Lupus, psoriasis, and Rheumatoid Arthritis are autoimmune disorders that have actually been traced to at least one common gene, the Runx-1. This particular gene does not cause disease, nor necessarily trigger it. Rather, it makes the carrier susceptible to these and possibly other autoimmune disorders. With this type of illness, the immune system ‘panics’ when it encounters a foreign invader, and begins to create antibodies to destroy the toxins. The immune system goes into ‘overdrive’ and attacks healthy tissues in the process, causing a host of symptoms from inflammation to pain, and often affecting other parts of the body.
Lupus patients may experience skin and joint problems as well as damage to internal organs. Psoriasis occurs when skin cells grow too rapidly and the skin does not have ample time to shed old cells, causing new cells to pile on top of old cells, resulting in skin lesion. The symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis may include fatigue, lack of energy, decreased appetite, low-grade fever, muscle and joint aches, and stiffness.
People Living with Lupus And Psoriasis Have Hope
Those who live with lupus, psoriasis, as well as rheumatoid arthritis, battle with debilitating symptoms. Identifying one piece of the puzzle leads us closer to solving the mystery behind lupus and other autoimmune illnesses. Meanwhile, patients can manage and even reverse the effects of autoimmune disease by modifying their diet, taking a good multivitamin-mineral complex and supplementing with key herbs and antioxidants that are known to be powerful agents against the effects of lupus and such.
Nature has already provided us with powerful plants that may reverse the effects of lupus, psoriasis and others, with little or no side effects. In fact, many prescribed medications harness the power of medicinal plants. For example, Codeine and Morphine are made from Papaver Somniferum (Poppy).
DHEA has been shown to benefit those with lupus. Increase your omega-3s (fish oils) and switch to a low protein, plant based diet avoiding dairy, especially from cow milk. Try ginger and turmeric for arthritis. Herbs that have been effective for the treatment of psoriasis include: burdock, milk thistle, yellow dock, red clover, mountain grape and sarsaparilla.
Celebrities Living with Psoriasis and Lupus
Lupus and psoriasis are not limited to the common masses. Famous people battling or had battled with lupus include; Lady Gaga (tested borderline), Toni Braxton, Seal (musician), Anna Nicole Smith, Charles Kuralt (award-winning journalist, CBS News). Among those who are or had been afflicted with psoriasis include: Jerry Mathers, Dennis Potter, Art Garfunkel, and Eli Roth.