In order to reverse and defeat your autoimmune disease, you need a well-structured and organized wellness program that will guide you on a daily basis in your battle with your disease.
Based on various alternative medicine and wellness models, there are several proven integrative and wellness strategies that must be part of a wellness program in order for that program to be effective enough to reverse your autoimmune disease.
In addition, an effective wellness program must be designed to specifically address the actual root causes of the autoimmune disease. If the program only addresses the symptoms, then, the disease will continue to progress and cause the cells and tissues to continue to degrade and deteriorate.
This is a similar problem that I ran into when I almost died from a diabetic coma with a blood glucose level of 1337. My doctors told me that I would have to stay on insulin for the rest of my life and that there was nothing that could be done to stop the diabetes from spreading.
But, when I took a look at the disease at the cellular level, I discovered some interesting things about Type 2 diabetes pathology and pathogenesis. It turns out that the disease could be stopped -- by eating the right super foods, avoiding the "dead" foods and monitoring my progress to make any corrective changes.
Within 3.5 months, I was off insulin. My doctors were shocked, but, they told me that I was going through the "honeymoon period" and that I would be back on insulin within 3 months. Then, it was 6 months, 9 months, 12 months ... well it's been more than 12 years and I'm still off insulin and any other drug.
Well, I decided to apply similar principals several years ago to helping some of our clients who had Type 2 diabetes, but, they had developed an autoimmune disease, such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, lupus, sarcoidosis, and Type 1.5 diabetes (LADA).
In addition, some new clients with Type 1 diabetes came to us, because they had heard about the success of my book, which had gone international at that time.
Although these autoimmune diseases and Type 2 diabetes were not connected directly, there was a common link: cellular inflammation.
In fact, as depicted in the following diagram, cellular inflammation plays a major role in many systemic diseases.
Cellular inflammation that develops and continues to progress over a period of years can wreak havoc and cause cell/tissue damage throughout the body.
This, in turn, causes the immune system to overreact and become imbalanced and Th1 or Th2 dominant. This imbalance and Th1/Th2 dominance can further fuel inflammation and cell/tissue damage, eventually triggering an autoimmune disorder or disease, such as lupus, MS, RA or Hashimoto's Thyroiditis.
As a result, I realized that I needed to design an effective wellness program with a sound nutritional program that addressed and reduced inflammation as well as other biological processes such as excess oxidation.
This wellness program must stop inflammation and stop the progression of the disease at the cellular level while calming and rebalancing the immune system.
The DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program (10 Steps) is that program.
In order to successfully fight and defeat this disease, you need a science-based and well-structured program that addresses more than the symptoms by addressing the 7 major biological root causes of your autoimmune disease:
- hormonal imbalance
- immune dysregulation
- nutrient deficiencies
- cell communications
You need a wellness program that provides the structure (e.g. diagram model) and guidance (steps) to make it easy and straightforward to implement.
This wellness program must address the root causes of your autoimmune disease and the biological processes that fuel this disease, e.g. inflammation, oxidation, toxicity, dysregulation, hormonal imbalance.
This program must be customizable because there is no one single wellness therapy or methodology that can meet the needs of every person with an autoimmune disease! Everyone responds differently to food, exercise, sleep, stress, environment, and other lifestyle factors; also, everyone's experience with a specific autoimmune disease is different.
As a result, we have designed the DTD Autoimmune Disease 10 Steps Wellness Program to address these issues and provide a customizable approach to modulating and rebalancing your immune system.
FYI: The DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program was originally developed for our diabetes clients who had a diabetes-related autoimmune disease, e.g. Type 1 diabetes, Type 1.5 diabetes. Then, because some of our Type 2 diabetes clients had thyroid issues, we expanded the nutritional protocol to address thyroid-related disorders and diseases. Then, because of so many requests, we expanded the nutritional protocol to include other common autoimmune diseases.
The DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program is very effective because it is specifically designed to address the root causes and biological processes that fuel most autoimmune diseases, including cellular inflammation, excess oxidation, heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut, and immune system imbalance.
This wellness program regulates a variety of hormones that interact with the immune system. These and other essential hormones that impact the immune system are also profoundly affected by how much sleep we get, how much time we spend outside, how much and what kinds of activity we get, and how well we reduce and manage stress.
In the end, this wellness program helps to regulate the immune system. Immune system regulation is achieved by adopting healthy lifestyle choices and by repairing the gut, and by regulating the key hormones that in turn regulate the immune system.
The following diagram provides an overview of the 10 Steps of the DTD ReverseAutoimmune Diseases Wellness Program and its structure.
