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CROHN’S DISEASE CASES presented by Julian Barker

NOTES TO SLIDES

FIRST CASE M56\63


Slide 1
Whether it is an autoimmune disease triggered by an infection (and there are
several candidates, notably species of Mycobacterium) or some other kind of
genetic predisposition, there is consensus that CROHN’S DISEASE results from
an interplay between the Environment AND Genetic predisposition
Given that cases often appear during puberty or young adulthood, the Family
constitutes a large part of the Environment along with early predisposing events
ALSO the Small Intestine is the largest endocrine of the body followed a close
second by the brain. THUS to use the term psychosomatic is virtually meaningless

Slide 3
The Winter Solstice is arguably not a good time for loading the alimentary tract or
stressing the liver with alcohol, at least in weakened or predisposed adults. He
was 56 at the onset of the condition and 63 when he first consulted a herbalist.
Both ages are consecutive multiples of seven. This is consistent with the theory of
a 7 YEAR CYCLE in physiological and metabolic transitions. In the gonadic
sphere, at least, there are obvious correlations with stages.
His bowel condition did not improve but worsened when he retired at 59.
As for diagnosis, such ambiguity is not uncommon. As for treatment, perhaps
expertise was not locally available.

Slide 4
In 1942, age 24, he contracted malaria during his service in the army during World
War II in Burma, where dysenteries of all kinds were rife
My guess is that he also contracted a parasitic disease which caused the abscess in
1946 which, in reality, may have been the first manifestation of Crohns
I cannot be sure what precisely he meant by “malignant malaria”, but we could
speculate that this may have been temporarily helpful in dampening an auto–
immune response, or it may have been an active part of the pathology

Slide 5
Felt much better with improved appetite with herbal Rx before the course of
antibiotics and had started to put on weight, but his notes say “that he was much
improved on Day 4 of antibiotics: NO mucus and more solid stool.
He made five consultations altogether and showed a steady improvements with
each treatment, suffering fewer & less drastic relapses
POSITIVE Advice given:
Rest the bowel with monodiet or fasting and low residue food, increasing
minerals, vitamins & protein with organ & lean meat and fish
Lightly cooked vegetable, fruit and potatoes. Strained fruit juice, Goat’s milk &
cheese, Rye bread without seed or crust

AVOIDANCE advice given:


fried, preserved, salted, tough foods, strong cheese, meat stocks and soups, any
stock cubes; alcohol, coffee, black tea; coarse grains, onions, brassicas, pulses;
Nuts, spices, pickle vinegar; Raw vegetables and fruit (except for bananas &
avocados); Sweets, pastries and cakes

SECOND CASE F36


Slide 8
Parotid hypertrophy compensates for Pancreatic Insufficiency

Slide 9
She has a Mother with bulk and solidity in common with the next case, F31
There is, of course, nothing unusual about finding families difficult; it is the
response to these internal and external forces including gene expression that
modifies the reactivity of the Small Intestine

Slide 10
As reactive as she is to negative influences, so she is to positive ones
Two months later she abandoned treatment and looking after herself and rather
took to smoking and alcohol.
THIRD CASE F31
Slide 11
these crises lasting 6 weeks would not respond to any medication
In my experience, you have to allow 3 weeks for the acute phase, and 6 weeks for
full recovery from severe acute infections, especially of the respiratory tract,
whatever the intervention
Is there a solar connection, given that Luminosity and Day Length are such
powerful moderators of plant and animal life? 45 days, just over 6 weeks, is one
eighth of the year and equal (in degrees) to the width of the tropics. By my
reckoning, there are also 8 seasonal transitions to which we have to adapt
hormonally.

Slide 12
Whatever the predispositions, at age 16 the appearance of disease coincided with
bereavement, loss of a boyfriend and A–levels. The diabetes appeared after she
had also suffered a respiratory viral illness.

Slide 13
Loves her father but not as much as he loves the bottle
She describes herself as “a pleaser & peace–maker” for which she had plenty of
practice in the family

Slide 14
the hypoglycaemic plants would have disturbed her usual equilibrium, even
though it was beneficial to shift to a more stable equilibrium point. Transition is
always a disturbance but especially in a compensating disease like diabetes
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The adjustments refer to her initially not having taken seriously the dietary
advice that went with the herbal medicine

FOURTH CASE M24


Slide 20
In his own words: relationships ”scare” him, adding that to know his character,
just think of “3PIO” in the film “Star Wars”
Difficult to know to what extent disease alters personality, but in his own opinion
his cautious nature precedes being ill.

AN OVERVIEW OF HERBAL TREATMENTS GIVEN TO ALL 4 CASES


IS GIVEN ON A SEPARATE MATRIX