Lupus

Lupus the name for wolves stand howling at the moon.

LUPUS

WHAT IS LUPUS?

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, and one that is difficult to diagnose. It can be confused with thyroid disorders, Lyme disease and fibromyalgia. The body has persistent inflammation present for periods of time “flare ups”. ‘The immune system attacks the body and causes harm to joints, skin, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood vessels and the brain. The symptoms are treatable by modern medicine – but what is the cause?

WHAT IS THE CAUSE?

Most doctors agree that lupus is caused by a combination of environmental and genetic factors. The Epstein-Barr virus, antibiotics, extreme stress , ultraviolet light, smoking, estrogen disruption, metal toxicity and some medications are likely causes.

BULLETS FACTS

  • Lupus is not contagious
  • Lupus is known as systemic lupus erythematous or SLE
  • Other types of lupus include discoid (cutaneous), drug-induced and neonatal lupus
  • 1.5 to 2 million people in America suffer from Lupus
  • 90 % of people suffering from lupus are women
  • Lupus is most common between the age of 15 to 45 years
  • Things that make it worse is, gluten, trans fats, processed foods, high sodium, caffeine
  • Foods that help are organic unprocessed foods, bone broth, avocado, coconut oil, cucumber, melon and nuts and seeds
  • Vitamin supplements  is DHEA (200 milligrams daily), Vitamin D3 (2,000–5,000 IU daily) spirulina and turmeric
  • Take a daily bath with a cup of Epsom salts to detox and get your magnesium levels up.

TREATMENT

Treatments for lupus include corticosteroids, immunosuppressive drugs and lifestyle changes.

I attended a lecture given by MD Fletchers recently and was shocked, as was everybody in the audience, when he mentioned the word Cure and Lupus in the same sentence. It is no magic cure but at least a hope for those suffering from Lupus. He referenced the following quotes from Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Clinic made the following statement recently:

“DHEA levels are lower in women who have lupus (an autoimmune disorder that affects the skin and organs). DHEA may boost immune function. Several trials report that DHEA may lack an effect on SLE disease activity, though there is some evidence supporting its use in addition to regular treatment. Research suggests that DHEA may help improve symptoms of SLE. Additional research is needed in this area.

Mayo Clinic suggested dosage is :”To treat cognitive disorders, 25-400 milligrams of DHEA has been taken by mouth daily for up to six months. A dose of 200 milligrams of DHEA-S has been injected into the vein daily for four weeks.”

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Traditional medical view (Mayo Clinic) - “Lupus is a chronic inflammatory disease that occurs when your body’s immune system attacks your own tissues and organs.”

 

Inflammation caused by lupus can affect many different body systems - including your joints, skin, kidneys, blood cells, brain, heart and lungs.”

 

Systemic symptoms:

Pain/swelling in joints

Muscle pain

Fever with no cause

Red rashes - often on the face

Chest pain when taking a deep breath

Hair loss

Pale or purple fingers/toes

Sensitivity to sun

Swelling in legs or around eyes

Mouth ulcers

Swollen glands

Feeling very tired

 

1.5 mil Americans

5 mil worldwide have a form of lupus

 

90% women = most develop between 15-44.  (Lupus Foundation)

 

“The cause of lupus is not known.  Research suggests that genes play an important role, but genes alone do not determine who gets lupus  it is likely that many factors trigger the disease.”  National Institute of Health

 

Potential triggers:

Sunlight

Infections

Medications (Mayo Clinic)

 

“The studies on genetic markers of lupus susceptibility have yielded inconclusive results.” (American College of Rheumatology)

 

Common medications:

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

Antimalarial drugs

Corticosteroids

Immunosuppressants

 

Side effects of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs:

  • Black, bloody or tarry stools
  • Coughing up blood or vomit that looks like coffee grounds
  • Severe nausea, vomiting or stomach pain
  • Fever lasting longer than 3 days
  • Swelling or pain lasting longer than 10 days
  • Chest pain, weakness, shortness of breath, slurred speech, problems with vision or balance
  • Severe headache, neck stiffness, chills, increased sensitivity to light and/or seizure
  • Hearing problems, ringing in your ears.
  • Renal papillary necrosis and other renal injury
  • Skin problems such as exfoliative dermatitis and toxic epidermal necrolysis (which can be fatal)
  • Increased cardiovascular  events, myocardial infarction and stroke
  • Gastrointestinal events such as inflammation, ulceration, and perforation of the stomach, small intestine or large intestine which can be fatal.

 

Since so many of the symptoms of lupus are the same as the side-effects of the drugs, how do you know when you’re making progress.

 

Environmental and Lifestyle Factors involved in causing Lupus:

Chronic stress - chemical, physical, emotional

Medications

Antibiotics

Environmental toxins

Toxic, processed food

Sedentary lifestyle

 

Solutions

Proper nerve supply (oxygen, nutrition) through spinal alignment

Regular exercise

Proper nutrition

Sufficient rest

Prayer and contemplation

 

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) This hormone is made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands and is a precursor to 18 steroid hormones including the commonly known sex hormones estrogen and testosterone)

“DHEA shows promise as a new therapeutic agent for the treatment of mild to moderate Lupus.” Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatology




Factors that contribute to low DHEA levels:

Statins (cholesterol lowering medications)

High sugar and high carbohydrate diet (elevated insulin causes a decreased production of DHEA in the adrenals)

Alcohol and caffeine consumption

High stress lifestyle

Poor sleeping habits

Digestive disorders (leaky gut)

Nutrient deficiencies

 

Factors that boost your DHEA levels:

  • Low sugar and carbohydrate diet
  • Diet rich in phytonutrients and trace minerals
  • Raw or lightly steamed vegetables
  • Anti-inflammatory herbs (turmeric, ginger, rosemary, thyme, cinnamon)
  • Healthy Fats (coconuts, avocadoes, olive oil, Omega 3 oil)
  • Healthy protein
  • Regular sun exposure or vitamin D supplementation  (“Vitamin D deficiency is highly prevalent in patients with SLE (systemic Lupus erythematosus).  Severe deficiency increases the risk for moderate to severe disease activity.  (Journal of Lupus)

“Vitamin D exerts important regulatory functions on cells from the innate as well as from the adaptive immune response.  Indeed, accumulating evidence has shown that insufficient vitamin D levels may lead to dysregulation of immune responses, and thus contribute to autoimmune diseases.” (Frontiers of Immunology))

  • Vitamin K2 is essential for proper utilization of vitamin D (Vitamin K2 is found in cultured foods like sauerkraut, kimchi and kombucha)
  • Supplementation of gut flora (probiotics)
  • Supplementation with Vitamin E (“The present study suggests that vitamin E can suppress autoantibody production via a mechanism independent of antioxidant activity.” (Natural Product Research journal)
  • Regular high intensity exercise