Last Modified on Jul 09, 2014
When the immune system goes rogue, the result is often an autoimmune disease, which are actually relatively common. However, reversing the reaction of an autoimmune response is a fairly difficult feat, which is why we suggest a treatment approach that combines traditional medical supervision as well as natural supplementation. Natural remedies such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics are some of our best treatment suggestions, but you will also want to consider making changes to your diet and daily routine.
What Is Autoimmune Disease?
While your immune system’s primary responsibility is to protect your body from infection and other forms of illness, sometimes this system turns on itself. When this translation occurs, your immune system begins attacking your healthy cells because it identifies them as foreign materials.
The symptoms of autoimmune disease vary greatly because of the range of different conditions. Nonetheless, most of these diseases cause fatigue, fever, and a general ill feeling. Many autoimmune conditions also cause “flare-ups” during which symptoms worsen and “remission” as symptoms lessen. These conditions affect many parts of the body including different organs and tissues. The areas most commonly affected include your joints, muscles, skin, red blood cells, blood vessels, connective tissue, and endocrine glands.
What Are the Most Common Autoimmune Diseases?
As diverse as autoimmune conditions are the types of disease vary greatly. Some of the most common forms include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus, multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, pernicious anemia, and psoriasis.
What Causes a Rogue Immune Response?
While the exact cause of autoimmune disease is unknown, we do know a few factors that seem to contribute to the issue. Genetics seems to be on important factor – if a member of your family has an autoimmune disease, you are more susceptible. Additionally, many theories exist as to the triggers of autoimmune conditions including bacteria or virus, drugs, chemical irritants, and environmental irritants.
How Can I Treat Autoimmune Disorders?
Traditional medicine has found few treatment options for autoimmune disorders except for managing the symptoms. Nonetheless, a qualified professional can help you determine what kind of disorder you have as well as suggest a plan of addressing your condition based on the severity of the disease.
Some of the best options for treating autoimmune issues are natural, though, as these options function to heal the body and relieve inflammation in the system. Supplements such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics help restore the natural function of the body and reduce inflammatory responses. Additionally, you should be sure to eat a balanced diet, exercise regularly, and get plenty of rest.
1. Fish Oil
Fish oil contains important omega-3 fatty acids. These fats help reduce inflammation in the body and lessen the immune response.
2. Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps rebalance the immune system and restores its natural function. Supporting general function of the immune system helps reduce the disease response and relieve autoimmune disorders.
3. Vitamin D
Vitamin D is a nutrient that influences over 200 genes. One of its responsibilities is to regulate your body’s ability to fight infection, including chronic inflammation and autoimmune disorders.
These nutritional supplements as well as others paired with exercise and a balanced diet help to relieve the body of debilitating autoimmune disorders. Try our suggestions or read on to see what our readers suggest!
Table of Contents
- QUESTIONS & ANSWERS
- Antiphospholipid Syndrome Remedies
- Autoimmune Paleo Protocol
- Dietary Changes
- Dysautonomia Remedies
- Environment and Food Triggers
- General Feedback
- Gmo Food
- Guillain Barre Syndrome
- LDN and Medicinal Mushrooms
- N-Acetyl Glucosamine
- Pemphigus Foliaceus Remedies
- Remedies Needed
- Viral Link to Autoimmunity
06/22/2014: Emanr from Nyc: "Hi. I have a very different blood clotting disorder. I have Anti-phosphilipid syndrome due to my Lupus. Its been an issue for 14 years. I've been on 3 different blood thinners. Coumadin was to up and down, Arixtra wasn't always working right and I got a clot in my eye. So they changed me to Lovenox. But because I was so stressed out last year, my meds didn't work and they had to amputate both my legs because of clots in my feet.
Although the lovenox works well, it's very expensive. I've been thinking about trying to do it naturally with the molasses and cayenne pepper, but I don't know if its too dangerous because of how erratic my health has been. My lupus is my worse enemy most of the time.
I've also been looking into getting a blood monitoring machine but those are very expensive. I think it might be worth it to try. Or go to bellevue a few times a week, which is also expensive and annoying. Also, the insurance company is giving me hell because its so expensive.
