The following article is about lupus and the Cayce approach to treatment of lupus. The information is from the existing literature on lupus—symptoms, causes, treatment from an alternative medicine treatment. Please note that the following information is NOT intended for self diagnosis or treatment. Always consult a qualified licensed health care professional for medical advice. The following information is for informational purposes only.
Lupus is a chronic and inflammatory disease (Wikipedia, 2009). It has been stated that 1.5 million Americans and 5 million people worldwide have lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). Lupus strikes mainly women during their childbearing years (age 15-44) but also children, teenagers and men have lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). Women of color are 2 to 3 times more likely to have lupus, however lupus does happen across all races and ethnicities (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). Lupus is considered to be an autoimmune disease–autoimmune diseases are where the immune system attacks and destroys healthy tissue and where the immune system cannot tell the different between the body’s healthy tissues and foreign invaders or infections that the immune system is supposed to attack (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). In lupus, the body’s immune system attacks the body’s tissues and organs (Wikipedia, 2009). Lupus can cause far ranging damage; for instance, lupus can affect the skin, kidneys, blood cells, heart, lungs and joints (Wikipedia, 2009).
Types of Lupus
There are different types of lupus. There is systemic lupus erythematosus, drug induced lupus erythematosus, neonatal lupus, and discoid lupus erythematosus (Wikipedia, 2009). Systemic lupus erythematosus is the most prevent type of lupus and is considered to be the most serious form of lupus (Wikipedia, 2009).
Systemic lupus erythematosus includes symptoms such as kidney inflammation, increased blood pressure in the lungs, nervous system and brain inflammation, inflammation in brain blood vessels, and hardening of the arteries or coronary artery disease (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).
Drug induced lupus erythematosus is caused by medications such as hydralazine (drugs for hypertension), procainamide (medication for irregular heartbeat), or isoniazid (medication for tuberculosis) (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). Symptoms of this type of lupus are similar to systemic lupus, but usually major organs are not affected (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) . This type of lupus more commonly affects men (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) . And the lupus symptoms usually stop happening about 6 months after the medications are discontinued (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) .
Neonatal lupus happens to the infants of women who have lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) . During the pregnancy, the mother’s [lupus] antibodies affect the infant in utero. As a result, the infant is born with a skin rash, low blood cell counts, liver problems and other negative symptoms associated with lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) . These symptoms are not permanent because the symptoms do stop occuring to the infant a few months after birth (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). However, at birth, the infants has the symptoms associated with lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).
Cutaneous lupus erythematosus or discoid lupus involves rashes and lesions or sores on the skin. The areas of the rash are shaped like disks or circles thus the rashes are referred to as discoid lupus. Sores can be on the face, neck, moth, nose, vagina or scalp. Hair loss and changes in skin color are both symptoms of cutaneous lupus. About 10% of the time, people with cutaneous lupus will eventually have systemic lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).
Lupus is not considered to be a fatal disease because with treatment, persons with lupus can continue to live (Wikipedia, 2009). However, at this time, there is no cure for lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).Granted, with treatment, 80 to 90% of lupus sufferers can expect to live a normal lifespan (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). However, of note, there are many ups and downs since lupus does vary in terms of the severity of the symptoms. Somepeople have mild lupus, some people have moderate lupus, and some people have severe lupus which is much more difficult to treat (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). In people who die, infections, kidney failure, and heart diseaseare the most common reasons for death of people with lupus(Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).
Causes of Lupus That Have Been Noted in the Traditional Medicine Literature
Genetics is stated to be involved (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). Environment can be a cause (for example, ultraviolet rays from the sun), certain types of medications (Bactrim, Septra, Orinase sulfasalazine, diuretics for example), infections, colds or viruses, injury, being pregnant or giving birth can also lead to lupus. Lupus symptoms can occur when estrogen production in women is high (such as before menstrual periods or during pregnancy) (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). But aside from that, there is much that is not known about lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009). There are anecdotal reports of lupus getting worse after stressful times but then there is no evidence suggests lupus occurs moreso in certain geographical areas (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009).
