Natural Cures for Autoimmune Diseases

Jan 28, 2018

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!

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?


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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

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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.

Replied by Jan

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 Paleo Protocol  

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

Replied by Joan Hargens
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.

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.


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

Dietary Changes  

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

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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.

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:

Guillain Barre Syndrome  

Posted by Janet (Raton, Nm) on 05/26/2014

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:

Replied by Dave
Fountain Inn, Sc

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.

Replied by Gavin

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.

Posted by Bananka (Bali, Indonesia) on 01/31/2012

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 :)

Om Shanti,


Replied by Had
White River Jct, Vermont

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.

Replied by Bananka
Bali, Indonesia

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

Replied by Tea
Keystone Heights, Fl

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.

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For those with autoimmune diseases, please look at 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.

Replied by Karen

What company makes those mushrooms? All your post says is M----- Mushrooms. Thank you.


Hi Karen,

The company that was used by the person with MS for the Lion's Mane is here:

This product is offered on many other health store sites as well as this one. Best wishes.

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Posted by Char (East Coast) on 07/09/2014
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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!

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Posted by Jan (Busselton, Western Australia) on 02/13/2013

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.


Replied by Kumari
West Indies

Diagnosed and being treated for Pemphigus Foliaceus since 2014, please share any information regarding the use of alternative medicine, prednisone poses more threats than cure!

Replied by Melissa
Medford, Oregon

My mom, who was diagnosed with the condition in June of 2015, is working with a doctor who's prescribing low-dose naltrexone while weaning her off of the prednisone she was place on during her hospital stay.

She takes 4 mgs at bedtime daily. I read that she has to take it between the hours of 9:00 PM and 3 AM (it works in conjunction with serotonin), but she hasn't been doing that as she often gets to bed around 2:00 AM. We're working on her getting to bed earlier as she hasn't been noticing any changes with it controlling pustules and itching. Timing is everything, I guess.

It's a S-L-O-W acting drug as we're told it could take a long time before it finally works.

Her doctor said she's working with another patient who is taking low-dose naltrexone, and it's taken 4 years for it to finally calm her patient's immune system down.

A lot of doctors don't like prescribing it, because they see it as only being implicated for substance abuse patients withdrawing from the effects of alcohol. As a result, most insurance co.'s won't cover it because it's not FDA approved.

However, there have been studies done that show its effectiveness in patients with pemphigus foliaceus. I'd recommend searching for "naltrexone and autoimmune diseases" or "pemphigus foliaceus" in Google to find the specific studies. They're out there!

I hope this helps and good luck!

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Busselton, Western Australia

I weaned myself off prednisolone a few years ago, but do take Dapsone which I have found has the least "nasties" amongst all the other drugs available for this condition. Dapsone only keeps my pf "under control" (I still have lesions but not as bad as they could be) and I reckon that with all the other drugs available with horrible side effects that it's a case of the cure being worse than the disease! So far, after quite a few years on Dapsone I'm not experiencing any side effects at all. I am going to do a trial run of Apple Cider Vinegar on a couple of lesions to see if it cleans them up.


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Posted by Seth (Cinebar, Wa.) on 06/11/2016

Ultraviolet Blood Irradiation or UBI therapy. My naturopath says he has amazing results with this therapy for his scleroderma patients. I asked because my aunt has scleroderma. I wanted to share. The earlier you start the better.

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The doctor wrote me off when I could no longer take antibiotics due to allergic reactions. I was unable to walk, couldn't open my mouth, and my joints were all locked and contracted. I found Dr. Ted's Borax cure and started that night, using purified water. In two weeks the edema had gone down to where my ankles and knees would flex, and I was so excited! In two and a half months, I was symptom free. I still use ACV and baking soda, use only Borax for washing clothes and house cleaning. If not for Dr. Ted and Borax, I'd be a memory. Thank you so much! Now I'm on a quest to find the cure for my cat's cancer, and the mass in my liver. I do believe I'll find it here at EarthClinic.