Natural Remedies for Autoimmune Diseases

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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!

Airborne Pathogens and Idiopathic Diseases

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Airborne Pathogen and Idiopathic Diseases


I can't remember if I already contacted you but this common but overlooked airborne pathogen is known to cause rheumatological syndromes (during a large outbreak of over 100,000 victims in Indianapolis) and this type of microorganism has been suspected for decades to cause gout:

Some online documents state this cancer-causing, mental illness-inducing airborne pathogen that can cause so many idiopathic diseases/conditions/symptoms is not zoonotic. That's wrong! It's carried by bats and shed in their feces. The bats even evolved to deal with the photophobia and tinnitus the pathogen causes by hunting at night by echolocation.

My coworkers and I, all immunocompetent, got Disseminated Histoplasmosis from roosting bats, that shed the fungus in their feces. The doctors said we couldn't possibly have it, since we all had intact immune systems. The doctors were wrong.

This underdiagnosed airborne infectious disease mimics the flu and can cause hematological malignancies, precancerous conditions, rheumatological diseases, connective tissue diseases, heart disease, autoimmune symptoms, inflammation, adrenal insufficiency, seizures, migraines, hydrocephalus, hallucinations, etc., etc. etc. and is often undiagnosed/misdiagnosed in immunocompetent people.

More than 100 outbreaks have occurred in the U.S. since 1938, and those are just the ones that were figured out, since people go to different doctors. One outbreak was over 100,000 victims in Indianapolis. 80-90+% of people in some areas have been infected, and it can lay dormant for up to 40 years in the lungs and/or adrenals.

It's known to cause hematological malignancies, and some doctors claim their leukemia patients go into remission when given antifungal. My friend in another state who died from lupus lived across the street from a bat colony. An acquaintance with alopecia universalis and whose mother had degenerative brain disorder has bat houses on their property.

Researchers claim the subacute type is more common than believed and that many children in California have the subacute form. It's known to at least “mimic” autoimmune diseases and cancer and known to give false-positives in PET scans. But no one diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or cancer is screened for it. In fact, at least one NIH paper states explicitly that all patients diagnosed with sarcoidosis be tested for it, but most, if not all, are not. Other doctors are claiming sarcoidosis IS disseminated histoplasmosis.

What if this infection, that made us so ill, isn't rare in immunocompetent people? What if just the diagnosis is rare, since most doctors ignore it?

Older documents state people who spend a lot of time in a building with roosting bats and in caves are known to get Disseminated Histoplasmosis, but the info appears to have been lost, for the most part. And now bat conservationists encourage people to leave bats in buildings/homes. What a terrible mistake they've made.

This pathogen parasitizes the reticuloendothelial system/invades macrophages, can infect and affect the lymphatic system and all tissues/organs, causes inflammation, granulomas, and idiopathic (unknown cause) diseases and conditions, including hematological malignancies, autoimmune symptoms, myelitis, myositis, vasculitis, panniculitis, dysplasia, hyperplasia, etc. It causes hypervascularization, calcifications, sclerosis, fibrosis, necrosis, eosinophilia, leukopenia, anemia, neutrophilia, pancytopenia, thrombocytopenia, hypoglycemia, cysts, abscesses, polyps, stenosis, perforations, GI problems, hepatitis, focal neurologic deficits, etc.

Many diseases it might cause are comorbid with other diseases it might cause, for example depression/anxiety/MS linked to Crohn's. (It's known to “mimic” inflammatory bowel disease.)

The fungus is an Oxygenale and therefore consumes collagen. It's known to cause connective tissue diseases (Myxomatous degeneration?), rheumatological conditions, seizures, and mental illness. Fungal hyphae carry an electrical charge and align under a current. It causes RNA/DNA damage. It's known to cause delusions, wild mood swings (pseudobulbar affect?), and hallucinations. It's most potent in female lactating bats, because the fungus likes sugar (lactose) and nitrogen (amino acids, protein, neurotransmitters?), releasing lactase and proteinases to obtain them. What about female lactating humans…postpartum psychosis (and don't some of these poor women also have trouble swallowing)? The bats give birth late spring/summer, and I noticed suicide rates spike in late spring/early summer. It's known to cause retinal detachment, and retinal detachments are known to peak around June-July/in hot weather. A map of mental distress and some diseases appear to almost perfectly overlay a map of Histoplasmosis. Cancer is known to occur more often near rivers than in mountains or deserts, just like this infection. Johns Hopkins linked autism to an immune response in the womb. Alzheimer's was linked to hypoglycemia, which can be caused by chronic CNS histoplasmosis.

