Autoimmune Ilnesses, Dietary Causes and Cures
Author: Richard Heft
The following is an excerpt from Hot and Cold Health and Disease, based on Western, Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines and the questioning and counseling of thousands. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is based in the observation that everything is a combination, balance of opposites: yang (hot, building) and yin (cold, cleansing), many of which we control through diet, exercise, thought, etc.
Health and disease are simple. The body DIGESTS food and transforms nutrients into BLOOD, structure and function. There are only two kinds of foods, nutrients: BUILDING and CLEANSING. The correct balance produces the correct amount of blood, structure and function where the body, brain, nervous sytem can thrive. Any amounts, greater or less, in the extreme, tend to cause disease, via TOO MUCH or TOO LITTLE blood, structure and function. All structures, functions work together.
All disease progresses in stages. Stage 1 is always cause. Most diseases, incuding autoimmune are caused by poor diet. Poor diet tends to cause indigestion (Stage 2). Indigestion tends to cause poor elimination (Stage 3), blood deficiency or stagnantion (Stage 4), poor circulation (stage 5), and in the extreme, months, years later, autoimmune illnesses (Stage 6).
All disease is defined by its symptoms. AUTOIMMUNE ILLNESSES (Candida Albicans, Fibromyalgia, Epstein Barr Syndrome, Lupus, Crohn Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, etc.) tend to SHARE SIMILAR SYMPTOMS: arthritis (pain in joints, bones, ligaments, muscles, etc.), fatigue, abdominal bloating, gas, loose stools, diarrhea, constipation, mucous, phlegm, swelling, edema, etc. They also tend to affect WOMEN, more so than men.
1. LUPUS has the following symptoms: arthritis, red rash over cheeks and nose (butterfly rash), skin lesions, fatigue,abdominal pain, weight loss, fatigue, skin rash, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation.
2. CROHN DISEASE has the following symptoms: pain in abdomen, right lower quadrant, appendix, diarrhea, nausea, fever, fatigue and or weight loss.
3. FIBROMIALGIA has the following symptoms: chronic, achy muscular pain, dizziness, fatigue, Irritable Bowel syndrome (abdominal pain, bloating, gas, diarrhea, constipation and or anorexia), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, etc.
4. CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME has the following symptoms: extreme fatigue, aching muscles and joints, headaches, low blood pressure, fever, loss of appetite, upper respiratory infections, nasal congestion, mucous, phlegm, Candidiasis, intestinal problems, depression, anxiety, etc.
Most autoimmune illnesses are chronic, stage six illnesses, in nature, as they take years and decades of poor diet to develop. Poor diet (1) weakens and slows (2) digestion, movement of food (abdominal bloating, gas, burping, nausea, vomiting, sour, musty body odor), (3) elimination (loose stools, diarrhea, constipation)and (4) absorption of nutrients, decreasing, thinning the blood, including circulation (5) In the extreme, thin blood (blood, protein and fat deficiency) tends to cause: fatigue, pallor, pain, numbness, inflammation, weight loss, etc.
Weak digestion increases waste product, as all food, nutrients, non-nutrients, not digested, absorbed become waste, sent, moved down into the large intestine, for temporary storage and eventual elimination. All waste product, especially animal protein and fat, are poisonous, toxic (Ama). Daily elimination is necessary; otherwise, re-absorption of wastes, posions into the bloodstream and lymph system may occur.
Weak elimination (3) increases the amount and likelihood of toxins in the large intestine reabsorbing back into the blood and lymph. In the extreme, autointoxication, weakening of the immune system (6), producing antibodies that attack healthy tissues and other body materials. The large intestine tends to be the breeding ground for autoimmune illnesses.
Long-term low protein, low fat (milk, yogurt, soft cheese, ice cream) and high carbohydrate diets (salads, tropical fruits, juices, sugar) tends to thin and weaken the blood, which then thins and weakens all structure function, digestion, elimination, immunity, circulation, etc.
(4) Blood, protein and fat deficiency (thin blood and or reduced circulation), in the extreme, tends to cause fatigue, pallor, pain, numbness, inflammation, weight loss, autoimmune illnesses, skin lesions, rashes, etc. High carbohydrate diets (bread, salads, tropical fruits, juices, smoothies, cold drinks, etc.), in the extreme, tend to dilute and weaken digestion, reducing nutrient absorption, blood, while increasing watery wastes.
Autoimmune illnesses general tend to attack women more than men. Many women tend to eat low protein, low fat (milk, yogurt, soft cheese, etc.) and high carbohydrate (salads, tropical fruits, juices, smoothie, etc.) diets. They also menstruate lose blood regularly, three to seven days every month for thirty plus years, from the first menses to the last, menopause. The combination of diet and menstruation tends to make women more susceptible to blood deficiency, weak digestion, elimination, immunity, etc.
Autoimmune illnesses are chronic (long-lasting) diseases taking time (months, years) to develop and consequently, months, years to cure. Diet is a major cause. Drugs, surgery and chronic illness can also cause autoimmune illnesses.
The middle diet, meal plan,adjusted accordingly is recommended.(Hot and Cold Health and Disease http://www.amazon.com/Hot-Cold-Health-Richard-Heft/dp/0974791709
1/3 PROTEIN and FAT (chicken, turkey, eggs, hard cheese, beans, nuts or seeds
1/3 GRAIN (whole, cracked, reduce bread, cookies, pastries)
1/3 VEGETABLES (3- 5 raw, cooked, cabbage, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, carrots with tops, hard squash, round vegetables, avoid tomatoes, potatoes and eggplant) and FRUIT (1) avoid, reduce tropical, juices, smmothies, shakes and sugar)
SPICES (cumin, coriander and fennel (cooling), cayenne pepper, turmeric, ginger, fresh and dried, cinnamon, etc.). Use several at a time (soups, stews, desserts, etc.).
SOUP and or TEA (avoid coffee, caffeine)
CONDIMENTS: Braggs Liquid Aminos, sesame, safflower, live oil, rice vinegar, ground seeds (sesame, pumpkin and sunflower) and nuts.
Reduce raw, eat more cooked (lightly, crunchy, not soft, except hard squashes) vegetables 3- 5 per meal, organic if possible. Reduce dairy, increase chicken, turkey, eggs and or hard cheese. Check with your doctor before making any changes in the way you eat.