Wegener’s disease, or granulomatosis as it’s more often known, is a very rare disease that affects many different organs and systems of the body. Mainly attacking the respiratory system (sinuses, nose, windpipe, and the lungs) and the kidneys, one of the primary features of the disease is an inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis). This inflammation narrows the blood vessels and reduces the blood flow to the affected organs, destroying tissues and damaging vital organs.
Wegener’s granulomatosis (WG) is not a contagious disease, and there is little to no evidence to suggest that it is hereditary. Affecting only one in every 30,000-50,000 people, only 500 new cases are diagnosed each year. The disease can occur at any age, although it mostly affects individuals in their 30s and 40s, and affects males and females equally. Ninety seven per cent of all patients are Caucasian, 2% are black and 1% are of another race.
The symptoms of the illness, and the severity of the symptoms, vary from patient to patient, but may include any of the following:
- A chronic runny nose and other cold-like symptoms (which may worsen and can lead to sinusitis, middle ear infection, cough, coughing of the blood and inflammation of the sinuses) that do not respond to standard treatment
- Loss of appetite
- Join pain
- Weight loss
- Night sweats
- Change in urine color, and weakness
No viral, bacterial, or other causative agent has yet been identified for Wegener’s granulomatosis. It is beliebed to be an autoimmune disease, meaning that the body’s immune system attacks “itself,” that is, the body’s own tissues.
If there is an infection in the body, proteins called antibodies, which are capable of attacking the infectious agent, are formed in the blood. In Wegener’s granulomatosis, however, the antibodies that are formed are directed against the white blood cells of the immune system and are therefore called “auto-antibodies” (antibodies against one’s own body cells). These auto-antibodies bind to the blood cells and form clumps known as immune complexes. The complexes accumulate in the tissues and the blood vessels, leading to a tumor-like (granulomatous) inflammation of the blood vessels, which in turn slows down the blood flow to the different organs and tissues, causing damage and resulting in the many symptoms of Wegener’s granulomatosis.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Try to avoid omega-6 fatty acids, found in sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil and soybean oil, saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats, which are also known as hydrogenated oils. For more detailed information on foods to avoid, skip to the section on ‘Diet’ below.
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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- Do the Hydrogen Peroxide Protocol to strengthen the immune system:
- Drink 3oz of Colloidal Silver, three or four times a day for 60 days www.colloidsforlife.com Silver has long been recognised as a powerful natural antibiotic. Colloidal silver is silver that has been removed electronically from its source and then suspended in water. It is used to treat a myriad of diseases.
- Go on a fast to clear your system of toxic waste www.wecarespa.com
- Try an Enerhealth Botanicals cleanse. Click here to discover more
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here.
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water.
In an article published in the December 2002 issue of ‘’The Journal of the American College of Nutrition,’’ omega-3 fatty acids were found to reduce inflammation in various ways, such as altering the actions and production of hormones called “eicosanoids,” which influence the inflammatory response in the body. The fats in fish seem to be more potent that the omega-3 fatty acids found in plant sources, such as walnuts and flaxseed, and the article reports that several double-blind, placebo-controlled trials using fish oil for various chronic inflammatory conditions found that these fats reduced disease activity.
Cold-water fish, such as salmon, are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids, and you can find other foods fortified with these fats, such as eggs; do not use fish oil supplements without checking with a health practitioner first.
As the body uses them to synthesize hormones that impact it for better or use, fats in particular influence inflammation. Certain fats lead to the creation of pro-inflammatory chemicals. Cut back on omega-6 fatty acids, found in sunflower oil, safflower oil, corn oil and soybean oil, saturated fats found in animal products and trans fats, which are also known as hydrogenated oils.
A class of nutrients believed to offer various health benefits when consumed as a regular part of the diet, antioxidants offer a great way to help ease symptoms. Any attempts at reducing inflammation through nutrition will call for regularly eating foods rich in these inflammation-fighting substances. Eating more fruits and vegetables in all the available colors will help you get the widest range of antioxidants.
Try to cut back on refined carbohydrates and sugar, which will help reduce inflammation. Marcelle Pick, OB/GYN nurse practitioner at the Women to Women Health Center in Maine, says that these foods create surges in insulin that trigger the production of inflammation-causing hormones and affect the actions of chemicals in a way that promotes inflammation.
