Pediatric Crohn's Disease
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. It can be characterized by pain, discomfort upon eating, swollen and hardness or tenderness in the abdomen, chronic diarrhea with sometimes blood or fever. In children, it can delay certain growth markers like height, puberty, and may cause malnutrition; due to lack of absorption from food.
What causes Pediatric Crohn’s disease?
In Shonali’s opinion, incorrect foods of the mother during pregnancy or pre-pregnancy years; has a lot to do with the progression of gut issues, leading up to Pediatric Crohn’s disease.
How does Shonali help?
On a Pediatric Crohn’s Disease diet, Shonali’s approach is to first put you through a regimen of absorption; since most children in this condition have stopped absorbing nutrients from their food. Her approach relies on the tenets of Macrobiotic philosophy: using the oriental system of ‘facial diagnosis,’ and touch meridian diagnosis (if needed) to analyze the strength and health of your organs. Her framework (like Ayurveda) relies on using the foundation of analyzing your constitution (that which you were born with: blueprint from your parents) and condition (that which you have created growing up). Macrobiotic philosophy uses the ‘yin’ and ‘yang’ elements of ‘energy’ or ‘prana’ to help her diagnose everything you are or do. This is her training and USP and how she actually zeroes in on your diagnosis and further prognosis.
She uses the food tools and the principles of the Macrobiotic approach to aim at: strengthening your gut, detoxify you of all the accumulated toxins (‘ama’ in Ayurveda plus any accumulation of bad gut bacteria causing ‘dysbiosis’ i.e., when bad bacteria outweigh the beneficial ones) and balance the body’s pH. Her approach is to make you identify the toxins you are consuming from foods, the environment and your lifestyle; and get rid of them. Plus bring in food-elements to clean up your gut to help you detoxify. She then layers this with the use of holistic natural everyday foods; using her knowledge of balancing the ‘foods’ and ‘cooking styles’ used to give you the required strength to overcome your ailment and encourage balance. Post which she starts building you up first by cleansing the gut, using foods and then by strengthening the gut introducing foods that will start the gut repair process. She balances the use of fiber from foods in such a way that it does not trigger the condition.
Shonali is based in Mumbai, but is practicing online in over 20 countries. She is the only one who works with you, and there are no assistants or other nutritionists between you and her. She conducts her own follow ups and meetings personally; as she believes turning your health condition around is a ‘personal’ business; and only she has been trained to diagnose your condition and monitor the progress one-on-one. The macrobiotic approach is integrative, alternative and comes under the branch of lifestyle medicine, using foods as medicine to reverse and cure your health ailment/disease.