Are natural remedies safe?

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   Posted 2/18/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
16 yr old daughter diagnosed with Crohn's December 07.
Appendicitis/bowel resection
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   Posted 2/18/2009 4:24 PM (GMT -6)   
Personally, I'd be very careful about remedies. If it worked, wouldn't your doctor know and the drug companies have ahold of it? I'm just scarred of stuff like that. Just my 2 cents though.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 5:13 PM (GMT -6)   
To answer your question about all natural remedies being safe, that depends, some cannot be used in conjunction with others and if you have allergies to ragweed for example, then using chamomile is not a good idea, same with bee products, if you're allergic to bees then be cautious with bee products (propolis, royal jelly, ect)...omegas 3-6-9 are safe in general for everyone unless you have a severe fish allergy maybe...I use omegas 3-6-9 with no problems.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
I have taken Zyflamend, in fact have some in the cupboard. I was looking for something with ginger and tumeric which some people on this forum take and recommend. I don't think it hurt me but as it says on the web-site it is for non-chronic inflammation. Stopped taking it when I went on Methotrexate and am having surgery to remove a stricture which is deep scar tissue and has shown constant inflammation.

55 yr. old F dx. CD 07/07
Was on prednisone for three months but no medication for next 11 months.
 Started weekly methotrexate injections 09/22/08.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 8:04 PM (GMT -6)   
I must add to that i am all about natural things for healing. herbs, or just anything from the earth. but you just have to be careful with everything, and do whatever you feel is right. what does your gut tell you? we are all different. i hope i didn't come off to negative in my earlier post, i've just been through it and todays not been such a good day. best of luck to you

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:04 PM (GMT -6)   
if you want a good source of omega 3s, you're better off using an animal source, like fish oil or krill oil or even grass fed meat. plant based omega 3s are inefficient as the body must transform them into usable forms.

if you want an antioxidant source, eat a more dark fruits and veggies. that is the best way. all pills are isolates and most are synthetics made in labs. they dont have all the phytochemicals and synergistic cofactors yet to be discovered. there is no substitute for the real thing.

non chronic inflammation is acute inflammation and this is good. that means your body is fighting off something, like a cut or sore or some kind of wound that needs healing. chronic inflammation is the bad stuff. that is when bad things happen to the body. both omega 3s and antioxidants can protect you against chronic inflammation. crohn's disease is a chronic inflammation disease, like arthritis.

so based on these assessments, impo, i deem zyflamed an inferior product. i have no doubt it has worked wonders for people, but there are better sources of both omega 3s and antioxidants available than what is reported to be in this product.

natural products do have side effects. cyanide and arsenic are natural but they can kill you. with any natural product, do the research and consult a herbalist or naturopath as it is most likely your regular doc doesnt know anything about this stuff. and if you are taking any meds then you really need to do your research if you thinking of taking any herbs or natural supplements to know if they adversely interfere in any way.
Crazy Harry

Crohn's since 1993 (17 yrs old then)
surgery in July '05 - removal of 2 inches at ileum and 8 inches of sigmoid colon (had fistula into bladder)
Nov '05 developed colonic inertia; July '06 told i needed ostomy surgery
began maker's diet in August '06 - now feeling the best ever with no symptoms of colonic inertia and i kept my colon
med free as of 10/31/07

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:34 PM (GMT -6)   
Natural products can have side effects, not all do, I have no side effects from the chamomile, bee propolis, omegas 3-6-9, vitamin A, C-Calcium ascorbate, oil of oregano (which I use when I feel a cold comming on and it generally stops it in it's tracks)...and they tend to only have side effects if you're allergic to them.

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   Posted 2/18/2009 10:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Like anything you take it just depends. All you can really do is research the product you are taking, make sure it has been tested for impurities and is manufactured in an area that is not questionable, and make sure there are no contraindications with the medication you are currently taking.

Some work and some don't, and some have good effects, others bad, and some none at all.
It's a lot like diet it seems sometimes.
20 years old, Diagnosed with moderate to severe Crohn's and Colitis in May of 2008.
Currently taking:
Prednisone 5 mg, pentasa 2 pills 4x a day, bentyl as needed, omeprazole in the morning, prenatal multivitamin, humira every other week, and good probiotics.
Surgery for ectopic pregnancy most likely the result of severe Crohn's inflammation in July of 2008.
Attempting a diet without refined sugars, high fat content, bleached or bromated flour, most dairy, red meat, and avoiding anything spicy like the plague. Also refuse to eat anything with trans fat or high fructose/corn syrup.
"He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how."

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   Posted 2/19/2009 4:50 AM (GMT -6)   
I always run my supplements by my Pharmacist. He is a very bright young man who has a much better working knowledge of nutrients, supplements and pharmaceuticals than my Doctors do. More time spent in biochemical labs too!
  Never go faster than your guardian angel can fly! Be Patient And Tough, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You I get by with a lotta help from my friends!    
 Crohn's DG 2003 , symptoms included terrible joint and soft tissue pain, just met first cousin who suffers from Reactive Arthritis-explains sooo much. Followed SCD Strictly 2003-06, then modified by adding new things 10-12 days apart to avoid delayed reactions in the form of arthritis symptoms. Scope on 2-5-09 was great! Doc says no symptoms,No scope for 10 years!!!

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