If you are regularly eating something you have an allergy to, you are triggering frequent inflammation. Consider getting tested for food allergies; the most common allergens are wheat, dairy, soy, fish, shellfish, peanuts and eggs.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
Chronic inflammatory diseases are often associated with a depletion of magnesium. As magnesium can reduce inflammation, improve blood flow through the microvessels, and increase the cells’ antioxidant protection, taking 500mg of magnesium twice a day should help.
In a piece on livestrong.com, alternative medicine expert Dr. Ray Sahelian explains that oxidative stress and inflammation greatly contribute to lung damage. Antioxidants and supplements with anti-inflammatory properties can counteract these negative processes in the body, and using them might offer some benefit for general lung health. The UMMC notes the antioxidant N-actelyecysteine, or NAC, has been shown to improve symptoms of COPD. Other examples of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories include vitamins C and E and selenium. curcumin, quercetin, omega-3 fatty acids and resveratrol. Sahelian notes specific research conducted in Japan that showed taking omega-3 fatty acids improved breathing in COPD patients.
Furthermore, as stated on livestrong.com, a study conducted in the University of Auckland in New Zealand, published in the December 2005 edition of “Chest” found a link between levels of vitamin D and lung function; the higher levels present, the better the lungs performed.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here.
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually disease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
Stephen Lewis, founder of the Aim Program. Find out more by clicking here.
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- Consider using Mary Millers Iching System Products – ichingsystemsinstruments.com
- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here or go to www.thetappingsolution.com or www.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
According to Ayurveda, any disease occurs because of an imbalance of metabolism. (AKA vata pitta and kapha) and people can get auto-immune diseases because of:
- Anxiety and stress – this taxes he body’s metabolism.
- Unhealthy eating habits – junk food
- Irregular routine – irregular eating, sleeping late in night etc.
- Too much alcohol
Auto-immune disease is body’s way to communicate and tell that it has accumulated toxins and needs cleansing and rest.
The liver is the key element responsible for proper health and immunity in the body. It is when liver is unable to deal with the impurities, diseases occur.
Try panchakarma, a cleansing rehab cleansing procedure from Ayurveda.
Fasting can also help the liver and body to detox, and yoga and pranayama helps in balancing the body’s metabolism. These should be done regularly to see the benefits.
Here are some Ayurvedic herbs which balance the metabolism and increase the body’s immunity:
- Aloe vera – helps in reducing inflammation.
- Amla – a great tonic that helps in fighting infection, reducing inflammation.
- Ashwagandha – helps to improve immunity and strength
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
The following herbs are believed to help promote lung health:
Licorice – In the U.S., licorice is primarily used for flavoring and sweetening foods. In China, it’s called Glycyrrhiza uralensis (Gan-Cao) and is one of the most commonly used herbs in traditional Chinese medicine. Researchers at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York found that in vitro licorice inhibited airway eosinophilic inflammation that occurs with allergic asthma, which may help treat symptoms of WG.
Xia-Bai-San – Xia-bai-san (XBS), composed of the four herbs Cortex mori, Cortex lycii, Radix glycyrrhizae and Fructus oryzae, is a traditional Chinese medicine used for centuries to treat asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis. A study published in the July 30, 2009, issue of the Journal of Ethnopharmacology reported that XBS inhibited the inflammatory process in lung tissue and decreased the histological damage in the tissue.
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Fritillaria thunbergii is a common ingredient found in phlegm-resolving formulas. It is believed to affect the lung meridians and is used to support healthy lung function. Research on Fritillaria thunbergii shows that the active compounds of the plant promote normal mucosal secretions in the lungs and healthy clearing of the respiratory passageways. Ginger root is another common ingredient found in the phlegm-resolving formulas of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It provides a warming quality to the body which benefits those dealing with what is referred to as cold phlegm. The ancient writings of Chinese medicine often combine warming and cooling herbs to gain the best benefits in resolving phlegm.
Acupuncture can be used for lung health; visit your local practitioner for tailored treatments.
Essential oils of cypress (Cupressus sempervirens) and sweet marjoram (Origanum majorana) are highly valued as medicines by ancient civilizations, as they both have antispasmodic activity in the respiratory system, promote clear airways within the lungs and have an antimicrobial activity.
Niaouli essential oil (Melaleuca viridiflora) comes from the leaves of a tree related to the more commonly known tea tree and it’s an approved herb in the German Commission E Monographs. This essential oil resolves phlegm in the respiratory passages and promotes healthy inflammatory pathways within the lungs. Like its cousin, niaouli oil has antimicrobial activity.
