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Organic Food, Lupus, Selena Gomez and Ashley Martson 90 Days Fiance

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Introduction

With so many known and not so known individuals speaking out about lupus it is beginning to be more popular in terms of its awareness and the growing number of persons who have it worldwide.

There are many celebrities who have some type of lupus such as singers Selena Gomez and Toni Braxton, to actress – Kristen Johnston, and US Gold Medal American Olympic Soccer player Shannon Boxx.

With lupus becoming more and more prevalent, it is my intention to help you understand this disease and how organic food may assist you.


Lupus


What is Lupus?


The term lupus may be used to describe many immune related diseases, however, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is the most common type of lupus, and the specific one many refer to when they talk about lupus, or having lupus.

Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or simply lupus, is a chronic disease with seemingly no cure.

“Lupus is a long-term autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissue. Symptoms include inflammation, swelling, and damage to the joints, skin, kidneys, blood, heart, and lungs.

Due to its complex nature, people sometimes call lupus the "disease of 1,000 faces.”[1]

There is no definite way of knowing how lupus is caused, but it is established that something is causing the immune system to attack the body.

However, some of the factors that might cause lupus are viruses, environmental chemicals, infections, sunlight, hormones and genetics.

Some drugs may help to cause lupus such as hydralazine and procainamide.

Hydralazine is used for high blood pressure and procainamide is used for treating cardiac arrhythmias such as irregular heartbeat leading to ventricular tachycardia.

Nevertheless, individuals with lupus can live a normal life with treatment.


Symptoms of Lupus


Even though individuals with lupus may not show any evidence of the disease, as well as it may also be difficult to diagnose, these are some of the indications that may occur when lupus is present:

  • You may experience weight loss
  • Achy joints leading to arthralgia
  • Sudden onset of fever which is usually a body temperature of 100 F (37.8 C) or higher
  • Mouth sores
  • Swollen joints leading to arthritis
  • Feeling tired more often, or having prolonged or extreme fatigue
  • Skin rash 
  • Hair loss
  • Ankle swelling and fluid accumulation
  • In your body there may be reductions-

~ in the number of red blood cells that may lead to anemia

~ in the number of white blood cells that may lead to leukopenia

~ in the number of blood platelets that may lead to thrombocytopenia

~ in the number of lymphocytes that may lead to lymphopenia

  • Pain in the chest when breathing deeply -(when it involves the lung it may be pleurisy, or pericarditis if it involves the heart)
  • A butterfly-shaped, malar or red rash normally across the cheeks and nose
  • Sensitivity to the sun and/or other light
  • Neurological disorders such as seizures
  • Mouth or nose sores
  • Pale or purple fingers or toes from cold or stress leading to Raynaud's phenomenon
  • Signs of kidney disorder such as excess protein in the urine leading to proteinuria or red blood cells in the urine


How can lupus be detected?


Various tests are used to determine if lupus is present. Some of these tests are:


Blood count

This test is to measure the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and hemoglobin which is the protein in red blood cells.


Erythrocyte sedimentation rate test

This blood test is used to determine the rate at which red blood cells settle to the bottom of a tube in an hour.


Kidney and liver assessment

This is a blood test used to assess how well your kidneys and liver are functioning.


Urinalysis

Urinalysis is an examination of a sample of your urine, in order to determine if there is an increase in the protein level or red blood cells, which may indicate lupus is affecting the kidney.


Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test

Antinuclear antibodies are produced by your immune system and indicates that the immune system’s defense mechanism has been activated. These antinuclear antibodies are found in your blood.

The antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is done to determine if there are antinuclear antibodies in the blood.

A positive test (which is antinuclear antibodies are in the blood) may indicate you have an autoimmune disorder.


Chest x-ray

The chest x-ray is done to see if there is fluid and/or inflammation around the lungs.


Echocardiogram

The echocardiogram test uses sound waves to produce real-time images of your beating heart, and shows the size, structure, and movement of various parts of the heart.

The echocardiogram test is used to diagnose heart problems.


Treatments for lupus


There are various treatments for lupus. This can be from medications and alternative medicine, to organic food and lifestyle changes.


