Lupus erythematosus is a chronic inflammatory disease causing pain and swelling.
It affects: skin, joints, kidneys, lungs, nervous system and other organs of the body.
· Many sufferers, have arthritis and experience low grade fevers at different types
· Erythematosus can be from mild to serious and can flare up and at other times remain dormant.
· Weight loss,
· Hair loss around the hairline.
· Poor circulation to extreme parts of the body.
· Rashes: butterfly-shaped over the cheeks ,red rash on skin exposed to the sun
· Mouth ulcers lasting from a few days to more than a month
·Arthritis: tenderness and swelling lasting for a few weeks in two or more joints
· Lung or heart inflammation: swelling of the tissue lining the lungs.
·Poor Kidney function with blood or protein in the urine.
· Neurologic problem: seizures, strokes or psychosis
· Photophobia-sensitivity to light
· Abnormal blood tests: anaemia, low white blood cells or low platelets.
Our bodies weren’t designed for a daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and stress, seen and unseen. This kind of demand requires a lot of support from our immune system.
The lifestyle most in developed countries today do not make room to attend to what we breathe, eat, drink and absorb and feel and stress particularly plays a significant factor.
Unfortunately most of this day to day activity has a pro-inflammatory effect on our bodies –or more definitively a chronic inflammatory effect and for the most part remains undetected by its victims.
Some people may have a greater predisposition toward chronic inflammation than others because of genetics and for most people chronic inflammation starts with the gut as a result of high-carb homegenised and low-protein diet which are pro inflammatory to the body. Add to that a high stress, poor sleep, overweight condition and it creates a perfect environment for problems present and to come.
Inflammation has long been associated with the development of cancer. Chemical and genetic changes occur as chronic inflammation progresses to cancer. One of the biggest risk factors for liver, colon or stomach cancer is chronic inflammation of those organs, often caused by viral or bacterial infections. And life style –stress-high cortisol levels in the blood stream.
Conversely low-carb diets reduce inflammation, reduce the ph level to more alkali , but refined sugar and other foods with high glycaemic values cause the immune system to go into red alert, pushing insulin levels through the roof.
Disturbances in the body by a daily barrage of toxins, infectious agents and stress, seen and unseen cause oxidative stress.(in other words the body is trying to remove these toxins from the body to get it back to a normalised state).
This triggers cytokines (Cytokines are a number of substances secreted by specific cells of the immune system carrying signals between cells which thus affect other cells) which then trigger other cytokines to increased oxidant stress and chronic inflammation.
Chronic inflammation causes the immune system to go into overdrive and operate at a high function level.
While this may be satisfactory for a short time , having the immune system operating at a high function level long term may ultimately lead to immune dysfunction and instead of producing protective antibodies it may begin to operate in a haywire manner attacking the patient's own tissues because the chemical messaging between one type of cell and the next fails to deliver its message correctly leading to chronic inflammation and these antibodies in organs damaging cells in those tissues.
Who does it affect?
Lupus affects 10 times as many women as men who are in their 20s and 30s.This may be because women have experienced a mineral depletion as a result of pregnancy and never replaced the deficit.
The disease is also more common in some ethnic groups, mainly blacks and Asians.
Standard medical treatment has risks and benefits. Most immune-suppressing medications, for instance, cause major side effects. Side effects of these drugs may include a raised risk of infections as well as nausea, vomiting, hair loss, diarrhea, high blood pressure and osteoporosis (weak bones). Rheumatologists may lower the dose of a drug or stop a medicine because of side effects or when the disease goes into remission. But in reality these are treating the symptom and not the cause.
Unorthodox treatments mean if Lupus is caused by inflammation which all arrows point in that direction –there is always the first option of self managing the condition by lowering the inflammation. By lowering the inflammation you give the body the space it needs to repair and recover itself.
The first point of call would be to question your diet.
How much fresh green and yellow vegetables are you eating in a day? ( then start eating good sized quantities in a meal)
Lots of red meat? (cut down to two-three times a week and reduce portions)
Are you eating carbohydrates ?(stop just about all and eat very sparingly of this)
Fresh water? (try 1.5 litres a day)
Do you eat a lot of junk food?( if you are stop it altogether)
Soft drinks ?(top it altogether)
Living a stressful life? (change your life/job/location –better poor than dead)
The second point of call is take some mineral supplements daily
Pottassium , Calcium, , Magnesium and Selenium are all essential minerals in lowering inflammation in the body.
You can either buy it at a health food store or try Pure South . It is a rare living earth containing over 67 different minerals and 100% natural and safe to take with other medicines as it is inert.
It will detoxify the body and remineralise it in one step.
It most instances it makes a big improvement because by correcting the chemistry in the body it helps correct those dysfunctional cells that are not working which are the ones causing all the problems. Most importantly it lowers th PH from acid to alkali and lowers the inflammation.