Our immune system is ever vigilant, ready to mount an attack against invaders. It uses inflammation to contain and destroy microbes and other substances that it recognizes as foreign, or not belonging to the body. Have you ever had a splinter in your finger and not removed it right away? The area around the splinter turned a bit red, swollen, and maybe a little warm to the touch. That was your immune system working, using inflammation to contain any harmful microbes before they could invade your body.
In autoimmune diseases something horrible happens. Your body makes a huge mistake! It identifies part of itself as an enemy and mounts an inflammatory attack against itself. Scientists believe that autoimmune diseases are caused by genes we inherit, and environmental exposures that trigger the genes to express themselves. There are at least eighty autoimmune diseases that have been identified, with more being added to the list. Different autoimmune diseases affect different parts of the body. For example type1 diabetes affects the insulin making cells in the pancreas, psoriasis affects the skin and sometimes joints, autoimmune thyroid disease affects the thyroid, rheumatoid arthritis affects the lining of the joints, and celiac disease affects the small intestine.
Although celiac disease is an autoimmune disease that damages part of the digestive tract, not all the signs and symptoms at first appear to be related to digestion. When a person who has celiac disease eats foods containing gluten, as found in wheat, rye, and barley, their immune system responds by attacking the small intestine, the site where most nutrient absorption takes place. Without proper absorption of nutrients, a person can eventually develop many symptoms and disorders including additional autoimmune diseases, anemia, osteoporosis, infertility, or cancer. Delaying diagnosis or consuming any gluten products will increase damaging inflammation.
Celiac disease can develop at any age from infancy to adulthood.
Given that celiac disease occurs in genetically predisposed persons, a genetic test can help rule out the possibility of developing the disease. Even if a person does carry the genes that are related to celiac disease, it does not mean that they will develop the disease. We learn from the U.S. National Library of Medicine that genetic variants that seem to increase the risk of celiac are found in 30 percent of the general population, but only 3 percent of persons with the gene variants develop celiac disease. Scientists believe exposure to something in the environment, and changes in other genes, may trigger the development of celiac disease.
A PubMed study found that a number of autoimmune connective tissue diseases may be associated with exposure to drugs, chemicals and environmental factors.
The New York Times noted that bifidobacteria were depleted in the digestive tract of children with celiac disease compared with children without celiac disease. Please access the whole article here.
Probiotics do enhance and protect our immune system. Florify contains a blend of 5 billion colony units of Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium lactis. Lactobacillus is the prevalent good bacteria in the small intestine, and Bifidobacterium is the most dominant good bacteria in the large intestine.
Omega-3 fatty acids reduce inflammation. Researchers found they provide significant benefit in treating autoimmune diseases.
Coldwater Omega-3, delicious Vitality Omega-3 Créme Delight or Prenatal Omega-3 provide inflammation-fighting omega-3s.
Celiac Disease Advice
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that eating gluten in any form, as little as 1/8 of a teaspoon of flour, can trigger damage from celiac disease. It makes sense then to make sure that any personal care products such as lip colors or lip balms are gluten-free. All Melaleuca Lip Colors and Lip Balms are certified gluten-free.
When wheat, rye, barley, and oats (oats are naturally gluten-free but may be contaminated with wheat in processing) are no longer eaten, the diet will be greatly limited in prebiotic fibers that help maintain healthy probiotic populations. A study of 10 healthy persons who ate a gluten-free diet for one month showed a reduction of healthy gut bacteria and an increase of unhealthy bacteria. Gluten-free FiberWise Drink helps support healthy digestion providing needed fiber and prebiotics.
Melaleuca supplements are also gluten-free. Access Bars, Attain Shakes, ProFlex20 Shakes, and the new Attain GC Control Blood Sugar Support Shakes are tasty gluten-free snacks.
Science Daily published an article on a new study revealing that some persons may have symptoms related to eating wheat, not caused by celiac disease or a true IgE food allergy, but by caused by wheat sensitivity. They also note that removing wheat from the diet can change the intestinal microbiota leading to the development of irritable bowel syndrome.
If someone in your family has an autoimmune disease, it is possible that you too may have inherited autoimmune related genes. Avoid unsafe household and personal care products. Avoid inflammation-causing sugar and processed foods. Include Florify, Coldwater or Vitality Omega-3s, and inflammation reducing ProVex-Plus or ProvexCV in your supplement routine. Eat for health and vitality to help avoid the genetic expression of autoimmune diseases.
