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Autoimmune Diseases
The Heavy Facts: Every year in the US, over 250,000 people are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. Women are 2.7 times more likely to develop an autoimmune disease than men, and 1 in 20 are currently diagnosed with 1 of 40 separate autoimmune diseases. Health organizations estimate that anywhere from 8.5 to 13 million people in this country live with an autoimmune disease. When grouped into a single category, autoimmune diseases are one of the 10 leading causes of death among women under the age of 65.

Seeing the Light:  People with autoimmune diseases benefit greatly from a vegan, alkaline diet; the avoidance of food allergens (casein, gluten, and yeast are common offenders); the avoidance of saturated fats, attention to proper digestion; and heavy metal detoxification.

For more information on this subject, please click on the following links:

Articles/Success Stories:

Dr. McDougall Patient Cures Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Dr. McDougall Patient Reverses Lupus and ITP

A Guide To Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Lectures and Videos:

Dr. T. Colin Campbell speaking about his research findings on the relationship between nutrition and disease.

Dr. John McDougall speaking about auto-immune diseases.  Go to the testimonial about reversing rheumatoid arthritis by "Phyllis Heaphy."  Also listen to Dr. Mc Dougall's discussion about the dangers of dairy consumption here.

Charlotte ****** Lecture Series - Speaking About The ****** Therapy And Its Ability To Cure Chronic, "Incurable" Diseases. - One of the first alternative cancer therapies, the ****** Therapy has successfully treated thousands of patients for over 60 years. Now, Charlotte ****** shows you: How to beat cancer by changing your body chemistry; Special juicing techniques for maximum healing power; and How to combat allergies, obesity, high blood pressure, AIDS, lupus, and other diseases.

The Smoking Teeth Video - Presented by the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology - watch this 8 minute video about mercury dental amalgam fillings and the amount of mercury vapor released by a single tooth.

Books:
The China Study: The Most Comprehensive Study of Nutrition Ever Conducted and the Startling Implications for Diet, Weight Loss and Long-term Health by T. Colin Campbell, PhD and Thomas M. Campbell II
The Mcdougall Program: 12 Days to Dynamic Health by John McDougall, MD
Dr. McDougall's Digestive Tune-Up by John McDougall, MD
Uninformed Consent : The Hidden Dangers in Dental Care by Hal A. Huggins, DDS, MS and Thomas E. Levy, MD, JD (Highly recommended, with the caveat that we do not endorse animal-based cholesterol as a means to neutralize heavy metal toxicity)
The Road to Immunity: How To Survive and Thrive in a Toxic World by Kenneth Bock, MD
To understand the principles of reducing tissue acidity through an alkaline diet, we recommend the following:
Sick and Tired?: Reclaim Your Inner Terrain by Robert O. Young, PhD, DSc with Shelley Redford Young, LMT - includes an entire appendix full of alkaline recipes and specific instructions for juicing and meal planning.
DVD's:

Food Matters DVD - Watch the trailer here, buy the DVD, or watch it on your computer! Discover how you can Detox, Lose Weight, Reverse Diabetes, Conquer Cancer, Beat Heart Disease, Ditch Depression and more using a nutritional approach. It’s not as hard as you think!

Know Your Options: Heavy Metal Toxicity, THE HIDDEN KILLER starring Dr. Rashid A. Buttar

Healing Foods:

Inflammation in the body is strongly correlated to tissue acidity. Many people with autoimmune diseases benefit greatly from removing food allergens (again, casein, gluten & yeast are frequent triggers), and following the principles of an alkaline diet in order to decrease tissue acidity.

A vegan, alkaline diet contains large portions of deep leafy greens & brightly colored vegetables, and moderate amounts of fruits (melons are often favored), legumes, and whole grains like quinoa, buckwheat, bulgur, brown and wild rice. The ideal proportions are 70-80% vegetables, 20% grains, legumes, soy, nuts & seeds, and 5-10% fruits (in order to minimize yeast proliferation). Typically, the body receives most nutritional benefit when eating organic vegetables -- raw, juiced, or steamed lightly. People with leaky gut or digestive issues may initially be instructed to fully cook their food. We would like to emphasize that, when possible, it is always best to work with an integrative physician or nutritionist who specializes in reversing disease through nutritional and detoxification protocols.

To add robust flavor and healing power to meals, the ingredients of curry are additionally recommended for their potent anti-inflammatory properties. The most researched spices include:
Cinnamon.  In addition to containing manganese, iron, fiber and calcium, cinnamon also has potent anti-bacterial, anti-clotting, and anti-cancer properties.  What's more, just one-half teaspoon a day of cinnamon has been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol, alleviate arthritis pain, fight yeast infections and regulate blood sugar.

