Ask Dr. Oz: Crohn's Disease

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Posted on September 16, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Audience member Jay informs Dr. Oz that he has Crohn’s disease (chronic inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, linked to a problem with the body’s immune system response.)

Jay tells Dr. Oz that he has had two Crohn’s flare-ups in the past year, whereas previously, Jay didn’t have a flare-up for six years.  Jay asks Dr. Oz what he should or should not do to correct this issue.

Dr. Oz explains that the medical world is not sure why Crohn’s happens, but they think it might be related to an infection in the intestines that is so subtle, it flairs up when the intestines are already bombarded by other factors that are stressing them.  Dr. Oz explains that the stomach is a huge nerve center with a large amount of serotonin (neurotransmitters that regulate intestinal movements and regulation of food, appetite, sleep, muscle contraction, and other cognitive functions, including memory and sleep.)

Dr. Oz believes that a cure for this might possibly be found in our lifetime, but in the meantime, he recommends attempting to regulate this stress with a form of meditation.

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