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May 11 2010

A Key to Solving Auto-Immune Diseases Like Rheumatoid Arthritis

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A Thomsonian Naturopathic Doctor’s View of a Common Sense Way Out of the Autoimmune Disease Mess

I am a Thomsonian Naturopathic doctor and follower of Dr Samuel Thomson (the founder 1822).   He believed as I have learned from his teachings and my experience that all diseases are actually simple to explain, and that the more you complicate disease and medical techniques the more that people are removed from the healing process.   One of the results is what you see today in these auto-immune disease epidemic nightmares.

When I was looking at autoimmune diseases in 2004 there were at that time 65 and everyone was shocked at the high number.   Sadly these diseases have nearly tripled in that short period of time and today I believe the number is close to 150.   But this is not the true number as anyone of those autoimmune diseases can have any number of sub-diseases with their own symptoms.   Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) for example, has about 100 sub-diseases.   So really there are so many new autoimmune diseases that some have not even gotten a name yet, amazing isn’t it.

Autoimmune diseases like RA are a disease where your immune system does not recognize you and attacks you as though you were something foreign.   Here is a comparison that shows just how crazy this really is. Imagine, that in your city one day for no apparent reason the police department starts shooting at the employees of the water department. Until this problem is solved your city is turned on its head.

Modern medicine’s answer seems like a good idea, suppress or control the immune system. But wait a minute that is like answering your city’s problem by taking away the policeman’s guns or their right to arrest. This is unrealistic; because like your immune system the police have a vital service to perform.  Suppressing the immune system may be a temporary emergency answer, but long term it leads to other disease issues. Shouldn’t the realistic solution be to find out why your immune system is attacking you in the first place, why the confusion?

Let me see if I can make something clear for everyone so it is easier to understand, something I didn’t understand myself until an analysis lab technician from from STD screening services, OC explained it to me. “When each cell is created by your body it gets an identifying signature a code that says it is part of you and do not attack me. You might say it is like the license plate on your car; that makes sense right?  Well, when your immune system senses this code it automatically knows that this is you and do not attack.”  Modern medical science calls this code a major histocompatibility complex (MHC).  

As long as you have been alive your immune system has checked each of the trillions of cells in your body two times a day.   The question is why, after checking the identification of your cells successfully all your life, does your immune system suddenly attack as in RA?   What has happened to these cells of your body such as those in your joints that it once accepted and now attacks?

Naturopaths like myself, believe that RA and all other autoimmune diseases are a symptom of a modern lifestyle and genetic weaknesses.   If you look for a pill or operation to suppress your immune system to make the pain disappear you may find one.   But that will never stop your immune system from attacking you.   And it will never answer the question, “Why do you have RA or any autoimmune disease in the first place”?

Making the pain or symptoms go away without addressing the underlying root of the immune confusion will also give your body cause and effect to bring you another autoimmune disease.    Which has proven to be the case; someone with an auto-immune disease tends to get another auto-immune disease and possibly more.   It is like the child’s game where you knock the peg down with a hammer and another one pops up.   That is why we have so many diseases and so many medications but zero cures, have you noticed that?

The person with an autoimmune disease will always be susceptible there is no real complete cure.   But we believe that they can correct the immune system to stop it from attacking.   What is needed to prevent the immune system from making these errors?   Eliminate from the body those things that are causing the immunity confusion.  These are things that never have and never will be naturally accepted or beneficial to the human body or mind.

Objective Autoimmune Disease Causes

There are combinations of toxins in everyone’s bodies today that have never been there in all of human history.   Our bodies were never designed to carry them nor do we have any use for them.   Some of them are objectively toxic in nature like the heavy metals aluminum, cadmium, lead, mercury and thallium.  Then you have the industrial chemicals that include hydrazine, herbicides, preservatives, dyes, plastics, bisphenol A and rubber products that are released in the environment and they number somewhere close to 85,000 thanks to the EPA and the FDA.

Notes (In 2005, researchers from the Environmental Working Group found something very frightening: a cocktail of 287 pollutants – PFOA’s, pesticides, dioxins, flame retardants — in the fetal-cord blood of newborn infants from around the country).

(Females retain methyl mercury 2:1 over males. It accumulates in the central nervous system, the endocrine system, and every major organ, as well as the body at large. They may well do the same for these other biotoxins.)

Medical Drugs That Can Cause Autoimmune Diseases

It has been known for some time that medical drugs can trigger an autoimmune disease.   Now it has been found that many medical drugs are the direct cause of various autoimmune diseases.   Below is a partial list of just some of the medicines involved in the autoimmune disease epidemic?   “If a medical drug you are on or have been on is not listed, do some research check the side effects, etc?”

