Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes a chronic inflammatory condition affecting many of the body’s organs. The inflammation usually occurs in the skin, blood vessels, joints or other tissue. Some believe it is caused by an unknown virus, others believe it is the immune system attacking the body’s connective tissue. The largest numbers of Lupus sufferers are females between the age of 15 and 40. Peoples of African, Native American and Asian ancestry seem to be more susceptible to developing Lupus. There are two types of Lupus: systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE). SLE is a systemic disease affecting many different parts of the body, with symptoms ranging from mild to life threatening. The symptoms include arthritis-like swelling and pain in fingers and other joints, often accompanied with a rash and/or fever. Other symptoms include nausea, dizziness, vertigo, extreme fatigue, hair loss, loss of appetite, poor circulation, shortness of breath, ulcer, vomiting and weight loss. DLE is less serious affecting mostly the skin, with rashes and soft yellowish lesions commonly on scalp and ears. Both types of Lupus can have periodic flare-ups, with periods of remission. Flare-ups are often triggered by UV light from the sun, but can also be triggered by fatigue, pregnancy, childbirth, infections, some drugs, stress, viral infection and chemical sensitivity.

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The traditional way to treat Lupus is with Prednisone and corticosteroids compound. This can cause damage to the liver, eyes and other organs if taken long term, so many people search out alternative remedies. We suggest eating a diet low in fat, salt and animal protein. This reduces over reactivity in the immune system, while being easier on the kidneys. Good foods include olive oil, sardines, garlic, onions, brown rice, fish, greens, non-acidic fruit, oatmeal and other whole grains. Fresh (not canned) pineapple has been shown to be helpful. Get plenty of rest and regular, moderate exercise. Do not consume dairy products (butter and yogurt OK), caffeine, citrus fruit, salt, tobacco, or sugar. Check out your own allergies (see Allergy Testing), as allergies can stimulate Lupus flare-ups. Avoid strong sunlight, always cover-up and use a sunscreen with SPF of 15 or higher. Do not take birth control pills.

Single Herbs: Reishi, Pau d’arco, Cat’s Claw, Alfalfa, Garlic, Goldenseal, Red Clover, Licorice Root tea, Milk Thistle, Yucca.

Nutritional Supplements: Vitamin C (3,000 – 8,000 mg daily), Zinc (50 – 100mg daily), Multiminerals, DHEA, Krill / Black Currant Oil (2,000 mg, twice daily), Calcium/Magnesium (1,500/750mg, twice daily), L-Cysteine (500 – 1,000 mg daily), L- methionine, L-Lysine, Glucosamine sulfate (1,000 mg, twice daily), MSM (1,000 mg, twice daily).