Dangers of Diverticulitis

9397293_lBy Sherry Brescia

Even if you don’t have diverticulitis, you should still read this. Since 3 out of 4 people will develop diverticulosis by age 60 (which can turn into diverticulitis at the drop of a hat), it is more prevalent than you might think.

 

The dangers of diverticulitis by itself

Diverticulitis (inflamed “pockets” in your intestines) is not something to take lightly. Besides being excruciatingly painful (said to be worse than childbirth or kidney stones), complications of diverticulitis can include:

Rectal bleeding

– An abscess that can harm healthy tissues

Blockages caused by scarring in the small or large intestine. When this occurs, wastes can’t move through your intestines like they should. If an area of the intestines becomes completely blocked, emergency surgery is necessary.

Peritonitiswhen an inflamed “pocket” ruptures, spilling your intestinal contents into the abdomen and causing inflammation of the abdominal cavity (peritoneum). Peritonitis can be life-threatening and requires immediate care.  peritonitis

Fistulas – when inflamed tissues stick to other nearby tissues and heal in that position. With diverticulitis, inflamed colon tissue can stick to your bladder, small intestine or skin. In this case, a “bridge” is formed through which bacteria and toxins can travel from your colon to the other organs. When a fistula is formed between the colon and the bladder, for example, it can cause chronic bladder infections (and feces coming out the “pathway” where your urine usually does).

As if those aren’t bad enough, then there are the dangers of diverticulitis treatment:

The dangers of one diverticulitis treatment

The standard treatment for diverticulitis is some hefty antibiotics to fight the infection in the intestinal “pockets” that have formed (known as diverticula).

One of the commonly prescribed antibiotics for diverticulitis attacks is Levaquin. What many unsuspecting people in writhing pain from diverticulitis don’t know is that Levaquin contains a “black box” FDA warning.

Black box warnings are the most serious level of FDA warnings and they usually precede an actual recall. They indicate that a drug may cause some irreversible, severe and/or potentially fatal side effects.

The possible side effects from Levaquin include:

* Acute pancreatitis (inflammation of the pancreas)
* Fatal hypoglycemia (low blood sugar)
* Kidney damage
* Liver failure or injury
* Peripheral neuropathy (numbness and pain in your hands and feet)
* Rhabdomyolysis (severe muscle pain with breakdown of muscle cells)
* Severe central nervous system (CNS) disorders
* Spontaneous tendon ruptures
* Tendonitis and other tendon injuries
* Toxic epidermal necrosis (a life-threatening skin disorder that is characterized by detachment of the epidermis and mucous membranes.
* Various vision problems, including irreversible double vision, loss of vision and/or loss of color vision

Patients who suffer any severe Levaquin side effects will require emergency medical attention and, in most cases, long-term care to save their lives.

In addition, any antibiotics will cause harmful bacteria overgrowth in your gut, which will make it far more likely that your diverticula pockets will again become infected and bring you back to square one with a new attack.

The ray of sunshine

The bright side of all of this is that, while antibiotics are the most common answer for diverticulitis, they are not the only answer.

There’s something far more effective. It’s called prevention.
The key to preventing diverticulitis attacks is to stop making your body such a perfect environment for one to occur. There are two simple steps you can take:

  1. Take a pharmaceutical-grade probiotic. Possibly the most important supplement in existence, it will balance the bacteria in your gut, where about 80% of your immune system resides and help to keep diverticula from getting infected. No infections mean no diverticulitis.

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  1. Alkalize your system. Your body works best when you maintain a blood pH that’s slightly alkaline at 7.365. But certain foods and food combinations can upset this important chemical balance and lead to a dangerous chemical condition in your body – a state of acidity.

A state of acidity is accumulated acid (the by-product of your body’s digestion of foods and cell metabolism) in amounts greater than what you can eliminate through your bowels, bladder, lungs and skin.

In blunt terms, you become like a backed-up sewer.

Certain foods and combinations of foods encourage acidity. They are considered “acid-forming”–meaning their residue after digestion has a pH less than 7. They add to the backload of acid that your body has to eliminate.

Since a diet of low-fiber and acid-forming, hard-to-digest foods are common causes or factors in the development of diverticulosis (which leads to diverticulitis), many people have experienced significant decreases in diverticulitis attacks and pain by and eating more high fiber, alkaline foods and easier to digest meals.

When your stomach can easily and efficiently break down your foods, the likelihood of poor digestion, constipation, straining of the colon and the resulting diverticula formation is reduced.

In addition, efficient elimination of wastes makes it less likely that any existing diverticula you may already have become infected and lead to a diverticulitis attack.

You weigh the options

You can stop diverticulitis before it occurs, and live to tell about it. Just because many others gets diverticular disease doesn’t mean that you have to.

So what would you rather do? Take a risk that you might die from your next diverticulitis attack, or make some alterations to your diet to help prevent another one from ever occurring?

I hope you choose the second option.
When you have efficient digestion and thorough waste elimination, your intestines are cleaner and you are FAR less likely to form diverticula or have an infection fester.

And the best part is, eating right does not have to mean eating bland, boring foods. You’ll still be able to eat foods you love and keep your system running smoothly.

Don’t accept diverticular disease or any other sickness as unavoidable or as your destiny. Remember, it was very rare before 1900. You can make it rare for you today.

Take a proactive role in your health and you’ll stay energetic and pain-free into your 80s and beyond.

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