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Saturday, October 27, 2018

Fight Autoimmune disease with One Common Household Ingredient- on PQTD podcast

Really?  Autoimmune diseases, the scourge of the modern age?  You can help them with baking soda?

Yes, it really does appear to be true: taking 1/2 tsp. per day of plain old baking soda, dissolved in water,  activates an anti-inflammatory pathway that is mediated by the neuronal-like function of mesothelial cells that line your internal organs.  Consuming baking soda appears to prime your immune system against inflammation.

This is huge- it means this cheap, household item can help improve your immune system so it does not overreact.  This overreaction of the immune system, instigated in the organ of the spleen, is what causes the white blood cells of the body to attack its own organs and cells.  This is what autoimmune diseases are, those diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, type 1 diabetes, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.  RA attacks the joints, type 1 diabetes the pancreas, lupus attacks multiple parts of the body, and psoriasis attacks the skin.  And so it goes- autoimmune diseases are not only a widespread plague, they also are incurable.

But now, it appears we have a potent weapon against them- baking soda, which naturally calms the immune system, easing your symptoms and the progression of your disease.  Recent studies have proven its effectiveness against RA, but all diseases of autoimmunity should benefit as well.

Of course, there are already proven steps we can take against autoimmune diseases, and they should be used in concert with this baking soda protocol.  The trials used baking soda dissolved in water, but I believe that it doesn’t matter if it is taken with water, or in a capsule.  I plan to put baking soda powder directly in my smoothie, running it through the Vitamix blender along with the kefir, apple cider vinegar, turmeric and ginger root I also use.  Along with dark green leafy and cruciferous vegetables, and berries.  All of these are also proven fighters against autoimmunity, and so this is one more tool in my arsenal.  

In addition: if you already have an autoimmune disease, eliminate nightshades!  I would go so far as to eliminate tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, and even white potatoes- all are nightshades, and plants from the new world of the Americas- we did not evolve with them, and so many of us have real problems with the nightshade family of vegetables.  Even eggs can be problematic for someone who already has an autoimmune disease.  Just try eliminating these vegetables one at a time, and see if they are causing you trouble.  (The last I would eliminate is eggs, but that is just me.  If your eggs are good, pastured eggs from free ranging chickens, I would expect them to be fine for anyone).

But the main goal for you in total health goes back to a paleo or ancestral type of diet overall!  Lower sugar and carbs, no wheat or processed and fast foods, and pastured eggs, pork, beef, and wild caught seafood.  It’s really simple, overall- eat as your paleolithic ancestors ate, exercise daily as they did, spend time in nature, and cultivate a tribal and familial community.  Nurture your faith as well- religion is ‘hard-wired’ into our species.  Eliminate it at your extreme peril!