Mexican Parasite, cause of Chron's???

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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello, has anyone been told this by their Dr?? My friend was told this by her GI Dr. I go to Mexico alot, could this be true??? Thanks, Kay
   DX with CD of the TI in 2004 with partical obstruction. Anemic, constant elevated ESR. Constant abd. pain.    Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 4:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I had Crohn's long before I ever went to Mexico. No, I've never heard that one.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   

I never been to Mexico. I'm 33 yrs old, had Crohn's since age 13. So doubt that very much.

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:05 PM (GMT -6)   
Never heard of it. Could you give a link? Sounds to me like a fantasy, as I'm sure many with Crohn's have never been to Mexico. Nor do Mexicans have an unusually high incidence of Crohn's.

The one ethnic group most associated with Crohn's is Ashke**** Jews. This led some to believe that it was a hereditary disease. However, Crohn's is increasing rapidly in many other ethnic groups spread far and wide, and the hereditary theory is becoming harder to sustain. Just why Crohn's is spreading remains a mystery.

(Note: the auto-censor on this web site hid the last half of the word Ashke**** - that's not my doing). Take a look at this to understand what I'm talking about:

If we're going to take wild stabs at what might be causing Crohn's to increase, I have my own theory (totally unverified, I might add). The increased consumption of milk containing recombinant bovine somatrophin(or rBST or rBGH). Whether or not you believe this, take a look at this interesting article about how this stuff is being plugged, (especially in the USA) and how much effort is going into keeping it secret:
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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:08 PM (GMT -6)   
Never been to Mexico, never plan to go.

My bum is broken....there's a big crack down the middle of it!  LOL  :)

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:29 PM (GMT -6)   
ozonehole said...
If we're going to take wild stabs at what might be causing Crohn's to increase, I have my own theory (totally unverified, I might add). The increased consumption of milk containing recombinant bovine somatrophin(or rBST or rBGH).

That *was* really interesting, ozonehole! I'm going back to read it again. Thanks for posting it.

And along with that from cows, there's also MAP and E. coli (neither of which would necessarily come from cows and *only* cows, but they are a source). Ever get the feeling somebody up there didn't want us to mass produce and pool our milk?
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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:31 PM (GMT -6)   
My first fistula showed up in Mexico...who knows?

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   Posted 3/6/2008 5:34 PM (GMT -6)   
ozonehole, What about those that are lactose intolerant and don't drink milk?
It has been years since I had any milk.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 10:01 AM (GMT -6)   
I have to say I think that going to Mexico is absolutely no cause of a person's Crohns. As stated above, Mexicans don't have Crohns. At least I have yet to meet a Mexican with Crohns. I go to Mexico on a regular basis. In fact, I went to Guadalajara, Mexico just a month ago, and my guts felt better there than they do when I am home. The food I ate was fresh and has way less preservatives. JMHO
Been living with Crohn's Disease for 32 years.  Currently on Asacol, Prilosec 60 mg, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain and Calcium.  Resections in 2002 and 2005.  Recently diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and doing tests to see if I have Inflammatory Arthritis or AS.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 11:14 AM (GMT -6)   
I've never even been to Mexico. I'd find a new doctor.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:16 PM (GMT -6)   
maybe the trigger but definitely not the cause...

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   Posted 3/7/2008 12:23 PM (GMT -6)   
That is absolutely ludicrous....

I've never been to Mexico either,& I've had CD symptoms for nearly 30 years.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:38 PM (GMT -6)   
I've never been to Mexico either but I've eaten a heck of a lot of Mexican food here in the States in my day!

I do have a coworker whose 19-year daughter went to Mexico during her Senior trip and she became gravely ill while there. They ended up having to fly her to Emory Hospital in Atlanta. She was there for months. The fact that she got sick in Mexico threw the doctors off because they spent MONTHS trying to restore her digestive health based on the fact that they thought she was sick from something she picked up in Mexico. They did all sorts of tests based on that, too. Crohn's was never even considered. No family history of any digestive problems. They FINALLY figured out she had Crohn's. And she's a twin, which I always found interesting, too, that the sister didn't also have it.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 1:52 PM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with Crohn's about 5 months after returning from Mexico.  I am not sure if that is what caused it, but I seem to believe it had something to do with it.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 3:36 PM (GMT -6)   
This doesn't pass the sniff test. The doctor's either a quack or your friend misinterpreted what was actually said. With my problems there are places in the world I'm going to avoid because I can't afford to pick up water-borne pathogens sometimes lurking in water supplies that don't have reliable sanitation systems, but because places like Mexico have problems with unsanitary water, it doesn't follow that that causes crohn's.

