Part two: Autoimmune Disease and How YOU can reverse the Growing Epidemic.
In part 1 of “Autoimmune disease and how YOU can Reverse the Growing Epidemic” we found that:
- Autoimmune disease affects 75% of women compared to 25% men.
- That the growing epidemic today can be put down to and coincides with the massive increase of toxins in our environment in the past 50 years
- We found that only 30% of autoimmune diseases are genetic and that 70% of all autoimmune diseases can be atributed to environmental toxins.
- And we found that we can all do a lot more to reduce our chances of an autoimmune disease by reducing toxins in our home and in the food we eat.
Scientists agree, genetic susceptibility to an autoimmune disease is
In part two we examine in more depth how YOU can put your autoimmune disease into remission without any prescription medication.
And why prescription medication can make things worse and is not the answer to regaining lasting good health.
Also we will look at Vitamin D and the important role it plays in boosting a healthy and strong immune system.
And when things are really bad for you, what you can do to get back to optimum health.
HOW TO PUT AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE INTO REMISSION.
“All Disease begins in the Gut” – Hippocrates
More than three thousand years ago, Hippocrates the father of medicine, said “all disease begins in the gut” and nothing has changed.
Gut permeability is vital to GOOD health.
The gut microbiome is 99% of the DNA in your body and up to 80% of your immune system is located in your digestive system.
If you already suffer from an autoimmune disease then you are more likely to have several more autoimmune diseases in your lifetime.
And people with an autoimmune disease live 15 years less than someone without an autoimmune disease.
A person with Rheumatoid arthritis for instance may have 10 different causes that led them to contracting RA, and those causes can be different for every individual.
The 3 Main Triggers for Autoimmune Disease.
There are 3 main triggers of autoimmune disease and they are Toxins, Microbes and allergens – and allergens only bother us when a leaky gut is present.
When you google, “what is a leaky gut” this is what google comes up with:
“Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well.
The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)”.
All of these foods are eliminated in the elimination diet but more about that later in this article.
Increasingly research has linked leaky gut to a number of “seemingly unrelated” health concerns and chronic diseases.
Arthritis has been linked to a leaky gut and many other autoimmune diseases.
A possible cause of leaky gut is increased intestinal permeability or intestinal hyper-permeability.
That could happen when tight junctions in the gut, which control what passes through the lining of the small intestine, don’t work properly.
Allowing substances to leak into the bloodstream that shouldn’t be there, altering the immune system response.
The immune system will attack something that shouldn’t be there, they are considered foreign and must be destroyed.
As we already know (from part one) many environmental toxins can enter the blood stream and has even been found in the fetal cord of a new born child.
Therefore there must have been a leaky gut to allow this to transfer from mother to child.
And from part one we learnt reducing environmental toxins such as processed foods and the chemical exposure from common household cleaning products, cosmetics and cooking utensils will also help reduce chemical exposure and relieve your immune system from over work and allow it to do its job.
The Elimination Diet is specifically designed to nourish and replenish the gut and restore all digestive functions to optimum levels.
In doing so this will allow the immune system to do it’s very effective job of taking care of your good health and wellbeing.
The elimination diet is very specific in restoring the microbiome and while it is a very restrictive diet, it is not long term.
You will only need to be on the elimination diet for 2 – 4 weeks before you will notice some benefit and in some cases even a cure.
And you can go on the diet whenever you feel the need to nourish your gut.
It is not that hard to take just 21 – 30 days out of your normal routine to refresh, replenish and restore the gut when it can alleviate all of your unnecessary suffering and eliminate the need for the sometimes harmful prescription medications.
There are many testimonials online from people who have had great relief by doing an Elimination Diet.
General signs of a leaky gut include:
- Chronic fatigue.
- Food allergies.
- General/seasonal allergies.
- Joint pain.
- Skin rashes (related to inflammation)
- Nutritional deficiencies (improper absorption)
- Weakened immune system (from overexertion)
These general signs give you a good idea how easy the underlying cause could be an autoimmune disease.
The last two on the list are directly related to leaky gut because all nutrients should be absorbed in the stomach, should they reach the intestines, the immune system will be alerted and will attack anything that shouldn’t be there. Hence an over-reaction of the immune response.
Should you have any of these symptoms, there are a number of tests that you can take, the “Lactulose/ Mannitol test” and the “intestinal antigenic permeability screen” both tests have their benefits.
In New Zealand at Massey University there has been a breakthrough in testing for leaky gut with a more accurate and comprehensive test being performed. You can see the article here.
“The existing clinical tests of gut permeability are fairly crude and may not be sufficiently sensitive to identify the early stages of relapse, or to identify which section of the bowel is involved”. Professor Lentle says.
Write your Own Comprehensive Health History.
If you suspect you have leaky gut and you want to eliminate the underlying cause, sit down with a pen and paper and write down your entire health history from birth until now.
See if you can identify any triggers that may have started your autoimmune disease.
Consider what you eat that may have triggered an autoimmune flare up and avoid those foods.
Include any family history of disease and spend some time thinking about what may be causing you stress.
Trauma and stress in your life will have an effect on your wellness.
When you spend some time going through your health history in this way you will be able to for the first time see a pattern or find an offending food or identify a stressful moment when this all began.
What is the Elimination Diet?
An elimination diet is a short-term eating plan that eliminates certain foods that may be causing allergies and other digestive reactions – then reintroduces the foods one at a time in order to determine which foods are, and are not, well-tolerated.
There are many factors that contribute to a healthy gut, including your environment, the amount and quality of sleep you get and stress or trauma in your life.
But the number one factor responsible for what microbes live or die in your gut is DIET.
And there are just eight common foods that cause 90% of all food-allergy reactions.
By avoiding these foods while on the elimination diet you will see positive results in a very short time.
