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10 Easy Steps to Avoid the Auto-Immune Diseases Killing Us Notherners

Updated on August 25, 2014

Ready, Aim, Wait, Wait, Wait, Aim, Misfire.

What happens when an army has been sitting idle for too long in peace? Soldiers don't do well without a fight or even a few good training exercises. They get restless, following directions becomes a joke, and the officers struggle more and more to keep them in order. Your immune is the same way, in a protected sterile environment it too gets restless, misdirected, and disorderly. Hello auto-immune disorders.

Too much time indoors at the computer isn't good for your immune system, that wants and needs something to fight.
Too much time indoors at the computer isn't good for your immune system, that wants and needs something to fight.
Your immune system has nothing dangerous to fight and gets itself into trouble during long stretches of idle downtime.
Your immune system has nothing dangerous to fight and gets itself into trouble during long stretches of idle downtime.
And so it fights innocent friendlies who aren't a threat at all, just for kicks.
And so it fights innocent friendlies who aren't a threat at all, just for kicks.
It even turns in on itself, attacking its own flesh and blood.
It even turns in on itself, attacking its own flesh and blood.
Your immune system has never known the real enemy, and eventually loses it's grip of right and wrong, friendly vs. enemy.
Your immune system has never known the real enemy, and eventually loses it's grip of right and wrong, friendly vs. enemy.

All Northerners? Celebrities with MS aren't from Tinseltown!

Celebrities with MS (Multiple-Sclerosis)

  • Richard Pryor - Chicago
  • Clive Burr - London UK
  • Jack Osborne - London, Buckinghamshire UK until age 11
  • Margaret Leighton - English Actress - UK
  • Allen Osmond and Son David - Ogden, Northern UT (41 deg. Latitude)
  • Donna Fargo - Country Singer - after 1 year indoors in Utah
  • Richard Cohen - NY
  • Montel Williams - Maryland / NYC
  • Tamia Marilyn Hill - Singer - Detroit / Windsor
  • Teri Garr - Actress - NY
  • Ann Romney - Politics - Metro Detroit / Massachusetts / Northern Utah
  • Neil Cavuto - News - NY (big supporter of hippotherapy along with Ann Romney)

Notable exceptions: Only two Hollywood Stars with MS? I set out to find a second Celebrity besides the Mousketeer Beach Queen from all of Hollywood Stardom with MS. No easy task. I had to go back to 1964 for anyone famous enough to have a Wiki page. (Dear readers, I'm still waiting for someone to immortalize me in Wikipedia so the existence of me - D. G. DeWalt / "StarlightReflex" registers in the Great Encyclopedia!)

  • Annete Funicello - Utica NY until age 4, then Southern California - indoors everyday (dance studio 6 hrs / day. Even beach movies were filmed indoors!)
  • Joan Didion - Author - from NY, she was diagnosed with MS just 4 years after relocating to Hollywood. As an active Author, I imagine she spent most afternoons indoors at the typewriter (1968).


She's Doing Something Right. Do You See What it is?

She's as smart as she is pretty, because she's following my recipe to avoid MS, cancer, allergies, and other auto-immune disorders. What exactly? Quite Simple...
She's as smart as she is pretty, because she's following my recipe to avoid MS, cancer, allergies, and other auto-immune disorders. What exactly? Quite Simple...

UV and Your Immune System

Everybody has potentially deadly bacteria, viruses, and even cancerous cells living in their environment and yes, in their body right now. Everybody "has cancer" because DNA is constantly damaged by radiation, chemicals, and random mutations. What we know as "cancer" is the failure of our immune system to recognize the growth as harmful and act by eradicating or suppressing its advance. It's the same with bacteria, we need good bacteria just like we need good cells.


The million-dollar question is the accuracy of the immune system's judgment of good vs. bad. I'm not sure if there are "good" viruses, but there are harmless viruses (like ones your pet can get but you can't). A deft immune system flushes out the harmful ones that "act" or "appear" to be like harmless cells. You know these people, the ones who never seem to get sick. Some people even contract the deadliest viruses and eradicate it thinking it was just a cold or flu. Even the dreaded Ebola virus can't defeat those of us with an immune system in the top ten percent. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs103/en/

Do (almost) whatever it takes to get outdoors each day!
Do (almost) whatever it takes to get outdoors each day!

Celebrities with Cancer before age 40 - All Northerners!

Celebrities with Cancer before age 40 - random sampling - again, I ask, Hello Hollywood?

  • Ethan Zohn - Winner of "Survivor" - Massachusetts
  • Will Reiser - Filmmaker - Massachusetts
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur - Broadway Star - NYC
  • Jonathan Katz - Budapest (47 deg. Lat.) / NYC and MA
  • David Lander "Squiggy" - Actor - NY, Pennsylvania
  • Giuliana Rancic - Actress - Naples Italy (40 deg. Lat.) Bethesda, MD / Denver, CO
  • Ryan Buell - Reality TV Actor - SC (33 deg Lat.) / Pennsylvania / Connecticut
  • Michael C. Hall - Actor - NC (35 deg Lat.) / Indiana / NY


Yeah, Inbreeding is no good. But the Amish are doing one thing right.