Cayce’s Statement of the Causes of Lupus (Alternative Medicine)
Edgar Cayce, regarded as the father of holistic medicine, provided a number of readings for individuals with autoimmune diseasewhich resembled lupus (A.R.E., 2009). In the readings, Cayce’s comments were as follows —he said that autoimmune disease happensbecause waste in the body is not sufficiently removed from the body either through 1) the bowel (defecation), 2) the bladder (urination), 3) the breath (respiration), and 4) the skin (perspiration) (A.R.E., 2009).He said that poor assimulation and glandular dysfunction are also involved in causing lupus (A.R.E., 2009). For some people with autoimmune disease (people who had autoimmune disease and psoriasis), leaky gut syndrome was also discussed as being a possible factor—leaky gut syndrome is when toxins leak out of the bowel and circulate around the body and causestoxic conditions in the body (A.R.E., 2009).
Why Cayce’s View of Lupus Makes Sense
What Cayce said about lupus makes sense.Why?Consider the following.
Cayce said that autoimmune disease happens because waste accumulates in the body and is not sufficiently removed. If waste accumulates in the body faster than the waste is removed, the presence of the excessive amounts of waste in the body means that the chemical environment inside of the body becomes very abnormal. To fully comprehend how this works, imagine the following analogy. This is not the best analogy, however, this particular analogy will communicate the point and that’s why I’m discussing it in this manner. Imagine that there is a toilet that is clogged and that will not flush. If one is able to call and plumber to fix the toilet, that can be helpful. But if one cannot call a plumber to fix the toilet, waste remains in the toilet and stagnates. Now, imagine what happens when this sort of thing happens in the human body. For example, imagine what happens if a person has a clogged colon, and has glandular problems which cause excess glandular fluid to be secreted into the body, and also has leaky gut syndrome which means that there are toxins leaking through the colon walls and circulating around the body. All of this going on simultaneously in the body creates abnormal chemical conditions in the body that are very toxic.
Having toxic conditions in the body means that the toxins will eventually circulate all over the body. When toxins circulate to all parts of the body and then when those toxins eventually settle into the joints and organs and bones, the presence of these toxins in the joints, organs, and bones creates very abnormal chemical conditions in the joints, organs and bones. Keep in mind that physicians have already said how the immune system works. The immune system in the human body defends the body from attack and tends to seek out and destroy anything in the body that is abnormal or out of the ordinary; the immune system in the body defends the body from attack and seeks out and destroys anything that seems like an “invader” in the body–this is how the immune system protects the body from infections or anything else that is dangerous to the body (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, 2011). In a scenario where there is a lot of toxicity in the body, if the toxins have circulated around the body and settled in the joints, organs, and bones thereby creating chemically abnormal conditions in the joints, organs and bones—in this kind of scenario one absolutely would expect the immune system to attack the joints, tissues, and organs of the body. In this kind of scenario, one would not be surprised to see an autoimmune process occur. Why would the immune system specifically attack the joints, tissues and organs of the body? Because the joints, tissues and organs are the location in the body where the abnormal chemical conditions happen to be due to toxins having circulated around the body and settled there in the joints, tissues, and organs.Thus, what happens in lupus is no mystery really. It is just the immune system doing what it does—-namely, the immune system is attacking places in the body (i.e. joints, tissues, and organs) where the chemical conditions have become abnormal due to toxins having settled there.
Granted, from a human perspective, the autoimmune process can be a bad thing because when the body’s immune system attacks the body itself, it leads to a chain of events in the body that result in serious health consequences and potentially the death of the patient. However, although the autoimmune process can be bad from a human point of view, in reality this is just the immune system doing what it does and attacking places in the body where it perceives chemically abnormal conditions. It’s like what Cayce said, there are specific reasons that the autoimmune process happens. As Cayce said, failure to eliminate waste from the body, glandular dysfunction, and leaky gut syndrome are factors in this type of illness. Lupus is not random or accidental at all. The immune system seeks and attacks anything abnormal or out of the ordinary in the body regardless of where the toxicity or abnormal chemical conditionshappen to exist. If the toxins end up settling in the joints, then the immune system would attack the joints. If the toxins end up settling in the organs of the body, the immune system would attack the organs, and so on and so forth. If the toxins are circulating around the body and if there is such excessive toxicity that the toxins end up settling everywhere in the body, in that scenario, one would tend to see a situation where it appears that the immune system is attacking the patient all over his or her body and in such a scenario the patient would have a severe case of lupus and might not live as long.