MEDICAL TREATMENT


Some of the medications used to treat lupus are:


  • Antimalarial and anti-inflammatory drugs such ashydroxychloroquine (eg. Plaquenil)
  • Corticosteroids such as prednisone, methylprednisolone (eg. A-Methapred and Medrol)
  • Immunosuppressants such as azathioprine (eg. Imuran and Azasan), mycophenolate mofetil (eg. CellCept), and methotrexate (eg. Trexall).
  • Biologics which are drugs derived from or have components from humans, animals, or microorganisms such as belimumab (eg. Benlysta)
  • monoclonal antibodies such as rituximab (eg. Rituxan)
  • antimetabolites such as methotrexate (eg. Rheumatrex)



COMPLEMENTARY TREATMENT


Organic Food


Eating organic food as your medicine is no longer a new concept and is indeed the first way of staying healthy and treating any ailment. It doesn’t matter what illnesses there are, nutrition is always important in getting well and staying in good condition.

With respect to lupus, these are some of the specific nourishment needed to help treat lupus:


Vitamin A

Vitamin A is an antioxidant and can be found in organic milk, liver, and foods fortified with vitamin A.

Beta-carotene that is found in organic carrots and other vegetables can be converted to vitamin A in the human body.

Vitamin A helps to prevent inflammation and illnesses by protecting the body from harmful substances such as free radicals.


Curcumin/Turmeric

Curcumin is the active ingredient in the herb turmeric that has been found to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial properties. The spice has been used for centuries as a medicine in cultures all over the world. It has been known to help pain, and may help diminish some lupus symptoms. Be cautious about taking high doses for long periods of time, since it can lead to diarrhea, indigestion and nausea. Also, those with gallbladder problems, diabetics, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking turmeric. n antioxidant and is commonly found in whole milk, liver, and some fortified foods. Beta-carotene is a pro-vitamin found in carrots and many colorful vegetables that are then converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A protects against free radicals (harmful substances in your body) which can damage DNA and lead to cancer and other diseases, and has anti-inflammatory effects.


Fish oil

Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids that help with blood pressure and heart disease derived from fish such as sardines and salmons, walnuts, etc., has omega-3 fatty acids that help with blood pressure and heart disease.


Vitamin E

Vitamin E is recorded to help slow inflammation.


Evening primrose oil

Evening primrose oils is derived from the evening primrose plant and is used for inflammations, skin disorders and other uses.


Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is from the ginkgo tree.

The extracts from the ginkgo herb has flavonoids and terpenoids which are antioxidants that helps with blood flow and lupus conditions.


Flaxseed

Flaxseed contains a fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid, which may help with inflammation and kidney function.


Pine Bark

Pine bark extract (pinus pinaster) is from the pine tree may help with inflammation and other lupus symptoms.


Myers Cocktail

The Myers Cocktail is known as an infusion therapy. It involves placing a combination of vitamins (7 B-vitamins, magnesium, calcium, vitamin C, selenium, glutathione and bicarbonate), minerals, detoxifying and alkalizing agents directly into the bloodstream by intravenous method so bypassing the digestive system. This allows the body to absorbed the contents faster.

It is used to improve overall health.


Boswellia Extract

Boswellia is from the tree of the genus Boswellia (family Burseraceae). The active ingredient in boswellia is frankincense.

Frankincense is used as an anti-inflammatory.


Vitamin D and calcium

Vitamin D and calcium are good for bone health.

Examples of foods rich in vitamin D are milk, yogurt, and cheese.

The human body may produce vitamin D when exposed to sufficient sunlight.

You may get calcium from dark green vegetables, chia seeds and sardines.


Foods to avoid


It is suggested you are to avoid greasy, acidic, salty and spicy foods.


ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT


Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that is made naturally in the human body, and its function is to make male and female sex hormones.

Individuals usually purchase supplements with Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in it to help with fatigue and muscle pain.


Massage

A licensed massage therapist and especially one familiar with lupus can provide beneficial and therapeutic services for chronic joint and muscle pain as a result of lupus.


Acupuncture

Some individuals use acupuncture to help reduce muscle pain.


Yoga

Doing yoga can help to maintain joints and reduce stress.


LIFESTYLE CHANGES


Get regular exercise

Exercising has many benefits such as strengthening bones, establishing and maintaining overall well-being.

Exercise can be as simple as brisk walks around the park, stretches, etc.

