New Discoveries for Less Pain & Less Meds for Auto Immune Diseases
Posted Mar 06 2010 12:00am
New health discoveries about how the immune system works, and the mechanisms of auto immune disease, are giving people the knowledge they need to reduce their symptoms – including pain, swelling and inflammation, and to greatly reduce their need for medications.
Your Immune Is “Picking On” You?
With an auto immune disease, including Graves disease, Menieres disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, asthma and allergies, say scientists, there is an “over-reactive” immune response that causes the symptoms.
Autoimmune diseases tend to be painful and debilitating, and among the more than 80 of these diseases are: Grave's disease, Lupus, Scleroderma, Myasthenia Gravis, MG, Sjogren's syndrome, and insulin dependent diabetes -- Type 1.
According to the American Autoimmune related Disease Association, these diseases affect one in five people!
Both TOO High and TOO Low?
“Overactivity,” it turns out, is not the whole story, because your immune system can be both "UNDER" and "OVER-active" at the same time.
Medical studies in fact show POOR T-CELL activity and at the same time -- OVERACTIVE B-CELL activity – in the SAME PERSON, as for instance, in the joints of people with Rheumatoid arthritis, or RA.
Often with auto immune diseases, thus, one type of immune cell can be UNDER active while another type of immune response is OVER active.
Correcting the Immune Response How best to deal with this over and under-activity?
Because your immune system is already “over the top,” with an auto immune disease, it is generally considered unwise to “boost” or to “stimulate” your immune system.
Fortunately, the immune can be regulated and “brought back into line,” regardless of whether it is “over” or “under” active, and this can be done naturally and gently through strengthening the body’s own protective system -- even with an auto immune disease.
What's Missing in the Immune System?
The immune cells of patients with autoimmune diseases have been shown to be deficient in glutathione, a protein that is key in regulating the immune function.
Research shows that chronic inflammatory conditions have been associated with low glutathione concentrations in both serum and red-blood-cell.
And, scientists have also shown that enhancing the body’s glutathione levels, which drop as a result of aging and stress, can improve T-cell function, and at the same time “modulate” the over-active B-cell activity.
Immunologists have suggested that this is virtually a natural cure for balancing the immune.
Since the healthy growth and activity of immune cells depends upon the availability of glutathione or GSH, it is very important for anyone with an autoimmune condition to enhance their body’s ability to produce adequate amounts of glutathione.