Ok, so I have a new magazine and it has an article on autoimmune disorders. I know many of us are suffering from one or another. They list Rheumatoid Arthritis
, Type 1 diabetes, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, celiac disease, MS, psoriasis, allergies, asthma, atherosclerosis, Crohn's disease, lupus, Parkinson's disease, shingles, bronchitis, and colitis. And I may be completely ignorant, as this may already have been established, but I'm thinking adrenal fatigue is also an autoimmune disorder.
On top of that I have a really old book that speaks about autoimmune disorders and how a lot of the disorders went away or in remission after so many weeks on atleast 3,000 mgs of fish oil alone. The magazine I have confirms this.
It's saying autoimmune disorders are caused by inflammation. It also says that when the Greenland Eskimos were studied in the 1970's that it was observed with their heavy fish intake that they rarely suffered from immune disorders.
Ok, so a lot of us are taking fish oil already and hopefully enough. Part of the reason we are not getting the results is that 2,000 mgs of that should be from DHA and EPA. But, my magazine takes it a step further. They said a lot of autoimmune disorders were halted and even reversed by taking:
Vitamin E in high doses up to 1,600 IU's per day, with 3-5 g of Vitamin C and 400 mcg of selenium.
One thing that grabbed my attention about the former recommendation is that when I was doing better, I was taking 1,600 IU's per day of vitamin E. I haven't taken it in quite a while in those amounts and really hardly any at all, and i"m a complete mess health-wise right now. I'm not sure if that's just coincidence but it definitely caught my attention. I stopped taking my supplements and all of a sudden my thyroid got really bad over a period of time. I'm wondering if that has anything to do with it.
As you guys already know Hashimoto's thyroiditis is an autoimmune disorder, and although I wasn't told the reason for my hypothyroidism, I"m starting to get a little suspicious.
Another interesting thing they mentioned is that men are primarily the ones to get celiac, but women suffer the most from all other autoimmune disorders. This leads them to believe that estrogen may be implicated in autoimmune disease.
The Nurses Health Study with over 120,000 participants, for example, found that women on estrogen replacement therapy are at a higher risk for developing lupus than women not receiving estrogen.
They stated that the antioxidants they recommend need to be taken synergistically. Vitamin E taken alone can potentially oxidize because it's a polyunsaturated fat. To prevent this it must be taken with Vitamin C and selenium.
I myself, when taking the large doses of vitamin E was taking the C but not extra selenium. I'm sure it was probably included in some amount in my Carlson's super daily multi-vitamin, though.
The author of the article also states that you can take glutathione combined with lecithin so that it can quickly penetrate the fatty structure of cell walls.
Vitamin A is also helpful and they recommend 25,000 IU's- 50,000 IUs along with 50,000 IUs of beta carotene. Some practitioners recommend DHEA and melatonin for autoimmune disease. Of course you would need to assess DHEA levels before taking, cause I've read that it can be dangerous to take.
Also, they said that contrary to popular belief melatonin is not mostly produced by the pineal gland, but it originates in the small intestine. And most of us have intestinal issues here.