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Here is a website I found today and was reading through it and was amazed on how much of it was about the truth on autoimmuned diseases….I posted some of the information but if your looking for answers about a certain syndrome and wanting to know if there are ways to deal and even get treated this website is very resourceful! 

http://www.cidpusa.org/index.html

Inflammation, know by the red, painful swelling that follows an injury, bug bite or other wound. Inflammation also exists in tissue far below the skin, this below-the-eye inflammation is the culprit that worsens most chronic diseases.

  While inflammation is the immune system’s response for beating back invaders in the body, inflammation gone unchecked can lead to heart attacks, strokes, cancers, AIDs, cause Alzheimer’s disease by destroying brain cells, and causes diabetes.

Out of control inflammation is linked to clinical depression, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease, asthma, osteoarthritis, liver disease, hypertension, Kleine Levine syndrome and all others disorders.

Chronic inflammation is caused by the persistent presence of pathogens and environmental pollutants, lifestyle and genetics, among others factors.

 CIDPUSA uncovers the hidden secrets of autoimmune diseases

Read Inflammation in autoimmune diseases is the number one disease process & killer on Planet Earth. In autoimmune diseases our own white cells start attacking the body organs. The attack is triggered by infections, surgery, injury, inhalation of pollutants, vaccination and stress. Diseases like Alzheimer’s, Autism, Asthma, Lou Gehrig’s, hearing disorders, Multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Takayasu, Parkinsons, Epilepsy, Arthritis, heart problems, skin diseases, diabetes & cancer are all autoimmune. A proper diet & supplements can stop these diseases in their tracks & can reverse  them.

Gluten free diet won’t cure the syndromes but it will help on the reducing  the symptoms.

My symptoms are very pronounced when I have eaten items that have gluten in them.   Gluten does promote inflammation and when inflammation is there that is when the symptoms thrive.

Doing a gluten free diet you will have better days ahead it will reduce the flare ups it has with me.   If you take supplements with oils in them that will help also, like omega’s 3, 6, and 9. I also intake 4 oz of Aloe Vera juice every morning. Flax seed oils are excellent also for the heart and inflammation in the joints it also helps with the lubrication of the dry skin mouth and eyes.  Also I had plugs inserted in my tear ducks to hold the fluid in the eye, it feels like my eyes are swimming.

I eat rice cause that is natural there isn’t anything in it that doesn’t  hurt me.  I stay away from whole wheat products. I eat products with flax seed like breads and cereals and rice breads.

I eat eggs for the protein try to eat farm fresh eggs cause of what they feed chickens in chicken farms, there is gluten in the feed. We will have chickens here shortly and they will be open range fed.

Not much red meat cause that causes bad cholesterol and also promotes inflammation. I try and eat the white meats fish chicken and some pork, they call that the other white meat.

I’m not suppose to eat dairy products because it also does something to promote inflammation, but I can’t give up milk I drink it.

Also “night shade” vegetables like tomatoes there is a list of those look them up on google. Those promote lots of issues too, especially for those who have rheumatoid arthritis.

LOL, most of the time I try not to eat things with Gluten in them but I get so fed up with not being able to eat anything I desire so I slip up most of the time and eat those good tasting foods. I pay for it later. I don’t have celiac just secondary sojgren’s, it effects mostly my joints and I get heavy fatigue, sometimes my stomach acts up when I have had too much I can tell.   Celiac is like a sister to Sojgren’s in relation. That is what I have learned so that is why I feel that following a gluten free diet will be good also for Sojgren’s.

Autoimmune diseases are the same except for the symptoms, sometimes my blood work comes out that I have Lupus, and other times it doesn’t. I just have to be careful not to trigger flare-ups like with the food I eat. Or if there is a lot going in my life not to get overly exhausted.

I know just the other day I had a frozen coffee mix at a restaurant what they mixed with the coffee had gluten in it cause it made me feel I had a hangover, that is what I feel like when I eat products with gluten, if I don’t eat something every 4 hours I become confused and shaky,  just a couple of other symptoms I get.

This is from answering emails that people have sent me I thought it would be useful to post on here.

Sjogren’s Syndrome and Celiac Disease The relationship between the two.
How Gluten is the root to many of the symptoms in both, I have Sjogren’s and have tested this in my life when I don’t eat the gluten products I feel fine but when I do eat gluten products it produces inflammation in my joints, and it effects my nervous system it even effects my skin and it produces fatigue. I would like to share with you my experience and also what I have done to fight this battle. By researching Celiac disease I have found out about the sojgren’s. It has made me more aware of the similarities what to do and what not to do and it has helped me. The links listed here are places I have been to educate myself about these syndromes. I am hoping that this will educate and help people be aware of where the root is to how they feel and what they eat really does effect the way their body reacts.

Here are some information to start out with and the link follows where you can go read the rest of the story on these subjects.

What Gluten Can Do

Gluten – Not a Friendly Protein

Gluten is a protein found in grains. Research has shown it to be toxic to certain individuals in the grains of wheat, rye, barley, and oats. While gluten is essential for the make-up of these 4 grains, our bodies do not need it. Is it healthful? The protein in today’s wheat is poorly digested and can be harmful. An estimated 95% of prepared foods on the grocery shelves contain the toxic forms of gluten.

