Natural Remedies for Autoimmune Diseases

| Modified on Dec 09, 2022
Scleroderma
Posted by Nora (Atlanta, Ga) on 04/19/2014
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Borax Saved Me From Systemic Scleroderma!

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.

Airborne Pathogens and Idiopathic Diseases
Posted by Susan Mcintyre (Dallas, Tx) on 07/11/2018
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Airborne Pathogen and Idiopathic Diseases

Hello,

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:

https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/f1b7/6b287b9595328716016b6815473714e3e532.pdf

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?

Borax
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.

Autoimmune Paleo Protocol
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!

Dietary Changes
Posted by Trudy (Harbor Springs, Michigan, Usa) on 04/08/2011

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.


Gluten Free Diet for Polymyositis
Posted by Angela (Bloomfield) on 04/07/2018
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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.


High Intracellular Calcium Levels for Myosititis
Posted by Barry (Australia) on 11/15/2020

Claudia,

I am sorry that I never noticed or responded to your query. I don't even recall leaving this post and hadn't received anything in my mail.

I knew absolutely nothing about myositis when I was first diagnosed with it so realised that I needed to find someone who had a preference for natural treatments for disease and who was much further advanced in their research than myself. I annoyed people on a forum by posting pieces on what I did know regarding simple treatments for arthritis and the like.

When I did find the nurse, whose husband suffers from IBM and necrotizing myositis, she introduced me to the issue of defective ion channels and genetic defects. As her own research had stalled, I was able to provide the momentum to take things much further. If you have a combination of the ACTN3XX gene variant and MLCK variant it results in enormous losses of creatinine kinase from your muscles when they get damaged by anything. Researchers have been generally avoiding looking into this despite a Mexican study finding that almost all myositis patients in their test group all had the ACTN3XX gene. Researchers seem fixated upon the idea that the immune response is somehow, magically, kicking out the CK. You can basically guess at whether you have the two genes by whether you were an incredible athlete in your youth. If you weren't then there's a good chance that you do.

Since only one or two percent of genes have been researched, it's a fair bet that there are even more genes which are involved in all of this and I could already speculate on some but don't want to complicate things.

As for the autoimmune aspect itself, I am now aware that this relates to the spleen. It caught my attention that a study done in Georgia in the US proved that baking soda can reset the immune response, temporarily stopping the autoimmune reaction.

Since then, I found out much more about my own condition, which was induced by a paralysed diaphragm (though we are still trying to work out why that occurred), and my attention is now on carbon dioxide. Where cells have lots of mechanisms for detecting low levels of oxygen, and various mechanisms to try to increase those levels, the spleen responds to low levels of carbon dioxide. Essentially this means that the less oxygen your cells are using in metabolism, the less carbon dioxide they are producing. The spleen reads these low levels as being evidence of disease and triggers the immune system to go on high alert. Whatever is causing a particular individuals myositis then draws the attention of the immune systems T cells to the damaged, or compromised (infection), muscle cells and you have what is misinterpreted as an autoimmune reaction.


Autoimmune Paleo Protocol
Posted by Charity (Faithville, Usa) on 09/06/2017

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.


Supplements
Posted by Frog513 (Nc, Us) on 09/18/2013 13 posts

For Deb from Ohio: I too suffer Hashimoto's Thyroiditis. I don't claim to be an expert by any means but I have read quite a bit on autoimmunity. My understanding ( please correct me if I am wrong) is that we have a TH1 and a TH2 pathway. These pathways should be balanced and each serve their own purpose. TH1 = protection against viruses and TH2 = protection against parasites and allergies. It is much deeper than that but that is the simple explanation. So, in people with autoimmunity, we have imbalanced pathways, one being more dominant. There is a test you can take to see if you are dominant in one or the other: Th1 and Th2 Cytokine Blood Test Panel.

