RAYNAUD’S DISEASE (SYNDROME)

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

Raynaud’s it is a disorder that affects small arteries usually in the fingers and sometimes the toes, causing them to narrow and reduce blood flow. Less often, also the nose, lips and ears can be affected.

The key problem in Raynaud’s disease seems to be an abnormal neurovascular reactivity. It means that the nerves controlling blood flow through the small blood vessels somehow become oversensitive and cause a problem. They constrict capillaries in fingers and sometimes also other peripheral parts of the body even though the temperature outside is not low enough to trigger this reaction.

Raynaud’s disease is most common among women, between the ages of 20 and 40.

Fortunately, although sometimes the condition can be severe, yet in most cases it is not difficult to control it.

SYMPTOMES

Symptoms of Raynaud’s disease depend on the duration, frequency, and severity of the blood vessel spasms. Usually the symptoms include: Colour alterations in skin in reaction to cold and stress, cold fingers and/or toes, stinging pain after warming or stress relief. Although the disease usually involves fingers and toes, it can also affect other parts of the body, such as your lips, ears, or nose. After warming, it may take 15 minutes for normal blood flow to return to the area.

During an outbreak of Raynaud’s symptoms, skin usually first turn white, then it may turn blue and feel cold. After warming up and improving circulation, the affected areas of the skin may turn red, tingle or swell. However, the order of these symptoms or colour of the affected areas of the skin may not be the same in everyone with this condition.

Raynaud’s disease may be also associated with some other symptoms such as fatigue, abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhoea, sometimes constipation, nausea, vomiting, weight loss, skin rashes, arthritis, inflammation of the eye, and lack of concentration.

POSSIBLE CAUSES

– The cause of Raynaud’s disease is still unknown but since it often accompanies or precedes autoimmune conditions such as lupus, scleroderma and rheumatoid arthritis we can assume that Raynaud’s disease may be triggered by similar factors as autoimmune problems. The causes of this condition may therefore include lack of sun and vitamin D deficiency, stress, anxiety and depression, leaky gut syndrome, consumption of heated animal protein (especially milk and dairy), nutritional deficiencies (lack of vitamins and minerals), toxins (especially mercury, lead and fluoride), diet low in antioxidants (fresh raw vegetables and fruits), lack of exercise, etc.

– According to the National Institutes of Health, Raynaud’s disease is also closely linked to scleroderma as 9 out of 10 individuals with scleroderma also develop Raynaud’s disease. Scleroderma is an autoimmune disease caused by the immune system attacking the connective tissue under the skin and around internal organs and blood vessels leading to inflammation and damage.

– The Raynaud’s phenomenon, like autoimmune diseases, can be linked to the lack of probiotic bacteria in the gut due to bad refined diet, antibiotics, consumption of meat and dairy products, sugar, stimulants, overgrowth of harmful bacteria and candida (yeasts), toxins, stress, lack of dietary fibre, etc. All those factors damage the intestinal walls causing increased intestinal permeability and condition called Leaky gut syndrome. As a result toxins instead of being removed from the colon are reabsorbed back into the blood through damaged walls. Because the immune system recognises colon as the source of the problem it attacks the gastrointestinal tract sending antibodies against it causing inflammation and damage.

– Also deficiency of vitamin D may contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases as it is not only the most important immune system booster but also regulator which means it helps to prevent immune system from attacking own body. There is a growing amount of research which suggests that a lack of vitamin D could be an important factor in causing autoimmune diseases. Almost every person in England is deficient in vitamin D which is very important for human nervous and immune system. In his bestselling book “China Study” Prof Colin Campbell wrote that, “Autoimmune diseases in general become more common the greater the distance from the equator.  This phenomenon has been known since 1922.” This statement leads us to a simple conclusion that Hashimoto disease may have a lot to do with the vitamin D (“sun vitamin”) deficiency as well as the modern unhealthy lifestyle of North America or Europe. Read more about vitamin D >

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– Gluten and heated animal protein (found especially in dairy) may also trigger an autoimmune reaction in the body.

