Part 2: Why Is the Medical Community Confounded Over the Sudden Surge of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in Children?
As we discovered last week, Canadian doctors have noted that the rates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in young children have grown exponentially. Researchers suspect that a combination of factors could be to blame, including diet, genetics, environment, impaired immune response, and low vitamin D. Dr. Eric Benchimol, a pediatric gastroenterologist at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, commented, "You speak to some of the older doctors who have been practicing for 20 or 30 years, they almost never saw children under five (diagnosed). Now it’s almost a regular occurrence."
If researchers can agree that environmental factors contribute to IBD, they should be willing to look at all environmental factors--including those promoted by the medical community.
A 2012 study published in Pediatrics followed children from aprx age 2 to age 19 and tracked their prescribed antibiotics. These children had no history of IBD, but there was an 84% risk increase for developing it. The younger the child's age, the greater the risk--the average risk increase per course of antibiotics was 6%, and also compounded when multiple antibiotics were given at once.
There have also been some studies examining the link between vaccines and IBD. Aretracted Lancet study noted that in 8 of the 12 children studied, parents noticed behavioural changes following MMR vaccines. All 12 of the children developed intestinal abnormalities.
Digestive Diseases and Sciences released a study noting that the measles virus may be present in the intestine of patients with Chron's disease. In the study, while those with Chron's disease had a wild strain of measles virus, those who had ulcerative colitis, as well as those who had autism, had vaccine measles strains.
While IBD is devastating, diligence can curb the risk. Be aware of antibiotics, vaccines, and GMO foods, as they can all affect the gut. For extra security, consider our Laktokhan Probiotic and our Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme. Laktokhan is blister packed, shelf stable, and only feeds good bacteria. Full Spectrum Digestive Enzyme is great for promoting digestion, with ox bile, papain, and kale.
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