The key therapies of the wellness program include nutrition, detox, supplementation, exercise, home testing, emotional support, stress management, medical testing, and spirituality.
Note: These 10 steps are explained below and in the Autoimmune Diseases ebook.
The following are just a few of the many benefits of this autoimmune disease program to you:
- Imagine! -- A life without disease -- no more pain and no more drugs!
- Reverse your autoimmune disease
- Lose the belly fat and feel energized!
- Lower blood pressure!
- Lower cholesterol
- Less pain and discomfort
- Save your hard-earned money!
- No more hospital stays!
- No more toxic drugs! (and their side effects)
- Better financial health
- Enjoy eating without the discomfort and anxiety!
- Look good and feel good!
- Enjoy weddings, picnics, birthday parties, and other social events!
- Enjoy a better sex life!
- Happier outlook on life
- A better work life
- A happier family
- A lot less stress!
- Surprise your friends who will think you had a face-lift or liposuction!
- Prevent a heart attack, stroke, or other major health problem!
- Bonus: This is the only program that shows you how to reverse your disease; and, then, use that information to help others. And, if you want, make some money at the same time!
Also, the DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program defines the most important things that you need to know in order to get well because we have the experience and track record to help you with the following:
- What specific foods to eat and why
- What specific foods to avoid and why
- The so-called healthy foods (that are marketed as "healthy" foods) but they're not!
- How to address soul food and the associated cravings
- How to address other ethnic-related popular foods and meals
- How to design superior meals without carb counting and calorie counting
- (Personally, I hated the carb counting and calorie counting, so I built it into my nutritional model)
- How to design quick and easy meals and snacks
- How to eat healthy on the road (This is important for truck drivers and business people who travel a lot and are always in airports)
- How to get motivated and stay motivated
- How to modify our program to fit your lifestyle and work schedule
- What is diabetes and how to stop it from rotting out the inside of your body
- How to achieve blood glucose stabilization (if you're diabetic)
- What the drugs are really doing inside your body (We suspect that your doctor may not tell you the dangers of taking immune-suppressant drugs; and, how these drugs make you susceptible to pneumonia, TB, infections, cancer, etc.
- How to safely wean off the drugs
- When to exercise and why; plus, how to exercise while watching TV or while driving a truck
- The importance of spirituality (connecting to your inner spirit) to fuel your drive and motivation
- The importance of detox
- How to get your doctor to work for you
- Why most supplements don't work in the long run
- Which supplements actually work for the long term
Note: For any healthcare professionals who want to help diabetics and people with autoimmune diseases, feel free to contact our education department about one of our health coaching training programs -- which you can download in minutes.
The following is a summary of the 10 steps of the DTD Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program that is designed to modulate and rebalance the immune system to help reverse the autoimmune disease; or, at least, stop its progression naturally (without the need for drugs).
These 10 steps are designed to work synergistically to reduce inflammation, reduce oxidation, rebalance the immune response, and, repair the cells and tissues by addressing the underlying biochemical and hormonal mechanisms that fuel the autoimmune disease.
Step 1: Acquire knowledge about autoimmune disease and its complications, nutrition, exercise, and drugs to increase your knowledge and provide direction on your journey to wellness. Visit your local library, go to medical-related websites, take classes, and talk to others who have defeated the disease.
Note: Go to our Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program web page for more information.
Step 2: Eat the “live” super foods (using the AIP Super Meal Plate Model) in order to reduce cell inflammation, reverse your autoimmune disease and rebalance your immune system.
Key foods include green and bright-colored vegetables, dark-colored fruits, raw juices, sea vegetables, grasses, plant protein, plant oils, cold-water fish, grass-fed animal meat, and filtered/distilled water.
In addition, drink raw juices in conjunction with eating plant-based super meals to optimize your nutritional program. Buy a steamer, blender, juicer, and grinder (for flaxseeds).
Customize your nutritional program to eat immune modulating foods and compounds; and, specific Th1/Th2 foods and compounds.
Note: Go to our DTD Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program web page for more information.
Step 3: Stop eating the "trigger" foods (or “dead” processed foods) in order to prevent further cell inflammation and prevent the immune system from over-reacting and causing flare-ups. This is very important, especially, if you want the opportunity to be able to reverse your autoimmune disease and rebalance your immune system.
Key compounds and chemicals to avoid include sugar, gluten, flour, lectins, casein, high fructose corn syrup, “enriched” foods, starches, trans fats, conventional animal meat, vegetable oils, processed foods, fast foods, and drugs.
