Repair Your Immune System to Heal Lupus
What is Lupus?
What do Luisa May Alcott, Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, Ferdinand Marcos, Tim Raines, and Lucy-in-the-sky-with-diamonds have in common? All are reported to have suffered with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, also known as “Lupus” or SLE.
SLE can affect the heart, joints, skin, lungs, blood vessels, liver, kidneys and nervous system. The autoimmune disease is variable and unpredictable, often having periods of illness called flares, alternating with remissions. It is nine times more common in women than in men, and especially affects women in child-bearing years between the ages 15 to 35. Also, it is more common in people of non-European descent.
The disease is so variable because it is a condition of the immune system where antibodies are made against your own proteins, causing inflammation. It most often affects the joints, causing a painful arthritis. About half get skin problems, such as the characteristic “butterfly rash” on the face due to exposure to ultraviolet light. Fatigue and muscle pains are also common.
The antibodies attack the cell nucleus, most often the fibroblasts that make connective tissue. This is the tissue that holds the body together. For this reason, lupus can strike anywhere in the body.
How is Lupus Diagnosed?
Lupus can be brought on by:
- Food sensitivities
- Toxin exposures
- Other, unknown causes
The lupus diagnosis is very difficult because so many people suffer for years not knowing what they have. The tests that best characterize the symptoms are not exclusive to Lupus. The Lupus tests that should be done include:
- ANA (anti-nuclear antibody)
- Anti-DS DNA (antibodies against DNA)
- Anti-Smith (antibodies against nuclear proteins)
These tests, along with the characteristic rash on the face will detect about 92% of cases.
Natural Lupus Treatment Program
Loren came to see me in her 40s. She had suffered with rashes, all over pain , fatigue, mouth sores and arthritis for over ten years. She was unable to take care of her children and required help in the home. Worst of all, she was unable to predict when she would be functional.
She had been diagnosed with Lupus several years before, and had tried medications to suppress the immune system and relieve the pain. These helped a little, but she was still fatigued much of the time. She had difficulty sleeping, and was still in pain most of the time.
She was told she was incurable and could get kidney failure, psychosis, heart failure, restrictions of the lungs and many other manifestations. Of course, with several young children she was always fearful of these things.
Systemic Lupus has been characterized as an incurable illness, as with all autoimmune diseases, but in the 21st Century we have come a long way. There are no medicines to cure Lupus, but there is a healing program that works well for most cases.
The foundation of this program requires repairing the digestive system. Over three-fourths of our immune system comes from the intestines. It is an extremely complex and fascinating system of our own cells, bacteria, yeast, parasites, food, hormones and tissues that help our immune system to be able to distinguish “self” from “not self.”
It seems simple, but all organisms use the same proteins to function on a cellular level, while these proteins all have to work the same, they all are different, and the immune system has to be able to know the difference! When it doesn’t, we get diseases like Lupus.
How can we reprogram the immune system to work right?
The answer is in the bacteria of the intestines. We need the right mix of bacteria that produce certain organic acids that allow the immune system to function properly. In this case, “YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT!”
Every time you eat, you are feeding bacteria, the ones you feed the most are going to grow, whereas the ones you feed the least are going to diminish or die.
The healing program is simple: Change your diet. Change your life.