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Health - Psoriasis, Psoriatic Arthritis and Dramatic Relief
Health and Long Life SERIES
The amazing thing about psoriasis and associated immune disorders such as psoriatic arthritis, spondylitis, rheumatic disorders and the like is that in today's world, you don't need to think you are CURSED You are told that genetic and environmental and psychological and early childhood trauma are probably all working together to give you your particular spot in life.
But you know what? Alll that can still make you feel cursed! I am writing this blog to share the sufferings, feelings of cursedness, fateful wanderings and moroseness that can originally rear up their heads, and then what you can do about this as a child of God and a conscious transcendent Soul. This is not about religion. Its about your HEAD, and how you mount a daily effort that is so joy building and relieving that you will wonder what your life would be like if you did NOT have this disorder.
I humbly begin my talk with the complete recognition that I have not reached the peak or arrived successfully at my journey's end, but to declare that I am a fellow traveller on the mountain trail. I have some secrets, some ideas and some insights, but then you do too. I sit down to blog to take some along with me. And in doing so, I see therapy on the road, joy and a state of newness -- an idea that my fate is tied up with this disorder and therefore I am to tacke it, embrace it, transcend it, fly above it, but probably always have it with me. It is in a sense God's Gift to handle. Like a hot potato, you bounce it back and forth from hand to hand in hopes that someday it will cool off and you can benefit from it.
I am in a very positive state because of several things I will share with you, but oh, the places I have been. Its scary and yet its all so human. The story will be fascinating and intriguing, sometimes dispairing, but always ending with the shared existential realization. We are down here to learn. That old phrase oft quoted in this New Age Era, applies: WE ARE NOT PHYSICAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCES, WE ARE SPIRITUAL BEINGS GOING THROUGH PHYSICAL EXPERIENCES. And so I invite you to shake hands with my friend - my psoriasis, or my ???!$#% immune disorder. Once you get to know it, it can turn into your Aid on Your Path.
TUMOR NECROSIS FACTOR - "TNF" - The Magnificent Orchestra Leader Inside Who Can Really Overdo Things!
Not so many years ago, medical researchers did not know about this "Orchestra Leader" inside the body. They started observing immune reactions in many differing places, organs, systems and circuitries in the body. The immune response in the human body is INDEED magnificently orchestrated. These responses, though somewhat understood in a large systemic way, were obsererved inside a tumor. The body was dealing with a tumor by actions that were "necrotic", or killing. So the name stuck, even though the specific moment of observed activity, that was only a part of the body's whole response to immune system stimuli.
Now they had a name - TNF - and now they could observe this orchestration all over the body in all of its different aspects. INFLAMMATION is the body's way of dealing with emergencies and fighting disease. But inflammation can get out of hand, overdone, and indiscriminate. Inflammation is involved in heart attacks, lung disease, skin disorders, virtually every place in the body can be affected by the inflammatory response. TNF is the dominant inflammatory cytokine (mad immune cell) in psoriasis and these other conditions. Science has nailed what it is and Pharma has come up with a marvelous response that through ingenious construction, has created a protein that stops this response from occurring inside the receptor.
The point of this blog is not to describe the general effects of inflammation, but rather to point to the special genetic markers that can make inflammation turn on the individual. The word IMMUNE DISORDER is one that we all talk about now, but used to be, that phrase was not really understood. Like the word "antioxidant", "oxidation", "free radicals" and others, "immune disorder" we now, as a public, are starting to more completely understand.
The body has a communication system inside it, which researchers are understanding more and more that polysaccharides seem to be deeply involved in. This communication system is constantly helping the immune system 'UNDERSTAND" what an enemy is, and what is its own darned self. Like a suicidal person slashing its wrists, the body can actually start attacking its own cells. Why? They are looking at this all the time. Rhematoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Spondylitis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Coeliac disease, Chron's disease.
I had a raging inflammatory case of psoriatic arthritis. When the doctor asked for my blood work to be done he asked for a test of the RA Factor and HLA B27. I did not have the RA factor, and I did NOT have B27. " But you do have a strong genetic factor. The whole human genome has been done, but its going to take the research community some time before they locate the genetic cause of psoriatic arthritis. You have had spondylitis since you were a young man. This is very genetic."
After my xrays and blood work, I saw him again. We were talking about using Enbrel, a drug that has tremendous results with these kinds of conditions.
If you could use your imagination for a bit. Picture an army turning its guns, not just on its enemies, but also on the citizenry at the same time. As if half the army turned drunk and maniacal and just started shooting up the people they were sworn to protect. Joints, skin, tendons, lymphatic tissue, edema, swelling, seemingly everywhere --- blowing up and terrorizing its own cells. Debilitating, depressing, saddening, sleep depriving, adrenal exhausting DISEASE! You think life is going to never be better, and probably much worse.
It was almost as if the Doctor smiled, and I had this look of open eyed wonder. So, I have this genetic marker that virtually ensures, (along with stress elements, familial patterns, nutritional elements) that I would get an inflammatory immune disorder like the one I have had "all my life"?!
Yes, after the Doctor explained ALL the ways in which out of control "TNF" can manifest itself, with the help of my overly dramatic inflammatory genetic factor, I realized I had been suffering for the last 40 years in many small, subtle, outstanding and painful ways. Not knowing that a host of symptomatic issues all were deriving from this generalized immune disorder. It literally walked through my cells and joints and skin like a drunken uncle pushing people around at the end of the party.