What do you think? Should I try the natural way and see how it works out, while my docs watch or stay with the meds?
[YEA] 06/07/2014: Timecharmsyou from Portland, Or: "Anyone who suffers from chronic hives, autoimmune urticaria, allergies of any kind, or obviously any autoimmune disease: I highly recommend reading The Autoimmune Paleo Protocol by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD. Extremely vital information on healing your digestive system/leaky gut. it breaks down everything scientifically, and is a very well organized book for someone who may not have much experience with nutrition, etc.
along with NAET, my chronic hives, eczema, and other health issues have greatly improved & only getting better!"
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 08/24/2010: Bibi from Nashville, Tn: "Rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and other autoimmune disorders MIGHT be cleared up by following a gluten free-casein free diet. I have been following a gluten free diet for over a year, and have improved, but still have some problems. My understanding is that casein (milk protein) is metabolized the same as gluten. By following a gluten free, casein free diet, I have read that people have also been cured of autistic disorders and even schizophrenia. I'm having trouble abstaining from the milk protein, but thought this info would be helpful."Replies
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 04/07/2011: Trudy from Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa replies: "I have been battling autoimmune disease for many years. For the last 10, without any drugs. As many others who have autoimmune, as time goes on, other autoimmune problems begin to develop, like allergies, and so forth. When I stopped using perscription immune suppressants, I became determined to find the root of the problem and cure it naturally. Not knowing how to do that, I have seen a naturopath, an acupuncturist, a homeopathic practitioner, and 2 different chiropractors practicing energy techniques. When I say I have seen them, I mean I have spent months/years and endless amounts of money trying to get a cure for my problem. Each one helped in their own way, but could not cure my problem. Over the years however, I took with me alot of knowledge about natural healing. One day, while visiting a friend, and feeling particularly horrible, I picked up a book she had called "The Autoimmune Epidemic" by Donna Jackson Nakazawa and began to read it. I couldn't put it down. Why hadn't I read something like it sooner? It described chapter by chapter why our immune systems go haywire, due to being overexposed to pollution, chemicals and preservatives in our food. Our immune systems are designed to protect us from foreign dangers and act as our defense system. However, when it is exposed to alarming amounts of pollutants, chemicals and preservatives, it gets overloaded and begins attacking everything. Hence, we get sick.
Logically, if we reduce the toxins that we are taking in, we reduce the autoimmune response. There were a number of examples in the book of persons who did this, one doctor even coming back from sure death.
How do we do that? Number one in importance, eat organic foods. If you can't do that, at the very least, do not eat processed foods or anything in a box. Read labels on everything. If it has ingredients you don't recognize, you probably shouldn't eat it. Eat way more fruits and vegetables than anything else you consume. Raw is better. Eat very little meat unless you can get organic meats. Eliminate gluten and reduce your dairy intake or eliminate that too. Use digestive enzymes and seek to improve your digestion as much as possible. I supplement with antioxidants also.
Second, take note of your household cleaning products and your personal hygiene products. Whatever touches your skin gets absorbed into your body and eventually your organs. Soaps, deodorants, shampoos, conditioners, hand cream, and especially hair dyes are loaded with chemicals and perfumes. Cleaning products are toxic and shouldn't be breathed in or come into contact with your skin. I have changed to using homemade soap, organic toothpastes, organic shampoos and creams and henna hair dye. For cleaning, I use ACV and water. It not only cleans really well, but it disinfects too. Laundry soaps are full of toxic chemicals and perfumes, but the dryer sheets are especially toxic. I make my own laundry soap, and use ACV in the fabric softener port for anti static dryer use.
Finally, chemical pollutants are everywhere, and much of this problem is what we breathe in. To the extent possible, wherever you live, reduce the toxic fumes you breathe in outside your home, and inside your home, for heavens sakes, get rid of that perfumey air freshener in your house and your car! They're toxic.
It has been a long difficult road, but I finally have improved my health immensely. I am not cured. This will be a way of life for me, but I can finally say that I have many more normal days now than I do sick days. Much of your health can be determined on how you take care of yourself. I didn't say it would be easy, but reversing the damage we've done to ourselves will take time, so be patient. Obviously, adding some exercise will reduce stress and keep your circulation moving.