Here is a list of herbs that stimulate each side:

TH1 stimulating compounds:

Ashwaganda

Astragalus

Echinacea

Medicinal Mushrooms (Maitake and Beta-Glucan are common)

Glycyrrhiza (found in licorice)

Melissa Oficinalis (Lemon balm)

Panax Ginseng

Chlorella

Grape Seed Extract

TH2 stimulating compounds:

Caffeine

Green Tea Extract

Pine Bark Extract

White Willow Bark

Lycopene (found in tomatoes and other red fruits excluding strawberries and cherries)

Resveratrol (found in grape skin, sprouted peanuts, and cocoa)

Pycnogenol (found in the extract of the French maritime pine bark and apples)

Curcumin (found in turmeric)

Genistin (found in soybeans)

Quercitin (a flavanoid found in many fruits and vegetables, such as onions, berries and kale)

If you find out you are TH1 dominant then you want to avoid all the herbs that are TH1 stimulating and try using one of the TH2 stimulating herbs. Because you have multiple AI diseases, I would be very careful and only try one thing at time and preferably under the guidance of a naturopath or Integrative Practitioner. I was pretty certain that I was TH1 dominant so I drank organic green tea for about a week every morning to see if I felt worse or better and I did feel better. I do think this is something you do temporarily until you are balanced. To answer your question as to whether we should boost the immune system when we have AI issues? I guess I would say "balance" is the goal for us. I hope I haven't completely confused you : )

Here is a list of conditions (copied & pasted from strideintohealth. Com) for each type:

Th1 Dominant Conditions

  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Type 1 Diabetes mellitus
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen planus
  • Crohn's disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Hashimoto's thyroditis
  • Vitiligo
  • Alopecia
  • Unexplained recurring miscarriage
  • Acute allograft reactions
  • Alzheimer dementia
  • Parkinson disease
  • Sjogrens syndrome
  • Ankylosing spondilitis
  • Granuloma annulare
  • Polymyalgia reumatica
  • Polymositis
  • Wergner's granulomatosis

Th2 Dominant Conditions

  • Allergies
  • Infections
  • Hayfever, rhinitis, sinusitis
  • Asthma
  • Eczema
  • Urticaria
  • Graves disease
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Nephrotic syndrome
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Scleroderma CREST
  • Systemic lupus
  • Eryhaematosus (SLE)
  • Haemolytic anaemia
  • Berger's disease
  • Antiphosphalipid syndrome
  • Tumour risk
  • Most auto-immune disease

Please note that the above list is not all inclusive and some disease and conditions are a mix of Th1 and Th2 activation

Let us know how you are doing!

~Carleen


Vaccine Adjuvants
Posted by Ben (Bremerton Wa ) on 03/21/2016

Auto immune disease, a rapidly increasing global problem .

Your doctor tells you it is all in your head, you are just a hypochondriac imagining you have such severe problems. Maybe you just want attention. Maybe you are depressed and feel like wasting your doctors valuable time to treat a disease that does not exist. Perhaps you should go home take your antidepressants and speak to a psychiatrist

Or maybe you have an autoimmune disease.

Where did it come from? how did I get it? The answers may shock you.

A Glimpse into the Scary World of Vaccine Adjuvants - Http://vaccinechoicecanada.com/vaccine-ingredients/a-glimpse-into-vaccine-adjuvants/.


N-Acetyl Glucosamine
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!


Viral Link to Autoimmunity
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 08/11/2018

Dear Marsh,

I know our experience with mono has been that it does reoccur! Perhaps that is the reason for those monthly fevers - at the least his immune system is overtaxed.

Are you using coconut oil? It has been the very best thing we have found for mono. It has to be the cold-pressed kind that isn't processed. Unfortunately it isn't everyone's favorite taste. For my adult children, they would take 3 T. a day. Even now, my 19 year old will take coconut oil for viruses since he sees how well it has helped him in the past.

For a little guy though, 1/4-1/2 teaspoon three times a day is likely sufficient. Some people experience digestive distress with coconut oil; my family never has though.

I have also probably mentioned that nettle has been huge for us for immune strengthening. I use nettle leaf capsules but tea and tincture work as well. Tincture is easily hidden in anything. A dose of it would be 5 drops a couple of times a day.

