Autoimmune diseases can affect any part of the body. They occur when the immune system attacks the body's own cells. Scientists have identified more than 80 autoimmune diseases. Some autoimmune diseases and symptoms can be mild; others can be very disabling, and are a leading cause of death. Having one autoimmune disease makes a person prone to developing other autoimmune diseases. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health lists some of the most common autoimmune diseases.
Scientists report that the incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes has been steadily growing. Identifying the presence and cause of autoimmune diseases can be very difficult. Genetics, along with environmental factors, are believed to be part of the cause. The director of the Environmental Autoimmunity Group at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences notes that some 80,000 chemicals are approved for commercial use, but that very little is known about their immune effects.
Regularly we hear reports of infectious outbreaks caused by E.coli, H1N1, Salmonella, Influenza, and MRSA. Currently scientists are watching the possible emergence of a SARS-like virus (severe acute respiratory syndrome). Washing our hands and keeping our environment clean continues to be a very important means of prevention.
Bleach, with its toxic fumes and caustic, poisonous nature, will disinfect, but it is hazardous to people and pets. It is particularly hazardous to persons with asthma and other breathing problems. Combining bleach with other ingredients can produce a very poisonous gas.
The average person walks from 40,000 to over 100,000 miles in their lifetime. This is the equivalent of walking two to four times around the world. Here are some tips on foot care provided by The Melaleuca Wellness Guide:
Diabetic foot ulcerations can be especially difficult to heal. The Melaleuca Wellness Guide tells us that diabetes causes blood vessel walls to thicken. This decreases the blood flow to the feet and lower legs. Some diabetics suffer from neuropathy and poor circulation. Neuropathy makes feet numb and unable to feel heat, cold, pressure, cuts, or bruises. These conditions can combine to create a situation where routine cuts, scrapes, and blisters can develop into gangrene. If not treated aggressively, gangrene will result in limb amputation. For foot ulcerations, soak feet in a tubful of warm water to which you have added 1 tbsp of Renew Bath Oil and 1 capful of Sol-U-Mel. After soaking for 10 to15 minutes, dry and liberally apply T36-C5 to any sore or lesion. As this is drying, apply a thin coat of MelaGel.
A syndrome is a group of symptoms that consistently occur together. Having at least three of the following risk factors, or symptoms constitutes a diagnosis of metabolic syndrome:
- A waist measurement of over 35 inches for women or over 40 inches for men.
- High triglycerides - 150 mg/dl or greater
- HDL cholesterol of less than 50 mg/dl for women or less than 40 mg/dl for men
- Blood pressure reading of 130/85 or greater
- Fasting blood sugar of 100 or greater
Before reaching for an insect spray or a plant remedy, try to determine if an insect is eating the plant or if the plant is diseased. Applying a pesticide can expose us to immediate or long-term health risks. Studies have linked pesticide exposure to an increased risk of Parkinson's disease not only among those who work on farms, but even in persons who live near sprayed fields.
Another study found a relationship between exposure to pesticides in our food and environment and the development of type 2 diabetes. They found that pollutants tended to concentrate in body fat.
The Melaleuca Wellness Guide has a chapter entitled: "Healthy Garden Solutions." This chapter is based on suggestions shared by our readers:
Note: When using any kind of spray, test the results by spraying a few leaves and waiting a couple of days to see if any damage occurs. To prevent damage, avoid applying sprays during the heat of the day. Irrigate drought-stressed plants thoroughly before applying any kind of spray. Since soft body insects like aphids and thrips are killed on contact, after applying a spray, rinse with water. Oil sprays should not be used on Blue Spruces. Citrus are also sensitive to oil sprays. Your Cooperative Extension Agent can recommend spraying times for citrus.