Auto-immune Disease

Apr 042014
 
Butterfly on Blossoms

Article published in Lotus Guide, April/May/Jun 2014 issue:

Gluten Summit Report: The Triple A Threat of Gluten Sensitivity – Autoimmune Disease, Arthritis and Alzheimer’s

Sep 162013
 

Two Chinese herbal formulas I commonly recommend to boost immunity are Evergreen Herbs Immune + and Zand Astragalus Formula. Immune + is based on a very commonly-used formula Yu Ping Feng San, which is especially used to help those who easily catch common colds or flues, or are commonly affected by seasonal allergies. Zand Astragalus is a very similar formula.

Catching colds or flues easily, and/or having seasonal allergies means that the immune system is weak and needs to be strengthened. These formulas are also ideal to strengthen the immune system when going into the winter season or when one knows they will be exposed to others who are ill from a common cold or flu, or when one is oing into a hospital or convalescent situation where others could be ill. Both of these formulas will also tend to help poor energy too.

Both of these formulas contain Astragalus (Huang Qi) and Reishi mushroom (Ling Zhi, or Ganoderma), both of which research has shown are immunoprotective. Research has also shown that Astragalus can have an antibiotic effect, is anti-asthmatic and is nephroprotective (protects the kidneys) as well. Reishi has anti-cancer properties and a broad spectrum of antibacterial activity.

More information on the two main herbs in these formulas can be found at these sample monographs from the premier resource of the Chinese Herbal Materia Medica, Chinese Medical Herbology and Pharmacology, by John Chen and Tina Chen: Huang Qi and Ling Zhi/Reishi

Astragalus is also in the Evergreen Herbs Cordyceps 3 formula. Cordyceps is especially known to treat chronic respiratory disorders; I call it a ‘Ginseng for the Lungs’ since it is also used for its ginseng-like ‘anti-aging’ qualities. Speaking of Ginseng, Panax Ginseng (Ren Shen) is in this formula as well. So Cordyceps 3 is an excellent formula for aging, poor energy or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and many other conditions as well that need immune-system support, including cancer.

Oct 062012
 
    Tagline: When My Lab Tests are Normal!



An amazingly fantastic naturopathic book about the link of Hashimoto’s to many, many health conditions including Gluten Intolerance and Celiac Disease. But most importantly this book is an auto-immune disease directive – refer to its data on auto-immune thyroid disorders, and you will understand how “leaky-gut syndromes”, including gluten intolerance and other digestive illness, adrenal fatigue, estrogen fluctuations, insulin resistance are all interconnected leading to auto-immune diseases such as SLE, MS (Multiple Sclerosis) and Diabetes.”
“81% are predisposed to gluten intolerance”, based on research on genetic testing of Americans – because we are of Northern European ancestry. (p. 31)
Hint: Gluten molecule similar in structure to thyroid hormone molecule!!!!

Oct 062011
 

Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD, was published in 2011. This book tells more of the story as to why wheat is a grain that should be consumed rarely, if at all. This book especially shows how wheat consumption leads to a a ‘wheat belly’ – visceral fat accumulation – and hence to the rise in diabetes since it affects our blood sugar levels almost as bad as plain table sugar (this includes ‘whole grain’ bread)!

Life Extension Foundation magazine article: Wheat – the Unhealthy Whole Grain

If you have arthritis, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, or simply want to lose weight: READ THIS BOOK so you understand why the inflammatory cascade that wheat causes has helped lead us to an epidemic level of obesity, many inflammatory conditions and even auto-immune disease!