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I have an autoimmune disease and immunosuppressant drugs scare the crap out of me.
If I was getting a liver transplant and wanted to make sure I didn’t reject my new liver I’d love them. Really, I would. That’s a huge surgery and an important outcome would be riding on my body accepting that new organ. Thank you pharma…
However, this class of drugs is routinely prescribed to patients with autoimmune disease — most commonly Crohns, IBD, IBS, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, lupus, MS and celiacs disease.
While immunosuppressant drugs do frequently make a difference with some symptoms, they do nothing to improve, remit or cure the disease tied to the symptom(s). In fact, long-term they can actually do more harm than good. The vast majority of folks on these immunosuppressant drugs can remedy the inflammation that is exacerbating their condition with food and lifestyle changes instead of drugs.
Hmmmmm….drugs with horrible side effects or salad? *scratches head*
Okay, that seems overly simplistic and it’s intended to be, but really, I don’t understand the pill culture. If you are looking for a pill to remedy your problem, you won’t find any tips here. No ma’am.
Autoimmune Disease & Immunosuppressant Drugs
Your immune system is your body’s best defense against illness and infection. It has a job to recognize unwanted pathogens and it works hard at flushing out the bad guys. The bad guys being germs, viruses, bacteria, cancer…
Immunosuppressant drugs work by literally suppressing this system and disabling it from doing its job. It is best likened to leaving the front door to your house open day and night. Anything can come and go as it pleases.
While suppressing what seems to be creating the problem, we aren’t fixing the problem, we are potentially creating bigger ones.
When someone develops an autoimmune disease, their immune system has recognized parts of its own body as “foreign” and it has waged an attack on itself. For a gal like me who has autoimmune thyroid disease, for some reason my body has recognized my thyroid as a foreign invader and decided to attack it.
They say, “Let’s just give her some drugs and it will all stop happening,” right? Sure, the symptoms might dissipate but shouldn’t we try and figure out why my immune system has gone bonkers and try to fix it? Because if it’s out of whack and attacking my thyroid now, what’s to keep it from attacking my joints next (rheumatoid arthritis) or my skin (psoriasis), or….
Do you see where I’m going with this?
The science is changing and traditional medicine needs to get on the damn bus.
Removing the irritants from our life (inflammatory food and lifestyle) that are making our immune system go bonkers, is a much better solution than suppressing the system that is in place to keep us from realizing even larger health issues.
Am I the only one of us who thinks that turning off the system that is in place to protect you is bat shit crazy?
It is not uncommon for long term users of these immunosuppressant drugs to end up with cancer. If you’re body has been denied the opportunity to fight the cancer when it shows up, the likelihood it will set up shop and start to grow is pretty darn high.
Remember, one size does not fit all. There are going to be a small percentage of people who need drugs therapy for sure. However, don’t you think it’s better to at least try modifying your diet and lifestyle before you open yourself up to the horrific long-term side effects that immunosuppressant drugs can cause?
Just my .02, what do you think?
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