Izzy Camilleri and Izzy’s Eating Plan is helping to raise awareness and funds for people living with Crohn’s and Colitis across North America. 1 in 150 Canadians and 1 in 200 Americans are afflicted with this chronic disease.
A portion of proceeds from every sale of the e-book will be donated to Crohn’s and Colitis Canada and Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation USA.
WHAT ARE CROHN’S AND COLITIS?
Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis are diseases that inflame the lining of the GI (gastrointestinal) tract and disrupt your body's ability to digest food, absorb nutrition and eliminate waste in a healthy manner.
As a result, you might have any of the following symptoms: abdominal pain, cramping, gas, bloating, fatigue, diarrhea (possibly bloody) and loss of appetite.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) describes a group of conditions. The two main forms of IBD are Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. People have one disease or the other but not both. IBD also includes indeterminate colitis.
With Crohn's disease, inflammation can occur anywhere in the GI tract but is usually present in the lower part of the small bowel and the colon. Patches of inflammation occur between healthy portions of the gut, and can penetrate the intestinal layers from inner to outer lining. Learn more about Crohn's disease.
Ulcerative colitis only affects portions of the large intestine, including the rectum and anus and typically only inflames the innermost lining of bowel tissue. It almost always starts at the rectum, extending upwards in a continuous manner through the colon. Ulcerative colitis can be controlled with medication and, in severe cases, can even "be cured" by surgically removing the entire large intestine. Learn more about ulcerative colitis.
Indeterminate colitis is a term used when it is unclear if the inflammation is due to Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.