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Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« on: October 10, 2010, 11:23:58 AM »
I found this really interesting. It makes me wonder if I should try some of these "cures".
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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2010, 12:02:51 PM »
Very interesting.  Thank you so much for posting this!



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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2010, 05:56:56 PM »
I have two conflicting reactions - I'm a skeptic, and a little leery of the "I solved the problem that no one else could solve".  Also, the extreme autoimmune system in such a young person seem unusual. On the other hand, I recently had a conversation with a woman who has had lupus for the past 30 years, and who has had some improvement by using a functional medicine practitioner, and she praised the approach strongly, for focusing on a holistic approach to the problems, rather that treating the body as a series of separate systems.

Has anyone else worked with functional medicine practitioner? I'm curious to know more
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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #3 on: October 10, 2010, 09:01:37 PM »
this was really good.


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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2010, 09:06:33 PM »
Dee, I am also a skeptic because if they was a real cure you can bet your boots that all the drug companies and specialists would be cashing in on it.

For now the best they can do is to use medication in hopes of helping someone go into remission. Remission can be a short lived thing or it can last months and years. Sometimes you hear of people going into remission on their own without the use of any medication. All I can say is they are very blest people.

Once in remission you are not cured, you are in remission which means that it has gone away for now or at least decreased its assault on the body.

Be assured that the research scientists are working on it. Also, the people working on cures for cancer may come up with info that will cross over into a possible cure for autoimmune disease---and vice versa. Those killer cells that our blood contains are able to kill of the cancerous cells that we all have traveling in our body at one time or another. Cancer cells are regular cells run amok. Irish ;D


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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2010, 09:21:58 PM »
Without reading anything, I notice the good dr is selling 4 books which I imagine he authored.  There is usually books, vitamins, special potions, elixirs etc with these claims.  Don't you ever stay up late and watch tv infomercials?  lol.  You should.  Lucy


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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2010, 04:38:36 AM »
While I have never seen a "functional medicine practitioner" this is roughly the same approach my doctor and I took 30 odd years ago when I was first diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, in addition to the Hashimoto's and polyarthritis I had for some time before that. We both wondered if there was a cause or trigger for all my various symptoms, so we went through a long (approximately 2 year if I remember correctly) process of elimination and reintroduction, meanwhile balancing and optimizing vitamin and trace element counts with supplements based on blood work.

We discovered that there was no particular food group that had any effect on me personally, either good or bad; but that on four separate occasions over the 2 years, Vitamin C supplements caused a serology reaction ( my ANA and inflammatory markers jumped).

I have also consulted a naturopath who was actually surprised to find that I didn't respond negatively to her testing for gluten and dairy, as it had been her experience that these triggers were quite common in inflammatory disease.

I have modified my diet for personal satisfaction, and eliminated imported, processed and refined foods. More of a lifestyle change than a health awareness one, and I've always enjoyed complex carbs over simple ones anyway, White bread? no way...give me something with flavour, substance and texture any day; and why on earth eat white sugar when  I have access to MAPLE SYRUP?!
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Re: Interesting article: Can autoimmune disease be cured?
« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2010, 04:47:00 AM »
I have always been an extreme skeptic. Testimonials prove nothing. In any relapsing/remitting type disease if you give many people the same placebo treatment some will get it just as they'd have naturally remitted anyway. Blah blah blah blah...

That said it is hard to see how cutting sugar, dairy, and gluten from the diet could do anything but benefit even a healthy person. Not eating those foods would deprive me of some of life's greatest pleasures but if you don't feel that way what's to lose besides bad health and a few pounds? Sugar, carbs, and excess weight contribute to diabetes for example and in some cases diabetes is the result of an AI process in the pancreas. Why couldn't they have a similar effect on other types of AI related inflammation? Specialty foods may cost more but so does icecream. There doesn't even seem to be a need to buy someone's books but people spend money on throwaway videos and games and get nothing lifechanging out of it whatsoever.

I used to think people who looked for 'alternative' treatments were stupid. Then I realized standard medicine doesn't have answers. Some folks even say doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results is a definition of insanity. When something is lost it is usually found someplace we haven't look yet. If 'alternative' means looking where we haven't looked it seems downright brilliant to me.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
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