Autoimmune (AI) disease can be hard to live with. You may even feel like there is no way out and no solutions for you. That just isn’t true. Systemic lupus erythematosus is a disease where the body attacks its own healthy tissues.
It is true that you have a bigger battle in front of you than others to stay feeling ‘okay.’ It is possible though. Sometimes a regular detox routine can be very helpful.
Lupus has been linked to trichloroethylene in well water. It is also linked with smoking and stress. Drug induced lupus erythematosus (DIL or DILE) is caused by 38 different drugs after chronic use, but hydralazine, procainamide, and isoniazid are the top three drugs on that list.
Lupus is often called the great masquerader. It can mimic many other conditions and can often be hard to diagnose.
Some common signs of the disease are:
• A butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose. This is medically named “malar rash.”
• Scaly raised rash in patches
• Rashes that show up after sun exposure
• Sores in the mouth or nose
• Kidney problems
• Joint pain and swelling in two or more joints
• Anemia, low white blood cell count and other blood conditions
• A positive antinuclear antibody (ANA) test
How can Natural Medicine help?
That is a great question. I find that many people, when facing a diagnosis like this are afraid that natural therapies won’t be enough or would have anything to help.
One benefit of naturopathic and integrative therapies is that it looks at the underlying causes to diseases and conditions.
1. There is a link between lupus and high estrogen levels
A good idea is to get a saliva test to look at your hormone levels. Even if progesterone is low and estrogen is normal, the ratio is out-of-balance. Bio-identical hormones can be really helpful! Sometimes it makes all the difference in the world!
2. Viruses and bacteria – cytomegalovirus, parvovirus, and hepatitis C may lead to Lupus eventually.
Chronic infections lead to more antibody activity. Many viruses embed themselves into cellular DNA. The white blood cells begin to develop antibodies that are going after the virus itself, but can get confused and attack healthy tissue.
3. Long-term use of certain medications
Integrative medicine works hard to get you off medications or find other therapies instead of drugs so that you do not develop Lupus. This is more on the preventive side of our scope.
Tips to Start your Naturopathic Journey
Eat well. That is foremost.
Vitamin A is abundant in sweet potatoes, carrots, and spinach. Vitamin C is found in citrus, broccoli, green leafy vegetables andvitamin E is in hazelnuts and wheat germ.
Fish oils help to reduce inflammation.
Do weight training. Staying physically active increases stamina and strength. This will help you maintain flexibility and agility. Your joints will thank you for it! Resistance and isometric training is a good place to start. Get advice if you need on how to make your exercises joint friendly.
Sleep – maintain good sleep hygiene and rest. It is very important for your immune system to allow rest for your body.
Absolutely avoid trans-fats, fried foods, processed foods, and most importantly SUGAR. Sugar is inflammatory and can increase your sensitivity to pain!
If you are someone who has Lupus, consider a holistic approach. Is there anything that you’ve tried that you find useful? Let me know.