A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Mannose-Binding Lectin Deficiency
I had a question the other day about mannose-binding lectin deficiency.
Mannose-binding lectin protein (MBL) deficiency is a deficiency that changes the function of your immune system.
This condition usually causes frequent and sometimes severe infections in infants and young children.
This deficiency can occur as a result of one or more variations in the MBL2 gene.
A lack of this protein can cause this condition, but it’s likely more influenced by other genetic and environmental factors.
Individuals with MBL deficiency are prone to recurrent infections, including infections of the upper respiratory tract and other body systems.
Affected people may also contract more serious infections like pneumonia and meningitis.
The signs and symptoms associated with MBL deficiency vary from person to person.
Symptoms depend on the type of infections present, as well as their frequency and severity.
Infants and young children with MBL deficiency seem to be more susceptible to infections, but adults can also develop recurrent infections.
Other people more susceptible to infection include cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and organ-transplant patients receiving immunosuppressive drugs (especially people with liver transplants).
There’s been a lot of research on the role of MBL deficiency in increasing the risk for complications like infections in those who have both MBL deficiency and other conditions, like cystic fibrosis; autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and lupus; AIDS; atherosclerosis; and people on chemotherapy for the treatment of blood cancers and other blood disorders.
However, the results of these studies have been conflicting.
Currently, there are no specific therapies or cure available for mannose-binding lectin protein deficiency.
Fresh frozen plasma may be used in emergencies to replace complement components.
Because a certain gene has been found to cause this condition, gene therapy may be a viable treatment in the future.
To deal with mannose-binding lectin deficiency 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.