Red mandarin (Citrus reticulata) essential oil has slight antispasmodic activity, but its primary benefits come from its ability to decrease excitability and nervous tension. Both of these issues can create a tightening of the muscles, thus, decreasing overall lung capacity. The act of inhaling the vapors of red mandarin can offset these problems.
Use 4 drops of essential oil per 25ml of carrier oil.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here.
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Grape seed is known to help with a variety of health problems including the lungs. Grape seed is seen in substances, most notably, in wine. The antioxidant also boosts the immune system, protecting lungs from infection. Moderate amounts of wine protect the heart from disease.
According to naturopathic physician and herbal medicine expert Sharol Tilgner, author of “Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth,” herbs that possess anti-inflammatory, decongestant, anti-cough and expectorant action may be the most helpful herbs for your lungs, including cherry bark, yerba santa, osha, echinacea, elecampane, colt’s foot and usnea. More scientific research may be required to validate the efficacy of these natural remedies.
Here are a few herbs you can try to promote healthy lungs:
Coltsfoot – Traditionally used by Native Americans to strengthen the lungs, coltsfoot clears out excess mucus from the lungs and bronchial tubes. It soothes the mucus membranes in the lungs, and has been shown in research to assist with asthma, coughs, bronchitis, and other lung ailments.
Elecampane – Used by Native Americans for many years to clear out excess mucus that impairs lung function, elecampane is known as a natural antibacterial agent for the lungs, helping to lessen infection particularly for people who are prone to lung infections like bronchitis. Herbal practitioners often recommend one teaspoon of the herb per cup of boiling water; drink it three times daily for two to three weeks, or try it in tincture form.
Mullein – The leaves and flowers of the mullein plant are used to make an herbal extract that helps strengthen the lungs. It’s used often by herbal practitioners to clear excess mucus from the lungs, cleanse the bronchial tubes, and reduce inflammation that is present in the respiratory tract. A tea can be made from one teaspoon of the dried herb to one cup of boiled water, or you can take a tincture form of this herb.
Exercise is thought to help manage the symptoms of WG, although gentle activity is recommended Try any of the following:
Yoga – The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Qigong – Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
The best way to cleansing and purification of the body www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/54_the_best_way_to_cleansing_and_purification_of_the_body_110512.php
Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters
Immune health NC_Newsletter_07-11.pdf
Squeaky Clean (Colonic Irrigation) www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/squeaky_clean.php
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong NC_Newsletter_12-08.pdf
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT NC_Newsletter_12-06.pdf
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout NC_Newsletter_12-10.pdf
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Acupuncture treatment of wegener’s diease www.medicineforum.net/acupuncture-treatment-of-wegeners-disease-video
A great home remedy for the fever symptoms associated with WG www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fever.html
Try this home remedy for your cold-like symptoms www.homeveda.com/infections-and-allergies/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-common-cold.html
This home remedy for the symptoms of fatigue associated with WG may provide some relief www.homeveda.com/other-conditions/natural-ayurvedic-home-remedies-for-fatigue.html
EFT for treating disease www.garythink.com/eft/physicial.html
Further Information (links and books)
Aromatherapy for the respiratory system www.healthy.net/Health/Article/Aromatherapy_for_the_Respiratory_System/1939
Chinese herbs for lung health www.livestrong.com/article/114778-chinese-herbs-lung-health
Natural cures for lung health www.ehow.com/about_4795037_natural-cures-lung-health.html
Acupuncture for lung health acupunctureinthepark.com/health-conditions/acupuncture-and-lung-health
Homeopathic herbs for lung health www.livestrong.com/article/32819-homeopathic-herbs-lung-health
Herbs to boost your lungs www.care2.com/greenliving/3-herbs-to-boost-your-lungs.html
Vitamins and supplements for healthy lungs www.livestrong.com/article/283736-vitamins-supplements-for-lung-health
Anti-inflammatory diet for Wegener’s granulomatosis www.livestrong.com/article/542147-anti-inflammatory-diet-for-wegeners-granulomatosis/
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, Fifth Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food … A-To-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies) by Phyllis Balch
Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art by Kathi Keville and Mindi Green
Detox and revitalize by Susana L. Belen
The Secret Language of Your Body by Inna Segal
The Healing Herbs: The Ultimate Guide to the Curative Power of Nature’s Medicines by Michael Castleman and Prevention Magazine
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