The bats eat moths, which are attracted to blue and white city lights that simulate the moon the moths use to navigate, so diseases in cities would be expected to increase. Bats feed up to 500 feet in the air and six miles away in any direction from their roost, but not when it's raining or when the temperature is less than approximately 56° F. The fungus can grow in bird feces, but birds don't carry it because their body temperature is too high, killing the fungus.

I believe the “side effects” of Haldol (leukopenia and MS symptoms) might not always be side effects but just more symptoms of Disseminated Histoplasmosis, since it causes leukopenia and MS symptoms. What about the unknown reason why beta receptor blockers cause tardive dyskinesia? The tinnitus, photophobia, psychosis “caused” by Cipro? Hypersexuality and leukemia “caused” by Abilify? Humira linked to lymphoma, leukemia and melanoma in children? Disseminated Histoplasmosis is known to cause enteropathy, so could some people thought to have nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug enteropathy have it and taking NSAIDs for the pain/inflammation it causes, and the NSAIDs aren't the actual culprit?

From my experience, I learned that NO doctor, at least in DFW, will suspect subacute and/or progressive disseminated histoplasmosis in immunocompetent people. Some doctors, at least the ones I went to, will actually REFUSE to test for it, even when told someone and their coworkers have all the symptoms and spend a lot of time in a building with bats in the ceiling. Victims will be accused of hypochondriasis. (My doctors told me only farmer's or AIDS patients get it, it's only in bird feces, and it always infects the lungs...wrong, wrong, and wrong!) In fact, the first doctor to diagnose me was a pulmonologist, and the only reason he examined me was to try to prove that I didn't have it, when I really did. No doctor I went to realized bats carry the fungus. And NO doctor I went to in DFW, even infectious disease “experts, ” understand the DISSEMINATED form, just the pulmonary form, and the only test that will be done by many doctors before they diagnose people as NOT having it is an X-ray, even though at least 40-70% of victims will have NO sign of it on a lung X-ray. It OFTEN gives false-negatives in lab tests (some people are correctly diagnosed only during an autopsy, if then, after obtaining negative test results) and cultures may not show growth until after 6-12 weeks of incubation (but some labs report results after 2 weeks).

One disease of unknown cause that could be caused by Disseminated Histoplasmosis: I suspect, based on my and my coworker's symptoms (during our “rare” infectious disease outbreak) and my research, that interstitial cystitis and its comorbid conditions can be caused by disseminated histoplasmosis, which causes inflammation throughout the body, causes “autoimmune” symptoms, and is not as rare as believed. I read that “interstitial cystitis (IC) is a chronic inflammatory condition of the submucosal and muscular layers of the bladder, and the cause is currently unknown. Some people with IC have been diagnosed with other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, and Sjogren's syndrome, which raises the possibility that interstitial cystitis may be caused by mechanisms that cause these other conditions. In addition, men with IC are frequently diagnosed as having chronic nonbacterial prostatitis, and there is an extensive overlap of symptoms and treatment between the two conditions, leading researchers to posit that the conditions may share the same etiology and pathology.” Sounds like Disseminated Histoplasmosis, doesn't it?

My coworkers and I were always most ill around May, presumably since the Mexican Free-tail bats gave birth in Texas during May (and the fungus was most potent), and late fall/Thanksgiving to December, for some unknown reason (maybe migrating bats from the north?). We had GI problems, liver problems, weird rashes (erythema nodosum, erythema multiforme, erythema marginatum/annulare, etc.), plantar fasciitis, etc., and I had swollen lymph nodes, hives, lesions, abdominal aura, and started getting migraines and plantar fasciitis in the building, and I haven't had them since I left. It gave me temporary fecal incontinence, seizures, dark blood from my intestines, tinnitus, nystagmus, blurry vision/floaters/flashes of light, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, isolated diastolic hypertension, what felt like burning skin, various aches and pains (some felt like pin pricks and pinches), tingling, tremors, "explosions" like fireworks in my head while sleeping, and temporary blindness. Suddenly I was allergic to Comice pears (latex fruit allergy or oral allergy syndrome?). I had insomnia (presumably from the fungus acidifying the blood, releasing adrenaline) and parasomnias. It felt like strong bursts of electrical shocks or steady electrical currents in my body, which now feel like low electrical currents at times, mostly at night. I was always worse at night (because bats are feeding? Or maybe because fungus follows a circadian rhythm?).