Key foods to avoid that contain these compounds and chemicals include wheat, grains, bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, “enriched” foods, starches, cereals, corn, pastries, coffee, vegetable oils, canola oil, soda, diet soda, bottled fruit juices, tap water, and artificial sweeteners.
Other foods to avoid include conventional animal meats which are full of antibiotics and growth hormone, e.g. beef, pork, chicken, turkey, etc.
In addition, avoid alcohol and tobacco; and, if possible, try to avoid OTC drugs and prescription drugs as much as possible.
Also, avoid food triggers, such as driving past a fast food place. :-)
In addition, depending on your specific autoimmune disease and other health issues, you may need to avoid some traditional healthy foods, including nightshade vegetables, eggs, soy, legumes, lentils, beans, nuts, and seeds.
Note: Go to our DTD Autoimmune Protocol (AIP) & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program web page for more information.
Step 4: Perform home testing if available and applicable to your disease, e.g. blood pressure testing, glucose testing, weight, etc.
In addition, use a journal/logbook to record, track, analyze and make corrective changes, especially to what you’re eating and how you feel after eating. This is critical to customizing the program to your body's physiology so that you can rebalance your immune system and reverse your autoimmune disease.
Step 5: Exercise consistently by stretching/walking 30 to 45 minutes four to six times a week. And, add 10 to 15 minutes of weight/resistance (anaerobics) exercise on alternate days. However, don't over do it! Too much exercise can cause a flare with some autoimmune diseases. Try Pilates, yoga, Tai chi.
Note: Go to our Exercise web page for more information.
Step 6: Perform cleansing/detoxification periodically to remove the toxins and waste that have accumulated in your cells and tissues in order to help repair your cells and stop the progression of your disease.
Since toxins are one of the major triggers for autoimmune diseases, this is a key step to reverse your autoimmune disease and rebalnce your immune system.
Note: Go to our Cleanse-Detox web page for more information.
Step 7: Take specific wholefood-based nutritional supplements to complement your nutritional program and accelerate the body’s healing process.
Make sure that you avoid synthetic supplements! Synthetic supplements and even some so-called "natural" supplements contain additives, fillers, and other chemicals that can actually trigger an autoimmune response!
Step 8: Visit your doctor and get regular physical exams and blood tests. Get all the necessary blood tests and panel testing, based on your specific disease.
This is critical because a correct diagnosis will go a long way in solving the problem. If there is a misdiagnosis, you end up spending all your energy on trying to solve the wrong problem! This will only lead to more frustration and anxiety. A proper diagnosis is key!
If your doctor resists in providing the necessary testing, then, contact a reputable online medical laboratory to get the necessary testing.
Work with your medical doctor, naturopathic doctor, functional medicine doctor, health coach and other healthcare professionals to communicate your health goals and build your relationships. Ensure your treatment is focused on repairing your body and reducing your drug usage/dependency and not just suppressing the symptoms.
Note: Go to our Doctor Visits and Exams web page for more information.
Step 9: Obtain emotional support by connecting with your inner spirit and building your support team. Utilize exercise, prayer, yoga, other meditation techniques and connect with others to relax and help relieve the stress.
Find some quiet time for yourself each day, even if it’s only 5 minutes. Join a local support group to get information and share your problems with others. Your insight may help someone in the group and will motivate you to continue making progress.
Note: Go to our Emotional Support web page for more information.
Step 10: Develop an overall (proactive) wellness plan to provide the necessary structure and guidance to help reverse your autoimmune disease and rebalance your immune system.
Because most autoimmune diseases are difficult to diagnose and manage, it is critical that you have some structure and organization around a disease that creates a lot of internal and external chaos.
This is where the DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program comes into play. It is the only program that we are aware of that actually provides a structured wellness model of 10 steps and a structured nutritional model that defines your nutrition guidelines in one diagram! (Of course, there are exceptions -- that's why keeping a food journal is so important).
In addition to helping reverse your autoimmune disease and rebalance your immune system, the DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program will improve your overall health and save you and your family years of anxiety, fear and frustration as well as hundreds of thousands of dollars in unnecessary medical costs.
If possible, work with a naturopathic doctor, functional medicine doctor and/or qualified health coach to help you with your wellness planning.
Note: These steps are not meant to be performed in this particular order. The sequence of steps will vary from person from person, based on when and how you acquired the disease. Except for Step 8 (Doctor Visits), most of these steps should be performed on a daily basis for the most part.
Interesting Observation: Obviously, what you eat is key to reverse and defeat your autoimmune disease. If you look closely at the 10 steps, you'll see that at least half of the 10 steps are directly or indirectly related to nutrition, food, detox, and supplementation.
