A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Graft vs Host Disease
I had a question the other day about graft vs host disease.
Graft versus host disease (GvHD) is a condition that might occur after a bone marrow transplant.
In GvHD, the donated bone marrow or stem cells see your body as foreign, and the donated cells/bone marrow attack your body.
There are two forms of GvHD:
>Acute graft versus host disease.
>Chronic graft versus host disease.
As a transplant recipient, you might experience either form of GvHD, both forms, or neither.
This may develop in your skin, liver, or gastrointestinal tract, and symptoms might appear within weeks after your transplant.
Symptoms of GvHD might include any of the following:
>Skin rash or reddened areas on your skin
>Abdominal swelling, yellow discoloration of your skin and/or eyes
>Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or abdominal cramping
>Increased dryness/irritation of your eyes or vision changes
>Dry mouth, white patches inside your mouth, pain or sensitivity to spicy foods
>Shortness of breath
>Difficulty swallowing, pain with swallowing, or weight loss
>Fatigue, muscle weakness, or pain
Home treatment for GvHD centers on keeping your immune system as healthy as possible and treating any symptoms.
To deal with graft vs host disease it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Astragalus boosts your immune system and generates anticancer cells in your body. It’s also a powerful antioxidant and protects your liver from toxins (don’t use if you have a fever).
*Bayberry, fenugreek, hawthorn, horehound, and red clover all enhance immune response.
*Black radish, dandelion, and milk thistle help to cleanse your liver and bloodstream. Your liver is the organ of detoxification and must function optimally.
*Boxthorn seed, suma, and wisteria contain germanium, a trace element that helps immune function and has anticancer properties.
*Begin a diet of fresh organic fruits and vegetables (preferably raw) plus nuts, seeds, grains, and other foods high in fiber.
*Include in your diet chlorella, garlic, and pearl barley. These foods contain germanium as well. Also add kelp to your diet, in the form of giant red kelp or brown kelp. Kelp contains several things necessary for your immune system’s functional integrity.
*Consume “green drinks” daily. The best contain a wide variety of plants and are organic.
*Avoid animal products, processed foods, sugar, and soda.
*Follow a fasting program once a month to rid your body of toxins that can weaken your immune system.
*Use spirulina, especially while fasting. Spirulina is a naturally digestible food that help protect your immune system. It supplies many nutrients needed for cleansing and healing.
*Be sure to get sufficient sleep. As much as possible, avoid stress.
*Get regular moderate exercise (but don’t overdo it). Exercise reduces stress and elevates mood, which has a positive effect on immune response.
*Don’t smoke or consume beverages containing alcohol or caffeine.
*Don’t take any recreational drugs.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you’re taking or considering.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
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