Cayce Treatment Suggestions for Lupus
In order to solve the problem and cure autoimmune disease, one would have to restore normal chemical conditions to the body so that the immune system will STOP attacking the body itself. In other words one would have to 1) successfully patch the holes in the colon and cure leaky gut syndrome so that colon toxins do not leak from the colon anymore, and 2) one would have to successfully remove the excessive waste and toxins from the body so that the immune system will not continue to attack the body. Fortunately, Cayce’s suggestions for healing lupus do address those issues.
The following are suggestions Cayce made that are applicable to lupus (A.R.E., 2009).
To heal the thinning walls of the intestines and heal leaky gut syndrome Caycesuggested drinking slippery elm bark tea in the morning before breakfast and drinking American yellow saffron tea in the evening to help heal the thinning walls of the intestine (A.R.E., 2009) (see also Pagano, 2008 in the references section at the end of this article). Leaky gut syndrome was considered a major reason that lupus happens so healing leaky gut syndrome was seen as a critically important part of curing lupus.
Cayce also suggested the following steps that are relevant to lupus treatment: ——-he suggested dietary supplements to improve digestion, he suggested basic diet that was mostly alkaline and which had proper alkaline/acid balance (i.e. he suggested eating vegetables and avoiding fried foods and refined carbohydrates), he suggested drinking 6 to 8 glasses of distilled water per day, he suggested electrotherapy (wet cell), he suggested manual therapy (massage) to help in cleansing the hepatic organs, he suggested getting a series of colonics to clear the excess waste from the intestines, he suggested castor oil packs over the abdomen [and liver] to clear the alimentary canal and stimulate the liver, he suggested small quantities of atomidine to purify the glands, he suggested spinal adjustments (done by osteopath or chiropractor) to correct nervous system problems in general and provide systemic coordination, and he suggested use of an electric vibrator to help individuals who are unable to get regular spinal adjustments (A.R.E., 2009). Also stated by Cayce as being helpful was the fact that the patient needed to have an attitude of creative helpfulness to others, the patient needed to focus on a high purpose (spiritual ideal), and the patient needed to truly want and expect to be healed (A.R.E., 2009).
To relieve symptoms of lupus, Cayce also suggested watermelon seed tea for kidney related problems, epsom salt baths to relieve arthritic symptoms related to lupus, beef juice to help patients counteract fatigue related to lupus, and eating grapes and doing grape packs over the abdomen to help patients abdominal pain and cramping (A.R.E., 2009).
Physicians And Their Comments About Lupus
Modern physicians have said that genetics, environment, medications, infections, colds, viruses, pregnancy, estrogen production, and stress can cause lupus or make lupus worse (Lupus Foundation of America. 2009).
The fact that physicians have said that genetics is involved in cases of lupus (Lupus Foundation of America, 2009) makes sense from a Cayce perspective. Why? Because, in his readings aboutvariousillnesses,Cayce said that genetics is a definite factor in health.Obviously some people are genetically blessed in terms of health. In terms of colons this could mean thatsome people are genetically blessed with strong colons while others for genetic reasons may have a thinner and less strong colons. Individuals with thinner and less strong colons would be more at risk for experiencing leaky gut syndrome which could lead to the occurence oflupus in some cases. Perhaps the genetic colon-related problems would not be immediately apparent after a baby is born and might not even be apparent during the person’s childhood but the thinning colon and the associated health problems might become more apparent as the person grows older.
