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Open Access Natural Support for Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disease

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Autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis, and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), involve destruction of healthy cells by the body’s own defensive mechanism. If the immune system’s faux pas is not corrected, the attack can progress to the heart, lungs, and other vital organs. The mechanisms that cause the deregulation of the immune response are not entirely understood. It can be assumed that heavy metal toxicity, leaky gut syndrome, infectious bacteria and parasites, and nutritional imbalances can overburden the body’s immune system, thus deregulating immune signals and responses. Ongoing research investigates the mechanism by which these factors cause the immune system to attack the body’s own tissues. In this paper, we discuss natural therapies that can help regulate the immune system’s aggressive behavior without suppressing or altering its necessary defenses.
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Keywords: Arthritis; Autoimmune; Botanicals; Cytokines; Inflammation; Natural therapies; Nuclear factor kappa beta (NFkB); Rheumatology

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 01 September 2012

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  • JRM is a peer-reviewed medical journal published annually by AARM. It publishes original research, reviews, and editorials that contribute to the understanding of nutritional and botanical influence on underlying mechanisms of chronic illness. The journal was established by MichaĆ«l Friedman, ND as the founding editor. The journal's current editor-in-chief is Liz Sutherland, ND of National University of Natural Medicine.
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