The Amish don't suffer from cancer and MS like the general population does. Could UV benefits have something to do with it?
The Amish don't suffer from cancer and MS like the general population does. Could UV benefits have something to do with it?

Best Way to Get UVB and Vitamin D Indoors

UVB Tropical White Ultraviolet BlueSky Lamp Model 1
UVB Tropical White Ultraviolet BlueSky Lamp Model 1

UVB light, Vitamin D the natural way without unregulated supplements. Feeling caged? Rayminder brings a happy glow indoors!

 

Essential Ingredients of a Top Notch Immune System

  • One good dominant gene per pair. Genetic testing before marriage and/or conception., Don't wait or wonder about your odds of healthy reproduction
  • 2-6 daily doses per week Multiple Vitamins, Especially D and B (complex)
  • 2-6 daily doses per week Multiple Minerals, Especially Magnesium and Zinc
  • 600 mg DHA Omega 3, DHA from algae or fish is more helpful and harder to get than EPA.
  • An hour or two in the AM. Stress / noise / frustration - cortisol, A little cortisol is perfectly normal, just avoid stress that sticks.
  • From Supper to Bedtime at least. Smiles, laughter, family, friends, community, Stay social and connected
  • Stimulating Changes, Balance of good habits (routine) and thrills / challenges / victories
  • About One Hour Tropical Noontime Sun, Indoors from UVB Lamp, Outdoors if your shadow is visible and shorter than you
  • Fresh air, nature, animals. Live unfiltered., Give your immune system a good fight to exercise against natural germs, bacteria, and viruses.
  • Vaccine, Exposure to worst-case germs. Special forces training for your restless immune system.
  • About 5 minutes Rayminder UVB Indoor Lamp, Necessary during months around Winter Solstice in states north of Georgia / Arizona.
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The beauty of nature holds hidden benefits.Your immune system loves natural sunlight like this old guy loves dancing with this young lady.UVB is the perfect tango partner for your immunity.It takes two to tango, but the chemistry has to be there.Vitamin D is the chemistry associated with a successful immune system. I'm not sure what the chemistry is in the picutre.If the chemistry works, why question it?Hey, stay the heck away from my dance partner, we will tango forever and ever! I'll kill you if you get in my way! I'm not letting this go!!!
The beauty of nature holds hidden benefits.
The beauty of nature holds hidden benefits.
Your immune system loves natural sunlight like this old guy loves dancing with this young lady.
Your immune system loves natural sunlight like this old guy loves dancing with this young lady.
UVB is the perfect tango partner for your immunity.
UVB is the perfect tango partner for your immunity.
It takes two to tango, but the chemistry has to be there.
It takes two to tango, but the chemistry has to be there.
Vitamin D is the chemistry associated with a successful immune system. I'm not sure what the chemistry is in the picutre.
Vitamin D is the chemistry associated with a successful immune system. I'm not sure what the chemistry is in the picutre.
If the chemistry works, why question it?
If the chemistry works, why question it?
Hey, stay the heck away from my dance partner, we will tango forever and ever! I'll kill you if you get in my way! I'm not letting this go!!!
Hey, stay the heck away from my dance partner, we will tango forever and ever! I'll kill you if you get in my way! I'm not letting this go!!!

How do you feel after a few days of tropical sunlight? How much better is it compared to traditional artificial lighting?

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    Doug DeWalt 2 years ago from Ohio USA

    Lots of questions. I'll try to answer them all in time. Starting with genetic manipulation of humans via transduction (such as using engineered virus transporters). I believe it is dangerous to test it on humans in -vivo. Maybe testing ex-vivo isn't dangerous, but it wouldn't account for compound interactions and delayed reproductive (generational) effects, if not tested on humans, would be tested on an animal with similar genes. Probably mice, since many mouse genes have human homologues. The safety trials I'm aware of that are the most rigorous account for mutagenic effects after 3+ generations of select fully-sequenced lab animals like the mouse Peromyscus leucopus. The gene switching safety mechanism for unknown / unintended consequences in the mice isn't acceptable to me- the mice die, mice can't reproduce, or mice suffer and are euthanized. I'm wary of doing things that have latent effects, can't be un-done, and could easily get out-of-control (like a virus!). Historically, safety testing didn't prevent a lot of toxic stuff (agent orange, x-ray imaging, diet drugs). So severity, occurrence, and detection are all problematic- making mishaps very likely.

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    skepsci 2 years ago

    "Yes, but changing one's genes isn't in the cards until we manipulate viruses to aid in that matter, an already dangerous prospect."

    Why would that be dangerous? Any treatment would go through rigorous safety trials before use.

    "So, focusing on the environmental options is sensible, based on linkages a.k.a. correlations."

    Are there any correlations established beyond preliminary studies that I'm not aware of? Researchers have suspected some environmental links, but nothing past the preliminary stage that are demonstrable.