I know that you are concerned about the steroids. I don't like them either. But I know you may not have the final say about whether are not they are used. If they are, be encouraged that they may be a help to get over a health hump. We have used them a few times with children over the years in desperate poison ivy situations. Recently we did this for one of my sons. But he continues to mow and get into poison ivy. At first he was still breaking out some (though not nearly as bad.) even after the steroids. But I have been giving him nettle daily for maybe 6 weeks and he is currently poison ivy free, though I am sure he still gets exposed here and there.

I am so glad that your grandson has you on his side. You have done so much for him.

I hope you find just the solution for him.

~Mama to Many~


Viral Link to Autoimmunity
Posted by Mama To Many (Tn) on 08/17/2018

Dear Marsh,

Oh, I hope that the Children's hospital will find the missing link for what will help your grandson!

That is sobering about the possible long term effect of pitocin on children. So many unintended consequences of drugs...

Perhaps the stuttering is related to stress? Many years ago we had an extended family member living with us and it caused a very stressful time in our life. My son who was 5 at the time began to stutter. The stuttering completely ended when that family member moved on. I hope it is also short term for your little guy.

God bless you and your grandson.

~Mama to Many~


Dietary Changes
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.

Avoid High Histamine Levels
Posted by Charity (faithville, Us) on 09/05/2021
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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):

https://www.histamined.com/post/7-surprising-factors-that-can-increase-histamine-levels-and-how-to-deal-with-them

Bicarbonate of Soda
Posted by Beth (London, England) on 05/29/2018
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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.


Antiphospholipid Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Nmax (US) on 04/21/2015

I came across this article that could cure many sufferers of autoimmune disorders by simply eliminating wheat and possibly dairy from your diet: http://www.faim.org/autoimmune/root-cause-autoimmune-disease.html

Get the word out to others who are suffering.


LDN and Medicinal Mushrooms
Posted by Rsw (Uniontown, Oh) on 07/20/2013

For those with autoimmune diseases, please look at www.ldninfo.org to see the many illnesses that can be helped by low dose naltrexone. MS progression can be stopped in 89% of MS sufferers, 67% of Crohn's disease can be put in remission, along with UC, backed up by published studies. Lupus, some cancers, and many other autoimmune diseases respond to LDN. Additionally, there is evidence that medicinal mushrooms can be useful in MS, especially the Lion's Mane mushroom, along with Cordyceps and Reishi. I have recently come across two people with MS, one who took Avonex for 13 years and one who had 13 lesions on his brain, and both are now leading normal lives using the mushroom products. One company who has the three mushrooms in a product is M----- Mushroom. I have no financial or other interest in this company. I usually advocate for LDN for MS, but it looks like the mushroom product could be a possibility for those wanting a food product for their healing.

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.

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.)


Dietary Changes
Posted by Jennywren (Perth, Western Australia) on 05/31/2013

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.


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!


Antiphospholipid Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Julie (Swfl) on 03/07/2015

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: RxAssist.org 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!


Antiphospholipid Syndrome Remedies
Posted by Hilda Wilson (Longmont, Colorado) on 11/22/2016

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.


Viral Link to Autoimmunity
Posted by Bill (San Fernando, Philippines) on 04/08/2014

Interesting discussion this one. For a long time I've wondered why certain diseases -- especially concerning viruses -- were so hard to cure. My own conclusions were that viruses, as well as other types of pathogens like bacteria and fungus are able to easily hide in our bodies. That's why the Epstein-Barr virus, HPV, the Herpes virus and Candida seem all but incurable. So when I researched this I found out that pathogens can indeed hide and become unreachable to both the immune system and anti-microbials by hiding in the following regions of the body:

Ears -- The Eustachian tube connects the throat to the ear for pressure equalization. Funny how the first signs of cold/flu is usually a sore throat. The outer ear can be an untouchable breeding ground for pathogens

Teeth(root canals). Dangerous microbes are untouchable in this region.

Synovial Fluids (particularly along the backbone and joints). Many anti-microbials are unable to penetrate this barrier.

Lower Intestines(caecum, colon area) -- Even if you are taking anti-microbials by mouth -- these will normally be exhausted or completely absorbed and useless by the time these nutrients reach the lower intestine. So the lower intestines ultimately becomes a safe haven for breeding bad pathogens and pumping toxins into the body -- this further weakens the immune system. The intestine is 28 ft long. Think enema.

