ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS FOR SJOGREN'S SYNDROME 

 What therapies does Dr. Weil recommend for Sjögren's Syndrome?

Dr. Weil's recommendations are the same as those he suggests for other autoimmune disorders

  • Follow a low-protein, high carbohydrate diet. Minimize consumption of animal products and eliminate milk and milk products
  • Avoid polyunsaturated oils (vegetable oils) and hydrogenated fats (margarine, vegetable shortening).
  • Get regular aerobic exercise (swimming is best if you have joint problems).
  • Practice progressive relaxation and other mind-body techniques; visualization, hypnosis and guided imagery can be very effective for moderating autoimmune responses like Sjögren's Syndrome.
  • Experience traditional Chinese medicine (diet, herbsacupuncture, and energy work).
  • To reduce inflammation, increase your intake of omega-3 fatty acids by eating more Alaskan salmon, herring, sardines, walnuts, purslane and other leafy greens as well as freshly ground flaxseeds.
  • Include ginger and turmeric in meals for their natural anti-inflammatory effects.

Dr. Weil also advises patients with autoimmune diseases to avoid health care professions who make them feel pessimistic about their condition.

 Treatment for Dry Eyes and Mouth

Dry eyes and mouth, called sicca syndrome, is common not only in Sjogren's but also in fibromyalgia and in normal life. Although artificial tears and saliva are helpful, natural treatments can also help stimulate your natural lubrication. Here's the recipe that I recommend:

Just as oils are lubricants in your car, they can also assist lubrication in your body. Three key oils are especially important for dry eyes.

  1. Fish oil. Eat a portion of salmon or tuna daily or take fish-oil supplements. 
  2. Sea Buckthorn Oil (2,000 mg a day). This special oil from the berries of a cold weather shrub is a special essential fatty acid called omega-7 (along with other helpful oils). This remarkable and little-known nutrient is very helpful at improving lubrication throughout the body – including tears, saliva, bowel protection and vaginal dryness. 
  3. Evening Primrose oil or borage oil (3,000 mg a day). In one study, combining this oil with vitamin B6 and C, 76% showed improvement in dry eye symptoms. 

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 Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo & The Blood Type Diet

Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic disorder of unknown cause characterized by a particular form of dry mouth and dry eyes. This loss of tears and saliva may result in characteristic changes in the eyes (called aqueous tear deficiency or keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and in the mouth with deterioration of the teeth, increased oral infection, difficulty in swallowing, and painful mouth. 

There are many different causes for dry eyes and dry mouth. When they occur as a result of an "autoimmune" process, the condition is called Sjögren's syndrome, which usually occurs in middle-aged women and has prevalence in about 1 in 500 persons. 

Patients may also have inflammation of the joints (arthritis), muscles (myositis), nerves (neuropathy), thyroid (thyroiditis), kidneys (nephritis), or other areas of the body. Also, patients may have severe fatigue and disruption of their sleep pattern. 

Also, the blood of Sjögren's patients may contain antibodies directed against normal cellular substances such as nuclear antigens and immunoglobulins. Therefore, this disease is termed an "autoimmune" disorder to denote the apparent reaction of the immune system against the patient's own tissues

  • Fucus (Bladderwrack). One approach to dryness is to help break up the thick, sticky secretions. Agents that contain iodides include 10% saturated solution of potassium iodide (SSKI). Since one of the main problems with Sjögren's is Candida overgrowth, perhaps using Bladderwack would have the additional benefit of providing low levels of iodine, plus some of the anti-Candida properties found in this seaweed.

  • Urtica dioca rhizome (Nettle Root). Utica dioca rhizome contains a lectin which can down-regulate the immune system, helping to modulate auto-immunity, plus Urtica dioca has potent anti-candida properties.
  • Probiotics. This has had a beneficial response in decreasing oral Candida infections and thus decreasing mouth discomfort.
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