Some say the elimination diet starts to work the moment you avoid the listed offenders because the average lifespan of bacteria in the gut microbiome is just 20 minutes!
To repair the gut and the immune response to allergens it only takes the immune system about three weeks to stop producing antibodies to foods it considers a threat.
So this is usually the minimum time needed for someone to fully heal from sensitives and to notice improvements and reduction in their symptoms.
8 Common Foods Cause 90% of all Food Allergies.
Elimination diets range in terms of what exact foods are permitted and eliminated, but most will cut out all common allergens, including:
- Refined/added Sugar
- Eggs, in some cases
- Usually all packaged, processed or fast foods
Even when you don’t test positive for a food allergy a sensitivity can be present.
Foods That Heal the Microbiome
1/ Prebiotics – are a type of un-digestible fibre living in our large intestine that probiotics love to eat and the more prebiotic food we consume the healthier your gut will be.
All foods high in fibre are naturally prebiotic foods, the following foods are considered the highest in prebiotic fibre.
- Raw Chicory Root.
- Raw Jerusalem Artichoke.
- Raw Dandelion Greens.
- Raw Garlic.
- Raw Leeks.
- Raw Onion.
- Cooked Onions.
- Raw Asparagus.
2/ Probiotics – fermented dairy foods. These foods naturally contain both prebiotics and probiotics making them symbiotic foods, they include
- Sour cream
3/ Sulphur Foods – for the proper development of connective tissue and maintain structural integrity of the skin, to resist bacteria and protect against toxins
- Coconut milk, juice, oil.
- Cruciferous veggies, including: bok choy, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, horseradish, kale, kohlrabi, mustard leaves, radish, turnips, watercress.
- Dairy (except butter)
- Dried fruits.
- Eggs? – in the foods to avoid – check for personal sensitivity
- Legumes and dried beans.
4/ Colostrum – There is so much to be said for the restorative actions of colostrum to heal the leaky gut.
Mothers first feed to the new born colostrum helps balance and stabilize the immune system.
High in nutrients, colostrum promotes cell growth, fat utilization, DNA synthesis, improved gut stability and nutrient absorption.
Colostrum also provides immunological balance, increases energy and reduces inflammation and illness.
5/ Bonebroth – bone broth is rich in minerals that support the immune system and contains healing compounds like collagen, glutamine, glycine and proline. The collagen in bone broth heals your gut lining and reduces intestinal inflammation.
HOW IS VITAMIN D HELPFUL IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?
Vitamin D has a wide range of uses in the body, among them is optimal functioning of a healthy immune system.
In addition to its role in calcium homeostasis, it is believed that the active form of vitamin D has immunomodulatory (meaning modulating or balancing the immune response –neither over acting nor under acting) effects on cells of the immune system, particularly T lymphocytes, as well as on the production and action of several cytokines.
The interaction of vitamin D with the immune system has been the target of a growing number of publications in recent years.
Current studies have linked the deficiency of vitamin D with different autoimmune diseases, including insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM), multiple sclerosis (MS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) as well as cancer, heart disease, hypertension, colorectal cancer, lupus, Crohn’s disease and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
Anyone with an autoimmune disease should have their Vitamin D levels assessed and according to Julius Birnbaum MD, of John Hopkins Medical Institute.
“The correct test for vitamin D deficiency in the body should be: vitamin D 25-hydroxy (total) rather than vitamin D, 1,25-hydroxy levels”.
The current recommended daily vitamin D intake is 200 IU (international units) for those up to age 50; 400 IU for people 51 to70; and 600 IU for those over 70. Most experts say that these doses are too low.
Many experts, say 2,000 IU of the vitamin may be optimal for preventing disease.
According to Harvard School of Public Health nutrition researcher Edward Giovannucci, MD,
“Based on what we know, I think it is reasonable to recommend that people maintain blood levels of around 30 nanograms per milliliter,” he says.
JoAnn E. Manson, MD from Preventive Medicine department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston says
“I think it is important that we not leap ahead of the evidence in recommending high doses of vitamin D,” she says. “We will soon have a better understanding of the optimal doses of vitamin D and the optimal blood levels associated with the best balance of benefits and risks. But right now there are many unanswered questions.”
Scientists do agree however that in many autoimmune diseases vitamin D levels are low and are worth checking with your doctor just to make sure your levels are good.
The Problem with Prescription Drugs.
Many of the drugs prescribed today by your doctor for the symptoms of an autoimmune disease such as anti-inflammatory pain killing drugs come with side effects and most importantly these drugs do not deal with the underlying cause.
Take for instance the autoimmune disease Polymyalgia which is controlled by the steroidal anti – inflammatory drug prednisone.
Prednisone elevates insulin levels.
I have a client who had elevated insulin levels due to the low dose of prednisone he is taking for his polymyalgia and his doctor now wants him to take diabetes medications to reduce his insulin levels?
When it is the prednisone causing the high insulin levels in the first place.
But what alternative does the doctor have?
He is not going to prescribe an elimination diet that is not his area of expertise.
I have to say stop throwing gasoline on to the fire.
The prescription of prednisone has led to unnecessary side effects that do not deal with the underlying cause of the disease. They mask the symptoms in the hope the body will repair itself, or they mask the symptoms to manage the lifestyle of the patient and this has caused another problem to be medicated for?
When the cure is to heal the leaky gut.
There may be a variety of reasons you have an autoimmune disease and they are as varied as you are an individual unique being, but the fact remains, YOU have the power to fix your disease.
By eliminating the cause and as Hippocrates said more than 3000 years ago “All Disease Begins in the Gut” heal your gut and heal your disease after all nothing has been invented yet that can do a better job of your wellness than a healthy gut and healthy immune system.
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