In the last fifty years in the world is an epidemic of autoimmune diseases, from diabetes, multiple sclerosis, to celiac disease and asthma.
Autoimmune diseases are disorders of immunity in which it reacts too strong or too weak and thereby destroy its own tissue.
It causes tissue destruction, vulnerability and infection.
There are about 80 types of autoimmune diseases and many of them have similar symptoms.
Consequently, it is sometimes difficult to accurately diagnose.
The autoimmune diseases usually have a period of remission, when there are small symptoms or missing at all, and than they are followed by a period of sudden relapse or exacerbation.
Classical treatments of autoimmune diseases mainly include drugs that reduce the activity of the immune system, but a unique drug that will act on the causes of the disease does not yet exist.
What are the types of autoimmune diseases?
Some of the more common autoimmune diseases include:
• Rheumatoid arthritis – inflammation of the joints and surrounding tissues
• Lupus – an inflammatory disease that affects the skin, kidneys, brain and other organs
•IBS (irritable bowel syndrome)
• Celiac disease – intolerance of gluten (wheat protein) in food, which causes damage to the intestines and many other symptoms
• Multiple sclerosis – an inflammatory disease of the central nervous system that affects the brain and spinal cord
• Type 1 diabetes – the destruction of the cells that produce insulin in the pancreas
• Psoriasis – a chronic skin disease (flakes of skin, redness, thickening of the skin).
• Graves’ disease – a rapid thyroid hyperthyroidism.
• Hashimoto – inflammation of the thyroid gland, reduced thyroid, hipotireoizam
• Myasthenia gravis (MG) – fatigue and weakness of the skeletal muscles
• Vasculitis – inflammation of blood vessels
• Vitiligo – white spots on the skin
• Scleroderma – a disease “hard skin”, the connective tissue that causes changes in the veins, skin, muscles and organs (heart, lungs).
• Pernicious anemia – decreased number of red blood cells due to the inability to absorb vitamin B12
Why the immune system attacks healthy cells?
The first step towards improving the health is the understanding and control of the causes of autoimmune diseases.
Very difficult task to solve this disease,because the exact cause is still unknown.
There are many theories about that and the most suspected causes are:
•viruses, bacteria, fungi and parasites
•side effects of medications
•toxins in food
•leaky gut syndrome
In the development of the disease also participate the disrupted bacterial intestinal flora (intestinal dysbiosis), allergens, stress, bad eating habits and low levels of vitamins.
Nutrition in autoimmune diseases
People with autoimmune diseases recommended the so-called “autoimmune diet,” which includes intake of anti-inflammatory foods and avoiding those with high inflammatory factor.
Among the recommended foods are:
• Cold-pressed extra virgin oils
• Fruit, especially those with lower glycemic index
• Vegetables – especially green leafy
• Integral cereals
• Fermented foods
• Natural spices
• Herbal teas
It is necessary to avoid products containing gluten, as they may affect and cause an inflammatory immune response.
Many people cannot tolerate any soy products, peanuts, nuts and protein from milk. Other common allergens are found in plants-Nightshade like aubergine and tomatoes.
In multiple sclerosis are very successful the OMS and Swank diet.
Dong’s diet is regime in which many find relief from arthritis.
Do you have an autoimmune reaction, be sure to test for food intolerance.
Intestinal health and autoimmune diseases – what’s the connection?
Many alternative doctors believe that the leaky gut syndrome is closely related with autoimmune diseases. How arises “leaky gut”?
Intestinal dysbiosis (also called dysbacteriosis) is a condition where the balance between pathogenic and beneficent microorganisms of the body is disturbed. In today’s world, most people have dysbiosis, because are not getting enough of the good bacteria when intake the food.
In such condition, the intestines are inhabited by too many harmful microorganisms.
By the time, they damage the intestinal wall and intestines leaking too much undigested food particles, toxins and antigens in the bloodstream.
The immune system then registers those particles of the undigested food, designates them as foreign bodies and then launches an allergic reaction and inflammation throughout the whole body.
One of the major culprits for this is gluten.
Ejecting gluten from the diet of people with leaky gut syndrome leads to healing the intestines and improve the overall health.
The faster healing of the intestine help glutamine, probiotics, gamma linolenic acid, digestive enzymes, butyric acid, and vitamin D.
One of the major causes of autoimmune disease regarded pollution the environment .
From the 90s to the market were released about 80,000 chemicals, of which it was tested only a few hundred.
In the human body can be found in average 148 chemicals.
The amount of harmful substances in our bodies pile up from the first day – in the umbilical cord of a newborn child was found 248 chemicals, pesticides, phthalates, dioxins, mercury and teflon.
Prof. Douglas Kerr from the famous Johns Hopkins University consider the chemicals as a major cause of autoimmune diseases, although the conventional medicine don’t consider them as crucial.
If you have an autoimmune disease, is necessary to test for mercury and other heavy metals to make sure.
As far as possible, avoid exposure to toxic substances.
It is very important to filter the drinking water, to use natural cosmetic and cleaning products, and to replace the teflon pans with other less reactive dishes.
The autoimmune diseases can also be caused by the amalgam fillings, so it is good to consult your dentist in order to find healthier alternatives.
The use of supplements and herbs
Autoimmune diseases can be very progressive if you don’t begin to take care of the health on time.
