Whenever there is progressive bodily deterioration for which the medical profession does not know a cause, an autoimmune disorder should be suspected. Autoimmune disorders include such diverse conditions as ankylosing spondylitis, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, hemolytic anemia, lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis, neuromuscular degeneration, Raynaud’s syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, vasculitis, and vitiligo. What all of these diseases have in common is that the body becomes allergic to its own tissues and attacks them by means of antibodies. How these diseases differ is in which tissues are attacked.
Some autoimmune disorders appear to involve: (1) low stomach acid, (2) leaky gut, and (3) food sensitivities.
If stomach acid and digestive enzymes are too low, proteins from the diet will not be fully broken down into their constituent amino acids. If the intestinal wall is also “leaky”, it allows abnormally large protein molecules (polypeptides) to enter the bloodstream. When this happens, the body reacts with alarm. The immune system builds antibodies to these “foreign” proteins. Specific foods in the diet – and these are highly variable from person to person – are more likely than others to trigger this kind of allergic/immune response, depending on their particular composition and the body’s particular weaknesses.
Supporting the digestive weaknesses is easy and immediate. Simply take appropriate amounts of a suitable digestive enzyme formula.
It takes a lot of dedication to identify and totally eliminate all of the specific foods that aggravate the condition; but when this task is complete, the rewards can be felt within five days or so. Suppose – and this is merely one unique example – that someone with rheumatoid arthritis may have unique sensitivities to wheat, sugar, milk products and corn. Totally eliminating three of these food sources may not bring much relief as long as the person still continues to consume some of the fourth food every day. Once all four of the offending sources have been completely eliminated, however, there will be a significant reduction in arthritic symptoms. This is not a cure, however. It is merely avoidance. The leaky gut still needs to be healed.
The restoration program for the leaky gut is critical to success. It requires a very restricted diet in order to give the intestinal wall the time it needs to heal not only its surface layer but also its inner lining. During the second phase of this program – the ideal protein foods to introduce are those which least resemble human tissue (e.g., fish, eggs, tofu). This extra precaution reduces the chances of inadvertently recreating renegade antibodies.
Note that everything said above has to do with autoimmune disorders in which the body attacks its own protein tissues. In some forms of autoimmunity the body creates antibodies to its hormones rather than to its tissues. Low thyroid function will invariably be a contributing factor to this type of autoimmunity as well; however the other factors (low stomach acid, leaky gut, and food allergies) may either not be involved or may play a less significant role.
See also the chapter, “Autoimmune Disorders”, in NUTRITIONAL SOLUTIONS FOR 88 CONDITIONS (available at Amazon.com)