I suddenly had symptoms of several inflammatory/autoimmune diseases, including Fibromyalgia, Sarcoidosis, ALS, MS, Sjogren's syndrome, etc. that have disappeared since leaving the area and taking nothing but Itraconazole antifungal. No one, including doctors (we all went to different ones), could figure out what was wrong with us, and I was being killed by my doctor, who mistakenly refused to believe I had it and gave me progressively higher and higher doses of Prednisone (2 years after I already had Disseminated Histoplasmosis) after a positive ANA titer, until I miraculously remembered that a visiting man once told my elementary school class that bats CARRY histoplasmosis. There's a lot more. I wrote a book about my experience with Disseminated Histoplasmosis called “Batsh#t Crazy, ” (now you know where that term, “bats in the attic/belfry, ” and “going batty” came from) because bats shed the fungus in their feces and it causes delusions and hallucinations, I suspect by the sclerotia fungal mycelia can form emitting hallucinogens (like psilocybin and dimethyltryptamine) along with inflammation in the CNS. (Schizophrenics have 2X of a chemical associated with yeast, part of the fungal life cycle.)

Thank you for your time,

Susan McIntyre

P.S. Doesn't this infection share all the same symptoms with Gulf War Syndrome?

Replied by Dee

Thank you for this post. It was very enlightening. Are you still well in 2022? Again, thank you for this long post, your astute insights and intelligence.

Replied by Kay
(New york)

I read your pdf book and am thankful for the connections you have made. The lucidity based on science seems genius to me. I have thought all of the idiopathic diseases among us can be raced back to a fungus. The reason it is so hard to detect is it has means of hiding and takes so many forms— wherever it appears causes it to be its own world; and it moves around, and spreads, and can be on every surface. I see it under my skin because it is already thin. White cat-like hairs and lint emanate from skin and hair and nails and trail toward the sky to be spread far and wide. It can be spread through saliva and any other bodily fluid and can be breathed in. If it attacks the pancreas it becomes diabetes. If it's in the fingers, it's now Reynauds syndrome. If it goes into the eyes it's uveitis, etc. I see people without this fungus. Their skin doesn't have hints of red and no mottling, and darkness under the eyes. I once had unmarred skin and normal digestion. I've looked for remedies under valley fever, Candida, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, etc; and the top remedies seem to be food grade hydrogen peroxide and a “yellow element safe for ingestion”. I hope everyone with ailments gets help and can avoid drastic measures and live free of pain and discomfort. Love and life to all…

Antiphospholipid Syndrome Remedies

Posted by Emanr (Nyc) on 06/22/2014

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?


Replied by James222
(New Hampshire, US)

Hi, I was sorry to read of your illness, you might want to target your research towards Hawthorne, you can get it in tincture form and add it to 8oz of water, as with ANYTHING new best to start small and go slow, by that I mean start with a small does to see how you react.

Good Luck, James

Replied by Julie

If you can't afford your medications, in most cases you can get them directly from the pharmaceutical company that makes them. There are forms to be filled out, but it can save you a lot of money. Go to: for a relatively comprehensive list, but if the company whose medication you take isn't there, it doesn't mean they don't have a Patient Assistance Program. Call them and ask!

Replied by Nmax

I came across this article that could cure many sufferers of autoimmune disorders by simply eliminating wheat and possibly dairy from your diet:

Get the word out to others who are suffering.

Replied by Claudia

I'm sorry about your illness. I have suffered from immune System disease since some time ago. First it attacked my thyroid, right now my skin and joints. I love to search about natural medicine so, I have learned a few things and as far as I know cumin, turmeric and ginger are blood thinners. There is something you have to be careful about and it is that some veggies are doing the opposite and interfere with your blood thinner medicine. Some of those are broccoli, kale, spinach. You can search at those as anticoagulant antagonist. Doctors do not give notice of those and it is very important.

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I came upon this by accident and couldn't help but read your post and feel compelled to offer an idea. I don't know if you have heard of the amazing effects of Vit K2 therapy in blood clotting disorders. I'm unfamiliar with your syndrome so I may be speaking from ignorance. Dr. Mercola has reported quite a bit about K2 in its proper form (big key). Life Extension Foundation is another excellent resource.

Allopathic medicine, though it has its place, only offers band aid solutions with toxic drugs. I would encourage you to seek out if possible an Integrative physician if you can afford it. It isn't cheap but sometimes if the doctor really wants to help, they will work with you financially. I sincerely wish you the best in your quest for health.