Good nutritional support and supplementation can greatly help to control symptoms and is one of the most important items that struggle with this disease.
In 1974 was made a study by testing the blood of patients with a high chances of developing lupus and rheumatoid arthritis at levels of beta carotene, vitamin E and vitamin A.
After 15 years, those who develop the disease have shown very low levels of these nutrients which explain the fact that an long-term intake of adequate amounts of nutrients is very important.
1. Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids
Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids or oils that contain omega 6 and gamma linolenic acid, are one of the most important in the fight against autoimmune diseases, because they can relieve a number of symptoms through its wide anti-inflammatory activity.
Valuable sources include flax oil, borage, peril, evening primrose and black currant.
It is a hormone whose deficiency is connected with a number of chronic and degenerative diseases.
Studies have shown that people suffering from lupus, type 1 diabetes, Sjögren’s syndrome have a lack of this hormone.
DHEA stimulates immune function and can be beneficial to those suffering from lupus, asthma, eczema, Crohn’s disease, schizophrenia, psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome and muscle disease.
An essential thing in reducing relapse is to block the effect of excessive secretion of the stress hormone cortisol and the most effective supplement in this is DHA.
3. Milk thistle (lat.Silybum marianum)
Taking care of the liver is important for the whole organism.
Essential for detoxification of the body, discharge of heavy metals and toxins. Liver health is associated with many diseases.
One of the best supplements to clean and maintain the health of the liver is silymarin (Silybum marianum) or milk thistle.
4. Vitamin D
There is increasing evidence pointing that vitamin D is a critical link connected with autoimmune diseases.
This vitamin is able to modulate the activity of immune cells and plays an important role in the recovery of the intestine.
Supplementation with antioxidants may help in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
Among the most important are vitamin C, E, beta carotene, Proanthocyanidins, coenzyme Q10, selenium.
Cannabis is the most widely used prohibited drug.
It is the subject of many medical studies in which regularly shows excellent healing properties.
The latest researches show that THC acts on DNA, and may be effective in arthritis, lupus, colitis, multiple sclerosis and other inflammatory diseases.
7. Peony (lat. Paeonia lactiflora)
The peony is a plant that acts immunomodulatory and is used in arthritis, lupus and hepatitis.
Many of the properties of this plant are useful for patients suffering from autoimmune diseases.
Paeoniflorin from its root is able to modulate the autoimmune response of the body.
The treatment of this plant in the clinical studies was surpassed strong conventional drugs in treating rheumatoid arthritis.
It is also beneficial in psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis and psoriasis.
8. Plant Extract garum armoricum
Reducing stress hormones is essential in the treatment of autoimmune diseases.
For it is of great benefit the plant extract garum armoricum, which contains the unique polypeptides that act as precursors of endorphin and other neurotransmitters.
They help to adapt to stressful situations, mentally and physically.
Other significant supplements are theanine from the green tea and the aforementioned DHEA.
Dosage and administration
These are general recommendations. It is desirable to consult a doctor of alternative medicine or a nutritionist to help you in choosing the appropriate supplements.
To reduce inflammation
• Omega 3 fatty acids (EPA / DHA) 1400 mg EPA, 1000 mg daily of DHA
• GLA: 300-600 grams per day
• DHEA: for women from 15 to 25 mg per day, and for men from 25 to 75 mg (depending on results of blood test )
• AKBA 20 mg or Incense – 100 mg daily
• Vitamin C: 1-4 grams per day
• Natural Vitamin E: 100-400 IU of alpha-tocopherol and 200 mg of gamma-tocopherol
• Green tea extract: standardized to 98% polyphenols, 725-1450 mg daily
• Beta carotene: 25,000 IU per day
• Grape seed extract: 100 mg per day
• Coenzyme Q10: 100-200 mg daily
• Selenium: 200 micrograms per day
Protection against glycation (the damage caused by the excessive amount of sugar in the body)
• L carnitine: 500-1500 mg per day
• Extract of white peonies root: 252 mg paeoniflorin. About 1200-1800 mg of extract per day
• Plant sterols: 20 mg per day
• Vitamin D 5000-8000 IU per day, depending on blood tests
Gut (intestinal) health
• Probiotics – according to the instructions
• L glutamine: 1-2 g per day
• butyric acid: according to the instruction of experts
• Garum armoricum: 210-420 gr per day
• L-theanine: 100-400 mg per day
• Milk thistle: 750 mg which correspond to 225 mg silibinin , 600 mg of silymarin and 60 mg of isolibin
The steps that you should necessarily make if you have an autoimmune disease
1. Test for mercury and other heavy metals
2. Test on celiac disease that causes over 60 autoimmune diseases
3. Take nutrients and supplements, vitamin D, fatty acids (EPA / DHA, GLA), and probiotics
4. Practice deep relaxation
5. Regularly clean the body
6. Eat a healthy anti-inflammatory foods
7. Make sure that you sleep well
8. Regular exercise
9. Stay as much as you can in the sun and fresh air.
How the autoimmune disease is diagnosed?
The tests that are commonly used to detect the type of autoimmune disease are:
1.Antinuclear antibody test
3. Test of complete blood cells count
4.Test of C-reactive protein (CRP)
5.Testing blood erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)