating digestive disorders related to food allergens, like Ulcerative colitis, Crohn Disease, Irritable bowel, and Gastritis, is to identify correct causation. What is producing the reaction?

Applying the 4 R's of Therapy

Once causation and food allergens or sensitivities have been identified, the four R’s of therapy become of senior importance in bringing relief.

  1. Remove. Remove food allergens, pathogens, sugars and even gluten from the diet.

  2. Replace. Replace with biochemical’s or supplements necessary to digest foods.

  3. Re-inoculate. By adding beneficial flora to re-inoculate the colon with healthy bacteria to fight the unhealthy bacteria.

  4. Repair-The structural integrity of the digestive tract.

Below are the descriptions of the most prevalent digestive conditions related to food allergies and their symptoms.

Dr. Jaffe successfully helps patients with these and many other allergy related conditions at Chicago Loop Chiropractic on a routine basis. If you are experiencing these symptoms, you can experience relief. Come in and get tested and take effective action to bring your digestive condition under control.

  1. Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory disease with intermittent exacerbations and re-missions that causes ulceration of the colonic mucosa and extends from the rectum to the colon. Adults between 20-40 are the most susceptible. Studies have shown that 34% of ulcerative colitis patients have dietary causations or food allergens as a direct link to their condition. Other causations include infectious, genetic, and immunologic factors. Symptoms include bleeding, cramping pain and an urge to defecate. Typically, deficiencies in vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin D absorption, and calcium leading to bone disease are also seen. Treatment in severe cases can involve immunosuppressive drugs, steroids and salicylates to suppress the immune response and removal of allergens and the addition of a pro-biotic.

  2. Crohn Disease is an inflammatory disorder that affects any part of the gastrointestinal tract from the mouth to the anus. The most common site is the ileocolon, but both the small and large intestine may be involved. Symptoms are abdominal pain and loose stools with the passage of blood and mucus.

  3. Irritable bowel ( IB) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder caused by the abnormal gastrointestinal secretion, infections, overgrowth of intestinal flora, psychosocial factors including emotional stress and from chronic pain, and due to food allergy or intolerance. Food antigens may activate the mucosal immune system mediating hypersensitivity reactions and irritable bowel symptoms. Symptoms include lower abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, gas, bloating, a feeling of incomplete evacuation and nausea

  4. Gastritis is an inflammatory disorder of the gastric mucosa that can cause mucosal atrophy, and epithelial metaplasia leading possibly to gastric carcinoma. Alcohol, tobacco, NSAID’s, H. Pylori, celiac disease and food allergies can all be factors.

  5. Gluten-sensative enteropathy, formerly called celiac sprue or celiac disease, is an auto-immune disease that damages the intestine. The gluten in wheat, rye, barley and oats is toxic to the lining of the intestine. In 50% of children effected, onset occurs by 18 months with latent intervals. Diagnosis is not often made until adulthood. The severity of symptoms varies greatly from individual to individual and many people have no gastrointestinal symptoms or they may have symptoms such as diarrhrea, enlarged abdomen, anemia, and bone pain Malabsorption of vitamins occurs, especially vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, potassium, protein, vitamin K, electrolytes and often lactose intolerance are seen with individuals with celiac disease.

It is very important to understand that signs and symptoms of chronic digestive conditions often do not correlate with the severity of the disease.

Gastroscopic examination and biopsy may show long standing inflammatory process and gastric atrophy in an individual with no history of abdominal distress.

Screening tests are therefore, an important guide in identifying the causation of the problem. Prevention is the key to your future health..

Call Dr. Cynthia Jaffe and schedule an appointment for a screening test today! 847-830-8748


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