You may also get ideas and inspiration from Paula on her Youtube channel HAZ2PEE.


Ensure you are having a healthy diet

Ensuring a healthy diet will go a far way in helping to cope with lupus. This involves having all nutritional requirements when consuming meals, - whether it is breakfast, lunch or dinner.

You may learn to grow your own organic food HERE, or you may buy directly from your organic farmer such as Cariporter Organic.

As a supplement to your diet, you may use Daily Complete which has over 194 vitamins, minerals, fruits, vegetables, and more.

If you are busy and do not have time for breakfast, lunch or dinner, or you want to lose weight, then you may consume Trimbar.

Trimbar is the only 100% organic meal replacement, healthy, protein, energy bar, that is blended with 17 grams of organic plant protein, prebiotics and more.



The epidemiology and who can get lupus


“According to the Lupus Foundation of America, approximately 1.5 million people in the U.S. have lupus. People of African, Asian, and Native American descent are more likely to develop lupus than are Caucasians. Although it can occur in both men and women, 90% of people diagnosed with the disease are women. Women of childbearing age (14 to 45 years old) are most often affected and as many as 1 in 250 people may develop lupus.”[2]

Based on information from several sources such as ‘Prevalence of adult systemic lupus erythematosus in California and Pennsylvania in 2000: estimates obtained using hospitalization data’published in the Arthritis and Rheumatology, June 2007 (journal by The American College of rheumatology), ‘Understanding the epidemiology and progression of systemic lupus erythematosus’ published in the Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism, February 2010 (journal by Elsevier – global information analytics business specializing in science and health), and ‘Ethnic difference in the prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus’ published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases, October 1983 (journal by the European League Against Rheumatism), the following was reported;-

“The reported prevalence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) in the United States is 20 to 150 cases per 100,000. In women, prevalence rates vary from 164 (white) to 406 (African American) per 100,000. Due to improved detection of mild disease, the incidence nearly tripled in the last 40 years of the 20th century. Estimated incidence rates are 1 to 25 per 100,000 in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Geographic and racial distribution — Both geography and race affect the prevalence of SLE and the frequency and severity of clinical and laboratory manifestations:


●The disease appears to be more common in urban than rural areas.


●In the United States, the prevalence of SLE is higher among Asians, African Americans, African Caribbeans, and Hispanic Americans compared with Caucasians. In European countries, the prevalence of SLE is also higher among people of Asian and African descent. By comparison, SLE occurs infrequently in Africa.


●In New Zealand, the prevalence and mortality of SLE are higher in Polynesians than Caucasians.”[3]



Selena Gomez


Selena Gomez was born in Grand Praire, Texas, in the United States of America (U.S.A.) on July 22, 1992 and is a singer, actor and producer.

She is often considered the most followed person on Instagram with over 122 million followers, and her net worth is estimated to be $60 million.

Selena Gomez has hit songs like "Come & Get It", "Same Old Love", and "Hands to Myself"; and movie credits such as “Another Cinderella Story”, “Monte Carlo”, “Spring Breakers”, “Getaway”, “Hotel Transylvania 2” and executive director for the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why” .

In 2015 Selena Gomez was diagnosed with lupus and in 2017 had a kidney transplant.

My niece has just had a new bone marrow transplant, so I am aware of the pain, side effects and other challenges that may come with transplants. You may see her express how she felt on her Youtube channel Naja Murray

Selena Gomez is indeed a strong individual who always overcome difficulties and continues to move forward with her life and endeavours.



Ashley Martson, 90 Days Fiance


Ashley Martson is more known on the TV reality series 90 Day Fiance, when she entered into a relationship with Jay Smith from Jamaica when she was in Jamaica for her friend’s wedding.

Ashley Martson considers herself a world traveler and a reality TV star.

Ashley Martson is from Mechanissburg, Pennsylvania and she has lupus.

Ashley takes medication for lupus, but during one of the episodes on 90 Day fiancé, she had a very bad reaction to the medication at the time and had to be hospitalized. She had recovered and is doing well.

Ashley has a son and a daughter, and is determined to make a great life for herself and her children.


[1] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323653.php

[2] https://www.webmd.com/lupus/arthritis-lupus#1

[3] https://www.uptodate.com/contents/epidemiology-and-pathogenesis-of-systemic-lupus-erythematosus