Over 200,000 Americans suffer from the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus, commonly called lupus, according to a recent study by researchers at NYU Langone Health In New York City. It is the first study to evaluate how widespread this debilitating disease is in the U.S.
“Our body’s immune system is trained to tell what is not a part of our body and to attack it,” Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum tells Newsmax. “Unfortunately, it can mistake a part of our own body for an outside invader and attack it. That is what an autoimmune illness is, and there are over 100 autoimmune conditions.”
Teitelbaum, a leading expert in autoimmune diseases and the creator of the popular phone app, Cures A-Z, says there are over 80,000 chemicals being dumped into the environment without any safety testing and our bodies’ defense systems are being overwhelmed and confused. That is why we are seeing an uptick in diseases like lupus.
“Our immune systems are also under nourished because critical food enzymes are being destroyed by food processing,” he says. “We are also experiencing loss of stomach acids from the overuse of acid-blocking medicine and gut imbalance caused by Candida and other bowel infections.”
Teitelbaum says that lupus is a common prototype of autoimmune disorders and natural treatments can help. Here are his suggestions:
- Fish oil. To help decrease the inflammatory response, taking one tablespoon of fish oil daily as a supplement until the condition improves, or for two months, and then reducing the dose to one teaspoon daily has been shown to be effective. Alternatively, eating salmon or tuna at least four times a week can help.
- Take herbal supplements such as Curcumin daily along with two Boswellia and willow bark tablets three times a day.
- Cortef. People suffering from lupus are usually given steroids to suppress inflammation which can then lower adrenal cortisol production. Cortef, a brand of natural, bio-identical cortisone, may help be safer. Check with your healthcare practitioner.
- DHEA. Teitelbaum says that several studies show that taking 200 milligrams daily helps patients with lupus and may reduce the dose of steroids needed. This high dose may have dermatological side effects so discuss the amount of DHEA needed with your holistic physician.
Teitelbaum says there are other therapies that may be helpful such as low-dose naltrexone. You can find more information here. In addition, eating whole foods and improving sleep hygiene can back up your natural supplement plan.
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