As depicted in the following diagram, in order to reduce cell inflammation, oxidative damage and toxic load, the DTD Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program utilizes multiple alternative therapies to increase your chances of reversing your disease, including the DTD Autoimmune Protocol (AIP).
It's not necessary that you employ all of the alternative therapies, but, the more that you employ, the higher your probability of success in reversing your autoimmune disease.
One of the common problems that most people with an autoimmune disease has is a leaky gut.
A leaky gut (often referred to as increased intestinal permeability), occurs when the tight junctions within the small intestine become damaged and allow bacteria, toxins, proteins (such as gluten), undigested foods particles and other chemicals to pass through into the bloodstream.
Leaky Gut Pathogenesis Flow Diagram
When this happens, the immune system assumes that your body is being attacked, so it mounts a counterattack, which can lead to food sensitivities, an allergic response, systemic inflammation, and/or an autoimmune disease. Toxic waste can also leak from the inside of your intestinal wall into your bloodstream causing an immune reaction.
In people with an immune system dysfunction, food proteins such as gluten can cause the gut cells to release zonulin, a protein that can break apart tight junctions in the intestinal lining.
As depicted in the diagram (above), other factors — such as bacteria, viruses, other pathogens, infections, heavy metals, other toxins, stress and drugs — can also cause these tight junctions to break apart, causing leaky gut.
When your gut is leaky, things like toxins, microbes, undigested food particles, and more can escape from your intestines and travel throughout your body via your bloodstream.
Your immune system marks these "foreign invaders" as pathogens and attacks them. The immune response to these invaders can appear in the form of any of the following signs that you have a leaky gut:
- Autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, psoriasis, or celiac disease.
- candida overgrowth
- chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
- Digestive issues such as gas, bloating, diarrhea or irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
- Eczema and psoriasis
- Food allergies or food intolerances
- Hormonal imbalances such as PMS or PCOS
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Mood and mind issues such as depression, anxiety, ADD or ADHD
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Skin issues such as acne, rosacea, or eczema
- Systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS)
- Thyroid problems
- Type 1 diabetes
- Type 1.5 diabetes (LADA)
- Type 2 diabetes with uncontrolled blood glucose despite eating healthier foods
What Causes Leaky Gut?
The main culprits are foods, infections, and toxins. Gluten is the number one cause of leaky gut. Other inflammatory foods like dairy or toxic foods, such sugar and excessive alcohol, are suspected as well.
The most common infectious causes are candida overgrowth, intestinal parasites, and small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO).
Toxins come in the form of medications, like Motrin, Advil, steroids, antibiotics, and acid-reducing drugs, and environmental toxins like mercury, pesticides and BPA from plastics. Stress and age also contribute to a leaky gut.
As depicted in the diagram, leaky gut can be addressed and repaired with specific foods and compounds, including vegetables, probiotics (e.g. fermented vegetables, yogurt), l-glutamine, bone broth, and key vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin D3, curcumin, quercetin, zinc,and ginger.
Just as important, "trigger" foods such as gluten, flour, wheat, grains, cow's dairy, sugar and trans fats should be avoided.
If you suspect that you have a leaky gut, then, get the author's How to Treat Autoimmune Diseases, PCOS & Thyroid Issues Naturally ebook.
One of the key components or goals of the DTD Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program is to help the immune system achieve balance.
As depicted in the diagram (below), an over-reaction by the immune system leads to an autoimmune disease or an allergy. If the immune system under-reacts, then, this can lead to an infection or something more serious such as cancer or TB.
The immune system has two ways of dealing with bacteria, viruses and other foreign pathogens.
The B-lymphocytes (B cells) synthesize specific antibodies called immunoglobulins. This is known as humoral immunity.
The other system involves T-lymphocytes (T cells), which regulate the synthesis of antibodies as well as direct killer cell activity and the inflammatory response of delayed type hypersensitivity. This system is known as cell-mediated immunity.
The T-cells are further divided into helper lymphocytes (Th) and cytotoxic cells (Tc), also known as suppressor cells. Tc cells are also known as CD8 T cells.
When the T-cells encounter a foreign pathogen (antigen) they further secrete a number of communication molecules called lymphokines, cytokines, interleukins or interferons. These factors further elaborate and direct the immune response to a specific antigen.
The T-helper cells are directly involved in assisting B-cells as well as coordinating their own cell-specific defense. Th cells are also known as CD4 T cells.