Ginger.  Traditionally used to treat nausea, vomiting, motion sickness, headache, cold and flu, clinical studies have also found that ginger holds potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. Patients with osteoarthritis often experience a significant reduction of swelling and pain with the regular consumption of ginger.  Preliminary studies also indicate that ginger kills ovarian cancer cells and reduces tumor growth in colorectal cancer.

Cilantro.  Known to be a natural heavy metal chelator, cilantro has been shown to bind to heavy metals like mercury and lead.  It is also known for its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant properties.

Tumeric  Possesses potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-cancer properties.  Provides natural pain relief to people with arthritic conditions, and may prevent and slow the progression of MS and Alzheimer's disease.  Is also used to detoxify the liver.

Cayenne Pepper.  While many may have experienced cayenne's ability to clear congestion in the lungs and nasal passages, it may be surprising to learn that cayenne may also help to prevent stomach ulcers.  A potent anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant rich in beta-carotene, cayenne pepper is used to boost immunity, improve cardiovascular health, reduce LDL cholesterol, and decrease pain associated with inflammation, including osteoarthritis and cluster headaches.

Garlic.  High in manganese and also a good source of selenium and vitamins B6 and C, garlic has potent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties.  Traditionally used to strengthen the immune system and ward off illness, garlic has additionally been shown to strengthen the cardiovascular system, reduce LDL cholesterol, improve blood flow to the heart, reduce inflammation in rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, and prevent cancer.

Other foods used traditionally in Mediterranean cultures offer tremendous health benefits.

Parsley.  High in vitamins K, C and A, as well as being a good source of folic acid, parsley is considered to be a "chemoprotective" food.  A potent antioxidant, parsley helps to neutralize carcinogens associated with cigarette smoke and PAH's, prevent tumor formation in the lungs, promote cardiovascular health, and protect against rheumatoid arthritis.  Tabouleh is a wonderful Mediterranean dish full of fresh parsley.

Oregano.  Most commonly known for its powerful anti-bacterial properites and ability to strengthen the immune system, oregano is also anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and anti-parasitic.

Basil.  A powerful anti-bacterial, oil of basil has been found to fight several pathogenic bacterial infections that have become resistant to antibiotic drugs, including Staphylococcus, Enterococcus and Pseudomonas.  Basil additionally normalizes blood sugar levels, prevents insulin resistance, protects cellular structures from radiation, and promotes cardiovascular health.


Recommended Cookbooks:

"Back to the House of Health I & II - more Rejuvenating Recipes to Alkalize and Energize for Life!" Available at: Dr. Robert O. Young and Shelley Redford Young's pH Miracle Living Center

The Raw Food Detox Diet: The Five-Step Plan for Vibrant Health and Maximum Weight Loss

The Gluten-Free Vegan: 150 Delicious Gluten-Free, Animal-Free Recipes
The New McDougall Cookbook: 300 Delicious Ultra-Low-Fat Recipes

The Mcdougall Quick and Easy Cookbook: Over 300 Delicious Low-Fat Recipes You Can Prepare in Fifteen Minutes or Less

Supplements to explore:

Vitamin B-12 is recommended for all people who do not eat animal based foods.  Although plant sources do contain B12, it is difficult to get adequate amounts through diet alone. Ground flaxseeds are also recommended for their Omega-3 fatty acid content.

N-acetyl cysteine -  promotes glutathione production in liver, kidneys and bone marrow; protects against environmental and pharmaceutical toxins, including those derived from cigarettes, PAH's, pesticides, anti-cancer drugs, and acetaminophin; binds to toxic metals such as lead, mercury, and cadmium and helps eliminate them from the body.

Berry Green by New Chapter.  Loaded with anthocyanins, probiotics, and phytonutrients from 20 organic fruits and vegetables (with spinach, blueberries and kale at the top of the list), this product is widely considered to be the best whole foods supplement on the market.  

Zyflamend by New Chapter - Zyflamend is the #1 selling herbal in the U.S. It contains hundreds of bioactive constituents from ten of the most researched botanicals that promote a healthy inflammatory response and provide multiple health benefits: Joint health, healthy aging, bone health, and heart health. For more information about Zyflamend's unique botanical formulation, please click here.

Host Defense by New Chapter -- A potent immune booster. Host Defense® has been shown to increase human Natural Killer (NK) Cell activity by up to 300%.

We also highly recommend the heavy metal chelation and detoxification products offered by Even Better Now.


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