One last note about starting such a regimen. For about 2 months after I started this, I felt terrible. My body was detoxifying itself, and it was not pleasant. But I knew that only good would result if I continued, so I did. By the end of the first month, I could notice some improvements, and each month for about 6 months I continued to see improvement in the way I felt. It has now been one year, and I can honestly say that I feel better than I have in years, almost normal.
Best wishes to you, and I do hope this helps someone."
04/08/2011: Trudy from Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa replies: "I forgot something VERY important. Eliminate sugar from your diet. Sugar, especially refined sugar and corn syrup is terrible for you, and causes a slew of health problems. Reduce your intake of caffiene and alcohol, as these are of no benefit either. If you can keep in in mind that your body needs only what can be GOOD for it, feed it what it can benefit from, and eliminate the rest."
05/22/2011: Carla from Easton, Pa replies: "Dear Trudy,
This information that you have provided will truly be helpful to me. May I ask what ACV Stands for. Also, would it be possible for you to share some of you household and body cleansing mixtures please? Your mentioned homemade soap. I m so interested. This illness is so new to me. I sm so glad that I stumbled across you message. Have a great day and I look forward to the news that you have been healed. I believe that you are on your way. I look forward to that same."
09/28/2011: Shawn from Portland, Or replies: "ACV stands for Apple Cider Vinegar. When purchasing a bottle, make sure you look for one that is cloudy and has what is called "the mother, " or sediment. The clarified cheap stuff that you see in most supermarkets is not the best kind to get. A wonderful brand is _____'s, available at almost any health food store. The Trader Joe's brand isn't half bad."
12/18/2011: Cured from Missing City, Missing Country replies: "If you are battling any autoimmune disease, visit these links while they are still available. They may save your life. they saved mine...
03/08/2012: Had from White River Junction, Vermont replies: "If this would help, drink RAW milk, what makes milk so bad is the paster/homig.--It kills the milk, so all the benificial bacteria etc... Becomes toxic. Also, look on Natural News. Com, the commercial milk industry is gross, beyond belief. Indepentant testing of the milk turned up, blood, pus, fecal matter, toxins, pharmacuticals, hormones and much more in the milk from the grocery store. So get on real Raw milk from a farm that goes organically. And if you eat any other type of dairy(yogurt, cheese etc) again, go RAW only, you will all of a sudden NOT react to milk and your digestion will also improve as well as your immune system. I am all for the coconut milk/oils, as I use/like these as well. For supplimentation you may want to look as Serrapeptase, that is a digestive emzyme from silk worms that eats inflammation, dead tissue, scar tissue, etc.... (www.serrapaptase.info) So if you stop eating what makes you sick, and this enzyme clears out the damage so your body can heal. You also mentioned wheat free, a good book on why is 'Wheat Belly', I don't take everything the man writes as gold (he put in use of splenda, ??? and using a microwave to cook, ??? I know! ) but, it gives you a through heads up on what to avoid, the badness of 'Gluten Free' foods and listing of what is great to eat all the time, occationally, and don't eat it. I hope this helps, Good Health to you."
03/08/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "There is a cheap book out as well, 101 uses for vinegar (something close to that). It is the BEST thing I've found for cleaning w/o killing yourself w/poison fumes from cleaning products. Laundry, floors, countertops, bathrooms. Is anti-bacterial/viral and deoterizer, smell dissapates fast and leaves behind brand new 'shine', like you just put in new counter/floor etc.... I picked up book, it's smallish, for $2 on a 'let's see what it says?' , I bought more and sent them out to friends who where interested in cleaner/healthier living or had health problems, they are shocked at how completely it cleans just about everything in your house and more, I am told my house always smells 'clean and fresh'."
02/24/2013: Fatima from Saint Paul, Mn replies: "Thank you very very much. Can I ask what is your problem? How did you decide to stop medication? I have Autoimmune hepatitis. My doctor says I will die if I stop taking prednisone."