– It is also believed that conditions such as thyroid (also mostly autoimmune) problems or atherosclerosis can increase the risk of Raynaud’s disease.

– Some specialists suggest that it  can be triggered by numerous drugs such as high blood pressure medications (especially beta blockers), drugs used to treat migraine headaches, cancer or even popular medication which causes blood vessels to constrict to reduce symptoms of cold.

– Estrogen dominance (excess of estradiol) may contribute to Raynaud’s phenomenon. Keep in mind that estradiol can be ingested with tap water. Read more about contamination of tap water >

– According to certain theory the abnormal blood vessel constriction in Raynaud’s phenomenon could be triggered by Helicobacter pylori infection (one of the causes of stomach ulcers and stomach cancer). It is interesting that Raynaud’s patients with Helicobacter pylori experienced a complete recovery or a significant reduction of vasospasms after the bacteria were eradicated (Int J Angiol, 1998; 7: 307-9; Dig Dis Sci, 1998; 43: 1641-5).

Raynaud’s can also be secondary to other conditions such as scleroderma, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Such cases are considered to be more serious as patients are more likely to develop skin ulcerations and tissue death.

Certain drugs can also induce Raynaud’s, including over-the-counter cold and weight-control medications, and beta-blockers, which decrease blood flow.

– Iodine deficiency (due to soil depletion there is not enough iodine in food). The thyroid gland requires iodine to produce its hormones. In fact, it is believed that iodine’s only role in the body is to make thyroid hormones. However, it is important to know that not only too little of iodine can cause impaired thyroid function, but also too much can interfere with the gland’s ability to produce its hormones. Unfortunately there is disagreement with regards to sufficient iodine daily requirements. Some maintain that the dosage range for iodine supplementation should be 300-400 mcg daily but others suggest that it is way too low.

– Magnesium, Zinc, and Selenium deficiency.

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– Toxins: Mercury (from dental fillings, tap water, fish, flu shots, etc.) lead, fluoride, and other toxins.

– Food intolerances: Gluten and A1 Casein Allergy.

– Hormonal Imbalances: Too much Cortisol (from stress).

– Stress, anxiety and depression. A number of published papers have shown that stress and negative emotions contribute to all autoimmune diseases.

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– Consumption of trans fats, margarine and bad oils (high in proinflamatory omega 6) and deficiency of omega 3 healthy fats high in foods such as Flax seed, Chia seed, etc..

– Bad lifestyle, unhealthy diet high in sugar, processed refined foods, nutritional deficiencies, artificial sweeteners, lack of exercise, stimulants, drugs, medication, and in particular excessive stress, depression and pessimism may lead to the oversensitivity of the immune system which changes its nature and starts attacking own body.

– Consumption of meat and dairy products (can trigger autoimmune response and causes hormonal imbalance), refined, junk and processed foods, refined sugar, white flour products, high glucose (high fructose) syrup, stimulants (including coffee, tea, green tea, cola, etc., nutritional deficiencies, white pasta, white rice, processed foods, stress, lack of exercise, etc.

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– According to Dr Michael Greger, “Alkylphenols, flame-retardant chemicals, and perfluorochemicals, industrial pollutants found mostly in fish and meat, may be associated with thyroid disruption in young children and adults. Alpha-gal antibodies in meat may result in autoimmune conditions, including thyroid disorders. The artificial food coloring Red No. 3, too much seaweed of any type, and processed meat consumption may be linked to an increase risk of thyroid cancer. Poultry workers often have thyroid disorders.”

TREATMENT

Conventional treatment usually involves blood-thinners (aspirin, etc.), vasodilators (such as reserpine and guanethidine), and calcium-channel blockers (dilate the arteries) are prescribed to reduce the vasospasms. The effectiveness, however, is very limited – and come at the cost of bad side-effects such as sleep disturbances, headaches, psychosis, jaundice, dizziness, hot flushes, nausea, oedema, abnormal heartbeats, etc.

– There is a scientific proof that Ginkgo biloba may be effective in reducing symptoms and the number of Raynaud’s attacks.