Replied by Janice

I have anitiphospholipid syndrome. Diagnosed 13 yrs ago. I just take a baby aspirin every night. That's what was recommended and haven't had any issues.

Replied by Hilda Wilson
(Longmont, Colorado)

For anyone with blood clots or circulation problems get vitamin E complex. I take 1,000-1,200 IU a day and have for about 35 years. Without this I get blood clots in my leg and cramps in my legs and feet. I use the 400 IU bottles.

Autoimmune Disease and Vitamin A Toxicity

Posted by Angela (Texas) on 11/22/2018

Autoimmune diseases may be caused from Vitamin A toxicity! A Canadian engineer, Grant Genereux, discovered the cause and a ND from Arizona furthered researched this and confirmed Grant's researched!

Autoimmune Paleo Protocol

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Posted by Timecharmsyou (Portland, Or) on 06/07/2014

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!

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(Rosemount, Mn)

What is with the rashes? I have had them show up sporatically on feet and legs. No dr whether functional or medical could tell me the cause. I have Hashimotos. Raynaurds, and Sjogrens. Just found out that I have Candida and SIBO. 7 years on the journey.

(Tyler, TX)

I read that arugula is very good at eliminating candida. I was eating it regularly a few years ago and my waistline was very slim. I looked it up and I found out that it is anti candida and also anti cancer as well. I plan to make some arugula smoothies soon.

Replied by Charity
(Faithville, Usa)

You might want to read Dr. Batmanghelidj, your body's many cries for water

Dehydration is the reason the body creates histamine. Dehydration is not just cured with water but minerals in balance with water

Rashes can be caused by histamine

I learned all this the HARD WAY.

Replied by Valleygirl
(Chicago, Illinois)

Hello. I suffer from many different ailments all autoimmune related. When I was just 5 years old (i am in my 40's now) I contracted Henoch Scholein Purpura...another autoimmune disease. Then a year after the HSP, I contracted allergies and asthma. As an adult, no MD EVER thought to look back on those autoimmune issues. Instead, they pumped me up full of prescription narcotics and antidepressants. I have severe pain and inflammation and sometimes couldn't get up out of bed. I get various rashes often, I suffer from sinus polyps, joint pain, kidney stones and infections, and major digestive issues. All of that coupled with the heavy prescription drugs and regular use of ibuprofen, everything came to a head. Of course, I was diagnosed incorrectly numerous times and given so many prescriptions, that I just took it into my own hands. I thought, I am a smart girl, I have a masters degree, I can figure this out. And I did! I tried the Autoimmune Paleo Protocol. It's not easy. It sucks big time, honestly. There is a lot of information on line and in your local library about the AIP. The most important thing is that all of your food is organic, and in cases of meat, grass fed or pasteurized. So while you go through this Autoimmune Paleo Protocol, you will find immediately what works and doesn't work FOR YOU. I wholeheartedly believe that food is personal. Each person is different. I also took it a step further and visited a naturopath doctor. She did food intolerance testing on me, and that helped as well. I am not cured. But, I do live a MUCH better, less painful, more productive life. I also do not see any doctors, ever. That, again, is my choice, and yours may be different, and it may work for you! That is great, but they don't work for me. I have found that grains are the devil. Anytime I eat any type of grain, I am in pain. That would be the importance of getting grass fed meat. I use all organic everything. I make all my own soaps, shampoos, and cleaners. I use essential oils. My life has changed drastically. I don't go out to eat much, and I don't drink alcohol at all anymore. Like I said, this can really suck. Considering, though, what I used to feel like, this is all worth it. I don't take any prescription drugs either. I use turmeric for my menstrual cramps, and don't even take ibuprofen. This website is amazing and I feel blessed to have found it. Thank you to all who contribute.

Avoid High Histamine Levels

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Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 09/05/2021

Histamine can be the underlying cause of many ills:

Check out 7 Surprising Factors that Can Increase Histamine Levels (And How to Deal With Them):

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I read the link about histamines and I do a few of the things in this list to avoid. One was taking Benadryl, exercising too much, and vitamin deficiency. Thanks

Bicarbonate of Soda

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Posted by Beth (London, England) on 05/29/2018

Sodium bicarbonate (called baking soda in USA) was recently reported as a possible cure for autoimmune diseases.

