Auto-Immune Ask Me Archives


Question:
I recently read about a study done in Switzerland which discussed the celebrex and its ability to decrease inflammation in the vessels of the heart. Do celebrex and vioxx have the same properties? I have a script for vioxx, have lupus, and am concerned about taking the vioxx because of reports about heart attacks in people who take the NSAID’s.

Answer:
Both Celebrex and Vioxx are part of the same family of what we called designer Non-sterioidal Anti-inflammatory Agent (NSAID). Their properties are similar, with the key property being pain control without gastric damage, as so many of the earlier (NSAID) like naprosyn does.
NSAID is now shown to help with reducing the inflammatory response in the endothelium of the blood vessel. There are also reports of reduced cardiovascular epidoses such as heart attacks for people who take NSAID. The problem, however, is that there is a down side to the majority of these powerful designer drugs. If you have had ulcers or stomach bleeding, asthma, hives, or allergic-type reactions after taking aspirin or other NSAIDs, have severe kidney problems, have severe liver problems, or are pregnant, you need to be very careful. Likewise, there are well-known side effects including upper respiratory tract infection, diarrhea, nausea, heartburn, water retention, and high blood pressure associated with these drugs.
The good news is that there are natural alternatives to reducing the inflammatory response in the cardiovascular system, which can be measured in the laboratory by a test called C Reactive Protein. Such natural remedy include herbs such as cat’s claw and olive leaf; vitamins such as high dose Vitamin C, lysine and proline; and high dose fatty acids (5-10 grams pharmaceutical grade fish oil)


Question:
I was wondering if you could tell me what lupus is and what it means if you have a low white blood cell level and are there anyways to improve this.

Answer:
Lupus is condition that is part of an umbrella of a class of what we call auto-immune problem. The body is not able to recognize its friends and mistakenly attack itself thinking that certain components of the body are enemies. The common drug used is asteroids, and there are not a lot of other things conventional medicine can offer. There is no natural medicine that specifically raises white blood count. One also has to be careful on using natural medicine to immunity. As compare to other conditions where a strong immunity is needed (e.g. cancer), a strong immune system is not necessary good for those with this condition. Plant sterol and vitamin B5 and vitamin C are excellent, together with plenty of sleep. Plant sterol is natural forms of steroid but very week. B5, vitamin C goes to fortify the adrenal glands which are the control center of anti-inflammatory response.


Question:
I am 43 years of age. My bloodgroup is A+. I suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. I use the following medicine for months and still suffer from acute attacks in my hands knees and feet. I had a light stroke 2 months ago and am on Coversylplus and Warfarin too. List of medicine: Celebrex 200mg, Salazopyrin-en 2x, Methotrexate 10tabs p/week, folic acid, puricos, nivaquine 1x, panafcort 2x. Does a cure exist for this disease and could you advise me about food chains suitable for it?

Answer:
I would recommend for you to eat as much vegetables and fruits as possible. Stay away from meats and fish. I am enclosing the link for you to follow a Blood Type A diet.
Also avoid the following for your arthritis: The nightshades family: eggplant, tomato, potatoes, green and red peppers, chili peppers, paprika and all tobacco products.
Note that you have quite a severe case of auto-immune disease and that the diet plan may not be able to reverse but the goal is to try to deter the natural progression of deterioration. Also note that blood type diet does not necessary work for everyone. You have to learn to listen to your body.
You may also want to go through some detoxification, especially chelation therapy. Read this as well: Detoxification


Question:
I am looking for supplements to enhance my immune system. I have glioblastoma high grade and need to improve my immune system. What vitamins and food should I be taking? What can I do to reduce the growth of these tumors? I am 62 yrs old. I am having radiation for 6 – 7 treatments in a week’s time. What can I do to help myself?

Answer:
The common nutrients that have immune boosting properties are: zinc, garlic, echanasia, olive leaf, essiac tea (containing burdock root), and reishi mushroom, among others. There is no one magic nutrient, as they all work synergistically and through different pathways. The best is to do a cocktail approach, balancing some of these will a good foundational formula including vitamin C, beta carotene, selenium in optimum dosages. Immune boosting nutrients should not be taken during chemo or radiation therapy. They should be taken before and stopped a week before, and restart 1 week after completion of therapy generally speaking. Everyone is different, however. The above is for general information only.


Question:
There is lots of controversy about whether soy is good for breast cancer risk. What supports the thought you have that type A people should eat lots of tofu?

Answer:
There is tremendous debate occur as to the benefit of soy and breast cancer. Five years ago, studies are showing soy is good. Now it is the other way around. There are researches pointing to the use of tofu (10% dry weight contains lectin) which binds to cancer cells especially for type A people. I think this whole arena of research is unclear at best. The reason is simple: We are still at the infancy stage of understanding what nutrient can do what at what dosage. So it is common to have opposing studies since each study try to isolate the nutrient and come to a cause-effect relationship which is not possible. You have to understand that nutrients do not behave like drugs. The curve is not linear, and the results often are paradoxical, depending on dosage. For example, 100 mg of Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant, while 10,000 of vitamin C acts as an oxidant. It is therefore common to be confused unless you are into the research.
I would suggest that until the science is more definitive, which will take another 10 years; you stay on the side of moderation. Fermented soy such as miso, tempeh, and natto are very good. Unfermented soy such as tofu should be taken in moderation at best.