Hello, I’m Grace Gawler. I’ve worked as a complementary therapist dealing largely with cancer for 4+ decades.
HOWEVER – I have helped many patients with pre & non-cancerous diseases achieve successful outcomes.
You can listen (here) for my patient Angela’s remarkable success story
You can listen (here) for my own success story as a recipient of 22 non cancerous colon surgeries.
Non Cancerous Colon Diseases:
- Crohn’s Disease & Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) & Irritable Bowel Dysfunction (IBD)
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
- Haemorroids & Constipation
- Bowel Incontinence
- Colostomy & Ileostomy
1. Diverticular Disease
Most times Diverticulosis has no symptoms. It is usually discovered during a routine colonoscopy or radiographic examination. Diverticular disease has two distinct phases — a/ diverticulosis and b/ diverticulitis
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.
If you have diverticular disease – we may recommend you to have surgery, dietary manipulation and an increase in dietary fibre along with antibiotics. For example, did you know that a high fibre diet often prescribed to treat diverticular disease can be a cause of diverticulosis? As well, high fibre can make symptoms and related complications worse.
All bowel diseases must be worked with individually – there is no one size fits all. We have the latest information that can help you manage and that is verified by world experts in colo-rectal diseases.
2. IBS (IBD) or Ulcerative Colitis or Crohn’s Disease:
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a disease caused by a dysregulated immune response to host intestinal microflora. The 2 major types of IBD are a/ ulcerative colitis (UC), which is limited to the colon, and b/ Crohn disease (CD), which 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. There is a genetic predisposition for IBD. Patients with this condition are more prone to the development of malignancy.
The rectum is always involved in ulcerative colitis, and the disease primarily involves continuous lesions of the mucosa and the submucosa. 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 up of the IBD.
Significant help is now available for patients with UC and IBD. In the past surgery and heavy medication was the only option. We can assist with the latest nutritional and immune-based information and individually prescribed supplements 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.
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3. Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) is an inherited condition in which numerous adenomatous polyps form mainly in the epithelium of the large intestine.
While these polyps start out benign, malignant transformation into colon cancer occurs when left untreated.
From early adolescence, patients with this condition gradually (and much of the time ‘silently’) develop hundreds to thousands of colorectal polyps (and sometimes polyps elsewhere)—small abnormalities at the surface of the intestinal tract, especially in the large intestine including the colon or rectum.
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.
This condition must have experts involved. Constant monitoring, case management and scientific evidence – based complementary therapies that are personalised for the patient, can greatly assist.
4. 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 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, genetic, emotional & psychological, pharmaceutically induced constipation (eg from taking opiates), dehydration plus many more causes,
Constipation underlies many other conditions including of bowel and rectal cancer. Constipation in cancer patients is important to treat and resolve. Constipation can often cause haemorrhoids and other colon conditions. Bowel and rectal tumours can also cause interruption to faecal flow and this possibility should always be investigated in any person who complains of constipation.
5. Bowel incontinence (faecal incontinence)
Bowel or 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, when it is socially appropriate.
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.
Some individuals experience loss of strength in the anal muscles as they age. As a result, a minor control problem in a younger person may become more significant later in life. Mild problems may be treated very simply with dietary changes and the use of some constipating medications.
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.
This embarrassing problem has been previously difficult to treat as mostly the cause is some type of nerve damage.
The remedy after all other methods have failed is a surgical procedure involving implanting a small pacemaker like device that assists the nerves to control the anal sphincter is available. The Grace Gawler Institute can refer and advise you about this procedure. We have audio material available as well as overseas specialists who can help in particularly difficult cases.
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6. Colostomy & Ileostomy:
My Surgical Bowel Rearrangements
Having had many ileostomies and colostomies myself as a result of rectal nerve damage from a surgical procedure – I found myself having to intensively research nursing care journals to find solutions to multitude of problems I was encountering.
NOTE: These problems were not mentioned to me by my surgeons, ostomy-care, dieticians or gastroenterologists; yet they were significant – very significant issues .
Consequently; my personal experience and the material I discovered throughout my ileostomy/colostomy and surgeries (now 22 surgical procedures since 1997); has given me an in depth appreciation of how to help others more effectively navigate the colon care and treatment maze.
With an ileostomy, a portion of the small intestine is diverted to an opening placed in the abdominal wall.
Most often, an ileostomy may be deemed necessary for those with IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), which includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis as well as Familial Polyposis. can be permanent or temporary.
Ileostomies require a good deal of practical management including electrolytes and many dietary amendments. Extra care needs to be taken if you are cancer patients with an ileostomy
Colostomy: With a colostomy, a portion of the large intestine is diverted to an opening placed in the abdominal wall.
Most often, a colostomy is necessary with certain lower bowel diseases. You may have a temporary colostomy, which can be reversed later, or part of your bowels may be permanently removed.
TODAY – I no longer have an ileostomy or colostomy since undergoing a procedure from an experimental colorectal surgical team in the Netherlands in 2002 – 2003.
As a result I became a world first successful bionic device recipient for my condition – is best described as a paralysed rectum.
The result of this paralysis was massive impaction of my colon and I had many surgeries to remove expanded and damaged portions of colon.
Eventually I had 5 feet of large colon and 5 feet of small colon surgically removed.
I live with an implanted neuro-stimulating device. I no longer have ostomies but as a bionic woman – I run at 6 volts 24-7 which provides me with rectal and therefore bowel function.
Please contact me for an assessment and guidance re how to make adjustments and manage both colostomies and ileostomies
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