05/31/2013: Jennywren from Perth, Western Australia replies: "I've heard the Paleo diet with an autoimmune protocol is very good for auto-immune diseases. Paleo allows you to eat organic/free-range/grassfed meat, fish and seafood; no grains (bread, pasta, rice, etc); no legumes (beans); no dairy; no refined stuff; lots of fruit and veggies. Add to that the autoimmune protocol (no nightshades - tomatoes, red pepper, eggplant, chilli. No nuts/seeds. No caffeine or alcohol). The premise behind it is that autoimmune disease comes from leaky gut, and you need to heal your digestive tract before you get better. It's meant to take anywhere between 4-6 weeks and several months to notice any change.
I have rheumatoid arthritis and Hashimoto's. It's been only 3 days on the diet but I'm hopeful. Anything to get off the meds!
Just thought this might be of help to some. If you Google paleo and autoimmune there's a fair amount of information out there."
06/27/2013: Leya from Slc, Ut: "Hi, I have been diagnosed with Dysautonomia (I suppose not officially, since it was an alternative doctor who diagnosed me). I have been suffering from a variety of symptoms, from profuse excessive sweating (hands, feet and underarms), facial flushing and inability to regulate temperature, to feeling weak, fatigued and highly sensitive to any sort of stressor-- Even something like having to speak to someone at the grocery store can cause all sorts of symptoms. I live in fear every day that what I eat in the morning will exacerbate my symptoms at night when I want to leave the house. This means I have an almost perfect diet-- lots of fruits and vegetables, a few whole grains, no sugar, no dairy or gluten (because of allergies), no instant yeast, and plenty of legumes and beans. I can barely exercise, I can't go out in the sun, and I have a plethora of allergies because when the autonomic nervous system is dysfunctioning the body can't digest, assimilate or have a good immune response to certain allergens.
So, what I'd like to ask is that you add a section having to do with Dysautonomia. I haven't been able to find a medical alternative place of discussion to find out what will help this.
A few things I've found that have helped with Dysautonomia for me are brain exercises (I sweat more on my right side, so doing left brain exercises like sodoku have helped a great deal), a good diet, stretching, aerobic exercise and meditation/visualization."Replies
07/02/2013: Steve from Orlando, Florida replies: "Dysautonomia: I have tried a variety of alternative suggestions in conjunction with prescribed medication, Fludrocortizone. However, I still felt tired, weak, heat intolerant, profous sweating etc. I have recently consumed fresh Moringa leaves and felt a remarkable difference next day. I was very energetic, up-beat and felt on top of the world. This is the first time I have felt this great since my first episode of dysautonomia, which started during 2003. I trust you will experience similar results.
05/09/2011: Kortni from Sonora, Ca: "Getting to the root of autoimmunity is basically peeling all the layers of negatives that we bombard our body with. This could be food allergies (gluten, milk, etc), even if you don't react, I'm highly allergic to gluten but nothing happens to me when I eat it (not noticable anyways, one of the factos of autoimmune hepatits causing cirrhosis at 25yo). Vaccines and heavy metal poisoning which can be chelated out and helped with homeopathics. Diet is the most important and finding a doctor who can help you peel back all the layers to restore your health. It is treatable, I know people that had autoimmune hepatitis and cirrhosis that are 100% cured from figuring out all their triggers (pollutants, heavy metals, food allergies, emotional traumas, vitamin deficiency's, etc.)"
01/13/2012: Sophie from Dayton, Ohio, Usa: "Hello All! I got some very interesting information regarding auto-immune disorders from my ob/gyn this week, and thought I would share. This Dr. is open to natural remedies and alternative therapies, so I take a lot of stock in what he has to say. I was asking about thyroid disease, since this has been cropping up among the women in my family recently. He told me that thyroid disease is an auto-immune disorder, where the immune system becomes confused and begins to attack healthy tissues. I asked why this would happen, and here is what he said:
9 out of 10 cases of auto-immune disease happen in women. This is because women's immune systems are designed to be able to partially shut down to allow a pregnancy. A growing fetus is seen by the body as foreign tissue, since half of its DNA came from the father. For this reason, the immune system has to be suppressed so that the mother's body will accept the baby, otherwise all pregnancies would be miscarried. The male immune system does not have the ability to shut down to accept foreign tissues.