– VIT. D3

– MAGNESIUM

– GINGKO BILOBA

– OMEGA 3. Studies have demonstrated that omega 3 fish oil improves tolerance to cold exposure and delays the onset of vasospasm in patients with Raynaud’s disease.

– ALPHA LIPOIC ACID

– METHYLCOBALAMIN

– Eat some citrus fruits. In one study two groups of women kept their hands in a very cold water, and those who ate citrus fruits managed to regain the normal temperature in their fingers faster. Citrus fruits are high in bioflavonoid hesperidin which increases blood flow.

– Take antioxidants. Vitamin C and selenium have shown to be helpful in preventing tissue damage in patients with Raynaud’s disease.

– The most effective antioxidant, however, seems to be NAC (N-acetylcysteine), as according to researchers it has a therapeutic properties in the treating patients with Raynaud’s phenomenon.

– Go on HALLELUJAH DIET >. I personally know persons who recovered from so called “incurable” diseases (including autoimmune conditions) after 6 months of practicing this most effective nutritional approach.

– Avoid gluten, dairy, sugar, stimulants, grains, hot spices, .

– Stress control

– Exercise

– Some patients experience benefits of so called H-O-U therapy which involves heat, ozone and ultraviolet light treatment.

SOURCES

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TREATMENT

– The most important aspect of successful treatment is lifestyle and diet according to the recommendations listed in the HEALTH RECOVERY PLAN > Please study it carefully and do your best to use the remedies and implement all the principles. If you manage to do it you will recover from this problem.

– STRESS CONTROLL, POSITIVE THINKING, ENJOYING LIFE

– CLEAN GREENS (PUKKA) or CHLORELLA.

– Good quality Probiotic formula.

– BOSWELLIA (Viridian): According to one study 82% of patients on Boswellia experienced remission from ulcerative colitis!

– VITAMIN D3 fights Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease (see Dr Mercola’s statement below). Vitamin D modulates (balances) immune response, it prevents an overreaction in the form of inflammation, which can lead to autoimmune disorders like Crohn’s disease. Take at least 20,000 IU a day. The more vitamin D you take the more magnesium you need as it leads to its deficiency.

– Magnesium (citrate): 2 times 400mg. Magnesium gives excellent results in IBS and UC.

– Omega 3: 2 times 1 tablespoon of ground flax seed with breakfast and lunch.

– Use CHARCOAL POWDER (especially in case of DIARRHEA)

– Avoid proinflamatory oils. Use only raw organic Coconut oil.

– 5 HTP Typtophan.

– Vitamin U (has powerful antyulcerative properties): Kale juice is the highest source. Mix kale juice with carrot juice. Drink 3 times a day before meals.

– Evening primrose oil.

– ZINC: 30 mg after breakfast.

– HALLELUJAH DIET leads to remission.

– It is very important to avoid DAIRY, EGGS, and MEAT!

– AVOID GLUTEN

– NO STIMULANTS, SUGAR, WHITE FLOUR PRODUCTS.

– Drink 1 to 2 glasses of RAW VEGETABLE JUICES (especially CARROT).

– You need more FIBRE but increase it gradually. Start from vegetable juices as they are deprived of fibre and will heal colon. You can try steamed and cooked VEGETABLES AND SLOWLY ADD MORE RAW.

– Avoid hot spices, fried foods, and salt.

– Avoid ANTYBIOTICS and ASPIRIN.

– Drink DISTILLED WATER (free from contaminants, irritants and harmful inorganic minerals) between meals.

– TUMERIC is very helpful in coping with inflammation.

– Stop smoking. Smokers are two times more likely to develop Crohn’s disease than non-smokers.

Natural antibiotics helps to control Crohn’s disease.

“Vitamin D Fights Crohn’s Disease. A new study has found that Vitamin D3 can counter the effects of Crohn’s disease. Researchers found that Vitamin D acts directly on the beta defensin 2 gene, which encodes an antimicrobial peptide, and the NOD2 gene that alerts cells to the presence of invading microbes. Both beta defensin and NOD2 have been linked to Crohn’s disease. If NOD2 is deficient or defective, it cannot combat invaders in the intestinal tract.

Most adults need at least 5000 units per day, but some may actually require up to 50,000 units per day. Also there is NO benefit, if you take too much. So simply popping loads of vitamin D pills is not the way to optimize your vitamin D. The only time you don’t need to measure your vitamin D levels is when you have nearly daily access to high quality sunshine.”

See also: FATIGUE, DIARRHEA, DEPRESSION, AUTOIMMIME DISEASES, ALLERGY, MALABSORBTION

NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

Autoimmune diseases can be reversed by practicing the following guidelines:

– Avoid all animal foods including cheese, meat products, all dairy, stimulants (caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes, etc.).

– Go on vegan unrefined diet as it gives best results. Eat especially with lots of raw vegetables salads and raw vegetable juices.

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– Proper stress control and positive thinking – extremely important!

– Eliminate all junk food, processed food, artificial sweeteners, trans fats, and anything with bad preservatives and chemical.

– Eating whole, unprocessed foods, and choosing as many organics as possible.

– Getting adequate sun exposure if possible (20 minutes a day during summer time between 10 am and 2 pm) to maintain vitamin D levels.

– Avoid gluten (wheat products, etc.). The molecular structure of thyroid tissue is almost identical to that of gluten and therefore the immune system may start sending antibodies not only against gluten proteins but against proteins found in different organs causing autoimmune diseases . In this way gluten can increase the autoimmune reaction. Many people with autoimmune diseases have an autoimmune reaction to gluten, and it usually goes unrecognized. Gluten can cause gastrointestinal system to malfunction, so foods aren’t completely digested. These food particles can then be absorbed into bloodstream where body misidentifies them as antigens and then produces antibodies against them.

– Avoid all dairy products as heated dairy protein (especially A1 casein) often irritates the immune system stimulating it to produce antibodies against different internal organs. The most common allergies and food intolerances today are from wheat and dairy products because of the hybridized proteins of gluten and a1 casein. These proteins can cause Leaky Gut Syndrome which leads to inflammation.

– Use glass bottles as Bisphenol A (BPA) which is found in plastic bottles and cans (they are lined up with plastic) disrupt endocrine system.

– Avoiding chlorine, fluoride (toothpastes with fluoride, etc.), and bromine as they also contribute to autoimmune diseases.

– Avoid hydrogenated fats and trans fats (margarines, doughnuts, cakes, etc.) and proinflamatory omega 6 fatty acids (soy oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, etc.).

Ray Peat Ph.D., a physiologist who has worked with progesterone and related hormones since 1968, says that the sudden surge of polyunsaturated oils into the food chain post World War II has caused many changes in hormones. He writes: “Their [polyunsaturated oils] best understood effect is their interference with the function of the thyroid gland. Unsaturated oils block thyroid hormone secretion, its movement in the circulatory system, and the response of tissues to the hormone. When the thyroid hormone is deficient, the body is generally exposed to increased levels of estrogen. The thyroid hormone is essential for making the ‘protective hormones’ progesterone and pregnenolone, so these hormones are lowered when anything interferes with the function of the thyroid. The thyroid hormone is required for using and eliminating cholesterol, so cholesterol is likely to be raised by anything that blocks the thyroid function.”

– Increase consumption of omega 3 fatty acids in the form of ground flax seeds, chia seeds. Omega 3s are the building blocks for hormones that control immune function and cell growth.

– Detoxifying body from heavy metals by using combination of: Chlorella, Milk Thistle, Turmeric, Cilantro.

– Remove any dental fillings containing mercury.

– Increasing intake of healthy fats such as raw coconut oil, coconut milk, avocado, chia seeds (soaked for at least 30 minutes or overnight), ground flaxseeds, and hemp seeds as they will balance hormones. Coconut oil is one of the best foods for thyroid. Coconut oil is a saturated fat comprising medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are known to increase metabolism and promote weight loss. Coconut oil is very stable (shelf life of three to five years at room temperature), so body is much less burdened with oxidative stress than it is from many other vegetable oils.

– Increase consumption of vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene found in carrots, apricots, green leafy vegetables, etc.

– Eliminate stimulants (anything with caffeine or other similar harmful alkaloids: coffee, tea, green tea, mate, yerba mate, cola, chocolate, etc.).

– Exercise at least 30–60 minutes per day.

– Get enough sleep.

– Practice deep breathing.

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– Address adrenal fatigue. A prolonged stress response can lead to adrenal exhaustion (also known as adrenal fatigue). Find out more about ADRENAL FATIGUE >

– Treat unresolved emotional issues as a source of stress. Autoimmune diseases reflect emotions and mental attitude. When people with autoimmune diseases make progress in treating unresolved emotional issues, their symptoms subside. Stress, anxiety or depression are often key culprits. It is important to identify the stressors and learn use ways such as prayer that can help to control stress and negative emotions.

– Read about the DEADLY CONSEQUENCES OF UNFORGIVENESS >

– Drink and use for cooking only distilled or at least filtered water. Not all water filters remove fluoride, so make sure the one you have does or use only distilled water (buy a water distiller). Taking chlorella and turmeric help to get rid of fluoride and heavy metals such as mercury.

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HERBAL REMEDIES & SUPPLEMENTS

– Apart from Ashwaganda (Pukka makes an excellent one) you can use other herbal remedies and adaptogens such as Rhodiola and Three Tulsi (Holy Basil) tea or capsules (Pukka).

– Boost Glutathione levels which is a most powerful of all antioxidants and strengthens the immune system and is one of the most effective remedies against autoimmune diseases . It boosts body’s ability to modulate and regulate the immune system. It is also important to provide body with ingredients that increase glutathione production in the liver by taking turmeric, milk thistle, NAC (N-acetyl cysteine), bioactive whey protein, Glutamine, Alpha Lipoic Acid, bilberry, vitamin C, asparagus, broccoli, peaches, avocado, spinach, garlic, squash, grapefruit.

– Taking selenium supplements and increasing consumption of foods high in selenium (Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, mushrooms, garlic, onions, etc.).

– Supplement magnesium (800 mg of magnesium citrate a day).

– Take good quality omega fish oil supplements (Viridian makes an excellent organic omega 3 fish oil with antioxidant to prevent oxidation): 1000-2000 mg a day with meal.

– Vitamin B12: 1,000 to 2,000 mcg a day under the tongue (must be sublingual Methylcobalamin!). Many people with autoimmune diseases have low levels of this most important vitamin. Read a fascinating article on B12 >

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– Zinc (helps produce thyroid hormone) – 30  to 50mg a day after breakfast.

– Take good quality probiotic formulas as 20 percent of thyroid function depends on a sufficient supply of healthy gut bacteria.

– You must take Vitamin D3 because almost all patients suffering from autoimmune diseases patients are deficient in Vitamin D! While using vitamin D3 supplements always remember to take also well absorbed magnesium (such as citrate) as vitamin D supplements lead to magnesium deficiency over time. If you can’t afford higher doses take at least 4,000 IU of vitamin D3 a day with meal. But since deficiency of this vitamin is so widespread (especially in the UK) it would be better to take 10,000 to 30,000 IU a day with meals with appropriate doses of magnesium. Another requirement for proper absorption of vitamin D is 200 mcg of Vitamin K2 MK-7 (Derived from Natural Natto) a day. Read more about vitamin D >

AN ATTEMPT TO SOLVE THE MYSTERY OF AN AUTOIMMUNE RESPONSE

(IT IS VERY IMPORTANT PART! PLEASE READ EVERYTHING!)

Autoimmune diseases are becoming extremely common nowadays, especially among women. Researchers have proved that all autoimmune disorders basically reflect the same strange phenomenon: The irritated and weakened by different factors (including unhealthy diet, dairy, gluten, toxins, stress, or vitamin D deficiency) immune system, mistakes healthy tissue or organs as foreign and begins to attack them. The only difference between numerous autoimmune diseases is the type of organ or tissue which is attacked. In case of vitiligo, eczema or psoriasis it is skin; in Parkinson’s disease it is dopamine producing brain cells; in lupus it can be different parts of the body including joints, skin, liver, etc. When leukocytes attack pancreas they cause type I diabetes. With ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, it is the colon; and with multiple sclerosis, it is the nerve cells of the brain and spinal cord. In case of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves’ hyperthyroidism, the thyroid is the target of the immune system.

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It is very interesting that Hashimoto’s disease (the most common cause of underactive thyroid) as well as Grave’s disease (the most common cause of overactive thyroid) are both an autoimmune conditions. However, there is an important difference between these two diseases with regards to the role and influence of the immune system: In Hashimoto’s leukocytes, instead of protecting the gland, strangely treat thyroid cells as if they were some dangerous invaders and destroy thyroid cells making them unable to produce enough hormones. In Grave’s disease, on the other hand, white blood cells go into another extreme, and although there is no physiological need to do this, they stimulate thyroid to make way too much of its hormones.

It means that in both cases the immune system gets “crazy” and instead of protecting thyroid cells it behaves in a very strange way and either decides to kill thyroid gland or cause another harm by forcing overproduction of thyroid hormones!

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Unfortunately, it is almost impossible to find a medical website or a scientist that would at least attempt to explain this extremely weird behaviour of human immune system. They are unable to do it probably because scientists look for a very complex scientific answers while the solution may be surprisingly simple and logical. Apart from that, for them the immune system is just a bunch of unintelligent cells that came into existence as a result of evolution and only mechanically perform their physiological functions.

Fortunately, back in Poland I was very lucky to have a privilege of translating a series of health lectures by American physitian Dr. Sang Lee who developed a very interesting explanation of this phenomenon. So let me try to share with you a few thoughts I still remember from his fascinating and unique health seminars.

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When we carefully study the physiology of our immune system we quickly get an impression that somehow our immune system behaves in an incredibly intelligent way. It is also clear that the immune system is very closely connected to the brain and nervous system and that white blood cells respond to different physiological and even psychological needs. One scientist trying to express this idea even suggested that leukocytes behave like “pieces of brain scattered all over the body”.

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There is no doubt brain is the most important part of human body. Brain in our organism is like a “king” or a “boss” and because of that, no cell, including the immune system cells ever question any information, signals or anything coming from the brain. That is why the placebo or nocebo effect (a positive or negative attitude of the brain) can impose such a powerful effect on body’s physiology and health.

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Knowing this we can draw some very important conclusions which will help us to understand how mental attitudes and emotions can influence the immune system cells to either destroy thyroid or stimulate it to make more hormones.

We know that great majority of both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism are caused by abnormal and harmful response (behaviour) of the immune system. The autoimmune form of hypothyroidism is called Hashimoto’s disease and in case of hyperthyroidism it is Graves disease.

Another fact we need to take into consideration is that autoimmune diseases (including both thyroid autoimmune conditions) are much more prevalent among women than man, even if their diet and lifestyle are similar. Now, that doesn’t mean bad diet, and lack of exercise do not contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, but that there is another cause which should be regarded as even more significant.

The simple conclusion, therefore, is that it is anxiety, depression, worrying and negative mental attitudes that must greatly contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, simply because poor mental health is also much more common among women than men.

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Taking into consideration all those facts Dr Lee suggested that when a woman suffers from chronic anxiety or depression, when she has negative attitude toward life, keeps on thinking about death or suicide, or if she is overwhelmed by any other negative thoughts and emotions, her intelligent and closely connected to the brain immune system gets a clear impression that the “boss” (which is the brain) doesn’t want to live. Therefore, like obedient soldiers the white blood cells feel obliged to fulfil the desire of the “boss”, so they turn against its own body and begin to attack different organs. In case of Hashimoto’s disease it is thyroid.

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The whole situation is made even more dangerous when a depressed woman does not exercise, and since only dead body does not move, the leukocytes draw a conclusion that she is already dead so why they should protect the dead body? If she is dead it is more reasonable rather to attack the body and accelerate the decaying process!