Also what physicians have said about medications causing lupus makes sense if one thinks about lupus from a Cayce perspective because if the colon was already thinned or compromised due to genetic reasons or if the colon was already compromised due to overly acid diet that had already eroded the colon, the patient may be already experiencing rawness or pain in the colon when he or she eats food and if the person took medication in addition to that, the presence of the medication in the colon might add to the patient’s troubles and cause inflammation and more pain in the colon and might otherwise cause other problems that might make an already bad situation worse in the colon.
The statement that physicians have made about infections and viruses being involved in lupus makes sense from a Cayce perspective. Why? Because if a virus is a very aggressive virus, in that case the virus’ activity inside the colon might lead to a chain of events in the colon that might result in thinning of the colon walls and leaky gut syndrome.
Physicians’ statements that pregnancy is a factor in lupus makes sense within a Cayce perspective. Why? Because during pregnancy the baby gets bigger and expands and this puts pressure on the colon walls.As a result of the colon being stretched or stressed, (this is just a guess) possibly there is some slight tearing in the walls of the colon, possibly tiny holes start to occur in the colon walls hence there is potential for leaky gut syndrome to occur in the pregnant woman’s body. But then this is not a permanent condition because after the baby’s birth, as soon as the uterus goes back to normal size after childbirth, the colon is no longer being stretched and stressed and so for many women the colon possibly completely heals after childbirth and there are no worries about leaky gut syndrome. But then for some women, maybe for various reasons (perhaps because of genetics which resulted in a weaker colon, or perhaps because of overacid diet which is slowly eroding their colons, perhaps because of stress, or perhaps due to other as yet unknown environmental reasons), their colons never fully heal after childbirth. The result of this is that perhaps the tiny holes remain in the colon after childbirth and from there over time the tiny holes in the colon get worse and leaky gut syndrome eventually happens—And then once leaky gut syndrome happens, from there it is adomino effect which eventually results in the women potentially experiencing lupus or some other autoimmune disease.
Physicians have said that high estrogen production could lead to lupus. This makes sense within the Cayce perspective because excessive estrogen in the body would tend to add to the toxicity levels in the body. Remember that when there is excess toxicity in the body, the immune system reacts to that. So if there’s already toxicity in the body due to leaky gut syndrome, if high estrogen production was occurringin addition to that, the excess estrogen would just be an additional source of toxicity. And of course the more toxicity there is in the body, the more likely autoimmune disease is. And so it makes sense that high estrogen production would lead to lupus simply because the high estrogen production is a source of toxicity in the body (and of course the immune system reacts to toxicity by initiating the autoimmune process and attacking the place in the body where the toxicity is located).
Also the statement that physicians have made about how stress is a factor in lupus makes sense within the Cayce perspective. One reason is that Cayce said that stress contributes to illness in general. But also traditional medical research studies in the past have shown that stress results in chemical changes in the body. Since stress is a factor which causes chemical conditions in the body to become abnormal, and since the immune system reacts to abnormal chemical conditions in the body, that would explain why lupus might sometimes get worse after stressful times. Granted, not everyone would react equally to this sort of thing. The extent of chemical changes in the body would depend on the amount of stress that the person was experiencing, geneticissues, or depend on how the individual’s own body reacted to the stress. It might also depend on the extent to which the person’s colon is already compromised due to genetic reasons or dietary reasons or other reasons. The more the person’s colon is compromised, the more likely it might be that a severe episode of lupus would occur. Why? Because if the person’s colon is compromised and if there is leaky gut syndrome there, it means that there are more toxins leaking through the colon walls into the body. If there are already toxins in the body that have leaked from the colon walls AND if you add the chemical changes that have occured in the body due to stress, it would mean that there is an extremely abnormal chemical environment in the body. And under those circumstances it would not be surprising to see the immune system notice this and react to it. In other words, theautoimmune process will occurbecause of the abnormal chemical conditions in the body brought on by the leaky gut syndrome and the presence of stress. It is not surprising that doctors have noticed that stress is a factor in lupus.
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