In an auto-immune disorder, the immune system becomes corrupted or confused. This is especially likely if the woman has had a pregnancy, since the system has been shut down and then "rebooted". Problems can occur with the "reboot". The Dr. Said that this can also happen if the woman is exposed to any foreign tissue, not just a pregnancy, for example, a blood transfusion. It can also happen in men who have been exposed to foreign tissue, but it is much less likely due to the design of the male immune system. Drugs that are taken to suppress the immune system, such as for organ transplants, can cause this process in men artificially.
This makes you wonder about vaccines using fetal cells and other tissues, GMO foods, and other products made with human tissue or DNA, or even animal DNA. How does this affect our immune systems? There is so much auto-immune disease today - lupus, thyroid disease, arthritis... makes you wonder!
Hopefully this information will aid others in their quest for health."
10/18/2012: Linda from San Francisco, Ca, Usa: "Dear EC Folks, The information in this movie could explain many Leaky Gut / High CRP test results, please watch and forward as you see fit.
Please forward before this one gets pulled out of availability. The *entire movie* "Genetic Roulette" is at this link, free for the watching... Right now. It starts and stops a little so you may have to re-start it a few times (you can move the cursor up to where you were) but my understanding is it's also on Youtube.. Right now.
Anyone who has an autoimmune condition or deals with autism in any form, or who seeks to understand the issues with GMO foods should watch this ASAP.
Its beyond time to wake up.
PS: I have found what may be a better link, also to the entire movie, on Youtube. Here it is: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnlTYFKBg18"
10/19/2012: Andreea from Grimsby, On< Canada replies: "Thank you. I've watched it - it is very informative and powerfull. Everyone should watch, learn and take action. I found this info in regards to GMO products in Canadian grocery stores
The information comes from GreenPeace. Andreea"
10/20/2012: C from Cochrane, Wi replies: "thank you so much for posting this--i just watched it and highly recomend everyone who can to watch it because we are all being affected! Denial does not protect you: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnlTYFKBg18"
05/26/2014: Janet from Raton, Nm: "I have a friend whose sister has Guillain-Barre syndrome. The most info I can find is Julie Liu, who is selling a book. Are there anymore websites that cover this topic in a wholistic manner?"
EC: Hi Janet, There are a few comments on our autoimmune page here: http://www.earthclinic.com/cures/autoimmune-disease-natural-treatment.html#GBS
05/26/2014: Dave from Fountain Inn, Sc replies: "I think Guillain Barre is caused by a previous viral infection. At least that is one cause.
Google, "guillain barre viral infection" and you'll find some sites that relate virus and guillain barre. That means in theory if one were to take the virus killer Colloidal Silver that the underlying cause of the illness might be eliminated.
You can read on EC's remedies site about CS. There are two articles there and I'd recommend both, especially by the guy named Dave."
05/26/2014: Gavin from Northland replies: "Basically It comes on after an infection like a cold or flue. Then the body attacks itself, and causes the sheath around the nerves to break down, this leaves the electrical signals unable to activate muscles, because of this most cant move a muscle, sometimes cant even blink. It Peaks after a couple of weeks, then the myelin sheath around the nerves, starts to repair itself, so the electrical signal from the brain can work again. With physiotherapy most recover completely. It affects 1 in a hundred thousand but its causes are not really well understood."
01/31/2012: Bananka from Bali, Indonesia: "One afternoon, two months after I had my first baby, I suddenly could not move my lower lip and chin was numb. The next morning I woke up, looked in mirror, and shrieked to find that my whole face was frozen. My mouth drooped, eyes only close halfways, couldn't move anything. I could open my mouth a bit, but eating and drinking was a messy struggle.
After tests, the doctor(s) vaguely concluded it was GBS, Guillane Barre Syndrome.
No one can tell me for sure what brought this on. One very reasonable theory is utter-exhaustion. I thought I was just still exhausted from giving birth, first time mama, but now looking back I know I was insanely exhausted, because I couldn't even stay alert long enough to read a few lines of books or messages on phone.
