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Monday, July 9, 2018

Limited Treatment Options for Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune disorders occur when your immune system attacks your own body cells or tissues, instead of the foreign invaders from the outside. In other words, your dysfunctional immune system results in the occurrence of autoimmune diseases, which plague millions of Americans. Worse, there are over one hundred types of such disorders, which come in many different forms affecting many different organs and tissues

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for any autoimmune disorder because the causes are still medically unknown: it could be due to genes, the toxic metals in the environment, the lifestyle, and a host of other factors contributing to the complications of autoimmunity. 

As of now, the medical community strives to control the symptoms of autoimmune disorders using immune suppressants. Essentially, they are drugs to suppress the overactive immune system. The objectives of such treatment are to alleviate the many symptoms and to slow down the disease progression. This mainstay of treatment is not only ineffective for many autoimmune diseases but also dangerous for the patient. By suppressing the potency of the autoimmune system, these immune suppressants may increase the risks for infections and cancer. 

Most of these new drugs targeting specific immune cells are synthetic corticosteroids, such as prednisone, which have many undesirable side effects. These dangerous steroid drugs can cause rapid weight gain, stomach ulcers, mood swings, high blood sugar levels, and among others.

The alternative to taking dangerous steroid medications is the treatment option of taking non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), such as aspirin. Unfortunately, this option may also cause kidney and liver damage, as well as gastrointestinal bleeding. 

There is yet another treatment option, which requires the infusion of antibodies taken from the blood of others (after sterilization) into the body of the patient. The drawbacks of this treatment option are the immense cost as well as the inability to provide long-term positive results.

To sum up, all pharmaceutical drugs can remove only some of the many symptoms of an autoimmune disorder, and cannot affect its progression further down the road. As a result, many disease-modifying drugs will have to be administered to reduce the frequency and severity of the autoimmune disease, as well as to deal with the many side effects from the drugs taken. To conclude, there are only limited treatment options for autoimmune diseases.

The light at the end of the dark tunnel is that there is a holistic approach to treating autoimmunity -- which involves the body, the mind, and the spirit. I myself have experienced this transformation: more than a decade ago, I was taking prednisone and other steroid medications for my autoimmune disorder; now, I am completely drug free. Read my book My Myasthenia Gravis to find out how I got myself completely drug free. Visit my site: Wisdom in Living.

Also, go to Take Control of Your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry. It contains well-researched and proven-effective alternatives to expensive medications and surgical procedures, as well as information on how to distinguish between truths and myths, such as some commonly held “beliefs” and even maladies which are nothing more than the inventions of marketing experts to help sell more products.

Hippocrates, the father of medicine, once said: "No man is a better physician than himself, who knows his own constitution."

To have a clean bill of health, you need to empower yourself with information about the pros and cons of taking drugs.

Stephen Lau
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