The Prescription Drugs

Alferon N, Allopurinol, Atenolol, Atorvastatin, captopril, Carbamazepine, chlorpromazine, Chlorthalidone, cimetidine, Ethosuximide, gold salts, griseofulvin, Hydralazine, Hydrochlorothiazide, Infergen, Inerferon Alfa, Interferons, Interleukins, Intron A, Isoniazid, Levodopa, Lithium, Lovastatin, Mesantoin, Methimazole, Methyldopa, Methylsergide, Metoprolol, Minocycline,  Minoxidil, Nitrofurantoin, Ophthalmic timolol, Oral contraceptives, P-aminobenzoic, PegIntron, Penicillamine, Penicillin, Perphenazine, Phenylbutazone,   Phenytoin,  Pravostatin, Primidone, Procainamide, Propylthiouracil, Quinidine, Simvastatin, sulfasalazine, sulfonamides, streptomycin, Sulfonamide antimicrobials, Tetracyclines, Tiotropium Bromide inhaler, Trimethadione, Tumor Necrosis factor, Valproic acid.

Why would a medical drug that you take for your health cause you to become sick?   Basically medicine is not made to help you to become healthier.   Medical drugs are developed to suppress your symptoms.   You would never take a pharmaceutical drug to feel healthier as you would a vitamin or herbal supplement.

Mercury in Medicine

Of course everyone knows the dangers of mercury, but modern medicine insists on putting mercury in just about everything they give us and the FDA allows them to, why?   Because mercury is cheap and it works to suppress your symptoms even though over the long haul it poisons us all.   How dangerous is mercury?   It is the second most dangerous element on the planet next to plutonium.   Yet mercury is even found in over the counter medical drugs (OCMD) such as topical antiseptics, stimulant laxatives, diaper rash ointments (yes for babies), eye drops, nose sprays, Preparation H, Calomel body powders and talc, Mercurochrome, Merthiolate, Laxatives containing Calomel, Psoriasis ointments, Calamine lotions, Contact lens solutions and Vaginal gels – especially those that are contraceptives.   And of course mercury is highly suspect as a cause in all these new autoimmune diseases and the alteration of our children’s behavior such as ADD, ADHD and Autism.   Easy to see why we have health problems, isn’t it?

Why is the FDA afraid to do what is right and pull mercury out of all of these products?   Because the use of mercury is so cheap and pervasive across the board in the prescription drug and over the counter drug industries and the pressure is high in the industry to leave it that way.

“Lawsuit to Force FDA to Comply With Law and Ban Mercury” (News of the Day 11/13/2006)The lawsuit, originally filed in August 2006, asks the court to force the FDA to comply with existing law and regulations and provide proof of the safety and efficacy of mercury in drugs. The suit was filed because the FDA failed to answer issues raised.

Mercury is found in at least 45 different prescribed or over-the-counter drugs, including eye ointments, nasal sprays, and vaccines, most importantly, flu vaccines administered to children and pregnant women.

In a 1999 internal email, obtained under a Freedom of Information Act request, an FDA official wrote that the agency’s failure to evaluate the cumulative amount of mercury in medicine “…will raise questions about FDA being ‘asleep at the switch’ for decades by allowing a potentially hazardous compound to remain…and not forcing manufacturers to exclude it from new products….”

In a second email, the same official wrote: “…the greatest point of vulnerability on this issue is that the systematic review…by the FDA could have been done years ago and on an ongoing basis.”

In a letter by FDA Acting Assistant Commissioner for Policy Jeffrey Shuren, denying the CoMeD petition, the “admission that the FDA had no substantive evidence confirming the safety of mercury in medicine was stunning,” stated CoMeD.

Citizen Filed Petition, Aug 4, 2004, by CoMeD representativesFDA Sued Over Mercury in Medicines, News of the Day, 11/13/2006

Subjective Autoimmune Disease Causes

Would you be surprised to learn that something subjective like losing a loved one or getting a divorce can trigger an autoimmune disease.   Yes, it is true that just getting over stressed at work or having a poor spiritual base can be just as dangerous as mercury to your body.   To eliminate these and others you need to address the whole person which takes work and willingness on the part of the patient.   When I was sick I found this area of my naturopathic treatment to be a tough one to work on.

Your Genetic Weaknesses and Autoimmune Diseases

The genetic connection to autoimmune diseases are well established but very few people are aware of the Naturopathic Medical view of genetics and disease.   A chain is the perfect object to use as an example of genetic weaknesses.   There is a very old saying that goes like this, “a chain is only as strong as its weakest link”.   So let’s think about this for a minute, there is no chain that does not have a weak link and that link can be found by exerting enough stress on the chain to break the weakest link. You could also say that any chain can be broken, and it breaks at exactly one link, the weakest one.