A few weeks before it happened, I noticed that there was no position comfortable enough for me to sleep in. Even laying my head on soft pillow, I felt like my ears were constantly folded causing pain, but they weren't! I could still walk, but slowly because my whole being was in pain. I could not bend my neck down far enough to be able to see toes/tummy/whatever. My blood pressure went up to 180/90 . I was advised to stop breastfeeding to ease on exhaustion and to take blood pressure medicine. But all it did was just adding more anxiety, and it didn't do anything for the blood pressure. So I went with my gut feeling to stop on the meds, and resume breastfeeding, although by this time my baby was already partially on formula.
The birth of my baby was awesome. But healing was very slow. My nipples were not only sore, they were cracked, and now are somewhat deformed. But I persisted on exclusively breastfeeding my baby.
I went through accupuncture for about 4 sessions, but did very little for the GBS at the time, and the trip to the accupuncturist was very exhausting itself, plus we couldn't afford the fees any longer. The medications from the doctors were none, because there weren't any known meds for it except for a "preventative" course of immunoglobulin (ImG) before the GBS went worse (because it could cause death if paralysis goes to lungs). By this time, after all the tests, it looked like the GBS was on the steady and not worsening, so we decided to not take the ImG course (couldn't afford it anyway; insanely expensive). I tried what they called "tantric" massage. I tried homeopathy (worked a little). I tried Craniosacral Theraphy (helped a bit). A bit of everything over the two years, but could not be consistent for several reasons (baby, time, cost).
It is now almost 3 years since the onset of the GBS. I am very thankful that I am still here, had a 2nd baby, breastfeeding well (both), active again. But the left side of my face is recovering very, very slowly. I can probably say that the right side is about 90% healed. I can smile (right half), raise right eyebrow, wiggle right nostril. Left side not so much. It still hurts when I press on my face. When I smile, my forehead crunches, making me look like I'm unsure of or questioning or even mad at something/someone. It is quite funny tho, especially when 2 years ago the whole face was still "frozen", I would be saying something in a happy voice but my face was bland/uninterested/mad, also because my eyes were always on the scary stare mode.
I have always been known to be a "smiley" person. I am more of an easygoing, happy person. I am thankful for a whole lot of things in my life. But I do tend to be an introvert sometimes when it comes to hurtful feelings. This might be one of the mental causes for my condition.
Even though I am about 90% healed on right side, I must admit I am still a bit worried about not being able to recover fully. My biggest concern is that I want my kids to know their mother's smile. And it's not a comfortable condition, because it's like my face is on constant 'pull'. Also, when I sleep, mostly in breastfeeding position, my hands fall asleep, too.
I wonder if there is any definite cure for my condition. I have started ACV 2tsp with BS 1/4tsp, and tall glass of water remedy, initially for food poisoning and flu symptoms. It is my 5th day on, so tomorrow off for 2 days. It definitely helped for the poisoning and flu, plus I do notice my face is clearer and almost glowing again. Because for 2 years my face was sagging for the lack of muscle activity, so skin was also "grey".
But I am so hoping I could smile my old smile again. Please help with any advice :)
03/08/2012: Had from White River Jct, Vermont replies: "Have you been checked for heavy/light metals and toxins??? Also processed foods, fake sugar, wheat, commercial Dairy, etc.... do you eat these? for a good alternative doctor, look for someone who does applied kinesiology and nutrition and wellness. They deal with muscle testing and good eating, vit/min, suppl etc... I've had very good success with that. Also, research, research, research, I go to my consultant (Dr. Type)and turn her on to new therapies to add to when others don't work for some patients. Also the price for this is not so much."
03/09/2012: Bananka from Bali, Indonesia replies: "Thank you Had from White River Jct, Vermont. I have not had the tests, but currently, with more and more research, I am changing my diet for the better. Much much much less sugar intake, almost zero. I eat fruits for breakfast, and a whole lotta veggies for lunch and dinner; aiming for much more than other accompanying foods, like potatoes and rice, etc. Also am basically off milk products.
I do oil pulling sometimes in the morning, and drink warm water with lemon for the liver tonic. So hopefully that will help with the metal toxins, which I'm sure we all have to some extent :)
Overall, I am feeling much better, although physically can only see tiny changes in my smile.
