May is Lupus Awareness Month

Take a moment to observe Lupus Awareness Month this May by learning about the symptoms and treatment of this cruel and life-altering disease. According to the Lupus Research Institute, lupus is a chronic and complex autoimmune disease where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs.

It’s often difficult to diagnose Lupusóthe signs of the disease come and go, mimic those of other illnesses and there is no single laboratory test that can definitively identify itóhowever, it’s estimated that at least 1.5 million Americans are currently living with lupus. Symptoms vary from person to person and can include fatigue, joint pain, swelling, rashes and fever.

Lupus became personal for me when my full-of-life mother was diagnosed back in 2012 at the age of 62-years-old and the year after she climbed to the base camp of Mount Everest. After much research, we learned that early detection and treatment is the key to a better health outcome and can usually lessen the progression and severity of the disease. My mother was referred to a rheumatologist, a medical doctor who specializes in treating diseases that affect the joints, muscles and bones. She was dedicated to learning all of her options and wanted to choose the one that would allow her to continue living her active life.

Normally treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, anti-malarials and steroids, such as prednisone, and the management plan was no different for my mom. She quickly began, and against the wishes of her doctor, stopped a regimen of prednisone after it left her feeling sick and weak.

Instead she opted for a non-traditional nutrition plan led by Dr. Joel Fuhrman, a board-certified family physician, six-time New York Times bestselling author and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing, who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional methods.

Dr. Fuhrman, believes that there are four main factors that enable people to reverse diseases. They are:

  • Avoidance of both nutritional excesses and deficiencies
  • Meeting the emotional, nutritional, rest and activity needs of the body.
  • A rich supply and diversity of phytochemical substances
  • Avoidance of toxins

Dr. Fuhrman also feels that despite a significant body of literature documenting the effectiveness of nutritional intervention for treating autoimmune diseases, doctors continue to prescribe medications which have cancer-promoting effects, instead of considering a nutritional approach.

Three years after opting for natural treatments, my mom still regularly sees her rheumatologist for checkups, and despite being free from medication, her doctor agrees she has stopped lupus from taking over her body. To this day, she stands by her decision to take responsibility for her future by completely changing the way she lives. She advises anyone with a diagnoses of lupus to remember that no two cases are exactly alike and all treatment options should be thoughtfully considered.


Joanna M
Joanna M1 years ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Elena Poensgen
Elena Poensgen2 years ago

Thank you

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Dominic C.
Dominic C2 years ago

Thanks for the article. I may need to consult with my physician.

M Quann
M Q2 years ago

Thank you.

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Michelle Hall
Michelle Hall2 years ago

Thanks for sharing this. I've been living with Lupus for several years now. Three years ago it flared bad enough I finally admitted I needed a doctors help. It took another year for them to diagnose it . I'm glad there is more talk about this now. Cause I never realized how bad this could get till it hospitalized me. Good luck to anyone else on here who has Lupus.