A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Lupus
I had a question the other day about lupus.
Lupus is a disease of the immune system.
Normally, your immune system protects your body from infection.
But with lupus, your immune system wrongly attacks tissues in various parts of your body.
This abnormal activity leads to tissue damage and illness.
People of African, Asian, and Native American descent are more likely to develop lupus than Caucasians.
It can occur in both men and women, but 90% of people diagnosed with the disease are women.
Women 14 to 45 years old are most often affected.
As many as 1 in 250 people may develop lupus.
The symptoms of lupus differ from one person to another.
Some people have just a few symptoms, while others have many.
In addition, there are many different symptoms because lupus can affect any part of the body.
Some of the more common symptoms include:
>Unexplained fever (more than 100 F)
>Swollen joints (arthritis)
>Prolonged or extreme fatigue
>Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation
>Pain in your chest when breathing deeply
>A butterfly-shaped rash across your cheeks and nose
>Sensitivity to sunlight
>Mouth or nose sores
>Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress
Many people with lupus feel ill in general and complain of fever, weight loss, and fatigue.
People with lupus also develop specific problems when their immune system attacks a particular organ or area in their body.
The cause of lupus is unknown.
It’s unknown what triggers the immune system to attack various areas of your body.
That’s why suppressing your immune system is one of the main forms of treatment.
Factors that may contribute to the development of lupus include viruses, environmental chemicals and a person’s genetic makeup.
Lupus treatment depends on several factors, including your age, overall health, medical history, and location and severity of disease.
Lupus is a condition that can change over time and isn’t always predictable.
The disease often includes periods of symptoms followed by periods of remission.
Most people with lupus can expect to have a normal lifespan.
There’s no cure for lupus, but there are steps you can take to improve your quality of life.
To deal with lupus it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Review my post on keeping clean on the inside.
*Breathe easier; purify indoor air.
*Increase essential fats (flax oil, olive oil, Omega-3 oils).
*Consume a 50% raw food diet: lots of fresh, raw fruits and veggies (organic when possible). Include fresh juicing.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase exercise, deep breathing, relaxation, stress management and energy techniques.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Deal with any underlying emotional issues.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy or add baking soda to bath water.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*Decrease toxic exposures of all kinds.
*Investigate and eliminate “hidden” allergies/sensitivities.
*Decrease or eliminate any and all hydrogenated, trans fats, and deep-fried foods.
*Decrease or eliminate sugar-laden foods, white flour products, simple carbs.
*Decrease or eliminate processed, instant, chemical-laden, “lifeless” foods.
*Decrease or eliminate smoking, alcohol, coffee, soda pop, processed juices.
*Become educated about all possible side effects and detrimental influences of any medications or treatment procedures you are taking or considering.
*Research and address underlying Candida issues.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners as they are neurotoxins.
*Explore dental amalgam toxicity.
*Consume plenty of fresh (not canned) pineapple and/or papaya (anti-inflammatory properties).
*Avoid all dairy products.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers).