VITILIGO

Written by Slawomir (“Swavak”) Gromadzki, MPH

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According to the Vitiligo Society website, “Vitiligo (Leucoderma) is quite a common autoimmune skin disease which affects at least one person in every hundred in countries throughout the world including the UK. Anyone, male or female, irrespective of skin colour or ethnic origin can develop the condition. Vitiligo causes the skin, and sometimes the hair, to turn white in patches. This is because melanocytes, the cells which give the skin its colour, have either been damaged or destroyed. The disease can spread, rapidly or slowly, to cover the entire body surface (universal vitiligo) but this is not inevitable. The most common form of vitiligo appears in symmetrical form (generalised vitiligo) affecting both sides of the body. In some cases only one half of the body is affected (segmental vitiligo) and this type has limited progression and is more difficult to treat. Vitiligo can begin at any age, though about fifty percent of people develop it before the age of twenty. You cannot catch vitiligo. It is not infectious. Although there are no physical symptoms apart from sunburn in the white patches if they are not protected from the sun, it can cause severe psychological distress, especially when the face, neck, hands and genitals are affected. Although the disease is more noticeable on dark or tanned skin the degree of distress is not necessarily linked to skin colour or to the extent of the disease. However, people with dark skin from certain ethnic groups who develop vitiligo may feel particularly stigmatised and fear a loss of identity should the disease become widespread. The course of vitiligo is unpredictable. Some people may not notice a change in their condition for many years, while for others it can spread quite rapidly. In some cases the white patches can spontaneously repigment, particularly in children, though it is rare for the disease to resolve completely without treatment.”

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CAUSES

– Vitiligo is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune attacks skin cells. The exact cause of Vitiligo is still unclear, but there are reasons to believe it is a combination of genetic factors and unhealthy lifestyle and diet, stress, stimulants (smoking, alcohol consumption, caffeine, etc.), and diet high in animal foods, refined and processed foods, bad fats, toxins, etc. Also certain medications, such as beta blockers, lithium, or anti-malarial drugs can contribute to Vitiligo.

– It is believed that autoimmune diseases usually start from 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.

– Also deficiency of vitamin D (insufficient exposure to the sun) 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.

– People with Vitiligo usually suffer from leaky gut and low stomach acid. Leaky gut or intestinal permeability, is described as the microscopic loss of the integrity of your intestinal lining. It means there are tiny holes in the lining of your intestine that allow toxines, bacteria, incompletely digested proteins and fats to move from the gut to your blood stream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction, which can lead to various autoimmune diseases including IBD.

– Hashimotos diseas often often accompany vitiligo. If it is true you must treat your thyroid condition too. Go to DISEASES section and find the discription of the condition.

– If you suffer from vitiligo you may have a zinc and/or copper/ deficiency or imbalance. Many people are under the impression that because low copper levels are implicated in vitiligo then this must mean they need to take more copper. However, most people (women especially) are copper toxic and some also have copper bio-unavailability, which means the body is unable to use the copper for some reason. Taking more copper will aggravate this problem.

– Apart from helping to controll copper levels in our body, zinc can be useful in treating vitiligo by neutralising free radicals, encouraging repigmentation, and positively influancing the immune system.

– You can be gluten intolerant. Gluten is very damaging to the gut and its molecular structure resembles the structure of thyroid gland – which may encourage the immune system to attack thyroid gland. It is very interesting that vitiligo and celiac share the same gene – NLRP1. This gene (formerly known as NALP1), has been confirmed by research as being linked to vitiligo and other autoimmune diseases including celiac disease, Addison’s disease, lupus, or type 1 diabetes.
So, if you have vitiligo you may want to avoid gluten altogether as it can be very risky, to say the least.

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– 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, Copper, 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.”

 

 

The Treatment That Worked For Me (SOURCE >)

The vitiligo / leukoderma treatment that worked for me resulted in roughly 98% repigmentation within about a year and a half.  I have had no relapse at any stage since the process began and the new pigment has continued to become smoother and more consistent as time has gone by.

This cure (if you can call it that – I actually think that effective treatment is a more accurate term) consisted of taking the following nutritional supplements and getting regular, moderate sun exposure several times a week.  I have listed the supplements on this page, in order of their perceived effectiveness, along with all their ingredients. 

1. Boost
The capsules which, together with regular UV exposure, appear to be mainly responsible for my re-pigmentation are called Boost and are marketed (as a natural supplement designed to help those with normal skin to achieve a richer tan more easily when exposed to the sun) by a British manufacturer of natural health, beauty and sports nutrition products called xenca.  The ingredients of this supplement, as listed on the bottle can be found below.  Amounts shown are per serving (2 servings are recommended per day for 2 days prior to sun/UV exposure and thereafter until 2 days after exposure – but obviously I took them on an ongoing basis). One jar lasts a month.

  • L-Tyrosine 500mg
  • PABA 300mg
  • Copper (as sulphate) 1mg
  • Vitamin B1 (as Thiamine HCI) 5mg
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) 5mg
  • Vitamin B3 (Nicotinamide) 10mg
  • Pantothenic Acid (as Calcium Pantothenate) 10mg
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyroxidine HCI) 10mg
  • Folic Acid 200mcg
  • Vitamin B12 12.5mcg
  • Vitamin C (Asorbic Acid) 100mg
  • Vitamin D3 (Cholecalciferol) 2.5mcg
  • Vitamin E 100mg
  • Zinc (as Gluconate) 1.25mg
  • Choline Bitartrate 30mg
  • (Other ingredients: magnesium stereate, gelatin)

If you are going to give them a go, my advice would be to take them for several weeks before necessarily expecting to see visible results, although using a Woods light might show early results sooner than that.   My vitiligo was very extensive and long term.  I imagine the smaller and newer your lesions, the faster you might expect to see results.

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2. Five a Day + 

Five a Day + (the blend of “superfoods” referred to on the My Treatments page of this site).  Containing 21 nutrient-dense foods that are rich in natural enzymes, minerals, amino acids, vitamin and antioxidants, its ingredients are:

Five A Day+ Superfood : The 21 Ingredients

Alfalfa

Alfalfa is rich in minerals and vitamins and contains organic acids, free amino acids, non-protein amino acids (such as canavinine), strachydrine, coumarins, isoflavonoids, saponins and natural steroids such as b-sitosterol, campesterol, stigamsterol and others. It contains vitamins A, D, E and K as well as chlorophyll, carotene and minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium.

People using antibiotics such as amoxicillin, gentamicin, streptomycin and tetracycline could possibly benefit from this, as it helps to restore the level of vitamin K which is depleted when using these antibiotics, as well as cholesterol-lowering drugs, steroids and anti-seizure medication. (http://www.ageless.co.za/herb-alfalfa.htm)

Apple Pectin Fibre

An indigestible, soluble fibre, apple pectin is a general intestinal regulator that is used in many medicinal preparations, especially as an anti-diarrhoea agent. Our ancestors believed the old proverb: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. Apples are rich in pectin, a soluble fibre, which supports healthy cholesterol levels.

Researchers at the University of California found that apple pectin also acts as an antioxidant against the damaging portion of cholesterol in the blood stream.

Apple pectin may help to maintain intestinal balance by cleansing the intestinal tract with its soluble and insoluble fibres. (http://www.nutrasanus.com/apple-pectin.html)

Barley Grass Juice

Barley grass juice is a highly rejuvenating food for health. It is considered to be a powerful superfood and is often recommended in the fight against different cancers. It also builds blood cell count and energy, detoxifies blood, improves asthma and is taken as an aphrodisiac. (http://www.healthbanquet.com/barley-grass-green-juice.html#.UECld6OKA_c)

Beetroot Juice Powder

Raw beets are high in carbohydrates and low in fat. They contain phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, calcium, iron, and potassium, as well as fibre, vitamins A and C, niacin,

folic acid and biotin. Nutrients derived from natural sources are considered to be “better” than those found in supplements, as they are found in an organic form. Hence, the iron in beet juice is particularly noted for being much more easily assimilated than manufactured forms of iron. (http://allonhealth.com/health-products/redibeets.htm)

Brown Rice Kernel Membrane Powder

This type of rice is much more useful for health than the traditional white rice, since the largest share of nutrients is contained in the grain membrane. Brown rice is recommended by health care professionals and nutritionists as the basis for a healthy diet.

This is an excellent source of fibre and vitamin B complex. It is believed to aid digestion and there are studies working on its anti-cancer properties.

Chlorella

Chlorella is a single-celled, water-grown micro-algae. It is widely known as a powerful superfood supplement with extraordinary nutrient density and is well established in ancient culture. One of the few edible species of water-grown algae, chlorella is full of chlorophyll. It contains all of the B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, amino acids, magnesium, iron, trace minerals, carbohydrates and a higher amount of protein than meat (more than 50%). It also has a unique set of phytonutrients. It binds to toxins and carries them out of the body. Its high amount of protein makes it a staple supplement for many people, including those who do not eat meat. (http://www.naturalnews.com/036086_chlorella_superfood_algae.html)

Coenzyme Q10

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance that is found naturally in the body and helps convert food into energy. CoQ10 is found in almost every cell in the body and is a powerful antioxidant.

Antioxidants fight damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA and even cause ‘cell death’. Scientists believe free radicals contribute to the ageing process, as well as a number of health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Antioxidants, such as CoQ10, can

neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.

Some researchers believe that CoQ10 may help with heart-related conditions because it can improve energy production in cells, prevent blood clot formation and act as an antioxidant. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/coenzyme-q10-000295.htm#ixzz258CowafH)

Fucoxanthin

Fucoxanthin is a type of carotenoid found naturally in edible brown seaweed such as wakame (Undaria pinnatifida) and hijiki (Hijikia fusiformis), which are used widely in Asian cuisine (wakame is the seaweed used in miso soup). Fucoxanthin also occurs naturally in much smaller amounts in both red seaweed (the kind typically used in Japanese sushi rolls) and green seaweed. (http://altmedicine.about.com/od/herbsupplementguide/a/fucoxanthin.htm)

Icelandic Kelp

Kelp has been extensively used as a treatment for the thyroid, due to its high iodine content. It is an excellent source of dietary iodine; hence it is also used in treating radiation exposure to heavy metals, heart disease and in the prevention of infections.

In addition to iodine, kelp contains minerals including calcium, iron and potassium, and vitamins B1, B2 and B12. The use of kelp to treat thyroid problems has been largely superseded by synthetic medications, although it is still considered an effective way to incorporate iodine into the diet. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/96524-kelp-benefits/#ixzz258G1eueR)

Ionic Trace Minerals

Many of the trace elements once abundant in our soils have been over-farmed and washed away into water courses. Not surprisingly, in the oceans ionic trace minerals are found in their proper proportions, the same basic proportions that are found in healthy human bodies.

The human body relies on ionic minerals and trace minerals to conduct and generate billions of tiny electrical impulses. Without these impulses not a single muscle, including your heart, would be able to function. The brain would not function and the

body’s cells would not be able to use osmosis to balance water pressure and to absorb nutrients. (http://www.traceminerals.com/trace-minerals/why-you-need-ionic-minerals)

Jerusalem Artichoke Powder

The Jerusalem Artichoke is high in two essential minerals: potassium and magnesium. Potassium is a mineral that enables the heart to beat properly, acting to keep blood pressure in the healthy range and enabling muscles to contract, allowing physical mobility. Magnesium is also important for heart health and contributes to the proper function of the muscular system. (http://www.livestrong.com/article/374796-health-benefits-of-jerusalem-artichokes/)

