autoimmune disease

  1. Testosterone levels in men can ease MS

    Hormonal help for men with MS

    Multiple sclerosis is misery on a grand scale, affecting everything from how you walk and move to how you think. But there's one weapon men can use to fight back -- a substance so natural, it's already in your body right now.

    It's your hormones.

    Specifically, the testosterone levels in men-- and new research on 100 men with this disease confirms that higher levels of "manly" hormones can lower your risk of some of the disease's worst symptoms.

    The most important one is disability. If you're fighting MS yourself, you probably know all too well how the disease can not only keep you from work, it can also keep you from doing all the things you love.

    But as the new study shows, higher testosterone levels in men could  mean a lower risk of overall disability.

    So far so good, and the benefits aren't just physical. They're also mental, high testosterone levels in men mean a lower risk of declines in cognitive function over two years.

    It's not just testosterone, and it's not just men. It's not even limited to MS -- because hormones often play a key role in all the major autoimmune diseases.

    But let's stick to MS today. Along with testosterone, the disease can be triggered or worsened by low levels of thyroid, IGF-1, estrogen, and the stress hormones cortisol and DHEA.

    In some cases, supplements can increase your levels of these hormones, but don't take this on as a "do-it-yourself" project. You need to work with a holistic doctor who can test your hormone levels and determine which ones you may need and the best ways to increase those levels.

    Also, while hormones are often a piece of the MS puzzle, they're often just that: a piece. In some cases, they play a major role. In others, they can play little to no role at all.

    Other suspects in MS include exposure to metals, other toxins as well as chronic infection, stress, and vitamin D deficiency. But I've found that some of the biggest triggers of autoimmune diseases in general and MS in particular are on your plate and in your lunchbox.

    They're food allergies, especially sensitivities to the chemicals and preservatives used in processed foods. Eliminate them and stick to a diet of natural whole foods, and your symptoms will likely ease.

    The same holistic doctor who can work with you on those hormone tests I mentioned earlier can also test you for food sensitivities and help develop a diet that will put your disease into remission and keep it there.

    I'm proud to say I've helped plenty of MS patients here in my clinic. If you're in Southern California, I can help you, too. Contact my office for an appointment.

  2. You're slowly being poisoned

    Want a shock? Go get tested for heavy metals. Your jaw will drop when you see the results.

    I know, because I see the reactions in my own clinic every single day.

    The reality is, nearly everyone has way too much lead, mercury, arsenic, and other toxic heavy metals inside them -- and these metals are a major cause of supposedly incurable conditions.

    I say "supposedly" because I often can cure or improve them, and I'll tell you everything you need to know to get started on your own cure in a moment.

    First, a new study confirms the role of toxic heavy metals in autoimmune disease -- especially among women battling disorders such as thyroid disease, MS, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.

    Researchers examined data on 2,047 women who took part in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey and compared blood levels of mercury to the presence of the autoantibodies made by the thyroid in response to autoimmune diseases.

    Sure enough, women with the highest blood levels of mercury were more than twice as likely to have high levels of the thyroglobulin antibody linked to those diseases.

    Now, you've probably heard that we all get exposed to metals, and that's true. It's almost impossible to avoid them completely.

    But you've probably also heard that the tiny levels we're routinely exposed to -- like the mercury in flu shots and amalgam dental fillings -- are harmless, and that's an out-and-out falsehood.

    Want proof? Look no further than the same new study, because the "high" levels of mercury linked to those high levels of the thyroglobulin autoantibody weren't high by current standards at all.

    In fact, they were under 5 micrograms of mercury per liter -- or well in line with what the mainstream considers "safe."

    You see, no amount of mercury, lead or other heavy metals is really safe. How do I know that? Simple: There's no known healthy function in the human body for these metals!

    If you suspect exposure to mercury or any other heavy metal, it's not enough to find the source and eliminate it. Heavy metals don't leave the body like other toxins. They accumulate -- and the more they accumulate, the sicker you get.

    The best way to rid your body of mercury and other toxic heavy metals is through chelation, but don't try any of the do-it-yourself treatments that reach the market from time to time.

    An experienced holistic doctor can test you for metals and provide you with the chelation therapy needed to remove anything that's accumulated -- and if you have thyroid disease, that's another reason to get tested for these metals.

    If you would like testing and treatment for these disease-causing metals, you can contact my Stengler Center for Integrative Medicine. You can find more information by visiting markstengler.com.

  3. Looks like you need your tonsils after all

    Well, today I'm glad I still have my tonsils because the latest research shows those infection-prone bumps in the back of your throat may actually have an important role to play after all: They can make T-cells.

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