~ Richard M Barry
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Celiac and Autoimmune Testimonials
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I have suffered from fibromyalgia, an autoimmune disorder, since I was 16, and am now 58. My symptoms were many, and included poor sleep, constant fatigue, joint and muscle pain, inflammation, irritable bowel, bladder and heart palpitations, plus having to nap every afternoon for 1 - 3 hours. I used to be on a lot of medication but had to stop it all due to the side effects of the prescriptions. I was always hoping to find something to help me, and spent a lot of money on vitamins and supplements that barely kept me on my feet. I went to many naturopaths and doctors, and tried what they recommended, but there was only slight improvement.
When I started using Melaleuca about 19 months ago, I loved how great the cleaning products worked, that I could breathe while using them, and that they did not make me physically ill. I had tried so many so-called green products, and they either did not work very well, or still made me feel ill when I used them. Also, the others are not PH balanced, and I believe this has made a big difference to my health and that of my family. My son stopped getting migraines and breathing problems after I converted my home to Melaleuca products, even though I had been using what I thought were safe products before. It was recommended that I try the vitamins as they would improve my energy, but I was very skeptical. I thought why would these work when nothing else has, but realized I had nothing to lose. I started with the Vitality 4 and Coldwater Omega 3s. I introduced them slowly as I was cautious. Still after a week I started to feel more energy. After a month I went from being in bed for 8 - 10 hours a night to sleeping 7 - 8 hours, going all day and no longer needing a nap every afternoon. This was nothing short of a miracle considering that I had been chronically exhausted for so many years. The Coldwater Omega-3 added to my energy and I was encouraged so decided to try the Replenex Extra Strength for the constant pain I was in. To my amazement I started to feel better and better and have less pain, and my mobility and ability has continued to improve.
I can now do things again that I had stopped, like riding my bike, yoga and workouts, and gardening. I can lift more and do housework without becoming bed ridden. My chiropractor says I am much easier to adjust too. I even started giving the regular Replenex to my 12 year old dog, and now she shows no signs of arthritis. Next I added in the Luminex, as I always wished for something to take the edge off my nerves. I call them my happy pills. They really do lift my spirits and calm me down, as well as help me get to sleep. Another benefit of the Luminex is that it has taken care of the sleep apnea that I also used to experience when I was overtired.
The Melaleuca supplements and lifestyle have given me my life back, and for that I will always be so grateful. For me this is truly a miracle. I share Melaleuca and The Melaleuca Wellness Guide with everyone who will listen to me, as I know without a doubt, there is nothing else out there that can compare to it.
I was diagnosed with MS 25 years ago. Even though I participated in clinical trials, and used Betaseron, it never made me feel "better". In 1996 I started taking the Vitality Pack and the Provex Plus (not intending it to do anything for the MS symptoms). Within a few weeks I started to feel better, but didn't know why. The next month I "forgot" to order the supplements and, within a week or so, my symptoms came back with a vengeance! Not really believing it could be as simple as starting the vitamins again, I did ... and within a few weeks was feeling better again. Since then, I don't miss a day of my Vitality Pack and Provex Plus! I also take the Omega-3s now too! My bad days now are better than my good days used to be!
I have Crohn's disease, which is an autoimmune disease. It falls under Inflammatory Bowel Disease. I have taken the Vitality 4 since becoming a customer in 2008, but after a few months I started taking the Vitality 6. I've noticed a huge improvement in my overall health. I have less issues and symptoms of Crohn's. I feel normal even. My energy levels have gone through the roof compared to what they were prior to taking the Vitality 4. Also ridding my home of grocery store cleaners and replacing them with EcoSense has helped tremendously. It all adds up to better health, especially for those with an autoimmune disease.
I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease 15 years ago. It is the rash kind (Dermatitis Herpetiformis). So I cannot eat gluten or use anything on my skin that has gluten. This means shampoos, lotions, skin care, makeup, bath soap, perfume, etc., as well as anything by mouth like toothpaste and vitamins. Melaleuca has been an amazing resource since the beginning for accurately evaluating their products for gluten-free safety. As a customer, the Renew lotion has been a great help when I do have a gluten rash. I can use the Sei Bella Hair Care, Dental Care, Exceed Gum, Gold Bar, Sustain and Vitamin/Minerals safely. Access Bars say they are made in a facility that also processes wheat; however, I can use the Chocolate Caramel (no oat fiber or barley) without any problems. The best is the first aid benefits of Melaleuca Oil, Pain-A-Trate, and Triple Antibiotic Ointment. Just to be able to shop for 15 years without constant worries for almost all of my non-grocery items is a terrific comfort. Thank you Melaleuca for getting on top of this!