I have much more to tell, but the most important thing I want to say at this point is if you are suffering at all from something close to one of these conditions, get to a doctor and see if you have these genetic markers. This is one of the wonders of living in a world in which pharmaceutical companies have spent BILLIONS of dollars in drug research and come up with new technologies (called BIOLOGICS) that take your breath away in their power to change your life after only 8 injections. Of course, there are side effects, but those side effects you hear on TV are a result of legal requirements on drug companies. How come beer doesn't have 5 minute descriptions of all the things that can happen to you if you OVERDO for TOO LONG, for TOO MANY YEARS? Check the following site for education.
Wholeness is a state that people can truly work toward in our modern era. With the rise of nutritional knowledge, new drugs, psychological approaches (ancient and new) and our own self-guided techniques to harness all of these elements into internal heartfelt coherence, we can literally have WHOLENESS, HEALTH AND HAPPINESS, like we have not had in the past.
The message of my blog is that the more open you are to ALL of there is out there, the more able you will be able to consciously control the balance and joy in your life. This blog is about the JOY of having a perspective that is all embracing so that seeking health and wholeness in the middle of this kaleidosocopically challenging world seems doable, achievable, "happenable". Yes. its possible to find peace in the midst.
KIEFER - Noah's Other Brew - Mohammed's Ararat Secret - Russia's Disclosure
Today's term is PROBIOTICS. And that's a good term. It means FOR LIFE - Stuff that makes "good bugs in your bod". What science has learned is the the "flora and fauna" of your intestinal tract is a highly variable world full of millions of micro bacteria. The balance of that microflora determines health. And since 80% of your immune system is in your intestinal tract, it has much to do with our blog topic.
Remember the last time you had a horrible intestinal upset. Think: "BAD microflora". At any rate, if we move back in time, we can see that people have been benefiting from positive microflora at many points in history, even back, legend has it - to prehistory and myth times. There is a "mushroom" like substance that is used in Asian health drinks called KOMBUCHA. I won't speak of that now, but cultural history is spotted with foods and teas and drinks that basically perform the function of directly working with your intestinal microflora. From Miso Soup to Pickles, there are lots of foods that pertain to our challenge here. I do not now pretend to talk about that whole world. However, today, I will talk about Kiefer because of its special and intriguing history.
At the turn of the Century in what was Armenia, there was a secret brew that Russian's would put in a bag near their front door. It looked like a big bag of milk, and boy did it "work". It sat there with its secret ingredients and burblied and bubbled and got sampled and eventually got to a point where it was ready to be consumed. Most of us would look at it, and call is SUPER YOGURT. Fast forward to present day. It's now in your local supermarket.
Locals said it gave long life, prevented disease and gave youthful vitality. Through a bribe and a princess and a tale worthy of a movie, the local Russians revealed their secret to the public and people got possession of this special microbial making "mushroom" and it eventually got to the USA where small business innovation took over and made it available to all.
Since this is the territory of Mt. Ararat, its tied to a Noah Legend. Besides drinking his wine, Noah had this brew to grant long life and prevent disease and enhance limited diets. Fast forward to Moses, and some say, Mannah, that white stuff in the desert cold be a reference to the Children of Israel's saving consumption in the rocky Sinai. Who knows? But it is pretty well agreed that Mohammed's influence came into the area in the 600's. It is said that he wanted this kept secret. And it pretty well was "kept secret" from the world until 1900. That's a cool 1300 years. But how powerfu it really is, and how magical it is, only you can make a subjective analysis if you begin to use.
Suffice it to say that the word "Probiotics" sums up science's general commendation of this approach. It is no secret now, and more research is daily establishing that the biochemistry of the gut is a mysterious swamp of good and bad news. The good news is what we can hope to control and influence, and the bad may have to do with what we just don't understand and just can't influence. KIEFER is enlivening. I can tell you that.
There is speculation that an out of control bacteria derived from excess starch in the diet also confuses the immune system of those with GLA B27, (TNF) the excess inflammatory responder cytokine that causes so much suffering. Chat rooms I have read talk about the SELF/NOT SELF problem developing here. When the special genetic marker starts overreacting, it can not determine self from not self and it starts to attack the spine and the lower intestinal tract and arthritic conditions, such as we speak of above, begin to develop.
Kiefer regularly consumed, might rebalance this out of control bacterial growth and change the alkaline/acid balance, bringing COLONIES of bacteria that can be the rebalancer of your insides. An important point here is the concept of COLONIES OF BACTERIA. Little portions of yogurt are effective, but they basically go through your system on one trip and help out the bugs along the intestinal road. However, the deeply imbedded colonies of bacteria that are entrenched in your tract are the indigenous populace that can not easily and quickly be changed. Changing the colonies to more beneficial bugs is what regular consumption of Kiefer is supposed to do. I like the theory. I love the history. I consume because as the old Jewish saying goes: "It couldn't hoit".
So think about PROBIOTICS in general. I think it has everything to do with our modern, sugar based, starch based diets. With the beginning of agriculture in the middle eastern city states about 2000 BC changed the basic meat and roots diet that humans had. It did not allow the farm worker to leave the field in the middle of the day. The bosses said: "Eat your bread for lunch and get back to work. You can get your wild rabbit meat later." Since then, many say, we with special genetic problems have been prey to this dilemma.
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