Kamut Juice

Kamut juice provides a supply of enzymes and chlorophyll (probably the most important elements to life on Earth and very much lacking in most diets), along with vitamins, minerals and proteins, as a strong ‘alkaline’ food which assists the body’s essential life-regulating pH balance. It is thought that kamut juice stimulates the body’s natural cleansing and detoxifying processes on a cellular level, providing significant protection against cancerous threats and disease. (http://www.websites-host.com/wheat.html)

Lactobacillus Acidophilus & Bifidus

Lactobacillus acidophilus is the most commonly used probiotic, or ‘friendly’ bacteria. Many healthy bacteria live internally in the human body, such as the intestines where they protect against so called ‘bad’ bacteria that can lead to disease. They do this in a couple of ways: for example, when L. acidophilus breaks down food in the intestine several substances are formed (such as lactic acid and hydrogen peroxide) that create an unfriendly environment for bad bacteria. Probiotics are often suggested as a supplement when you take antibiotics. Antibiotics kill bacteria but don’t discriminate between ‘friendly’ and ‘unfriendly’ organisms so the balance between good and bad bacteria in the intestines can be upset. It is thought that taking probiotics helps restore the healthy balance of bacteria in the body. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lactobacillus-acidophilus-000310.htm#ixzz258OHK1NH)

 
Lactobacillus Bifidus is a type of ‘friendly’ bacteria that helps maintain healthy bacteria in the large intestine, increases the acidity of the region it inhabits and makes the area inhospitable to dangerous bacteria. It prevents harmful bacteria from converting compounds known as nitrates (ingested in food or water) into nitrites, which are known to lead to cancer. Substances that destroy ‘friendly’ bacteria like Lactobacillus Bifidus are, sadly, over-the-counter drugs, birth control pills, chlorine and fluoride in tap water, environmental pollutants, mental & physical stress, chemotherapy and radiation therapy, tobacco, alcohol and simply getting older. (http://anrvitamins.com/glossary/lactob.html)

Lecithin

Lecithin is an important phospholipid needed by all living cells. It is produced within our own bodies and can be found in the major organs: the heart, the liver and the kidneys. Lecithin aids in maintaining our overall health and is utilised by every cell in our bodies. Although it is produced within our own bodies, we do not always consume enough of the foods that provide the nutrition needed to produce adequate amounts. Lecithin can be found in many foods, such as cabbage, cauliflower, garbanzo beans, soy beans, split peas, organic meat, seeds, nuts and eggs. Today’s average diet, however, does not provide enough lecithin to successfully protect cells and allow lecithin to produce its benefits. As a result, lecithin supplementation is believed to be necessary for overall health and prevention of many conditions and potential diseases. Of its many benefits, lecithin has been proven to decrease cholesterol, promote cardiovascular health, restore damaged livers and improve the brain’s memory function. (http://www.essortment.com/benefits-risks-lecithin-48939.html)

Nova Scotia Dulse

Edible seaweed like dulse, kelp and others gained attention from researchers in the 1990s when it was discovered that many Asian populations, that were notable for long lifespans and lack of chronic diseases, used sea vegetables more frequently in their diet than did westerners. Overall, dulse and other sea vegetables are notable for their high mineral and protein content, particularly iron and potassium.

Dulse has an unusually high concentration of different minerals. Minerals with the highest concentrations are copper, zinc, potassium, calcium and magnesium. One study found that dulse had potassium concentrations 34 times higher than a banana.

Fatty Acid Content: For a vegetable, dulse has an unusually large amount of poly-unsaturated fatty acids. Furthermore, it has an unusually high concentration of EPA and DHA, which are omega-3 fatty acids most commonly found in fish.

