Lupus is often treated with drugs that can complicate and compromise the immune system.[ii] It is important to address the external factors that may contribute to the disease. One of the known factors is exposure to chemical toxins. This means making sure the body is able to eliminate chemical exposures and reduce substances that increase inflammation is one approach to treating lupus. This is an individual matter to be assessed by a health practitioner trained in treating environmental illness.
Lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE) is an autoimmune disease, meaning the immune system attacks the body’s own tissues as though they were foreign substances. Lupus is not contagious. No one knows what causes it; it is still a mystery. There are most likely a combination of factors that can trigger it and those can be different for each person. Some medications are suspected triggers. Viral infections such as Hepatitis C can eventually lead to lupus symptoms.
It’s probably a good bet that Lady Gaga is getting the best care possible. She’s smart enough to seek more than one opinion or treatment option. You should do the same. In my practice I check for all factors that may contribute to lupus. One medicine that I have used with success in several cases has over a hundred years of documentation in treating lupus. It is Hydrocotyle asiatica, an Indian herb known as Gotu Kola. It has been used in both Ayurvedic and Homeopathic medicine. A comprehensive plan from your health care practitioner is the best way to deal with your situation.
Your doctor may begin to test for lupus by ordering an ANA (Antinuclear antibody) test. This is not a definitive test, other diseases can have a positive ANA test, but it is the first step in finding out if you might have lupus.[iii] A positive test should be followed by a visit to a rheumatologist for a confirmation.
[i] Sahin, Garip et al. Autoimmune hypothyroidism and lupus-like syndrome.
Journal Rheumatology International. Volume 30, Number 4 / February, 2010
[ii] Lange, Andrew. How Thyroid Medications Can Destroy Your Thyroid. Huffington Post December 8, 2009. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-andrew-lange/how-thyroid-medications-c_b_358564.html
[iii] For more information on testing for lupus: http://www.saveonlabs.com/products/Antinuclear-Antibodies-%28ANA%29-Comprehensive-Profile.html