A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Mitochondrial Disease
I had a question the other day about mitochondrial disease.
Mitochondrial disease is an inherited chronic illness which can be present at birth or develop later in life.
It causes debilitating physical, developmental, and mental disabilities.
About 1 in 2,000 people has mitochondrial disease.
It’s progressive and there’s no cure.
Mitochondria are tiny organelles found in almost every cell in your body.
They’re known as the “powerhouse of the cell.”
They’re responsible for creating more than 90% of cellular energy.
They’re necessary in your body to sustain life and support growth.
Mitochondrial failure causes cell injury leading to cell death.
When multiple organ cells die there’s organ failure.
There are many forms of mitochondrial disease and it presents very differently from person to person.
The severity of mitochondrial disease symptoms is also different from person to person.
The most common symptoms are:
>loss of muscle coordination, muscle weakness
>neurological problems, seizures
>autism, autism spectrum
>visual and/or hearing problems
>developmental delays, learning disabilities
>heart, liver or kidney disease
>gastrointestinal disorders, severe constipation
>increased risk of infection
>thyroid and/or adrenal dysfunction
>neuropsychological changes characterized by confusion, disorientation and memory loss.
Treatment consists of vitamin therapy and conserving energy.
The goal is to improve symptoms and slow progression by avoiding exposure to illness and ensuring adequate nutrition and hydration.
To deal with mitochondrial disease it’s beneficial to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water daily to hydrate and flush toxins.
*Alfalfa is a good source of needed minerals. Take 2,000 mg daily in capsule or extract form.
*Black cohosh, hyssop, and lobelia are beneficial for helping control your central nervous system and they have a calming effect. For best results, they should be used on an alternating basis (don’t use black cohosh if you’re pregnant, have a chronic disease, or have liver problems).
*Avoid the herb sage if you have seizures.
*Eat cultured milk products like yogurt and kefir.
*Include beet greens, chard, eggs, green leafy vegetables, raw cheese, raw milk, raw nuts, seeds, and soybeans in your diet.
*Eat fish regularly (twice a week) and take a fish oil supplement.
*Drink fresh “live” juices made from beets, carrots, green beans, green leafy vegetables, peas, red grapes, and seaweed for concentrated nutrients.
*Eat small meals, don’t drink large quantities of liquids at once, and take 2 tablespoons of olive oil daily.
*Avoid alcoholic beverages, animal protein, fried foods, artificial sweeteners like aspartame (Equal, NutraSweet, etc.), caffeine, and nicotine. Avoid refined foods and sugar.
*Get regular moderate exercise to improve circulation.
*As much as possible, avoid stress and tension.
*Consider liver and colon cleanses.
*Increase fresh air, sunshine, connect to nature, adequate rest.
*Consider skin brushing, Epsom salt baths, hydrotherapy.
*Ensure regular (2 per day) bowel movements.
*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.
*May need extra magnesium (to bowel tolerance).
*Avoid aluminum (pans, foil, deodorant, etc.)
*Consider hair analysis for heavy metals toxicity.
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