The study was on rodents but some healthy student volunteers were also followed for 2 weeks in a small human study. After taking 0.5 tsp bicarb dissolved in water every day for that time their immunity was pronounced to be improved. I can report that following this regime for 4 weeks has produced no noticeable effect. Symptoms are unchanged. As ever, one wonders whether those humans studied had a healthy diet/lifestyle to begin; otherwise the bicarb could simply be countering an acid diet.


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Posted by Elzee (Alberta) on 01/28/2018

First off, thank you for this site and information. I've suffered various autoimmune (AI) symptoms for nearly 2 decades. I'm largely anti-prescription- they just seem to trade one problem for another. I respond strongly to Rx & OTC drugs. After much research, I started oral Borax at the “maintenance" dose (5.5 grams (1.25 tsp) in a litre of water, then 1 tsp of the solution twice a day with magnesium).

In one day, my hoarse voice (thyroid symptom) of years returned to normal and my stomach feels relaxed. I'll continue with this low dose as long as it's effective but I personally know two severely arthritic people (with other AI problems) who take the large therapeutic dose with incredible success. I'm looking fwd to more symptoms disappearing, and plan to report back soon.

Replied by K'c

I was wondering would this borax and magnesium work for RA? If so what are the proper doses of each? Thank you.

07/28/2022 has lots of info on this.

Replied by Ashley

Hey, how is this going so far?? My friend has an autoimmune disease and I really want her to try it but there isn't much research done so I don't want to cause more harm

Borax and Liposomal Glutathione

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Posted by Uncertain from LA (LA) on 11/04/2019

Borax/liver enzymes/autoimmune/causes/remedies/blood oxygen/liposomal glutathione -

Recently I started taking liposomal glutathione and have been feeling much better. I recommend this. - I have mild autoimmune issues. I have been taking the “maintenance dose” of borax, only one to two teaspoons of the concentrate a day. It has given me some results I am happy about.

I only take OTC supplements at this point. My doctor has not prescribed me any meds at this point. - Recently my “alt” test is slightly high, 36. I have stopped the borax and the curcumin I have been taking wondering if they are part of the problem. Could or should I switch to boron or fructoborate tablets? I have taken curcumin but not much, only when I felt some pain or neuropathy. - I am having stomach issues and wondered if my stomach issues were also related to the borax or curcumin?

If so, what do you do about it? - There is blue coloring under my fingernails near the lunula. I understand this is sign of low blood oxygen. Could this raise enzymes? Would sleeping with oxygen help me with low blood oxygen? - Autoimmune issues seem to have multiple causes. They could be from fungus, bacteria, viruses or triggered by something like a drug. Borax works against fungus. If you cannot take borax what would be the next best options to take? What would be the best thing to fight viruses and bacteria? Were my physician to give me prescription drugs can you take the boron or borax with them? Is it possible to treat the autoimmune antibodies? I thought about a cleanse but I don't want to damage my organs. What would be a gentle option that works even if it takes longer?

Replied by Sherry
(Phoenix AZ)

This is too much borax, dose should be 1/8 teaspoon or less. I wet my finger touch borax and put in my mouth. Be careful with a cleanse, I did one with herbs from rose mountain herbs, a great company, that also called for iodine drops in it and it caused my thyroid to crash. Never will I do a cleanse again. I felt like I was dying. One year later my thyroid is all over the place. Any autoimmune is caused from a leaky gut, (stomach issues) and take a lot of work to heal. No sugar or artificial sweeteners, no grains, gluten, fruit, only vegetables, meat, good fats. No more bloating, slowing healing. The answer is diet. Not easy but you can do this.


Thank you for replying Sherry. I only took a “teaspoon” of the liter mix, not a teaspoon of borax.

Replied by Anon

Hi! :D

Your condition is a bit vague, but I suspect a general recommendation could do you a world of good:

Aloe vera Turmeric fresh raw Bok choy Cabbage Fennel Pineapple Beets Ginger fresh raw Lemon juice fresh Colloidal silver Activated charcoal Psyllium husk Oxygenated magnesium bowel cleanser Diatomaceous earth *food grade* Ashwaganda Ginseng Goldenseal Green tea Look into these. I would start with the aloe, turmeric, bok choy, and ginger. Make a smoothie or juice from them for example. It should be quite soothing.

Consider taking vitamin e in generous doses, too. Maybe get some sun. You might want to avoid acetaminophen and nsaids for a while. And consider going grainfree and organic to avoid noxious chemicals.

Replied by Frances
(New London, NC)

Maybe try soaking in Borax for a few minutes instead of ingesting, this may be easier on your stomach.