    "Prevalence within large populations of people with similar genetic backgrounds yields a lot of useful "epidemiological" data. For example, comparing prevalence of disease among the Scottish vs. Scottish descendants living in New Zealand, adjusting for age and all that. The manifestation is quite simple - overactive immune system attacking the wrong thing, the mechanism isn't completely understood of non-genetic malfunctions, but it's been well established that some vitamins certainly do boost proper immune and suppress improper immune reactions."

    Nonsense. There is no such thing as boosting an immune system or suppressing improper immune reactions with vitamins or diet. Firstly, there is an innate immune system and in normal non immunocompromised people, it works sufficiently when activated. This is experienced as fever and inflammation. You don't want to boost the innate immune system as more of this is not a good thing and isn't what actually defeats infections. The adaptive immune system is what defeats infections and the only way to boost this system is to teach it with vaccines. Lastly, I've not seen any reputable study to suggest vitamins or diet can suppress improper immune reactions. For someone who has an autoimmune disease, the only way is to treat it with immunosuppressant drugs.

    "Source: vitamindwiki.com... in over 50 diseases, multiple randomly-assigned placebo-controlled double-blind studies have proven this over and over."

    Were the studies published in well-respected peer reviewed journals that have a high impact factor? Does the research support the articles conclusion? Does the author of the website claim the same conclusions that were stated in the research, or did the website overstate the case while the research authors were more conservative in their conclusions? Were these studies included in a systematic review or a meta-analysis which form a consensus opinion for treatment guidelines? If I do a search of that site, am I going to find links to less reputable journals like "Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine?" Hmmm, my google search doesn't look promising. "journal of alternative and complementary medicine site:vitamindwiki.com" A cursory review of the articles linked in the autoimmune section seems to indicate results don't support anything the guy is saying on the website. Further, a review of http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitamin_D and a database search of systematic reviews from http://www.thecochranelibrary.com/ seems to indicate the claims made on vitimindwiki.com are not well supported or are inconclusive, or that the research is still preliminary. A review of a few of the linked research article's citations also indicates the research is preliminary, and guildeline recommendations can't be made until further studies demonstrate a causality relationship. It's as if he has a google notification setup with the search term "vitamin d" and then just indiscriminately links to all of them with no regard to journal reputation or impact factor, then overstates the case. I remain doubtful, and it is starting to look to me like vitamindwiki is just using all those studies to boost legitimacy, depending on the consumer to uncritically accept overstated claims while purchasing supplements. Is this how vitamindwiki makes money? Is vitamindwiki selling supplements, or making money from referrals?

    "Detoxification, since you brought it up, has its place, (note: not EVERY kind) because toxins are real, and wreak havoc on the immune system."

    No, it doesn't have any place. It's made up to sell fad diets. The only detoxing going on in your body is done by your liver. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/detox-what-the...

    "Look at toxicology data of humans in the past vs. today, we have a completely different profile of pollutants. Regardless of beliefs, proper intake of vitamins (D), sunlight (UVB) and minerals (Magnesium) with avoidance of toxins (heavy metals such as lead) will prevent and even treat over 50 conditions."

    Is this a rationally justified true belief based on demonstrable, evidence based medicine? I don't see anything to support that conclusion that it could "treat" already established diseases. I think the best that could be stated is that vitimin d supplementation is good for malnourished individuals, or people who don't absorb fat soluable vitamins well. However, the efficacy is not well established. http://www.sciencebasedmedicine.org/vitamin-d-to-s...

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    Doug DeWalt 2 years ago from Ohio USA

    Yes, but changing one's genes isn't in the cards until we manipulate viruses to aid in that matter, an already dangerous prospect. So, focusing on the environmental options is sensible, based on linkages a.k.a. correlations. Prevalence within large populations of people with similar genetic backgrounds yields a lot of useful "epidemiological" data. For example, comparing prevalence of disease among the Scottish vs. Scottish descendants living in New Zealand, adjusting for age and all that. The manifestation is quite simple - overactive immune system attacking the wrong thing, the mechanism isn't completely understood of non-genetic malfunctions, but it's been well established that some vitamins certainly do boost proper immune and suppress improper immune reactions. Source: vitamindwiki.com... in over 50 diseases, multiple randomly-assigned placebo-controlled double-blind studies have proven this over and over. Detoxification, since you brought it up, has its place, (note: not EVERY kind) because toxins are real, and wreak havoc on the immune system. Look at toxicology data of humans in the past vs. today, we have a completely different profile of pollutants. Regardless of beliefs, proper intake of vitamins (D), sunlight (UVB) and minerals (Magnesium) with avoidance of toxins (heavy metals such as lead) will prevent and even treat over 50 conditions.

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    alex silver 2 years ago

    Do you know autoimmune diseases have a genetic component and a suspected environmental component that has not been demonstrated? Autoimmune disorders are still not well understood in their manifestation. Oh, and there is no evidence that vitamins or other pseudoscience beliefs like detoxification or immune boosting activities will prevent or treat these diseases? Bunkum article.