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How do you manage your autoimmune illness?
7/18/2008 7:17:17 AM
Autoimmune illnesses seem to be plaguing more and more people every year and people who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune illness are looking for getting-back-to-nature ways to manage their health. What getting-back-to-nature ways are you using to manage your autoimmune illness? In this blog we’ll only post what’s worked. Please, when you post a suggestion or recommendation include website or the name of the magazine you read it in.
Lupus is an unwelcome visitor in my home who’s outstayed its welcome, and who refuses to leave, and no matter how rude or how outspoken I’ve been, Lupus has decided to make my home its home. So I’ve come up with games rules. Rather then feed it things to keep it active, I feed my body things to keep me healthy. Here are some things I do to tame Lupus’ appetite.
- I use Crystal Body Deodorant, www.thecrystal.com, because it doesn’t contain
Aluminum chlorohydrate a Potent, Universal Antiperspirant & Deodorant Description: basic aluminum (metal) salt consisting of aluminum, chloride, and water. Off-white powder, no odor. http://www.makingcosmetics.com
· It’s hypoallergenic
· It’s fragrance and paraben free
5 types of parabens commonly used:
This group of chemicals is used as preservatives in many cosmetics and toiletries. They have been around since the 1940‘s and are cheap and generally well tolerated. The reported sensitivity rate is up to 3.5% in the general population, although people with sensitive skin associated with eczema or dermatitis may be have higher sensitivity ">http://www.exederm.com
· I also avoid products containing formaldehyde and its releasers.
· Among the better known formaldehyde releasers are:
Formaldehyde is used as a cheap preservative. It has been around since 1889 and has been used for many things including preserving dead bodies! Today (thankfully), its use is in decline, although it can still be found in some shampoos, hair products and nail hardeners. It should also be noted that a number of other preservatives while not actually formaldehyde do still release formaldehyde chemical.
What the experts say:
“In animal and human testing, formaldehyde has been found to be a strong allergen“Fransway AS, American Journal of Contact Dermatitis 1991
“... an irritant, sensitizer and potential carcinogen. In Sweden and Japan, it is now prohibited in cosmetics”
(De Groot AC “Practical Dermatitis“ 1995). http://www.exederm.com
2. I make every effort not to eat foods containing saturated fats and preservatives. Of course that means limiting the number of visits to restaurants.
3. I don’t use products such as perms or hair coloring or any products where the operator wears gloves to apply them.
4. I drink untreated water instead of soda, pop, or anything containing artificial sweeteners. Will I have a glass of wine or a beer or a shot of rum? Most certainly.
5. I take Vitamin supplements.
These are just a few of the things I do to manage my health. What do you do?
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