Fingers crossed, I'm going to beat it :D"
03/20/2012: Tea from Keystone Heights, Fl replies: "I too had GBS after giving birth to my second son. It was an immune response due to a bad cold or flu I had in my 6 month. I was giving high doses of steroids and made a slow come back, it took about 2 years before I could run again (it effected my lower extremities hard). Then 20 years later almost to the date I came down with GBS again after the family had a weekend case of stomach flu. This time I took the IVIG and it reversed it immediately. I had nerve test taken and have 60% nerve damage all over my body. I think this might be what is wrong with your face muscles. My Doctor told me the nerve damage is permanent but I have with a whole food plant based diet and vitamins that support the nervous system gotten better but it has taken me 5 years this time to get back to as good as I think it will get."
07/20/2013: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh: "For those with autoimmune diseases, please look at www.ldninfo.org to see the many illnesses that can be helped by low dose naltrexone. MS progression can be stopped in 89% of MS sufferers, 67% of Crohn's disease can be put in remission, along with UC, backed up by published studies. Lupus, some cancers, and many other autoimmune diseases respond to LDN. Additionally, there is evidence that medicinal mushrooms can be useful in MS, especially the Lion's Mane mushroom, along with Cordyceps and Reishi. I have recently come across two people with MS, one who took Avonex for 13 years and one who had 13 lesions on his brain, and both are now leading normal lives using the mushroom products. One company who has the three mushrooms in a product is M----- Mushroom. I have no financial or other interest in this company. I usually advocate for LDN for MS, but it looks like the mushroom product could be a possibility for those wanting a food product for their healing."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 07/09/2014: Char from East Coast: "My mom has had her life-long psoriasis almost disappear from taking N-Acetyl Glucosamine (N-A-G). I read that it was recommended for autoimmune diseases such as Crohn's and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She has had psoriasis, psoriatic arthritis, and digestive issues for years. After 4-5 months of 1400mg 2xs a day, her digestion is much better and her psoriasis is almost gone. She will keep taking it, to see if the joints improve over time. She started seeing an improvement in 3-4 weeks. I hope this helps someone else!"
02/13/2013: Jan from Busselton, Western Australia: "Pemphigus Foliaceus: Can anyone with this autoimmune disease share their experience with drugs and/or alternative remedies - success or otherwise? It seems to be such a rare disease that anecdotal information is hard to find."
09/22/2012: Lori from Ny, Usa: "Dear Ted, My son is a 27 years old and in pain 24/7. I am hoping to get remedies on how to begin to treat these autoimmune diseases. Graves disease started at age 16, thyroid radiated and have been on synthroid. Ankylosing Spondylitis started at age 20, severe pain in lower back and take about 8 advil a day. MS started at age 27, seven months ago, tingling and pins and needles in hands, legs and tops and bottom of feet and started copaxone one month ago.
He is on a starch free diet for about a year which helps with the pain in his lower back.
Are there any protocols for these autoimmune diseases? AS, and MS
Please help. Lori"Replies
09/22/2012: Rsw from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Low dose naltrexone (LDN) will definitely help with the MS and will also probably be helpful for the Graves and AS. www.ldninfo.org and join the Yahoo LDN group to get many (thousands) of success stories of LDN with MS and ask specifically about the other two autoimmune problems. Since he was recently diagnosed with MS, he will have a good chance arresting progression before nerve damage causes permanent damage. Best wishes."
09/23/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Hi Lori, Before Ted gives you any remedies. I recommend to take Milk Kefir, it is the best food for any type of Auto Immune disease. I recommend this in all my posting. It should be home made kefir though. Just think it as an additional supplement you won't regret. thanks"
09/23/2012: Lori from Ny, USA replies: "Ok, first I have heard about making kefir. Can you recommend how I should make this at home? Thank you for your response.
09/23/2012: Lori from Ny, USA replies: "first time LDN was 3.5. After one month pain and stiffness so severe in his neck we ran to the doctor thinking he had meningitis. I had a hunch it was a side effect for LDN so I took him off. Pain and stiffness subsided in a few days.
we waited one month, doctor lowered the dose to 2.5 and within a few days pain and stiffness in his neck again. stopped LDN and pain and stiffness went away.
discouraged that LDN did not work for him.