Now take this example a step further and imagine each organ in your body alphabetically beginning with your adrenals down to your veins is a link in a chain. This chain of organs has a weak genetic link somewhere you just need to apply enough stress (through diet, toxicity and lifestyle) on the organ chain to find the weak link.   This is easy to picture right now that if you know you have a weak link how would you protect yourself from getting a disease in that organ?   The answer is as simple as the cure for all disease should be, do not stress the chain.   That is right; simply do not put stress on your genetic chain with your lifestyle.

What about those people whose genetic chain is already broken and their weakness has an autoimmune disease.   They need to reverse what they have been doing all their life.   By that I mean do exactly the opposite of what they have been doing.   This will take the stress off of the weak organ and give it a chance to recover.   By doing the opposite I mean cleansing, detoxing, no refined foods, lots of produce, live juices and lifestyle adjustments.

One of the great things about the human body is its ability to recover.   And a big part of this recovery process is the replacement of each and every organ and cell in your body over an 8 year period.   To take advantage of this process you give your body everything it needs to do this to the optimum level.   In other words; treating your body with the best cleansing, detoxing and the most nutritious foods, herbs, supplements and lifestyle adjustments to get the most from this building process.

What the United States National Institutes of Health Clinical Center says I think dovetails almost exactly some of what we have been saying here. “The causes of these diseases are unknown but they are thought to occur in genetically susceptible individuals after exposure to selected environmental agents.”

What Can You Do?

Below are the basic Naturopathic Medical avenues for all diseases and their remedies.   Disease and ill health attacks you from five different areas of your life.   One, what you bring into your body via food, water, air.   Two, what is not eliminated; the toxins that build up encouraging the disease to start.   Three, a lack of movement and exercise cause poor blood flow encouraging toxic buildup, low oxygen and poor nutrition to cells and an inability to unstress.   Four, the stressful people and situations in the work place and at home.   Five, a poor spiritual foundation, no belief in higher power. 

To defuse auto-immune diseases like RA and bring good health, the above five areas are addressed at the same time with rigorous cleansing, detoxing and lifestyle changes.   This is a Naturopathic Medical view of how ill-health and disease begin in this modern world and how to reverse it to become healthy.   Few people today realize how intensively healing Naturopathic medical treatments really are.   They think of using a few herbs for this and that disease, drinking an herb tea, do a few yoga stretches etc. which is as weak as it sounds.

This is very far from the truth.   Naturopathic Medical therapies are intense, invasive and rigorous.   Juice fasting, colon, liver and kidney cleansing and detoxing, cold sheet treatments, hydro therapy, blood cleansing using large doses of herbs, caster oil packs etc.   All of these treatments plus making permanent changes in your lifestyle and more are part of Naturopathic Medicine’s treatments to undo RA and all auto-immune diseases.   Anyone who gives these techniques their complete attention and focus will see their RA and any disease including cancer disappear into their past.   That is as long as they leave their former lifestyle in the past.

I know, I used the above techniques on myself against a life threatening disease twenty years ago and they wiped my health slate clean as when I was a boy.   I walked away disease free and I have been disease free ever since that time.   I am 65 now; healthy and strong as a horse with zero diseases and zero medications.   This was my payoff for a lot of hard work and permanent changes in my lifestyle.

References:

Evidence for the Role of Environmental Agents in the Initiation or Progression of Autoimmune Conditions, Jonathan J. Powell, Judy Van de Water, and M. Eric Gershwin, Environmental Health Perspectives Volume 107, Supplement 5, October 1999

Kimber I, Bernstein IL, Karol MH, Robinson MK, Sarlo K, Selgrade MJK. SlimLife real hcg Workshop overview: identification of respiratory allergens. Fundam Appl Toxicol 33:1-10 (1996).

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Druet P. Berndard A, et al: Immunologically mediated glomerulonephritis induced by heavy metals. Arch Toxicol 50: 187-194. 1982

David Lamont, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, eMedicine, Jan 17, 2006.

Lisa Kauffman, Lupus Erythematosus, Drug-Induced, eMedicine, Feb 5, 2006.

Robert Rubin, Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus, Lupus Foundation of America, Feb 2005.

Drug Induced Lupus and Its Causes, Elaine Moore, Autoimmune Disease Suite 101, Nov 5, 2006

Statins and Autoimmune Diseases, Elaine Moore, Autoimmune Disease Suite 101, April 13, 2007

Hidden Sources of Mercury, by Kitchen Table Medicine, January 10, 2008

Lawsuit Against FDA: Mercury In Medicine, Healthful Tips, March 16th, 2010

Citizen Filed Petition, Aug 4, 2004, by CoMeD representativesFDA Sued Over Mercury in Medicines, News of the Day, 11/13/2006

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