I’m going to be honest with all my readers, I’m a skeptic when it comes to severe Crohn’s disease. I don’t believe everything that is thrown my way, and if you say something then I’m going to find out just how legitimate your information is. It’s in my nature.
Being a skeptic has taken me a long way in life, it has also caused me to make many enemies. But the one thing I will always be skeptic about is the idea that Crohn’s cannot be cured.
With enough faith, and perseverance; living with Crohn’s disease can be a thing of the past. I will continue to believe in that, and there is nothing anyone can say to change my mind.
Today, I want to talk to you guys about what Crohn’s disease is, and what it isn’t.
Severe Crohn’s Disease is an Autoimmune Disease
We all see those wonderful services and sales products that claim that they can boost your immune system.
And I’ve ultimately fell for the gimmicks a few times. And I’ve also reached for the immune boosting products such as Vitamin C when it came to putting together natural remedies for inflammation.
Immune boosting products sound desirable, and honestly who wouldn’t want a super powered immune system capable of fighting off cancer and colds.
But to be honest, using products that claim to boost your immune system isn’t the smartest thing, no matter how attractive it might sound.
Now you can purchase products that will strengthen your Immune system, most people believe that this obvious logic makes sense.
The stronger your immune system the greater its ability to fight off diseases, right?
It may sound like logic, but it’s invalid. A healthy immune system can be more accurately represented by a balanced teeter totter.
If your immune system is compromised or otherwise weakened, one side of the teeter totter will sag, and your body becomes more susceptible to infection.
If your immune system is overactive, the other side of the teeter totter sags, and the immune system attacks your own healthy tissues.
Your body is continuously in fight or flight mode, in turn causing ongoing inflammation.
This is where autoimmune disease come into play. Crohn’s disease is categorized as an autoimmune disease. And living with Crohn’s means that your system is always boosted.
Conditions like Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis are all autoimmune diseases caused by an overactive, or “boosted” immune system.
When the teeter totter of your immune system is balanced right in the center, neither too strong, nor too weak; you are at your healthiest.
Boosting your immune system automatically could be harmful to your health, in my opinion.
When companies say their products boost the immune system, it generally means nothing really.
The Food and Drug Administration has been working to crack down on products making unsubstantiated health claims, such as boosting the immune system.
Medically, boosting your immune system seems to be meaningless. Airborne was prosecuted due to false claims.
And if you notice, companies are now stating that they “support a healthy immune system.” Of course this could mean just about anything.
Good health isn’t about a supepowered immune system. It’s simply about the absence of disease. At the end of the day, good health is the baseline. Once you are at that baseline, you can’t be any healthier.
When you are at the baseline, anything that happens to your immune system in either direction is bad.
For example, a person with good health, who exercises, and watches their diet can’t consume an immune boosting supplement without negative results.
It’s important to understand that our immune system is a complex collection of structures, and process throughout the body.
Boosting your immune system means increasing the counts of one or more cells in your blood. This theory can be tested, but it would mean that someone would have to cause imbalance their immune system, causing autoimmune disease.
If I were to take NyQuil without having a cold, I would find myself sniffling a day or two later. I boosted my immune system when it was in harmony, and was negatively affected.
Let me Break Down the System and How it Works-
- Leukocytes, or white blood cells are what people think of when they hear “immune system”. But there are different types of leukocytes, not just those within our blood. There are other types in your tissues as well. Leukocytes include, neutrophils, dendritic cells, killer cells, macrophages, baseophils, and mast cells, all of which perform different tasks.
- Inflammation is another immune response that you don’t want to boost. Damaged cells release triggering molecules that do things like attract leukocytes. They tell your body’s blood vessels to dilate. These molecules hamper protein synthesis, which is intended to harm nearby virus that might be causing the unwanted damage. Inflammation is not a good thing at all. It’s something that shouldn’t happen for a long period of time. It’s something that should only happen when needed. You never want to artificially stimulate inflammation when you don’t have to.
- Your immune system consists of many different parts of your body. Your external barriers: saliva, tears, skin, and processes such as sneezing and coughing. When you get sick, and catch a cold, our immune system responds by increasing production of these Reponses. It’s not the cold that is giving you the sneeze and runny nose. It’s your immune system. Boosting your immune system means walking around with these symptoms all the time.
The Autoimmune disease Treatment I want to Search For
Ultimately, I wanted to handle severe Crohn’s disease by trying to boost my son’s immune system. That was the worst thing I could have ever done.
It caused havoc because Crohn’s disease is an overactive autoimmune disease, which means that his immune system is already “boosted”.
After a few failed experiments, I have realized that we need to focus on not just suppressing his immune system, but bring a balance to it , as well as focus healing the gut.
I used to focus solely on inflammation treatment. But I’m not sure that should be our goal. I think our goal should be to find the right autoimmune disease treatment so that we can calm down his immune system.
I want to mimic Remicade and how it suppresses the system so that the inflammation ceases in a more natural way. In my mind, there must be an herbal combination that works as an immunosuppressant.
And if there isn’t then I want to make one. So I plan to research immunosuppressant herbs that work to balance the immune system.
We will research all Western immunoosuppressant drugs and find herbs that closely compare to them.
The safest ones will be the ones that we try. Our main goal is to supress our sons immune system to the point of harmony. As I research herbs that I find I will share my findings with the Crohn’s community.
Don’t hesitate to leave your comments, share your experiences, and add your advice whenever you feel the need.