These properties have caused Nova Scotia Dulse and other seaweeds to be studied closely by cancer researchers and edible seaweed is increasingly being used as a ‘Functional Food’ in anti-carcinogenic products. (http://blog.healthkismet.com/nova-scotia-dulse-health-benefits-facts-and-m)

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is a very rich source of proteins and contains eight essential amino acids, important fatty acids, sugars, sterols and phosphorous compounds, as well as acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is needed to transmit nerve messages from cell to cell. Too little of this compound makes individuals prone to diseases like Alzheimer’s. It contains gamma globulin, known to stimulate the immune system and fight off infections. Royal jelly contains vitamins A, B-complex, C, D and E. It is particularly useful for its B-complex contents, including B1, B2, B6, B12, biotin, folic acid and inositol. Royal jelly is high in the B vitamin pantothenic acid, recognized for its ability to reduce stress levels. It also supplies the minerals calcium, copper, iron, phosphorous, potassium, silicon and sulphur. (http://www.pureroyaljelly.com/info.HTM)

Spirulina

One of the” kings of the superfoods” and with over 100 nutrients, spirulina, a blue-green algae, is frequently described as the most complete food source in the world, bringing a diverse coverage of health benefits. Briefly, it supplies:

·         Proteins: protein content is between 55 and 70% of the cell weight.

·         Vitamins: B1 (Thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (nicotinamide), B6 (pyridoxine), B9 (folic acid), C, D and E.

·         Minerals: Potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, sodium and zinc.

·         Essential fatty acids like DHA.

·         Photosynthetic pigments: chlorophyll, beta-carotene (64 to 70 times more than spinach).

Spirulina protein contains all essential amino acids, compared to the proteins of meat, milk or eggs and vegetarians can use this supplement for adding additional quality protein to their diet. (http://healthbenefitsofspirulina.com/)

Super Oxide Dismutase (SOD) with Catalase

This antioxidant can neutralize most common free radicals. Superoxide dismutase (SOD) is an enzyme that revitalizes cells and reduces the rate of cell destruction. SOD is often thought of as the body’s first line of defence. It neutralizes the most common free radical – superoxide radical, by converting it into hydrogen peroxide and water. Because it rejuvenates cells and tissues that have become hardened or fibrotic from age, people who suffer from disease or injury may benefit from SOD. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superoxide_dismutase)

 
Catalase is a common enzyme found in nearly all living organisms exposed to oxygen. It catalyses the decomposition of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen. It is a very important enzyme in reproductive reactions. Likewise, catalase has one of the highest turnover numbers of all enzymes; one catalase molecule can convert millions of molecules of hydrogen peroxide to water and oxygen per second. (http://pfam.sanger.ac.uk/family/PF00199)

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice is one of nature’s true superfoods; in fact it is a complete food capable of sustaining human life in the absence of other nourishment for long periods. Wheatgrass juice is extracted from the young sprouts of wheat berries or grains. It has optimal nutritional value if juiced when the shoot of the plant is about to make its first stem division.

Wheatgrass juice contains complete protein; it is suitable for those who require a gluten-free diet because gluten, the protein element in the grain, is converted to amino acids during sprouting. Amino acids are the building blocks of the proteins our bodies use. Wheatgrass juice is a very good provider of the proteins required for cell regeneration and is renowned for its healing properties. (http://www.ukjuicers.com/articles/benefits-of-wheatgrass-juice-a3)

Note: Please see video page for a YouTube video giving more detail about this supplement. (SOURCE >)

 

TREATMENT

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– 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.

NUTRITIONAL AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

Autoimmune diseases can be reversed by practicing the following guidelines:

– Go on an anti-inflammatory diet: Get plenty of fresh raw vegetable juices and raw vegetables (especially those rich in carotenoids such as carrots, as well as green leafy vegetables) and fresh fruits.

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

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– 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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– 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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– Copper and Zinc (helps produce thyroid hormone) – 30  to 50mg of zinc and 1mg of copper 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 >

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– Learn to control stress.

PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid) tablets (Solgar): Fatigue, irritability, depression, eczema, scleroderma (premature hardening of skin), patchy pigment loss in skin (vitiligo), premature grey hair.

– Everyday take Chlorella tablets (Pukka), or excellent Clean greens powder (Pukka), or other super foods such as barley grass, alfalfa, maca, ground hemp seed, wheat grass, etc.

