8 Myths about Autoimmune Disorders

 I am not a doctor, nor do I give medical advice. I just finished my lunch. Not this beautiful basket of fruit from my garden. It's January and it will be months and months before I can grab a fresh fig from my tree every time I notice a ripe one. My lunch today, as most days was a blueberry smoothie. I use coconut milk and coconut oil, frozen wild blueberries, stevia, raw protein powder, ice cubes and water. Spin it all in my ninja processor and voila, a thick and yummy shake. Sometimes I substitute a chunk of frozen pumpkin and some cocoa powder (a little cinnamon to add some bite). It made me recall a conversation I had with a stylist in the salon I go to when I was having my gray touched up just yesterday. I'd noticed she'd lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago and has gained it all back. She asked me about my health so I asked her how she'd been. She began by telling me she'd regained all her lost weight plus more - she's up to 270 pounds and feels awful. She's been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and her thyroid is "shot", whatever that means - she did not elaborate. She had expected synthroid to help her drop 20 pounds quickly, which it did not. She needs medicine to sleep because of the pain and she yawned as she told me how tired. she was. It was an opening so I took it. I quickly explained that I have MS (I think she already knew), that I've mostly been off of wheat and other grain since last May. I also take synthroid and have for years. It keeps me free of symptoms of the thyroid hormone deficiency but it didn't help me lose any weight. I explained that my triglycerides were down 40 points and she could see that although I'm much older than she, I'm certainly in better health, regardless of my autoimmune disorders.

Like many people, this lady wanted a pill, a magic bullet to fix what's been coming on for many years. That would be a wonderful thing but, unfortunately, it doesn't work that way. Although I've been working on various aspects of my diet and lifestyle for some time now, I recently discovered Dr. Amy Meyers when she offered an on-line seminar free to anyone who registered. You can still get it but now it's for sale. Dr. Meyers has a new book out, called "The Meyers Way". Here's what she has to say about autoimmunity. I want to print it on a card that I can hand out when I meet people that marvel at my health.

The 8 Major Myths about Autoimmune Disorders:  1. Autoimmune disorders cannot be reversed. 2. Your symptoms won't disappear without harsh meds. 3. When you treat an autoimmune disorder, the side effects are no big deal.  4. Improving digestion and gut health have no effect on the progression of an autoimmune disorder.  5. Going gluten-free won't make any difference to your autoimmune disorder.  6. Having an autoimmune disorder dooms you to a poor quality of life.  7. When it comes to autoimmune disorders, only your genes matter; environmental factors do not matter.  8. Your immune system is what it is and there is nothing you can do to support it.

I no longer take medication to control my ms symptoms because what symptoms I have are residual from my initial attacks. I was using a cane 10 years ago. I don't even keep it in my car anymore. My symptoms are mostly limited to balance issues and some burning in my feet. I take supplements, limit wheat and other grains to special occasions. I limit my sugar intake. I exercise regularly. I've had gut issues my whole life. I keep them under control by avoiding antibiotics unless they're absolutely necessary and taking probiotics regularly. My dad had Crohn's disease, discovered he had a dairy intolerance and cheated constantly. Now I suspect he also had a wheat intolerance.

It will take medical doctors 10 to 20 years to catch up. It's tragic but true. At least now we know we can take much of our health issues in our own hands and there is plenty of information out there to help us.


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