Crohn’s Disease and Antibiotics

Question

My wife has been on Crohn’s Disease and has been on Doxycycline. Do you have any other suggestions?

Answer

The tetracyclines are wonderful for autoimmune disorders. When you have things like Crohn’s Disease, chemicals that act as tumor necrotic factor alpha antagonists, like Doxycycline, it will cause the inflammation to diminish. Not because it is an antibiotic, but because it is also an anti-inflammatory.

There are a couple of other things you can do as well. Look for other TNF-A ant-agonists. The best of which is curcumin. I would not necessarily go to the box stores because the products there are not usually high quality.

A good quality curcumin dosage, 500-700 mg twice daily, will settle down many autoimmune disorders.

What else does curcumin do? It reduces your risk of breast cancer to men and women. What is the problem with curcumin? It stains, so if you put the capsules in your pocket between doses, you can expect to have a yellow pocket and it is not going to come out.

What else do you want to do with Crohn’s disease? “Topical CLA.” How do you get a topical agent to the colon? You take it by mouth. When something does not get absorbed, it will act topically. A thousand milligrams, three times daily, is the proper CLA dosage for this issue.

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David S Klein, MD

David S. Klein, MD, FACA, FACPM was born in Washington, DC, and was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He completed his undergraduate education at the University of Maryland with degrees in Chemistry and Psychology. Medical School was completed at the University of Maryland at Baltimore, followed by Internship in General Surgery at the University of North Carolina and Residency in Anesthesiology at the Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Dr Klein has been practicing medicine since 1983, concentrating in Pain Medicine, Minimally Invasive Medicine and Surgery, and Neuroendocrinology. Earning Board Certification in Anesthesiology, Dr. Klein was elected Fellow in the American College of Anesthesiology, and he was elected Fellow in the American College of Pain Medicine. He is currently an adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Central Florida, School of Medicine. He has focused his private practice on treating patients with hormone imbalance issues, nutritional deficiency related medical problems as well as pain related issues and impairment. With a highly-complex, CLIA licensed laboratory in-house, he has been able to provide rapid-turn around analysis efficiently and cost-effectively. Lecturing extensively nationally as well as internationally, Dr. Klein has authored many articles on topics relating to pain, injury and nutritionally modulated illness. His radio show, “Pain Free Living,” received top ratings during the 6 years it was on the air. Currently practicing in Longwood, Florida, Dr. Klein practices entirely in the office setting.

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