Colon Health - Pre and Non Cancerous Colon Conditions

The Grace Gawler Institute is a not-for-profit health promotion organisation.
Our Work encompasses more than Cancer Survivorship: As well as working with cancer patients, we also work within the wider community promoting health, well-being and cancer prevention, via lifestyle changes.

Colon Health: We are aware that many patients with various noncancerous colon conditions are suffering in silence or are unable to obtain an adequate diagnosis. Some of these patients may go on to develop colon cancer or other associated health conditions. The aim of this page is to bring attention to this issue and encourage patients to be proactive and tenacious in their search for an accurate diagnosis and treatment.

Grace Gawler says, “A speciality that has developed from my own experience with multiple non cancerous colon surgeries; enables me to be an effective resource for patients with pre & non-cancerous bowel conditions.”

I invite you to check out my interview on BBC, Bristol, UK, on our podcast  Navigating the Cancer Maze Australia for my own success story or read my eBook.
Patient Story: Listen to Angela’s remarkable story and how she was able to reverse a diagnosis of multiple polyps without succumbing to surgery. Angela’s dedicated adherence to a complementary medicine protocol led to her success which has been verified by annual follow-up colonoscopies.  Click Here for Interview 

Health Promotion and Cancer Prevention:

We recommend you be proactive if you have been diagnosed with a non-cancerous colon condition such as…

Diverticulosis
Crohn’s Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Irritable Bowel Dysfunction (IBD)
Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
Haemorroids & Constipation
Bowel Incontinence
Colostomy & Ileostomy

Don’t suffer in Silence! Prioritise your health today and make an enquiry via our contact page. 

Read on for more noncancerous colon conditions…

Diverticular Disease: Most times Diverticulosis has no symptoms. It is usually discovered during a routine colonoscopy or radiographic examination.  CAUSE – diverticular disease: Experts believe that multiple genetic and environmental factors likely contribute to the development of diverticulosis.

Diverticular disease has two distinct phases — a/ diverticulosis and b/ diverticulitis

Diverticulosis Solutions

The first phase means that you‘ve already acquired one diverticulum (singular) or several diverticula (plural) inside your large intestine. It is commonly found in the lower colon.

Diverticulosis can become diverticulitis — when one or more diverticula, become inflamed and possibly infected. 

Diverticulitis: Abdominal pain is the most common symptom of diverticulitis. It will mostly likely occur in the lower left side of your abdomen. But it can also develop in the right side of your abdomen.

Diverticulitis happens when diverticula become inflamed and in some cases infected. This can occur when faeces or partially digested food blocks the opening of the diverticula. A large cohort study found that people who follow a diet that’s rich in these foods are more likely to develop diverticulitis than people who eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.  Note – Diet can play a role in managing diverticulitis and your overall digestive health

During an acute attack of diverticulitis, your doctor might encourage you to reduce your fibre intake for a while. They might advise you to avoid solid foods altogether and stick to a clear-liquid diet for a few days. This can give your digestive system a chance to rest.

Get expert advice from a gastroenterologist if you continue to have bouts of diverticulitis as the condition can become serious. 
Read More about High-fibre Diet and Colonic Diverticulosis

Ulcerative Colitis

Crohns Ulcerative Colitis Grace Gawler InstituteUlcerative Colitis: Ulcerative colitis (UC) is limited to the large colon. The rectum is always involved in ulcerative colitis, and the disease primarily involves continuous lesions of the mucosa and the submucosa.
Crohn’s disease (CD) can involve any segment of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract from the mouth to the anus, involves “skip lesions,” (patchy areas of inflammation) and occurs across the entire wall of the intestine. Both ulcerative colitis and Crohn disease usually have waxing and waning intensity and severity. 

When the patient is symptomatic due to active inflammation, the disease is considered to be in an active stage, that is the patient is having a flare.

Significant help is now available for patients with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. In the past, surgery and pharmaceutical medications were the only option. The Grace Gawler institute can assist via the latest nutritional Gene Testing. As well, we can provide immune-based information along with functional food supplements and dietary advice for your condition and stage. We have connections with some of the world leaders in this specialized area of medicine should you need an ongoing referral.
We advise you to Seek Help – monitoring and good management is imperative.

Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)

FAP Grace Gawler InstituteFamilial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) – is an inherited condition in which numerous adenomatous polyps form mainly in the epithelium of the large intestine.

The average age for polyps to develop in people with FAP is in the mid-teens.
Most people with FAP will have multiple colon polyps by age 35.