Maybe the doc was trying to say that because she has crohn's she should avoid places like Mexico -- still not a particularly enlightened comment, but come on. What next?

30+ years living with Crohn's.

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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi, going to Mexico does not cause Crohn's. When a doctor says that the doctor is a quack.
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   Posted 3/7/2008 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
KittiKatt Thanks for posting that. I study psychology (totally unrelated other than the fact that i study methodology and research stuff) The Twin comment intrigues me. Twin studies are used in the science studies as a kind of way to see how much genetics plays into things. By no means is one incidence to be representative of everything, but i find it quite interesting that the twin doesn't have crohn's. If that were the case in a study they would lean towards environmental factors as being more associated with the causes of crohn's than biological.

Anyways there's alot of theories out there about causes of IBD, and i hope that we make some significant advancements in the coming years. :D
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   Posted 3/8/2008 7:51 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello again

balleenstein: This was a new DX for my friend a few months after she returned from Mexico. The Dr told her she picked up a parasite in MEXICO. She had never had problems prior to her trip and no one in her family has CD or IBS. I just found it interesting. Could a parasite weaken your intestines to the point to cause CD?? 

I wanted to see what my friends her at HW thought about this.

Thank You. Kay

   DX with CD of the TI in 2004 with partical obstruction. Anemic, constant elevated ESR. Constant abd. pain.    Meds: Vit B-12 shots monthly, zinc, multi vit, Vit E, Pentasa and now Entocort.

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   Posted 3/8/2008 8:26 PM (GMT -6)   
The refrigerator mother syndrome, yeast, heavy metals, and imunizations cause autism,
Mexican parasites cause chrons
And Epilepsy is caused by evil spirits.

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   Posted 11/9/2009 12:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I do find this interesting. I recently went to mexico and got a bacterial infection called Urcinea. They did not find the bacterial infection until 5 months later and after the 3rd run of flagyl killed it. 3 months after that I was still sick and further investigated and found I have Chron's. My specialist said I've had Chrons living in remission for a while and it took the bacterial infection to bring me out of remission. I don't know if that was the case but the bacterial infection was living in my intestines for 5 months causing havoc and could have possibly damaged my intestines?

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   Posted 11/9/2009 1:41 AM (GMT -6)   
I doubt a Mexican parasite causes Crohn's. It may be a trigger just like anything else in the environment to someone who is genetically predisposed e.g. e. coli or food poisoning.
Plenty of people get sick to their stomach from Mexican water for example...that doesn't mean everyone comes back with Crohn's...
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   Posted 11/9/2009 5:21 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree. It's kind of like a stress-diathesis model... there must be a genetic vulnerability in the first place? That said I think the standard american diet is doing our vulnerabilities no favours at all
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   Posted 11/9/2009 9:17 AM (GMT -6)   
There are many things you eat and drink are from Mexico that you don't even know about. So a trip wouldn't be needed. But yeah I also doubt that anything from Mexico has anything to do with it.This forum has been interesting lately, people have ideas, conspiracy theories, blue dye cures. Exciting lol.
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   Posted 11/9/2009 10:28 AM (GMT -6)   
I accidentally had some water in Mexico when I was a kid and got sick. I developed Crohn's 6 years later so maybe...
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   Posted 11/9/2009 10:35 AM (GMT -6)   
I read this thread and sort of chuckled, but now that you mention it... although I'd already been diagnosed with Crohn's a few years earlier, I got my first huge flareup (complete with lots and lots of vomiting) several hours after eating mainstream candy that was made in Mexico. That was two years ago and I've never been the same since. Odd coincidence probably...
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