Th1 and Th2 Portions of the Immune System:
The T-helper cells are further divided into two distinct lines of defense.
The Th1 cells promote the cell-mediated line of defense and inhibit the other line known as Th2 cells, which regulate the humoral defense.
The Th2 cell lines control the B-cells and inhibit the cell-mediated response of the Th1 lymphocytes. A careful balance between these two functions is achieved and must be maintained for a properly coordinated immune response.
In addition, some of the T-helper cells become Th17 and Treg cells, along with several others, e.g. Th3, Th22, etc.
However, we will primarily focus on Th1 and Th2 cells; and, Th17 and Treg cells.
The key to a healthy and effective immune system is the balance and coordination of the T-helper (Th) cells, specifically the Th1 and Th2 cells, along with the Th17 and Treg cells during an immune response.
Th1 Cells: are called “cell mediated” immunity, which typically deals with viral and gram-negative bacterial infections. This is the first line of defense against pathogens that get inside of our cells. This is called the body's innate immune response. This consists of Killer T cells, T helper cells and T suppressor cells. It is also supported by cytokines such as Interleukin-2 (IL-2), IL-12, gamma interferon, IgA and sIgA.
Th2 Cells: are responsible for the “humoral-mediated” immune response. This system stimulates the production of antibodies in response to pathogens found outside the cells. This is called the body' acquired immune response. This system is supported by cytokines IL 4,5,6, 10 and alpha interferon.
FYI: In addition, there are other T cells that may affect the balance of the immune system, including the Th17 cells and Treg cells.
Th17 cells (when in abundance) have been associated with autoimmune conditions such as psoriasis, autoimmune uveitis, juvenile diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, and Crohn's disease.
Treg cells inhibit the activation of Th1, Th2 cells and Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes (CTLs) that are required for cell-mediated immunity, inflammation and antibody production. In other words, in most cases, Treg cells help to regulate and suppress an autoimmune response!
Immune System Th1-Th2 Balance for Autoimmune Diseases
T lymphocytes activate and regulate the immune system by making cytokines, which are chemical signals that tell other cells in the immune system what to do.
Of all the types of cells in the body, T Helper cells are considered to be the biggest producers of these cytokines. There are several types of T helper cells, but, there are two main types: Th1 cells and Th2 cells.
Th1 cells work to eliminate invaders that occur inside our cells (viruses and some intracellular bacteria). Th2 cells aim to destroy pathogens that occur outside our cells (bacteria and parasites). Th1 cells and Th2 cells each create different cytokines which trigger different effects in the body.
Why is this important?
A healthy immune system can “choose” which types of cells to produce and can easily switch back and forth between Th1 and Th2-type responses. An unhealthy immune system can get “stuck” in one of these responses – leading to excessive production of only one type of cytokines.
Some people get “stuck” in a Th2 dominant response because their bodies are not exposed to as many parasites and bacteria as in the past (thanks to Lysol, toilets, and water sanitation systems).
An immune system without an invader to fight will start attacking anything it can – pollen, food particles, dust, dander, etc. When Th2 becomes switched on, it activates immune cells called eosinophils and IgE-type reactions which leads to the symptoms we recognize as “allergies”. For some people this can become severe, leading to food allergies, asthma, eczema, and anaphylactic reactions.
On the other hand, some people get "stuck" in a Th1 dominant response. If Th1 is always switched on, it activates macrophages, neutrophils and other immune cells to over-respond to a food particle, medication, toxin, infection, etc. and can develop into an autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, lupus or MS.
Much of the balancing of the Th1/Th2 response occurs in early infancy for most of us and in pregnancy for some women. Once the immune system gets “stuck” in Th1 or Th2, we have a much more difficult time correcting it.
More specifically, when we have too many T suppressor cells our immune system is too weak and we get colds, fevers, flu, TB, cancer, etc.
When there are too many Killer T cells or there are too little T helpers and T suppressors, we end up with a poorly coordinated immune response that damages our own tissue, causing an autoimmune disorder.
So, when one line predominates, there is the opportunity for immune dysregulation to occur, resulting in either a hypo-immune response resulting in an allergy, infection, cold, tuberculosis, cancer, etc. or a hyper-immune response causing an autoimmune disease.
Scenario Example: Here is a simple scenario that describes how these immune cells function to protect us and try to maintain a balanced immune response:
Let’s say you cut yourself with a dirty knife. Bacteria penetrate your skin, engaging a first line of defense from your immune system called a macrophage (picture Pac Man).
