It’s a lovely day in the thyroid gland. Sam and Sally Thyrocyte are sitting on the banks of the thyroid artery watching the red blood cells go by, their toes dipping in the warm, rich plasma. A red blood cell stops and offers the young couple some fresh oxygen molecules. Sam tips the RBC with some CO2 molecules from his wallet. Sally smiles and blushes…Sam is always such a gentleman. Just when things are getting really cozy, a lymphocyte pulls up on his motorcycle.
Sam is irritated but manages to suppress the impulse to say something as he shows his ID card to the lymphocyte. Sally is less contained.
“Do we really look like bacteria to you?! I mean seriously! The Nerve!”
“It ain’t my job to care what you look like ma’am. It’s my job to check yer papers.” replies the lymphocyte with practiced indifference. “Says here you folks are thyroid cells.” He says, peering over the top of his glasses suspiciously. “Thyroid cells have been black-listed for looking like the enemy.”
“Looking like the enemy?” says Sam “What enemy?!”
“We’ve had reports that some rogue fats and proteins have been breaking through our security fences along the jejunum. Looks like you’ve got some fats and proteins in your cell membranes.”
“All cells have fats and proteins in their cell membranes” protests Sam. “This is ridiculous!”
“Tell it to the macrophages, pal, says the lymphocyte, “You two are under arrest.”
Sadly, this scenario seems to be playing out with increased regularity in bodies everywhere. Immune system cells, which are supposed to protect the body are going rogue and attacking normal tissues and organs. Autoimmune diseases seem to be the plague of the twenty-first century. A surprising number of my naturopath clients over the years have come to me looking for answers and solutions to this bizarre problem.
Sometimes the issue is due to a condition called leaky gut syndrome (Click Here To Read an Article on Leaky Gut). In other cases, the immune system seems to have gone Gestapo due to a chronic viral infection. Epstein-Barr virus (a.k.a. mononucleosis or the kissing disease) is sometimes the culprit. In many cases, we never do know the cause.
Fortunately, there are often things we can do to help. Intervention in these cases may involve one or more of the following approaches.
Heal Your Leaky Gut
There are a number of herbs and dietary adjustments that can help the gut to heal itself. As the issue is resolved, the immune system tends to calm and inflammation decreases. Click Here For Some Ideas
Stabilize and Moderate Your Immune System
There are some wonderful herbs like Rehmannia, Yucca, Siberian ginseng, and others that have a moderating and supportive effect on the immune system. We have several formulas containing these herbs that have been helpful. Click Here To See Our ImmuKool and AutoCalm Formulas
Suppress Those Chronic Viral Infections
Epstein-Barr is a Herpes virus that lives in the body for life. While there is no herbal cure so far as I know, there are a number of herbs that can suppress the virus and interfere with its functions. As the virus becomes more controlled, the immune system seems more willing to go off of “Red Alert” status and behave more normally. Have a look at this one.
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