Behcet's Disease is a rare disease that normally attacks young adults. An autoimmune response causes the immune system to start attacking the body; the cause is still unknown. Vasculitis (inflamed blood vessels) is the primary cause of the swelling and pain. It makes people completely miserable, as the most common symptoms are mouth and genital sores, skin problems and eye inflammations that can lead to blindness. Other symptoms are blood clots, arthritis, and problems with digestive organs and the central nervous system. It is not contagious. No two people react exactly the same, so it can be difficult to diagnose. The usual way to diagnose Behcet's Disease is if the sufferer has several of the possible symptoms. Treatment is aimed at strengthening the body with rest and exercise and taking medications for various symptoms. Monitoring is recommended to catch any developing serious complications. Researchers searching for the cause are examing genetic, viral and bacterial links. Environmental triggers are also being investigated.
As each sufferer has unique symptoms, each person's treatment program would have to be carefully designed.
- Learn about keeping your system pH balanced. This should increase energy and boost the immune system.
- Apple Cider Vinegar tonic helps the body in many ways. Mix 2 tsp. ACV with 8 oz. of water, honey optional.
- Keep a diary to try to find out if there are any food, environmental or other 'triggers' that precede an attack.
09/04/2009: Luis from Cali, Colombia: "Dear Fellows:
I have a brilliant young female student in my class at the university who is suffering a strong attack of Behcet disease. I would like to know in anyone of you has experiences or knows about alternative treatments and therapies for this ailment, apparently incurable and potencially dangerous. Her life is miserable at this time.
Thank you for your answers. Below you will find a description of Behcet disease.
"Behcet's disease is common in the Middle East, Asia, and Japan. It is rare in the United States. In Middle Eastern and Asian countries, the disease affects more men than women. In the United States, it affects more women than men. Behcet's disease tends to develop in people in their 20's or 30's, but people of all ages can develop this disease. Behcet's disease is an autoimmune disease that results from damage to blood vessels throughout the body, particularly veins. In an autoimmune disease, the immune system attacks and harms the bodies' own tissues. The exact cause of Behcet's disease is unknown. Most symptoms of the disease are caused by vasculitis (an inflammation of the blood vessels). Inflammation is a characteristic reaction of the body to injury or disease and is marked by four signs: swelling, redness, heat, and pain. Doctors think that an autoimmune reaction may cause the blood vessels to become inflamed, but they do not know what triggers this reaction. Under normal conditions, the immune system protects the body from diseases and infections by killing harmful "foreign" substances, such as germs, that enter the body. In an autoimmune reaction, the immune system mistakenly attacks and harms the body's own tissues. BehÃ§et's disease is not contagious; it is not spread from one person to another. Behcet's disease affects each person differently. The four most common symptoms (as listed) are mouth sores, genital sores, inflammation inside of the eye, and skin problems. Inflammation inside of the eye (uveitis, retinitis, and iritis) occurs in more that half of those with BehÃ§et's disease and can cause blurred vision, pain, and redness. Other symptoms may include arthritis, blood clots, and inflammation in the central nervous system and digestive organs."