Macrophages are like big, fat security guards wielding tiny billy clubs –- ineffective, but they’ll slow an invader down while they call on more sophisticated security guards by sending out chemical signals (cytokines).
When confronted with an invader, macrophages call on their friends, the T helper (Th) cells. The Th cells tell the entire immune system through a series of chemical signals that there has been an invader that has crossed the barrier.
Specifically, the Th cells call directly on two types of cells, cytotoxic T cells (Tc) and natural killer cells (NK), both soldiers with muscle that live up to their name and help attack and kill the bacterial invaders.
Once the bacteria have been killed, it is time for the immune system to call off the attack, which is the job of the T suppressor cells (Ts), who “suppress” the fight.
In the event that the bacteria is too powerful for the T cells, or if the T cells have a difficult time finding the invader, as in the case of a virus, the B cells are called to join in the fight.
B cells make antibodies for a given invader based on instructions from the T helper cells.
In other words, if the T helper cells (Th) tell the immune system that the invader is a guy wearing a red sweater, the B cells will create antibodies for a guy in a red sweater, so that when they meet him, they can latch onto him and wave a flag, making it easier for the cytotoxic T cells (Tc) and natural killer cells (NK) to find the invader.
But here’s what you really need to know:
The initial T cell response is called a “Th1 response”. The secondary B cell antibody response is called a “Th2 response”.
In a healthy body, there is balance between the Th1 (T cell) and Th2 (B cell) parts of our immune system. And that’s the desirable state.
If there is a dominant response from either Th1 or Th2, this will trigger inflammation and cause a flare; and, over time can lead to allergies or an autoimmune disease.
So, how do we address this? Unfortunately, until recently, most of us either went to the doctor or the local drugstore to get a specific medication. For example, if we had an allergy, we went to the drugstore for an OTC drug such as Claritin or Allegra. If we had an autoimmune disease, we went to the doctor to get some kind of drug that would suppress the immune system or reduce the symptoms.
However, most of us have come to realize that drugs are not the best answer, especially given some of the side effects that can affect the heart, liver and other organs.
This is one of the reasons why natural remedies (e.g. super foods, herbs, supplements) are more in demand. In addition, natural remedies can help to balance the Th1/Th2 ratio without the side effects. The only downside is that it takes time and patience for this to work. So, it is very important to stick with the program to reap the benefits!
The first step to determine whether your immune system is Th1 or Th2 dominant. Usually your doctor will give you a blood test to check for antibodies; and, then, prescribe a medication that suppresses your immune system.
Instead, you should request tests for Th1/Th2 cytokines, CD4/CD8 ratio panel, and Vitamin D. If your doctor resists, you can order these tests from an online laboratory.
Here is some additional information about Th1 and Th2 dominant conditions and why it's important to understand which one you are dominant.
TH1 Dominant Conditions:
Auto-immune conditions are typically related to overactive cellular immunity and weakened Th2 humoral immune response. Th1 dominant individuals rarely ever develop cancer but are unable to handle parasites and they develop chronic autoimmune conditions.
Th1 Dominance typically occurs with extreme vitamin D deficiencies along with an immune assault such as vaccine injury or chronic pathogen that irritates the immune system. These individuals typically have food intolerances to gluten and pasteurized dairy among other things.
TH2 Dominant Conditions:
Allergic conditions are typically related to weakened cellular (Th1) immunity and overactive TH2 responses. This can be related to vaccine injury and overuse of antibiotics. Individuals who are Th2 dominant will over respond to environmental toxins, allergens, normal bacteria and parasites. Th2 dominant individuals will under-respond to viruses, yeast, cancer cell formation and intracellular bacteria.
When the TH2 system is dominant the body tends to rely on it when it is threatened in anyway. A common example is allergies. When we are exposed to the allergen the TH2 system goes into overdrive causing a massive inflammatory response. This is due to poor balance between the TH1/TH2 system and then a poorly coordinated TH2 response that creates a systemic inflammatory reaction in response to a very minor threat.
Certain herbs are known to stimulate the TH1 response while others stimulate the TH-2 pathway and a third group helps to balance and coordinate both pathways. This explains how one individual can take Echinacea and feel terrible while others see an immediate boost in their immune function.
It explains why one individual can do great with coffee and green tea while others do awful with these TH2 boosting stimulants.
In addition, based on new research, there are other T helper cells that must also work together, e.g. Th17, Treg, Th22.
In the following square model, the 4 T-cell types (Th1, Th2, Th17, and Treg) antagonize each other.
Th1 cytokines are inhibitory to Th2-cell development, whereas the Th2 cytokines block Th1-cell development. Th1 cytokines block Th17-cell development, while Treg inhibits the development of both Th1 and Th2 cells by direct contact.