While these polyps begin as benign, malignant transformation into colon cancer may occur when untreated. From early adolescence, patients with this often silent condition can develop hundreds, even thousands of colon polyps.  

Familial adenomatous polyposis can have different inheritance patterns and different genetic causes. When this condition results from mutations in the APC gene, it is inherited in an autosomal dominant pattern, which means one copy of the altered gene is sufficient to cause the disorder.

The incidence of malignancy in these cases approaches 100%. In most cases, an affected person has one parent with the condition – experts must be involved. Constant monitoring, case management and scientific evidence based complementary therapies that are personalised for the patient, can greatly assist. 
Listen to interview with Grace’s patient, Angela, discussing her FAP and successful recovery. (Angela is still clear March 2021) Click Here

NOTE: Not all polyps are caused by the FAP inherited gene. However polyps can become malignant regardless.

Haemorroids & Constipation:

Haemorroids & Constipation: Constipation refers to bowel movements that are infrequent or hard to pass. Constipation is a common cause of painful defecation. Severe constipation includes obstipation (failure to pass stools or gas) and fecal impaction, which can progress to bowel obstruction and become life-threatening.

Constipation & Haemarroids Grace Gawler Institute
Constipation & Haemarroids

Constipation has many causes so an individualised thorough diagnostic workup including taking a detailed case history is imperative to find the cause (s) which can range from dietary, mechanical nerve damage to colon or rectum, including after childbirth, genetic, emotional & psychological, pharmaceutically induced constipation (eg from taking opiates), dehydration, plus many more causes.

Haemorroids & Constipation: Constipation underlies many other conditions including colon and rectal cancer. Constipation in cancer patients is always important to treat and resolve because it can cause pain which may be mistaken for cancer progression. Constipation can often cause haemorrhoids and other colon conditions. Colon and rectal tumours can also cause interruption to faecal flow and this possibility should always be investigated in any person who complains of constipation.

Evidence indicates that dysbiosis of gut microbiota may contribute to functional constipation and constipationtype irritable bowel syndrome. Researchers now know there is  strong association of constipation with the gut microbiome.
Restoration of a patient’s healthy gut microbiome may relieve constipation. We recommend safe to take, LACTIS, a Japanese functional food, scroll page for more info.

Colon incontinence (faecal incontinence)

Colon incontinence (faecal incontinence) is the unintentional loss of stool (faeces) or gas (flatus). In other words you have no control over your bowel motions. It is often due to a failure of one or more of the components that allow the body to control the evacuation of faeces.

Faecal Incontinence Grace Gawler Institute

Once again there are many causes so an individualised thorough diagnostic workup including taking a detailed case history is imperative to find the cause(s) which can range from dietary, mechanical damage (eg from difficult childbirth), or surgical procedures – nerve damage to colon or rectum.

Incontinence can also be caused by a prolapse of internal organs and pressure. An accurate diagnosis and cause is essential. Anal operations or traumatic injury to the tissue surrounding the anal region similarly can damage the anal muscles and hinder bowel control.

A minor bowel control problem in a younger person may become more significant later in life when anal muscles lose their tone. 

Mild problems may be treated with simple dietary changes. Faecal incontinence has an impact on all aspects of peoples’ lives, and not just physical and mental health, but also personal, social and professional life.

Dietary advice must be tailored to address the underlying cause or it may be ineffective or counter productive. In people with diarrhoea, treatment of diarrhoea or a reduction of the cause of diarrhoea e.g. lactose intolerance, is is important. Surgery may be carried out if needed and there are many surgical options. 

Diseases which cause inflammation in the rectum, such as colitis, may contribute to anal control problems. Treating these diseases also may eliminate or improve symptoms of incontinence. Sometimes a change in prescribed medications may help.

The Grace Gawler Institute can refer for advice regarding medical procedures for colon incontinence. We can provide you with resources and in difficult cases refer you to overseas specialists for an opinion. Once again don’t suffer in silence! Find the cause and restore normalcy to your life – Contact Grace for a video call.

 

Getting Personal - Grace Gawler shares her story

Colostomy & Ileostomy: My journey in to the world of colon dysfunction began in 1997 when rectal nerve damage from a hysterectomy left me with rectal paralysis. This paralysis resulted in massive impaction of my colon. I was unable to defecate.

Overnight I went from a person with a normally functioning healthy colon to a person with a substantial disability. Over several years, further surgeries had to be performed to remove expanded and damaged portions my impacted colon, but of course, the paralysis remained. During that time 5 feet of my large colon and 5 feet of my small colon, was surgically removed.

