Lupus – What It Is and What To Do?

Lupus is an inflammatory, chronic, autoimmune disease; it affects the connective tissue and blood. There are two kinds of lupus. SLE (Systemic lupus erythematosus) this one is very serious and can be fatal. This is a condition that affects the body’s organs in addition to the above-mentioned connective tissue and blood. DLE (discoid lupus erythematosus) this affects the exposed areas of the skin mostly, and may sometimes affect the joints.

The symptoms of lupus can vary and do according to the severity of the illness and the affected organs, if any. SLE, the more serious type, can occur suddenly. It will seem like a very bad infection accompanied with a fever. It can also appear slowly sometimes over years. As the effects can come on slowly with random episodes of fatigue and fever, soreness in joints or what appear to be growing pains in children; it can eventually deform the joints and cause muscular contraction.

Some of the more common symptoms are rashes on the upper chest, elbows, neck and/or face. With DLE, the rash will begin with a red color, it will be circular may be thickened in areas and can also leave scars and occurs mostly on the scalp and face. It can also cause hair loss. There is a characteristic “butterfly-shaped” rash that is found with SLE, and this is found on the bridge of the nose and the cheeks. These rashes do not cause scarring or permanent hair loss.

A few other symptoms are ulcers on the mouth and nose. A swelling of the fingers and hands along with a sensitivity to light, pericarditis which is an inflammation of the membrane surrounding the heart, an iron deficiency, kidney disorders, anemia, pleurisy, which is an inflammation of the lining of the lungs, and high blood pressure. In children it is not unusual to see swollen lymph nodes.

SLE is considered to be severe if a life-threatening disease accompanies it. Otherwise it is considered to be mild if the main symptoms are the fever, joint pain, pleurisy, pericarditis, rash and headaches. If SLE is serious then under a doctor’s care immediate corticosteroid therapy must be administered. This is a chronic condition so remission can occur and random periods where you are symptomatic will also occur.. So, if in remission for a long period of time do not jump to the conclusion that the disease is gone. You will need to do blood tests for anti-nuclear antibodies and you may also need skin biopsies.

The following 8 symptoms absolutely must be present for a diagnosis of lupus and they are: low white blood cell or platelet count or hemolytic anemia, mouth sores, abnormal cells in the urine, ANA antibodies in the blood, joint pain in more than just one joint, so arthritis, butterfly rash on cheeks, psychosis or seizure and light sensitivity. This is according to the American Rheumatoid Association.

There is a 100% connection between food allergies and lupus. And lupus, in 90% of the cases, strikes young children and young women.

There are drugs that can cause false-positive readings of SLE; they are hydralazine, beta-blockers and procainamide. Also environmental stresses and even birth control pills can exacerbate lupus symptoms.

What To Do

If not already on an organic diet then change the diet to one that is natural and organic. Limit your dairy intake, polyunsaturated oils and beef products. And of course, screen for allergies and avoid any food you test sensitive to. Increase green, orange and yellow vegetables and do eat wild caught fish several times a week.

Herbs that will help are: Echinacea, licorice, red clover, pau d`arco and goldenseal. Also supplementation with Swedish bitters with each meal will help to increase hydrochloric acid production and drink an infusion of nettle twice a day.

Hydrotherapy may also help and offer some relief, sitz baths, hot and/or cold compresses, day spas, an alternative health care professional can direct you to some of the other forms of healing and relief. You will also want to ask your practitioner about hyperthermia, artificially creating a fever in order to boost the immune function – this has been very effective for eliminating heavy metals, toxins, bacteria and viruses.

Juice that will help is that of celery, black currant oil, carrot, flaxseed oil and garlic.

Helpful supplements are: vitamin A with beta carotene, vitamin B complex, vitamin B5, B12, selenium, essential fatty acids, zinc, vitamin C magnesium, proteolytic enzymes taken away from meals, digestive enzymes take them with meals, the amino acids L-cystine, L-cysteine, L-methionine, and HCL with each and every meal as it is that lupus patients are often deficient in HCL.

PABA cream can be applied topically and will help ease the symptoms.