Immune System Th1-Th2-Th17-Treg Balance
Consequently, as you can see, you need a flexible and customizable nutritional strategy (such as the DTD AIP &Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program) that will allow you to get your immune system under control and back in balance, based on whether you are Th1 or Th2 dominant.
By using compounds that are known to modulate the balance between Th1 and Th2, the autoimmune attack is lessened and the body is able to function closer to normal.
For more details, refer to Chapters 3 and 4 of the How to Treat Autoimmune Diseases Naturally ebook.
In addition to an effective nutritional strategy, there are other lifestyle changes that may help with treating most autoimmune diseases.
Exercise on a consistent basis. Try to get regular physical exercise on a daily basis, but be careful not to overdo it. Talk with your doctor or healthcare provider about what types of physical activity you can do.
A gradual and gentle exercise program often works well for people with long-lasting muscle and joint pain. Some types of yoga or Tai chi exercises may be helpful.
Get sleep and rest. Make sure that you're getting at least 7-8 hours of sleep. But, it's not just about the number of hours -- it's also about the quality of sleep. For example, if you are able to get a deep sleep, your body goes into REM, which allows the body to repair and heal itself while you're sleeping.
Get enough rest and learn how to relax. Rest and relaxation allow you to destress and not get too wound up during the day. If we're too wound up, we tend to come home and have an alcoholic beverage to wind down or we eat a comfort food like mac 'n cheese or ice cream to soothe ourselves. But, this is problematic, because it usually leads to addictive habits, insomnia and poor health.
Reduce stress. Stress and anxiety can trigger symptoms to flare up with some autoimmune diseases. So finding ways to simplify your life and cope with daily stressors will help you to feel your best.
Meditation, prayer, and listening to soft music are simple relaxation techniques that might help you to reduce stress, lessen your pain, and deal with other aspects of living with your disease.
You can learn to do these through self-help books, tapes, or with the help of an instructor. Joining a support group or talking with a counselor might also help you to manage your stress and cope with your disease.
Note: If you have an autoimmune disease such as Type 1 diabetes, get the How to Treat Autoimmune Diseases Naturally ebook. It addresses Type 1 diabetes as well as other autoimmune diseases including:
-- Addison's disease
-- Celiac disease
-- Graves disease
-- Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
-- Multiple sclerosis
-- Rheumatic disease (incl. Rheumatoid arthritis)
-- Sjögren’s syndrome
The Immune System: Levels of Defense
Note: The following diagrams provide a high level overview of the immune system, its components and how it operates.
This diagram shows that the immune system consists of 3 lines of defense: the skin, white blood cells close to the skin (e.g. macrophages), and specialized white blood cells (e.g. B and T cells).
As depicted in the following diagram, your immune system is divided into two different types of immunity: Innate Immunity and Adaptive Immunity .
Innate Immunity is something already present in the body. As soon as something enters the skin, blood, or tissues, the immune system immediately goes into attack mode and provides a rapid response.
It does this by identifying certain chemicals in the substance that tells the innate response it shouldn’t be there. One example would be white blood cells fighting bacteria, causing redness and swelling, when you have a cut.
Adaptive Immunity is created in response to exposure to a foreign substance. When a foreign invader enters the body, the immune system takes it in and analyzes its every detail. Then the adaptive immune response organizes cells to attach that foreign substance every time they enter the body.
The adaptive immune cells actually have a memory and know how to fight off certain invaders. One example is the chickenpox vaccination so that we don’t get chickenpox because adaptive immunity system has remembered the foreign body.
Immune System Cells
The following chart provides a list of the major immune cells within the immune system.
The first box identifies the major immune cells (lymphocytes) in the adaptive immune system, particularly the B and T cells.
The other boxes identify the major immune cells involved in the innate immune system, particularly, the macrophages, dendritic cells, neutrophils, and natural killers.
The following diagram depicts how the immune system operates, in performing three keys functions: (1) to protect the body from invading pathogens; (2) to help repair and heal damaged cells and tissues; and, (3) coordinate and balance the immune response between the Th1 and Th2 immune cells and between the immune system and your healthy cells.
FYI: Most people are aware that the immune system protects us from colds and the flu (invading bacteria, viruses and pathogens). However, most people are not aware that the immune system has two other major roles: initiating the body's repair and healing processes; and, coordinating and balancing the immune response.
This is one of the reasons why the Death to Diabetes Wellness Program emphasizes the importance of a strong and balanced immune system when fighting a disease like Type 2 diabetes, or any disease for that matter.
