February 08, 2014

Lupus

What is Lupus?
Lupus is an autoimmune disorder (the body is attacking itself) of the connective tissues that affects eight times more women (between the ages of 20 and 40) than men. Among ethnic backgrounds, those of African, Native American, and Asian descent develop the condition more frequently than those of European ancestry. Lupus  can be mild such as discoid lupus (DLE), affecting exposed areas of the skin, and sometimes the joints, to life-threatening (systemic lupus erythematosis), affecting more organs of the body.
What are the symptoms?
Symptoms vary according to the severity of the illness and which organs are affected. Initial signs include arthritis, a red "butterfly" rash across the bridge of the nose and on the cheeks (in SLE), or more of a red, circular, thickened areas that leave scars (in DLE). Lupus is the Latin word for "wolf," and erythema means "redness"; the typical red skin sores are said to resemble a wolf's bite.


Other symptoms include weakness, prolonged and extreme fatigue, and weight loss. SLE may occur very abruptly with a fever and mimic an acute infection or it may occur very slowly over months and years with only several episodes of fever and fatigue. SLE may be classified as mild if the symptoms are mainly fever, joint pain, rash, headaches, pleurisy, and pericarditis, but is often chronic with periods of improvement and relapse. There can also be years of remission in between periods of symptoms.
What causes Lupus?
The exact cause is unknown at this time. However, hormones are believed to aggravate it, particularly estrogen, which is why more women are affected. It also seems to be related to the use of estrogen therapy and birth control pills. This would make it then, to some extent, hormone-dependent.
Suggested Alternative Treatments
Allopathic medicine does not consider there to be a cure for Lupus , but many alternative practitioners report "cures" by eliminating causes and treating the body as a whole, beginning with adjustments in diet and appropriate supplementation.
It is suggested that people with lupus eat frequent smaller meals and limit cow's milk and beef products. Increase vegetables and consume fish several times a week (omega-3 fatty acids). One of the case study showed that a lady of 52 years old who has diabetes, thyroid condition and severe arthritis – lupus, consumed 6 oz of any kind of seafood in her diet every day. Within a few weeks, she began to notice substantial improvement, and then progressively more dramatic improvement. The pain and swelling of her cruelly twisted fingers had disappeared within the first week, and her arthritis receded rapidly from then on. 
Alfalfa sprouts or tablets which contain L-canavanine sulfate and should be avoided, along with L-tryptophan which may produce substances in the body that may promote the autoimmune process. Adhere to a whole foods diet. You may also want to discuss a fasting or a Detoxification program with your doctor as an avenue to establish a complete cleansing and remission.
While cooking eggs it is better to separate the egg yolks to put in smoothie then soft scrambling the egg-whites because cooking destroys the glycoprotein! Subsequently, eat separately or remix with the raw egg yolk! Soft cooked egg-white mixed with raw egg-yolk taste better than great! Raw egg yolks are an extremely nutritious and enriching addition to your smoothie but don't blend in the machine, just gently stir in with a fork after the hi-speed blending.
High oxalates foods like spinach, soy powders and beet greens should be avoided. 
No poly-food oils like canola, soy, corn, sunflower, safflower, grapeseed, cottonseed, peanut, etc. Replace with extra-virgin olive oil, macadamia nut oil or organic, free coconut oil. 
Herbs and supplements such as cat's claw, black walnut, omega-3 fatty acids and flaxseed oil are purported to lessen inflammation. Lupus, like so many autoimmune diseases, creates changes in your ability to absorb nutrients from your gut, so dietary supplements may help with restoring the balance, especially during a flare. Here's a complete list, as well as food sources, for these important vitamins and minerals.
Try reducing sugars from your diet as it provokes insulin production which causes inflammation while it depresses your immune system. Inspite use stevia as a replacer. Also get restrictions on table salt use. Instead replace them sun dried sea salt or Himalayan salt. 
Colloidal Silver may be used as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiarthritic remedy. Echinacea should be avoided, or used with caution. Be sure you are getting the proper amount for your condition by discussing these options with a professional health care provider. Note: Medicinal herbs should be taken with caution, especially if you're on prescription drugs.
In addition to diet and supplements, you may want to consider acupuncture as this procedure is individualized towards each person's unique profile and specific health conditions.
Our research has found that one should always have the prescribed doses of medications as without them it will not cure your problem completely. Studies also reveal that the effect of Plaquenil is a slow process but it will surely show its effect in longer run.  
Since lupus can flare up during times of extreme stress, regular exercise and stress management are very important. Go for a walk around your house or do yoga which will help you to be fresh and contribute to your wellness. 
Our research has found that one should always have the prescribed doses of medications as without them it will not cure your problem completely. Studies also reveal that the effect of Plaquenil is a slow process but it will surely show its effect in longer run.  


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