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

Dr. Kennedy For most people, lupus is a mild disease affecting only a few body organs; for some it may cause life-threatening problems. Lupus can affect the skin, joints, kidneys, heart, lungs, blood, nervous system, and other body organs. The number of Americans diagnosed with lupus is estimated at 500,000.

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system, instead of serving its normal protective function, forms antibodies that attack healthy tissues and organs.

There are several types of lupus. Discoid lupus affects the skin, causing a rash and lesions, usually across the face and upper part of the body.

Systemic lupus erythematosus, usually more severe than discoid, can attack any body organ or system — joints, kidneys, brain, heart and lungs. If not controlled, systemic lupus can be life-threatening. Symptoms are as follows: aching joints, fever over 100 F (38 C), prolonged or extreme fatigue, swollen joints, skin rashes, anemia, kidney failure, stabbing pain in chest on deep breathing (pluerisy), butterfly rash across cheeks and nose, sun or light sensitivity, hair loss, fingers turn white or blue in cold (Raynaud's phenomenon), seizures, ulcers in mouth or nose.

Another form of this disease is drug-induced lupus, caused by reaction to medication. When the medication is discontinued, the lupus symptoms usually disappear.

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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