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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.
In a Dec 10, 2015 Medscape article, Oral Allergy Syndrome: When an Apple a Day is Not Advised, Gary Stadtmauer, MD, describes the association between various pollen and food allergies.
In an article, "The epidemic of low thyroid disease, in the 25th Anniversary Edition of AntiAgingMatters, (Dec 2015) Doctor Rick Wilkinson explains how every cell in the body depends on adequate thyroid hormone to carry out its intended functions. For instance, muscle cells without adequate thyroid hormone might feel tired or weak and painful. Many of the common symptoms of hypothyroidism occur in so many other conditions that they're overlooked and typically include elevated lipid levels, depression, weight gain, high levels of homocyseine, high blood pressure, ad anxiety. In contrast, Wilkinson discusses the debate surrounding Mona Lisa's presumed hyperthyroidism based on her brilliant stare based on comments made by the cardiologist Dr. Levine who found hyperthyroid patients to be bright and quick.
German researchers have developed a new therapy that reduces myelin destruction in patients with MS. It's encouraging to see how this simple application works. Treatment addressing the causes of autoimmune disease is the true goal and this study shows that researchers are now moving in the right direction. Read about the study at http://www.healthline.com/health-news/ms-breakthrough-treatment-resets-immune-system-stops-myelin-attacks-060513
Mercury may trigger autoimmune disease in women
Dry eye syndrome can occur in Graves' disease patients as a separate condition from Graves' ophthalmopathy.
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