Dental Health Link to Autoimmune Disease

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Posted by Beth (London) on 02/20/2019

Inflammatory and Autoimmune Disorders: I've seen a good body of anecdotal evidence to link these in some cases to gum disease. Doctors rarely think to check oral hygiene. If you have any bleeding of the gums, gum shrinkage, abscess or severe tooth sensitivity (which may indicate a cracked root) see a dentist and get these fixed. It won't instantly cure inflammatory problems but may remove one source of ongoing inflammation. Since toxins from gum bacteria are now known to cross the blood brain barrier, it may also reduce your chances of dementia.

Dietary Changes

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Posted by Bibi (Nashville, Tn) on 08/24/2010

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.

Replied by Trudy
(Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa)

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.

Replied by Trudy
(Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa)

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.

Replied by Carla
(Easton, Pa)

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.

Replied by Shawn
(Portland, Or)

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.

Replied by Cured
(Missing City, Missing Country)

If you are battling any autoimmune disease, visit these links while they are still available. They may save your life. they saved mine...

Replied by Had
(White River Junction, Vermont)

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.... ( 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.

(Bristol, Ct)

It's also important that the cows are grass fed, and they they don't get injected with steroids, or other things such as antibiotics. I read a book by Dr Bragg and he pointed out that humans do not need milk. Humans are the only creature on earth that continue to drink milk after we're weaned and that continuosly drinks milk from other animals. Milk has no good purpose in the health of humans. If you must drink milk, there are better forms from plants. Coconut, hemp, and others. Stay away from soy though. Good luck.

Replied by Had
(White River Jct, Vermont)

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'.

Replied by Fatima
(Saint Paul, Mn)

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.

Replied by Jennywren
(Perth, Western Australia)

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.

Replied by Gupta
(Houston, Tx)

For RA, Curamin BCM-95 formulation has been found useful. It is a turmeric based product. My wife feels that she has benefited from it.

Replied by Mactwo
(Beatty, Oregon)

Auto-Immune Disease is another name for Vitamin Deficiency Disease and makes the immune system is incapable of defending us from parasites, diseases and toxins.

Most spices are very nutritional and many are medicinal. Makes very interesting research.

Quote, Dr F R Klenner, " white blood cell without adequate vitamin 'C' is like soldiers without bullets". dez...

Replied by Dawn

I have been following the Paleo diet for nearly three years now and was diagnosed with an auto immune disease two and a half years ago. Unfortunately I have not found this diet to be helpful in alleviating my symptoms (although on the bright side I've lost 45 pounds)

Replied by Denise

I have read other posts saying the same thing about the prednisone but my gastro has only put me on Vitamen E, 400 mg twice a day. My primary care doctor also likes that treatment as well. My bloodwork is all ok.

Replied by Princess Joy

Thank you so much for this!

Dysautonomia Remedies

Posted by Leya (Slc, Ut) on 06/27/2013

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.

Environment and Food Triggers

Posted by Kortni (Sonora, Ca) on 05/09/2011

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.)

General Feedback

Posted by Sophie (Dayton, Ohio, Usa) on 01/13/2012

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.

Replied by Carrissa
(Wisconsin, US)

That's exactly what birth control does. It makes the body think it's pregnant and lowers immune function. That's why so many women get autoimmune diseases.

Gluten Free Diet for Polymyositis

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Posted by Angela (Bloomfield) on 04/07/2018

Go Gluten Free for Lupus and other autoimmune diseases

My son was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that I had never before heard of. It's called polymyositis. This disease caused the protein in his blood to rise to 11000. The norm for men is 200. He developed all type of symptoms, swollen joints, dry eyes, rashes all over his body, liver infection, water in his lungs and around his heart. He was hospitalized for a while and was treated with high doses of steriods. He did better after the steriods but I had concerns about the side effects of the steriods. I prayed to God every day to help me to help my son.

One day out of the blue an email about autoimmune diseases and gluten pop up in my email. That was the answer. My son has been gluten for 4 months and he is doing fine. No more steriods. If he accidentally eat something that contained gluten, he knows within half an hour.

Gmo Food

Posted by Linda (San Francisco, Ca, Usa) on 10/18/2012

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.

Namaste, Linda
PS: I have found what may be a better link, also to the entire movie, on Youtube. Here it is:

Replied by Andreea
(Grimsby, On< Canada)

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

Replied by C
(Cochrane, Wi)

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:

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