The reason why I write this article now is because as much as I love summer, when I was diagnosed with Lupus I noticed summer was the hardest time for me to get through. Many people with an autoimmune disease are in fact sun sensitive and so summer would be their ‘flare-up’ time for many. Not enjoying the outdoors sucks, especially when you are an active, sporty person who enjoys the outdoors.
Terrie Beresford, Naturopath and co-writer of my book ‘Life After Lupus…Healing the Immune System’ writes in her recent newsletter: “Unfortunately in Western society chronic diseases such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and auto immune disorders like arthritis, thyroid disease and multiple sclerosis are becoming an epidemic. In fact, it is estimated that over the next decade over 80 percent of people will have some type of antibody to their own tissues present in their blood. Once these antibodies reach a significant level in the blood they start to destroy the body’s own tissues. These are called autoimmune diseases and are characterised by inflammation and destruction of body tissues by the body’s own immune system. Common autoimmune diseases include: Rheumatoid arthritis, Systemic Erythematous Lupus (Lupus), Ankylosing spondylitis, Psoriasis, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Asthma and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis”.
“How Do Autoimmune Diseases Occur? Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system becomes overly active and is not properly controlled. This results in your own immune cells attacking and destroying your own body tissues. Normally, the job of the immune system is to help protect us from potentially harmful invaders such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and allergens. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system cannot tell the difference between these invaders and healthy body tissue and will destroy your own body tissue”.
If the immune system is so vital for our healing and every day protection, then why do many of the medical people close the immune system down? Why are so many Lupus sufferers taking chemotherapy? If we close down or destroy our immune system then we have nothing left to help us heal. So that is why I wrote the book. To show people that by slowing down the immune system, so it can heal, we can have a very successful future.
I also noted that during summer I would get worse because of what we eat and drink. I love all the Christmas stuff but most of it was full of sulphur so this would react with my digestive system. Also it’s probably a time where we drink more alcohol just socialising with family and friends. The combination of sugars and yeast in those drinks became a toxic cocktail for me. The sweets and pastries are another concern where sugar and yeast are in big supply and not healthy for your immune system. It took a while for me to work this all out and now that I have I am so looking forward to sharing this information with you. I would like to explore this further in each newsletter from now on. So keep tuned.