Psoriasis and the Immune system Disorder ~ Life Is Great

Thursday, August 10, 2006

Psoriasis and the Immune system Disorder

"hydrogen peroxide can cause cellulitis which is an infection that causes
the ifected area to swell and cause great discomfort. If untreated it can
cause death."

I suggest that for any of you deciding to go in for the Peroxide treatment
to kindly do it only under medical supervision of your family physician ..

New methods that are effective should always be encouraged but one shouldn't
disregard even basic safeguards while doing it ..

Here's todays post ...

Psoriasis and Immune System Disorder
Jerry G. Scott R.N.C.
Author of Psoriasis: The Real Way Out

The small intestine serves as both a digestive/absorptive organ and a
barrier to the uptake into the blood of toxic compounds as well as large,
incompletely digested food molecules. Various factors, including improper
diet, can disrupt the structure and regulatory function of this barrier,
resulting in intestinal hyper-permeability or "leaky gut."

The intestines contain numerous pathogenic microbial species and antigens,
as well as food antigens that can elicit immune system reactions. Studies
have shown that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) disrupt the
intestinal barrier function causing excessive permeability. Conceivably,
increased permeability exacerbates the disease process among arthritis
sufferers and others who take
NSAIDs on a regular basis.

When large food particles and microbial pathogens are able to bypass the
intestinal protective barrier, inflammatory immune responses occur in the
bloodstream. The kidneys, liver, and skin must labor overtime to compensate
for the resulting increased toxic load.

Hyper-permeability of the intestinal mucosal barrier encourages inflammation
which is a natural, reactive immune response designed to counter the
invasion of foreign molecules into the bloodstream. Clearly, this has
important implications for sufferers of chronic inflammatory diseases such
as psoriasis.

The inflammatory immune response to an invasive challenge can take place in
any tissue. Overactivity in the skin-layers of specialized white blood cells
(called T-cells) catalyzes an abnormal increase in the production of skin
cells. Thus, when T-cells travel to the site of a psoriasis lesion and
populate it, rapid proliferation of the skin cells and inflammation occurs.

With this in mind, pharmaceutical researchers are now developing drugs that
reduce T-cell function, resulting, in turn, in down-regulation of skin cell
production. While this may improve psoriasis symptoms in the short-term, it
will also negatively impact the immune system as T-cells are front-line
troops of the body’s defense mechanism.

A more judicious approach to curtailing abnormal T-cell proliferation in
psoriasis involves a concerted effort to heal the intestinal lining, thus
reducing the leaky gut activity that sends the immune system into overdrive.
Essentially, said drugs act through suppression of the immune system. While
they may reduce the discomfort of psoriasis symptoms, they do nothing to
address one of their root causes: intestinal hyper-permeability. Invariably,
unresolved intestinal hyperpermeability
Will worsen, and diverse disorders (such as psoriasis) that it
Contributes to will ultimately become more virulent and difficult to treat.
A safer, more rational way to deal with this whole matter is explained in my

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And another interesting tidbit here ...

Can you guess what medicinal herb has been used to treat headaches, lung
diseases, epilepsy, internal bleeding, nervous conditions and tumors?

I'll give you a hint: The ancient druids of Europe called it "all heal."

Need another hint? Okay: If you stand under a sprig of it at Christmastime,
you just might get a smooch.

Now you've got it. The mistletoe kissing tradition is a tame version of
pagan rituals in which special altars were festooned with mistletoe. And let
s just say that a lot more than kissing went on at those altars. But when
the party was over, pagan healers put this botanical to use in a variety of
healthy ways.

Those ancient healers are long gone, but some practitioners still use
mistletoe extract, even as a somewhat controversial cancer treatment.

International herb

In the early 20th century, a naturalist named Rudolf Steiner developed
extracts of mistletoe for injection, paving the way for studies that
explored the use of mistletoe in the treatment of cancer. Over the years,
some of those studies have demonstrated that mistletoe may kill various
types of cancer cells while also stimulating the immune system.

Injectable forms of mistletoe are currently illegal in the U.S. (pending FDA
approval), but European doctors have been using the botanical for some time
now. Most notably, mistletoe appears to improve cancer survival rates while
easing the harsh side effects of chemotherapy and radiation. A National
Institutes of Health study is currently underway to test the effectiveness
and safety of mistletoe injections when given with chemotherapy.

All of the healing benefits of mistletoe come from varieties of the plant
grown in northern Europe, Korea and China. Those sprigs hung over doorways
at this time of year are almost certainly the American species of mistletoe,
which has far less medicinal potency. And while some U.S. Naturopathic
doctors and herbalists use mistletoe extracts to stimulate insulin
production and improve blood sugar levels for diabetics, this botanical can
be quite toxic, so it should only be used under the care of a knowledgeable

But it's still quite safe for coaxing a holiday kiss.

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