Autoimmune Disorders

Below is a table of “suspects” under investigation, stressors that may aggravate or ameliorate an autoimmune condition, working on the premise that whatever worsens the condition the antithesis will aid in healing. Some lesser toxic agents require a cumulative process to occur before the disorder is visibly effected, thereby making the particular agent difficult to identify as either friend or foe.

Diluted sodium hypochlorite (NaOCl), used in tap water, is a form of chlorine that some medical experts have recommended for eczema, psoriasis and MRSA. The highly alkaline product is available as household bleach, which kills staphylococcus aureus bacteria, normally found on skin and in noses and throats of about 30% of healthy humans. S. aureus can trigger a severe flare-up in people with acquired autoimmune disorders. The concentration of NaOCl for therapeutic use is 1 part of bleach in 100 parts of water, about two tablespoons/gallon or ½ cup in a standard tub of water, soaking for no longer than 10 minutes a day or three times/week. Bathing in salt water. Many people have reported benefit from soaking in the Dead Sea. Not all anecdotal reports should be dismissed.

Calcium hypochloride [Ca(ClO)2] that is used to disinfect bathrooms and sanitize swimming pools has a pH value of 12 (highly alkaline) dries the skin and promotes cellular proliferation in psoriatics. So showering immediately after exiting the swimming pool is wise.

Possible Friends

Suspected Foes


Calcium gluconate is listed as an anti-inflammatory calcium salt. I’m inclined to view as beneficial any plant-derived (soluble) calcium, combined with organic magnesium and vitamin D. Being colloidal, the molecules are not only small enough to enter the bloodstream but also target cells. This  vital mineral is second only to magnesium in importance to the body.

Calcium carbonate is crude chalk and mostly non-dispersant, found plentifully in our disgusting water supply. If you still wish to consume this form of calcium, save yourself some $$$ and just scrape the stuff off your shower walls, or chisel it off your drain pipe: it also deposits behind the lower incisors in your mouth, requiring more frequent visits to your dentist. Tums, Rolaids and most multi-vitamin/mineral products contain this form of inorganic calcium, which antacid effect actually inhibits absorption of bio-available calcium.

Splenda may not actually be a "friend"; but I have yet to be persuaded that this non-metabolized alternative to table sugar is a foe. Well-meaning health-care practitioners argue that Splenda is toxic, but their claims are not substantiated in any scientific literature. Diabetics in my case load with co-morbidity of an auto-immune disease have been using Splenda upon the advice of their endocrinologist since it was first made available, without suffering any side-effects. But since Stevia is a safe and superior alternative, no need to use Splenda.

Reports by people with psoriasis of deriving benefit from soaking in salty water are anecdotal but deserving of trial. Applying
moisturizing body lotion after soaking or swimming makes sense, especially if after swimming in a oxidizing chlorinated pool, when showering off the chlorine is wise as well as deep breathing for a dew minutes away from the pool area to flush the gas from your lungs. If you enjoy your pool, consider an alternative disinfection system, such as a silver-copper ion generator.

I strongly suspect that the sweetener aspartame is a highly inflammatory substance. Moreover, nurses I know that suffer migraine headaches have reported they are unable to consume products containing aspartame as it triggers the headache. The more I investigate this neurotoxic substance, the more I become puzzled why the FDA approves its sale. But then the FDA also allows the sale of cigarettes.

Echinacea purporea is a herbal preparation that I have found to be effective in warding off infections, like a cold or flu if taken at the earliest onset of symptoms, without causing a flare-up of my psoriasis. For centuries, American Indians have used this cone flower derivative for skin ulcer and wound healing, including fungal infection. Sometimes Echinacea is ineffective, so maybe only a certain variety contains antiviral properties. In several good clinical studies, the herb fared no better than placebo.  

A number of studies suggest certain species of mushrooms trigger the body's production of killer T- and B- cells neutrophils and other cell-mediated agents as well as produce strong antibiotics, which make the immune system more aggressive, more inclined to attack healthy tissue in individuals predisposed to inflammatory disease.