I received several ileostomy and colostomy procedures which were to provide relief, however leaking ileostomies caused severe pain and deep burns around the stoma and on my abdomen. My life quality plummeted and I decided I could not live this way. I intensively researched nursing care journals to find solutions to multitude of problems I was encountering, whilst researching medical journals for solutions to sacral nerve damage.

The Grace Gawler InstituteIn late 2002, my search led me to Rotterdam in The Netherlands. I connected with some colleagues who in turn connected me with the author of a journal paper on sacral-neuromodulation.

The story is reproduced in other parts of this website and is featured in my autobiography Grace, Grit and Gratitude.

“A benchmark for women’s greatness, Grace Gawler’s epic journey will inspire, evenwhile your tears and laughter flow.”

The outcome; I no longer have an ileostomy or colostomy due to an implanted modulating device that provides an artificial nerve stimulus to my rectum, similar to way a pacemaker provides stimulation to the heart, with the difference that I could control my electrical pulses by using an external mouse to elevate or reduce electrical conductivity.

The device pumping at 6 volts enabled me to return to colon normalcy. Due to the intensity of the stimulation, I am pleased to report that although it has taken almost 20 years and many replacement devices ( the battery loses charge and the whole device must be replaced) that I have since experience some nerve regeneration.

However, after all that came a visit from breast cancer, possibly related to the long years of colon dysfunction and all that goes with it. But that is another story!

Discoveries made throughout my ileostomy/colostomy and surgeries; has given me an in-depth appreciation of how to help others to more effectively navigate the colon care and colon treatment maze.

Grace explains the difference between ileostomy and colostomy

Ileostomy: When an ileostomy is performed, a portion of the small intestine is diverted to an opening placed in the upper abdominal wall. Most often, an ileostomy may be deemed necessary for those with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as Familial Polyposis. Ileostomy can be prescribed temporarily to rest the colon for a period of time, or it can be permanent.
Ileostomies require specialised, practical management including electrolyte management and intensive dietary advice many dietary. Extra care and specialist help needs to be taken if you are a cancer patient with an ileostomy. I hope there has been improvement in patient education since my earlier experiences.

Colostomy:

With a colostomy, a portion of the large colon is diverted to an opening placed in the lower abdominal wall. Most often, a colostomy is necessary with certain lower bowel diseases. You may have a temporary colostomy to rest a section of colon. This can be reversed after a period of time. For some patients, a segment of your colon may be surgically removed or bypassed and the colostomy may be permanent.

Ileostomy and Colostomy Grace Gawler Institute

We've explored colon conditions. Now it's time to be proactive!

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LACTIS contains fermented metabolites of  16 strains of Lactobacillus. These metabolites, called abiotics, importantly are not live bacteria as found in probiotics. LACTIS is therefore a safer and more effective alternative to probiotics.

Grace Gawler: “As a result of numerous colon surgeries that resulted in part removal of small and large colon has compromised my ability to metabolise nutrients from many foods. This has been further complicated by extended periods taking antibiotics damaging my gut microbiome. Since taking LACTIS I have experienced a phenomenal improvement in both absorption and function. 

Pip Cornall –  “Since taking LACTIS  my digestion has improved. My bowel motions are more regular and functional. Food now tastes amazing and my persistent reflux has gone.  After 2 years taking LACTIS I am committed to continue.

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“After taking LACTIS, my bowel function improved, I have a lot less gas. Oddly I am selecting different foods from a wider range of food groups – foods I have not eaten for years. These dietary changes have positively contributed to my general health.”

” LACTIS enables me to think more clearly and I am less foggy headed after chemo.”
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Dr Shinya recommends LACTIS for Colon Health

Dr Hiromi Shinya, MD, P.C.(Albert Einstein College of medicine), Prof USA. Gastroenterologist.
World pioneer of Colon Diagnostics and Treatment. Inventor of the Snare Polypectomy.

“I have performed endoscopic examinations of the stomach and intestines of 300,000 people in the USA and Japan. From this abundant clinical experience, it is possible to understand that there is a close relationship between the environment in the intestines and the health of the whole body.
Once intestinal function is impaired, intestinal putrefaction sets in and toxins thus generated are absorbed from the gut into the bloodstream, to be transported throughout the body.
An abnormal intestinal environment is a major reason for health failure. Intestinal maintenance is very important from a health point of view.
I am impressed with B & S Corporation’s LAB fermentation technology and products and I am providing B & S with advice with the hope that their products and technology will provide health benefits for many people.”
Hiromi Shinya endorses and recommends drinking cultured Lactobacillus extract – LACTIS.  See video at…

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