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Autoimmune diseases are caused when genetically predisposed individuals are exposed to one or more environmental factors. A nutritional approach to managing autoimmune disorders is two-fold: 1) avoiding harmful pesticides in GMO foods, farm-raised fish, contaminated poultry and meats, and some non-organic fruits and vegetables (celery, strawberries, apples, etc.) 2) avoiding sugar, nuts, grains (trigger autoimmunity and leaky gut syndrome) and processed foods; and eating foods that are rich in nutrients and free of contaminants and correcting nutrient deficiencies with vitamin and mineral supplements. This is especially important in autoimmune disease because many medications that are used deplete the body of nutrients.
A fascinating article, "Healing Without Drugs," in the March 11, 2016 issue of The Week describes inducing a Pavlovian type response to reduce drug dosages while deriving the same benefits as a higher drug dose. The article is excerpted from an article that originally appeared in MosaicScience.com
Pertinent to a recent discussion in the Q&A, I've found more information on leaky gut from a patient, Jesse Thomson, who describes his remission from the autoimmune disease ankylosing spondylitis in an ebook, Reversing Autoimmune Disease: A Personal Success Story.This book is available on Amazon.
Virginia Glass, Donor Recruiter for Plasma Services Group, is in need of patients with autoimmune diseases, including Graves' disease, to participate in a new study in which they would donate a sample of blood. The goal of this research is to help isolate and identify new disease-associated autoantibodies and to isolate proteins that might be used as diagnostic disease markers.
Elaine Moore Graves' Disease and Autoimmune Disease Education
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