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by Ron Kennedy, M.D., Santa Rosa, CA

Dr. Kennedy Polyarteritis nodosa means literally an "unnamed inflammation of many arteries." It is a chronic inflammatory vascular disease suspected of having an underlying autoimmune factor. Autoimmune disorders are caused when the body's immune system, which is meant to defend the body against bacteria, viruses, and other foreign products, malfunctions and produces antibodies against healthy tissue, cells and organs.

The arterial inflammation of polyarteritis nodosa damages the walls of arteries, thus creating a narrowing of the vessels. This may result in lack of blood supply to tissues, blood clots, weakening, and rupture of vessel walls.

Symptoms are as follows: fatigue, weakness, fever, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, unintended weight loss, muscle aches, and joint aches.

The disease can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune disorders, such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Wegener's granulomatosis, or giant cell arteritis. Polyarteritis nodosa may also be referred to as periarteritis or polyarteritis.

The exact cause of polyarteritis is not known. There is a possibility of bacterial or viral infection as being the cause. Allergic reactions and vaccines have been linked to the disorder. Autoimmune diseases related to polyarteritis are Wegener's granulomatosis, Churg-Strauss syndrome, Takayasu's arteritis, and giant cell or temporal arteritis.

Conventional treatment involves the use of Prednisone and other corticosteroids. Often patients are unable to tolerate the toxic side effects of these drugs.

The alternative, nutritional medicine approach is to identify hidden allergies by blood test and avoid those allergens (primarily foods). Also enzyme potentiated desensitization holds hope for putting the disease in long term remission.

As with all autoimmune disorders, detoxification and dietary changes are usually helpful. For best results this should be done under the supervision of a doctor experienced in nutritional medicine.

The approach used in homeopathy is to attempt to restore the balance of the system using dilute solutions of natural substances specific to the disorder.



The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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