Medical Disclaimer for autoimmunephoenix blog:
Please note that if you have autoimmune issues, you will need to be under a doctor’s care and be specifically treated for your issues. Functional or Integrative doctors can help, and practitioners in your area can be found here:
Once under the care of a physician, they can guide you through a treatment process to eliminate the underlying infections (candida, SIBO, etc.) causing your health issues. They will likely also put you on a monitored cleanse program. These first steps are mandatory before you can begin any sort of supplements to help the body heal – otherwise it is like trying to start rebuilding a house that is currently on fire… you have to put the fire out first!
Once you’ve treated the infections and done a cleanse, you must be on a doctor approved diet which avoids particular foods. Simply put, if it didn’t grow from the ground or a tree, you probably shouldn’t eat it. NO WHEAT, GLUTEN OR SUGAR!!! Wheat and gluten add yeast to your already existing yeast overgrowth problem, and sugar is food for yeast! No alcohol, soda, processed foods, limit meat (ESPECIALLY red meat and pork). Should have lentils, beans, quinoa, flaxseed, vegetables, fruits, nuts.
Before you begin any supplements, make sure you have discussed them with your doctor. Every person is different, each person may be more healthy or sicker than the next, and each person may have different varieties of medical conditions. It is important that anything you do is under doctor supervision and treatment.
Opti Cleanse GHI by Xymogen – a nutritional protein shake supplement specifically designed for gastrointestinal health support, utilized and prescribed by medical doctors only. https://www.xymogen.com/products/product-detail.aspx?pid=155
UltraClear SUSTAIN by Metagenics – a nutritional food supplement specifically designed for leaky gut syndrome, including fiber, utilized and prescribed by medical doctors only. http://www.metagenics.com/mp/medical-foods/ultraclear-sustain
VSL#3 probiotics – a large part of the problem of autoimmunity and cancer development is that the intestinal flora is completely imbalanced; generally due to overuse/improper use of antibiotics and the SAD (Standard American Diet) or Western diet, high in processed foods, wheat, gluten and sugar. To help re-establish the right balance of good intestinal flora, good probiotics are necessary. This is the best one I’ve found on the market.
*NOTE: There is a recent lawsuit which occurred between the parent company of VSL#3 and the original inventor of the probiotic. VSL#3’s formulation has changed and is not the same formulation as I had when I was using it to improve my autoimmune issues. The inventor has a product out now called, Visbiome, which is the identical formulation he had created and is the same formulation that VSL#3 used to use (when I took it). Therefore, although VSL#3 may still be a good probiotic, I would suggest trying Visbiome instead.
Saccharomyces boulardii – this is a species of healthy yeast that is needed for a balanced intestinal flora. Two great products are by Xymogen (again, doctor prescribed) or Jarrow‘s Formula.
Fiber – people know they are supposed to “get more fiber” but this is absolutely necessary for this process! The reasons why you need fiber are that they help push toxins through your intestinal tract, and not let them or harmful bacteria, fungi, etc. stick around. Fiber is also known as a prebiotic – prebiotics are basically food for probiotics. For your probiotics to survive, thrive and help kill off the bad bacteria, you need food for your probiotics. Since you MUST avoid wheat/gluten/sugar, you need a good fiber that is unsweetened or sweetened with stevia. Xymogen has a great product:
Natural antifungals – once you have finished any medical presciption medicine treatment for underlying infections, you could start taking some natural antifungal supplements to help keep candida at bay. You will need to rotate out to a different antifungal supplement every few weeks so the candida won’t become resistant. Some examples are Oil of Oregano (the strongest natural antifungal), Olive Leaf extract, Grapeseed extract, garlic and Pau D’arco.
Molybdenum – breaks down acetaldehyde into acetic acid. Acetaldehyde is also known as a byproduct of alcohol, the same byproduct responsible for the “hangover” feeling. It cannot be excreted from the body and it accumulates. Once acetaldehyde is broken down into acetic acid, it CAN be excreted or the body changes it into acetyl coenzyme A, a major metabolism molecule in the Krebs cycle, allowing use of oxygen for cellular respiration among other important factors.
Alpha-Lipoic Acid – an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
N-acetylcysteine (NAC) – an antioxidant precursor to glutathione (naturally produced by the liver in healthy people) which helps the body eliminate gliotoxin and acetaldehyde – both are byproducts of yeast overgrowth. NAC has sulfur atoms that can bond with the acetaldehyde to help the body excrete it. A word of caution – due to the sulfur content in NAC, you may experience unpleasant smelling gas. An alternative to NAC would be to take glutathione. Immunocal is a great product.
N-acetylcysteine attenuates alcohol-induced oxidative stess in rats. World J Gastroenterol 2003; 9(4): 791-794