Based on the success of the Death to Diabetes Wellness Program for Type 2 diabetics, it was used as the basis for developing a nutritional program for Type 1 diabetes, an autoimmune disease.
In addition, because many of our clients were struggling with thyroid issues, this nutritional program was expanded to address thyroid problems. Then, it was expanded to address PCOS, MS, and lupus to support our clients.
Eventually, that led to the creation of the DTD AIP & Autoimmune Diseases Nutritional Program. This program identifies the super foods to eat, the dead foods to avoid, the key supplements, and the immune modulators in order to address most autoimmune diseases. In addition, the nutritional program identifies the Th1/Th2 stimulators and suppressors.
When most of us acquire a disease, it usually weakens the immune system. This creates two additional health problems: (1) the inability to defend the body against colds, flu, allergies, infections, etc.; and, (2) the inability to repair and heal the damaged cells and tissues. This, in turn, allows the disease to progress and cause even more damage.
Both the DTD Autoimmune Diseases Wellness Program and the AIP Nutritional Program address these additional problems.
The Reverse Autoimmune Diseases Book Description
This book explains autoimmune diseases and how to treat them naturally with super foods, specific supplements and herbs, and immune system modulators; and, without the need for drugs.
This book provides a structured, customizable wellness program comprised of 10 steps that is designed to address the root causes that fuel most autoimmune diseases along with how to modulate the immune response, including Th1/Th2 balancing.
This book also provides a structured nutritional program and meal plate model that will make it a lot easier to follow and implement because the nutritional program's model makes it easy to understand what to eat and what not to eat (and why).
This book addresses all 3 major functions of the immune system (protect/kill, repair cells, coordinate/balance immune response) while most books only focus on one of these functions!
This book provides specific wellness information about allergies*, asthma*, and the more common autoimmune diseases, including: Addison's disease, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Graves' disease, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Lupus, Multiple sclerosis (MS), Rheumatic disease/Rheumatoid arthritis, Sarcoidosis, Sjögren’s syndrome, Type 1 diabetes, Type 1.5 diabetes (LADA), Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)* and leaky gut**.
*Note: Because of requests from so many clients, we added an expanded section in the book about thyroid health and how to optimize thyroid function; and a section which explains allergies and asthma and how to treat them naturally. We also added a section to explain Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) and how to treat it even though PCOS is not classified as an autoimmune disease. In addition, we expanded the section on Multiple sclerosis because of the connection between diabetes and Multiple sclerosis, and because of the number of clients we have with both diseases.
And, although there are no antibodies, CFS and Fibromyalgia have many of the other characteristics of an autoimmune disease, e.g. inflammation, sustained immune response, food sensitivities, other allergens, unexplained pain, and predominantly occurs in women.
**Note: How to repair a leaky gut is included because a leaky gut is a common problem across most autoimmune diseases.
This book defines a 10-step wellness protocol for autoimmune diseases, plus specific wellness protocols and specific super foods and nutritional supplements for each of the aforementioned diseases. It also identifies several effective immune system modulators that help to modulate and re-balance the immune system response.
Note: If you are diabetic, we also recommend that you get the Death to Diabetes paperback book or ebook.
Note: You will be able to download your ebook (PDF) once your order is invoiced. If you ordered a printed hardcopy, we will have it shipped to your shipping address.
Size of Book: 350 8½ x 11 pages, spiral-bound booklet
If you have an autoimmune disease, allergies, PCOS, or thyroid issues, get the author's Autoimmune Disease and Natural Treatments book/ebook.
This book addresses how to calm and balance the immune system by identifying what foods to eat and avoid, what key supplements to take, and what immune modulators will help with Th1 dominance and Th2 dominance. This book also addresses how to repair a leaky gut.
In addition, be proactive and prevent the onset of diabetes, heart disease, and other health problems by getting one of the following author's books, which address inflammation, oxidation, toxic load, etc.:
- Death to Diabetes book or ebook.
- DTD Juicing Book/Ebook
- DTD Raw Food Diet Book/Ebook
- DTD Cleanse & Detox Book/Ebook
Note: For information about the immune system and how to strengthen it, refer to the Boost Immune System web page.
For information about autoimmune symptoms, diagnosis and treatment strategies, refer to the Death to Diabetes Blog.
For more details about the operation of the immune system and its cells, also,refer to the Death to Diabetes Blog.
Note: For information about Autoimmune Diseases and Glycobiology, refer to the Death to Diabetes Blog.
Disclaimer: This site does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
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