Biofilms. An impenetrable fortress of dense fibrin protection for both fungus and bacteria.

i really don't believe that just viruses are the sole cause of autoimmune problems. They can certainly be a contributing factor, but I think that autoimmune problems are perhaps a bit more complex. It's well known through research that mycoplasma are frequently found at the sites of arthritis and cancer. Borax kills mycoplasma -- which is how it cures arthritis. Mycoplasma is a CWD nanobacteria. Many also believe that fungus causes cancer.

My own belief is that many pathogens are pleomorphic -- they can change form and nimbly adapt according to the health state of our bodies. As far back as the early 1900s it was observed that bacteria could change into viruses which could also change into fungus. See Rife's cancer research for more details on pleomorphism in cancer and other autoimmune diseases.


Supplements
Posted by KT (Usa) on 09/19/2013

Mama to Many, I'm so glad you recognize what is supposed to be helping you could be, in fact, causing more harm. I learned this long ago but some just refuse to accept it. What I have learned has been piecemeal and if it had not been for those who contacted me about the MSG I know I'd be dead now. It seems like I just posted the information about this somewhere. I listed fractured skull (coma), multiple head and neck injuries, having adhesions from surgeries, cancer and arthritis. By the process of elimination for over twenty years I have learned how much of my pain had been caused by what I was ingesting because my body couldn't heal properly. Varieties of food and vitamins/supplements all contributed. It takes awhile to get “stuff” out of your system and it is not easy.

Sa, do you happen to take calcium supplements? There is calcium in foods we eat and with the addition of supplements you could be getting too much.

Calcium sulfate is an ingredient in bread as itself, but it is also in yeast and dough conditioners. In addition, it is used in medications. When it is mixed with flour, it hardens and causes bowel obstructions so it is conceivable it could cause kidney stones. It is used to kill rodents but the agency that is supposed to protect us has it on it's GRAS list (Generally Recognized as Safe). Blackstrap Molasses is a better source of minerals we need and helped me when I was anemic.

Over the last twenty plus years I've learned so much about the hidden sources of MSG, compounded by what GMO's are doing to us. I am on SSD and cannot afford to purchase all the herbs recommended for various ailments. I have found that finding the cause of the ailment and making attempts to eliminate it has worked best for me. Reducing portions are the key. Combinations of meds and/or supplements can contribute to more problems that are trying to be corrected. The flowing/anti-caking agents in spices contribute. I use turmeric, ginger and garlic supposedly without these but we have to keep in mind that spices are from GMO plants... And "organics" are no longer safe because of the soil, even in minute amounts, it all adds up. The critters we eat or get milk and eggs from are being fed GMO grasses and grains. I am certain that one major culprit is the flowing agent in what is in acceptable commercial table salt and what caused my sciatica. I have learned, piecemeal, that this is a reality but many do not want to accept it. “Wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction and many enter through it”.

This post has been done piecemeal and I know there is a “Deb” who has also expressed some about auto-immune difficulties. I am sixty-five and do not get the sickening migraines I used to get. I have no more arthritis or pain from broken bones... No pain from a vertebra in my neck pressing on my spinal cord. I had been referred to specialists about this for possible surgery. I started to read what vitamins are needed to correct certain ailments and began eating the foods to get those vitamins/nutrients because when I went to my PCP with complaints, I was given Rx's that I had horrible reactions to.

My knee joints would give out, I had to crawl to the bathroom in the middle of the night and once I fell down the steps. Our food is making us sick but there are ways to use the food to help us heal... the way it's cooked and even the order in which it is eaten.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Bcaru (Bristol, Ct) on 02/18/2016

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.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Had (White River Jct, Vermont) on 03/08/2012

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'.


Dietary Changes
Posted by Dawn (Nevada) on 05/11/2016
1 out of 5 stars

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)


Dental Health Link to Autoimmune Disease
Posted by Beth (London) on 02/20/2019
5 out of 5 stars

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.


Borax
Posted by K'c (Chicago) on 06/15/2018

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



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