Lupus…

Lupus: Causes, symptoms, and research
Is an autoimmune disorder, in which antibodies mistakenly identify the body’s tissues as foreign substances and attack them, causing inflammation and pain. Lupus is a rare condition. Lupus can affect the joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart, and lungs.

There are two forms of Lupus; DLE discoid lupus erythematosus, and SLE systemic lupus erythematosus. The only symptom for DLE is a scaly red rash – butterfly shaped, which in a different era reminded doctors of a wolf’s face – hence the name lupus, which means “wolf” in Latin. It usually manifests on the face and scalp. It comes and goes but does not pose a serious health threat. The SLE form may also be experienced as a rash and, as well, comes and goes. However, that is as far as the similarity goes. Systemic Lupus affects not just the skin but the entire body. It spreads to the joints and the muscles, creating pain and inflammation similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis. Other symptoms include: low-grade fever that may spike when the disease cycle is at its peak; the result of the pain and fever is fatigue, exhaustion and depression. For some people the symptoms never progress beyond this point. Continued symptoms can include: hair loss, sensitivity to the sun, mouth sores, enlarged lymph nodes, nausea, constipation or diarrhea, recurring bladder infections, and weight loss. The inflammation also can spread to the kidneys, the liver, the heart, or the spleen, creating dangerous and even life-threatening problems.

THE CAUSE – Basically is unknown, but some of the suspects include:

  • Allergic reactions to medications or vaccines.
  • Viruses
  • Bacteria, especially streptococcus
  • Extreme and prolonged emotional or physical stress
  • Use of synthetic hormones
  • Deficiency of certain hormones e.g. DHEA, progesterone, testosterone and growth hormones.
  • Food allergies
  • Poor digestion and detoxification
  • Heavy metal toxicity

It used to be that “Lupus was fatal within a few years,” however, today almost all who suffer with lupus live out a normal lifespan – provided they monitor the symptoms and control any threatening developments.
(information provided by ‘Prescription for Natural Cures’)

“While there’s no cure for lupus, current treatments focus on improving quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. This begins with lifestyle modifications, including sun protection and diet. Further disease management includes medications, such as anti-inflammatories and steroids.” (Mayo Clinic)

TREATMENT – includes a diet change.

  • Also, reduce your exposure to toxins and pesticides.
  • Detoxify to return your body to an alkaline state. Raw vegetables and raw fruits to include citrus (grapefruit, lemon), which are high in fiber and antioxidants, will help counteract inflammation.
  • Essential fatty acids – the good fats can as well reduce inflammation.  Cold-water fish from a clean water source, eaten at least twice a week can aid in this. These include: mackerel, tuna, salmon. and halibut.
  • For joint /cartilage repair, eat foods high in sulfur – onions, garlic, and asparagus.
  • To control bladder issues drink unsweetened natural cranberry juice every day.
  • For bone loss – increase the intake of calcium with plenty of green leafy vegetables.
  • Drink a glass of clean water every two hours to keep your joints lubricated and maintain the proper levels of joint fluid.

Essential vitamins to be added to the diet include – Vitamin D for those who show sensitivity to the sun, Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Plants and Herbs that help include: Curcumin, Ginkgo, and Pine Bark Extract (reduces oxidative stress). DHEA – 25-200 mg daily

FOODS/PLANTS TO AVOID

  • Saturated fats,hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats, (animal meats, greasy fried foods)
  • Acidic food to include: eggs, sugar, refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine. (These all damage the immune system, leaving you more susceptible to infection and illness)
  • Wheat and wheat products
  • Never drink tap water – drink only purified water
  • Restrict salt intake
  •  Alfalfa plants, Echinacea, Thunder God Vine. These are considered to be toxic.

Other things you can do with any autoimmune disorder –

  • Is to practice regular juice fasts for 3 days, once a month. Support this fast with plenty of green drinks and cleansing herbal teas.
  • Massage in the form of acupressure – firm acupressure at the appropriate points of pain at least 2 to 3 times per day for several months to see results. Sometimes it can take longer than that.
  • Reflexology is also good.
  • Hydrotherapy – a hot bath with Epsom salts will temporarily reduce pain and draw toxins away from your joints and muscles.
  • Aromatherapy: oils to use lavender, rose, jasmine, and geranium. Black pepper and ginger encourage blood flow. A few drops of black pepper and ginger added to a carrier oil and rubbed onto your abdomen will help relieve constipation. To detoxify add  lemon balm or juniper to your hot bath.

More recommendations – 

  • Avoid bright sunlight especially in the warm months. Wear a hat and protective clothing as your skin may be sensitive to some sunscreens.
  • Exercise – walk
  • Light massage therapy
  • Chinese herbal therapy (this will be one you will have to research)

“Lupus is a complex disease with varying manifestations. Some people have many symptoms, some have only a few. Some symptoms are severe, while some are mild. Both genetic (inherited) and environmental factors influence the development and severity of lupus symptoms. Because of these characteristics, doctors sometimes have difficulty in correctly diagnosing lupus.” (LifeExtension)

As with all of my blogs. They have been thoroughly researched. However, you can do your own research in conjunction with your particular issues. Always consult a reputable doctor who specializes in the field of your problems.

GOD BLESS – HE CREATED OUR BODY, HE CAN HEAL OUR BODY. However, he may need some help from us, since we are the ones who have destroyed our body’s.

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