Gluten Sensitivity: When Gluten Gets into Our Bloodstream

Gluten Sensitivity is an immune response to gluten that can happen to anyone. This type of response is not inherited like Celiac Disease. Rather, it involves a normal response to the abnormal appearance of gluten in the body.

http://glutenfreeworks.com/gluteninformation.php

National Foundation For Celiac Awareness
http://www.celiaccentral.org/What_is_Celiac_/13/

What is Sjögren’s syndrome?
Sjögren’s syndrome is a disorder of the immune system characterized most often by dry eyes and a dry mouth. Since it is an autoimmune disorder, the body attacks its own cells and tissues. It remains unknown why this happens, but researchers believe that a combination of factors causes something to go wrong with the immune system. These factors may be related to heredity, hormones, a viral or bacterial infection, or the nervous system. In the case of Sjögren’s syndrome, white blood cells called lymphocytes target, attack and damage the moisture-producing glands. This can lead to problems such as difficulty swallowing, dental cavities and vision problems. Sjögren’s syndrome can also result in damage to tissues of the lungs, kidneys and liver.

Sjögren’s syndrome that results from a rheumatic condition is classified as secondary Sjögren’s syndrome. Primary Sjögren’s syndrome occurs by itself.

Although there’s no cure for Sjögren’s syndrome, treatments can relieve many of the symptoms.
The Connection Between Celiac and Sjögren’s:

* Both celiac disease and Sjögren’s syndrome have an autoimmune background and a close association.
* Sjögren’s syndrome had a ten times greater incidence in one study compared to non-celiacs.
* In another study, the prevalence of celiac disease amongst patients with Sjögren’s syndrome has been found to be between 4.5% and 15%.
* According to Patinen et al., the co-occurrence of celiac disease and Sjögren’s syndrome should be recognized because of its effects on dental and oral mucosal health. In their 1994 study, they suggested that a gluten-free diet treatment might alleviate autoimmune inflammation.
* On the basis of their findings, Szodoray et al. recommend screening, follow-up, and regular gastrointestinal care of Sjögren’s syndrome patients to identify celiac disease cases and help them to avoid severe malnutrition and intestinal malignancies.

Signs and symptoms

Sjögren’s syndrome can be difficult to diagnose because the signs and symptoms are similar to those caused by other diseases and can vary from person to person. In addition, the side effects of a number of medications can mimic some signs and symptoms of Sjögren’s syndrome. Still, typical signs and symptoms of Sjögren’s include:

* Dry eyes
* Dry mouth
* Dental cavities
* Fatigue
* Fever
* Enlarged parotid glands – one particular set of your salivary glands, located behind your jaw and in front of your ears
* Difficulty swallowing or chewing
* Change in sense of taste
* Hoarseness
* Oral yeast infections, such as candidiasis
* Irritation and mild bleeding in your nose
* Skin rashes or dry skin
* Vaginal dryness
* Dry cough that doesn’t produce sputum
* Joint pain, swelling and stiffness

Who gets Sjögren’s Sydrome?
Although anyone can develop Sjögren’s syndrome, it typically occurs in people with one or more known risk factors. These include:

* It is common for people who have Sjögren’s syndrome to also have a rheumatic disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma or polymyositis.
* Women are nine times as likely as men are to have Sjögren’s syndrome.
* Sjögren’s syndrome is usually diagnosed in people older than 40.
* Having a family history of Sjögren’s.

Screening and diagnosis
Beyond reviewing your medical history, current medications and diet, the doctor can use various tests to diagnose Sjögren’s syndrome, such as a blood test, tear test, imaging, biopsy, urine sample and a slit-lamp exam.

Please post a comment with any information you may add to this topic so others can benefit from this. My main purpose here is to educate people on what is happening to their systems when they eat certain foods. So many people don’t realize where the main source is coming from when they hurt in their body’s. There may not be cures but we can control the amount of pain by going with certain guidelines in their diets.

Another problem that I am looking for solutions on is bursitis and tendenitis in my shoulder again when I stay away from gluten products the inflammation stays low and I feel low pain.

I received Listening Well vs. Talking Well in my email and I thought it was good enough to pass this on to others.

Listening Well vs. Talking Well
April 28, 2008

Listening well is as powerful a means of communication and
influence as to talk well. — John Marshall

Talking well really means that there is someone on the other end
who is interested enough to listen well to that message. When a
person attends a conference which hosts a speaker and they come
back saying that the speaker was really good – they were simply
interested enough to offer much attention to the speaker and to
what was being said.

We all have different interests. Even those who have no interests
are unique individuals. Only when we begin to think and believe that
we are like everyone else, or not as good as everyone else do we
start to loose our idividuality and thus our own uniqueness and thus
our own point of view and thus our own interests. But in all actuality
each one’s individuality cannot be erased. It remains within the
individual. A permanent mark – the branding of the Lord.

Take a moment to examine the leaves of a tree. No two leaves are
exactly alike. Each one is different from the other in some way – even
if those differences are very small, they are differences none the less.
So each one has a different angle toward the sun, each one is
attached to the branch at a different angle and gets its nutrients
from a different section of the tree. So, just like the leaves we each
have our own interests – areas of concern or of subject that we are
happy to place our attention on and in. Because our attention is
being cast outward from our viewpoint – no two people can cast that
attention from exactly the same spot. Therefore we each have our own
unique vantage point from which we can give attention and interest.

Should many people hear one speaker, we all know that there will be
varying points of view as to how good his message was. Why? Because
we all have our own unique point of view – no two are exactly alike.

The same thing can be said of talking well for it is the speaker who is
listening to himeself, to his heart, mind and soul well that can deliver
a good message. To the degree he can listen well to himself, his
message will be generally a good one. So the bottom line here is…

Listen more – and listen well. Invest your attention wisely for it is
your most valuable asset.

Darren J Smalley – Listening Specialist
“I am here to listen to you.”
Website: Click Here
Skype: darren.j.smalley

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