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– Include good probiotic formula to boost good bacteria in your colon.

Externally try to use raw organic coconut oil, castor oil  and vitamin E oil. Avoid cosmetics with harmful chcemicals. About external use of coconut oil someone wrote: “Coconut oil has worked wonders for me after I clubbed it with proper diet free from refined flour, fried items, alcohol, citrus fruits. Earlier I have used 777 oil (extract of the herb wrighitia tinctoria mixed with 50% coconut oil). Then it had no effect. With diet control, avoiding above items, there is total healing with only some scars on the legs. Otherwise it was like battlefield all over the body. It is now nearly three months and I am totally free, but I still continue to apply the same with higher coconut oil content so that the skin is smooth”.

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– Use only soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, deodorant or detergents with harmless natural ingredients.

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– Amazing healing properties of Clay have been known for centuries in many cultures around the world. Cleopatra used Dead Sea clay twice a week in order to maintain her skin smooth and unblemished. Back in Poland I used and recommended this wonderful remedy externally and internally for many different conditions often with great success. There are different types of clay such as Kaolin Clay (White), Green Clay, Bentonite (Grey/Cream colour), or Rhassoul Clay (Moroccan Red Clay). All of them can be effectively used to detoxify, regenerate and nourish the skin, to eliminate inflammation, or brighten dark areas.  Clay mask is also one of the most effective ways to get rid of dark spots and to effectively treat almost any skin problems.

In order to make a face mask mix two tablespoons of any type of clay with two 2 tablespoons of hot water (distilled would be the best), or rose water, or the same amount (2 TBS) of strong Calendula tea (or Comfrey tea), and 1 teaspoon of fresh lemon juice.

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, wash your face with distilled water or clean with aloe vera juice and apply the mask on the skin. Let it dry for about 30 minutes and rinse.

Note: Do not use any metal tool to mix clay with other ingredients. Use a wooden or glass instrument to keep clay potent and effective.

To get much better results the mask needs to be left on the skin much longer or even overnight (only if you are able to sleep with it). You should also enrich the above ingredients with 1 teaspoon of cold pressed Olive oil, Evening primrose oil or Castor oil. Mix all ingredients together thoroughly, wash your face with distilled water or clean with aloe vera juice and apply the mask on the skin. This time you also need to cover the mask with a Clingfilm to prevent it from drying.

Some ladies who left a Green Clay mask on face overnight told me it worked like a magic. In case of a dry skin try to use a raw organic coconut oil or vitamin E oil after removing the mask.

Clay baths should be much more effective than chamomile flowers or anything else. Adding green clay to your baths is one of the most effective methods to reduce itching. Clay is so amazing because apart from having anti-inflammatory properties it is able to absorb all the substances which cause itching. In addition it also provides a soothing effect and can even nourish and regenerate damaged skin. You do not need too much clay in the bath. About 1/2 cup of a green or bentonite clay in a warm bath should be enough.

Boswellia (Viridian): According to one study 80% of patients on Boswellia experienced remission from some autoimmune diseases!

– 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.

Hallelujah diet leads to recovery from Vitiligo! Read more >

– Evening primrose oil or Star flower oil (1000 mg a day). Both are best sources of GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) – a fatty acid which promotes healthy skin, hair and nails.

– Take Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) extract of – two capsules or tablets twice a day for at least three months.

– Omega 3: Two 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.”

 

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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But, someone may argue that, if pessimism, depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases, how to explain that sometimes babies or small children are diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as lupus, eczema, or type 1 diabetes? They couldn’t trigger these conditions through their pessimism.

The answer is obvious, they either inherited overreacting immune system or their immune system was negatively influenced by mother’s nervous system (depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, etc.) when they were in their mother’s womb. There are many women who during pregnancy were depressed or even attempted to commit suicide and gave birth to children who sooner or later were diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. In addition babies are very often deficient in Vitamin D ad are fed with cow’s milk and it is scientifically proved that both factors also contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases in children.

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.

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