09/23/2012: Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada replies: "Milk Kefir is a fermented milk like yoghurt. You need kefir grains (kefir starter culture) to make kefir, there are plenty of youtube videos demonstrating how to make kefir. Dom's site is the internet bible for milk kefir: http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html
try to get grains from your local community, if not you can purchase in ebay. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXdiv3CSNIU
09/24/2012: Rswuniontown from Uniontown, Oh replies: "Hi Lori, I saw this on the LDN Group today and thought it may be of interest for your son. It is an OTC supplement that shows some promise for MS. The Wahl diet looks very good, also, as someone else pointed out.
09/26/2012: Lori from Great Neck, Ny replies: "Hi Ed2010 from Oakville, Canada. Thanks for the info on kefir grains. I will definetely check into this. I appreciate your input. Lori"
09/26/2012: Lori from Great Neck, Ny replies: "Hi Rswuniontown from Uniontown, Oh. Found the article very interesting. I will look deeper into this. Seems like it is harmless to try. We follow the Wahls diet to a point. Sometimes it's hard to eat all those veggies, but we make a lot of shakes with the veggies to get in the amount needed to consume a day. My son takes some of Dr Wahls supplements, but she lists so many.
Thank you so much for responding to my post. It is much appreciated."
12/09/2011: Connie from Slc, Ut: "Hi Lori and Debb ; The suggestions people have made in the Autoimmune Diseases section look excellent.
I'm going to focus on B12 because the symptoms that you are noticing are the most common indicators of B12 deficiency : Numbness, Tingling, Pain, and Burning Pain of the Feet and Hands.
The other challenges of B12 deficiency are; getting a diagnosis, and finding the most effective means of giving it.
Some people with autoimmune conditions, such as MS, appear to have trouble with transport of B12 within their bodies. Some need large amounts of it to flood the tissues in hopes that it reaches the spinal fluid.
Methylcobalamin is considered to be most effective for the nerves. It is an active coenzyme form of B12. Although many people have good results from taking sublingual lozenges of it; other people may respond better with injections, especially when large amounts are needed. ( sometimes 10-50 mgs. daily) With these large amounts, potassium can drop precipitously, so K levels should be monitored closely.
Also, it has been found that caprylic acid, found in coconut oil, butter, etc. Can help with the transport of nutrients across cell membranes. B12 is a chubby molecule ; it needs alot of support.
Good Wishes to You"Replies
12/13/2011: Timh from Louisville, Usa replies: "Also for B-12 transport is the amino acid Methionine. When I first started using Methionine for detox help, I got no results... Until I read that B-12 is necessary for its use in the body. This combination is not only a good glutathione and methyl booster, it's also a good lipotropic, helping the body burn stubborn fat."
12/07/2011: Lori from Ny: "TED, If you could also answer my question I would greatly appreciate it. "My son is a 27 years old and in pain 24/7. I am hoping to get remedies on how to begin to treat these autoimmune diseases. Asthma at age 1 year old. Graves disease started at age 16, thyroid radiated and have been on synthroid. Ankylosing Spondylitis started at age 20, severe pain in lower back, takes about 8 advil a day and can't sleep at night because of the pain. MS started at age 27, seven months ago, tingling and pins and needles in legs and tops and bottom of feet and started copaxone one month ago.
Are there any protocols for these autoimmune diseases?
I do appreciate all the responses that I have received.
12/08/2011: Debby from Monroe, Ct replies: "Lori, did you get any answers for this, if so, where are they posted. I too have autoimmune dieases one is thyroid cancer, diagnosed 2 yrs ago but lately I have had weakness in my legs and tingles with feet and hands with my throat feeling tight and scratchy. I am sorry that your son has had so many problems. This site is wonderful. A lot of caring people. Good luck, debby"
12/09/2011: Lori from Ny, Usa replies: "Hi Debbie,
The question was placed under autoimmune disease remedy. Scroll down under this question on that page and there you will find the responses. I did get some a few responses that I think are worth considering. I posted the question twice hoping that Ted might answer too.
It sounds like you have similar symptoms of tingling of feet etc.
I hope we will find a remedy that helps!
03/13/2014: Lou from Tyler, Tx replies: "Go gluten/dairy free."