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There are also some nutritional ways to trigger an autoimmune reaction. We already know that heated animal protein, especially the one found in cow’s milk and dairy, is often treated by human immune system as a foreign invader. Because of that leukocytes send antibodies against those heated proteins which get into human body with milk and dairy products. The problem however is that in our bodies there are certain proteins which look exactly like those heated milk proteins so the weakened immune system often mistakenly and simultaneously attack also those body’s own proteins, causing different autoimmune problems.

Apart from pessimism and sedentary lifestyle there are still other “death signals” that may “inspire” the immune system to attack own body. For instance, using stimulants such as alcohol, smoking, illegal drugs, coffee, tea, cola, sugar, etc. could be discerned by the immune system as the “death wish” (“death signals”) of the brain and thus “inspire” the immune system with the idea that the “boss” wishes to die (due to the suicidal lifestyle and diet). The immune system may get this impression because stimulants are harmful and toxic chemicals which slowly contribute to the death of the body.

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Also regular consumption of meat products may trigger similar reaction because meat comes from dead animals.

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In addition, any heated (cocked, boiled, fried, grilled) animal protein always triggers immune reaction causing leukocytes to start mobilising and thus leading to increased number of leukocytes in the blood. This phenomenon is called leucocytosis and has bad influence on the immune system. As a result of frequent consumption of heated animal proteins (cooked dairy, meat, poultry, fish, or eggs) the immune system is frequently alarmed, has to overwork and may change its nature. Eventually it often turns against its own body causing numerous autoimmune diseases, including thyroid problems.

In case of the Graves hyperthyroidism, however, the behaviour of the immune system seems to be very opposite than in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or other autoimmune conditions because in Graves hyperthyroidism instead of attacking and destroying the tissue leukocytes just stimulate thyroid to make even more hormones! Now, why on earth in this case the immune system changed its tactics and instead of killing thyroid gland it just decides to “help” it to work very hard?

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Well, also in this case Dr Lee got a very interesting explanation. He suggests that if a woman lives a very stressful lifestyle, always tries to do her best in performing her duties at home and work, often in a hurry, dealing with many different things at the same time, if she doesn’t rest and sleep long enough at night, gets often nervous or irritated, drinks coffee or uses other stimulants to increase her energy so that she could be more efficient, then guess what the “intelligent” immune system, which responds to the physiological and psychological needs, do? The immune system says, “Ok, the boss is very restless, wants be more energetic and efficient in performing different duties, let us then go to thyroid and stimulate it to make more hormones, and in this way we will fulfil the wish of the boss.” When over a decade ago I heard this idea for the fists time I said, “Wow! It is so fascinating how our immune system works and how it can be influenced by mental attitudes!”

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Well, if this idea is true, and to be honest I personally like it very much, then the best way to prevent and treat autoimmune diseases (including Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism and Graves hyperthyroidism) is by stress control, positive thinking, laughter, frequent smiling, taking care of others, helping people in need, going for a walk and enjoying life and the beauty of the nature. It can be done by avoiding “death signals” (stimulants, meat products and other heated dead foods, etc.). In this way you will show the immune system that you want to live and actually enjoy life. As a result those smart and intelligent invisible tiny soldiers (the white blood cells) will never attack your own body (or will stop doing that) but will protect and fight for you like Kamikazes.

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Unfortunately, from my long experience I know that for many of us it is very difficult and often even impossible to become a positive thinking person because those negative emotions and fears seem to be part of our nature. Sometimes we even feel like slaves of pessimism.

And that sad truth is the very reason I included on my website a very special, unique and even most important section called “EMPOWRNMENT”. So please read it carefully and then study the even more significant article titled the “GOSPEL OF FREEDOM“, as it reveals the secret of finding the only source of true inward “peace” which according to Apostle Paul “surpasses all knowledge” and which can “guard (protect) our hearts and minds (emotions)”.

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Combined with true strong faith this message will lead you to freedom from negative emotions such as anxiety or existential fears (one of the key source of deadly free radicals). It will empower you with moral strength necessary to overcome long-cultivated bad habits or addictions, often impossible to defeat on our own. This unique and most wonderful good news of the gospel will also give you a powerful motivation to not only practice but also enjoy the new and very healthy way of life.