"Beat autoimmune. The 6 keys to reverse your condition and reclaim your health" - book notes, part 3

Clear infections (p. 109)

Many experts believe that if you have an autoimmune condition, you almost certainly have an infection, too.

Infections and autoimmune conditions (p. 112)

  • active: an infection is currently producing symptoms; for example, whel cold sores are present, the herpesvirus 1 is active
  • acute: short duration, lasting several days to a few weeks, like a cold or flu, which comes on fast, spreads quickly, and then clears completely
  • chronic or persistent: long duration, lasting weeks or months
  • stealth / hidden: many microbes, especially bacteria, have various strategies to evade attack by the immune system and protect themselves from antibiotic treatment. Mycoplasma, Chlamydia pneumeniae, and Lime Borrelia burgdorferi hide in cells, deep tissues, and organs, and behind thick mucus layers they produce called biofilms
  • latent: the infectious organism is hidden, inactive, or dormant, often not causing obvious damage or showing clinical signs of reactivation; for example, for most people, the herpesviruses remain mostly quiet and hidden in a latent or dormant state. In the latent state, the immune system is not stimulated to respond
  • opportunistic: when the immune system is weakened, some latent or new infections emerge or take hold
  • reactivated: a latent virus can shift from a dormant state to an active one, especially during or following stressful periods. Reactivated viruses like EBV can be a heavy load for the imune system

Autoimmune disorders and commonly linked infections (p. 114):

  • Alopecia: Lyme Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme Bb)
  • ALS: Lyme Bb
  • Alzheimer’s: Lyme Bb, Helicobacter pylori (H. Pylori), Chlamidia pneumoniae (Cpn), cytomegalovirus (CMV), human herpesvirus (HHV-1), Porphyromonas gingivalis (P. gingivalis) and other oral infections
  • Ankylosing spondylitis (AS): Klebsiella pneumoniae
  • Atherosclerosis: Cpn, H. pylori, CMV, and periodontal (gum) infections
  • Alopecia areata: EBV, also called HH4 (human herpesvirus 4), H. pylori
  • Celiac disease: adenovirus, enterovirus, Hepatitis C virus (HCV), rotavirus, reovirus
  • Crohn’s disease: Yersinia enterocolitica (Yersinia), Campylobacter (C. jejuni), Escherichia coli (E. coli)
  • Inflammatory bowel deasease (IBD): EBV, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Candida albicans, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Grave’s disease: H. pylori, EBV, Yersinia, HHV-6, HHV-7, parvovirus B19 (B19), Enterobacter, Campylobacter jejuni (C. jejuni)
  • Gaillain-Barre syndrome: EBV, CMV, C. jejuni
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis: Yersinia, EBV, HHV-6, H. pylori, B19, SIBO, HCV, Lyme Bb, Blastocystis hominis (protozal parasite), Candida albicans
  • Lupus: Ureaplasma urealyticum (UU), Mycoplasma hominis (M. hominis), EBV, CMV, B19, HCV
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS): Lyme Bb, EBV, HHV-6, rubella, influenza virus, human papillomavirus (HPV), Cpn, measles virus
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia syndrome: Lybe Bb, mycoplasma, HHV-6, EBV, CMV
  • Myasthenia gravis: HCV, HHV-1
  • Myocarditis: CB3, CMV, Cpn
  • Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR): influenza virus, Cpn
  • Psoriasis: Streprococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes), latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA): Lyme Bb, EBV, HCV, E. coli, Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Proteus, B19, mycoplasma infection
  • Sjorgen’s syndrome: EBV
  • Type 1 diabetes mellitus (T1DM): Coxsackievirus B4, CMV, mumps virus, rubella virus
  • Vitiligo: HCV, CMV

Common flu precipitates chronic disease (p. 118)

Oral infection leads to rheumatoid arthritis (p. 121)

Raise your methabolism (p. 129)

  • breath deeply, slowly, and intentionally several times per day
  • use red lights from when the sun goes down until you wake up
  • dip into ketosis periodically. The ketogenic diet, a high-fat (70%), moderate-protein (25%), low-carb (5%) diet helps to lower inflammation, reverse insulin resistance, improve brain function and energy levels, and even detoxify you from heavy metals
  • practice intermittent fasting
  • exercise
  • take cold showers

Unburden your immune system (p. 132)

  • remove processed foods, sugar, starchy carbs
  • add immune-enhancing foods
  • supplement strategically
  • get restorative sleep
  • move more
  • minimize stress

Consider herbal antimicrobials (p. 134)

  • monolaurin. A natural compound found in coconut oil, monolaurin has been shown to have antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal properties
  • oregano extract (origanum vulgare). Oil of Mediterranean oregano has anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antifungal effects
  • olive leaf (olea europeaea). Olive leaf extract has been shown to be effective in animal and in vitro studies against numerous microorganisms, including viruses
  • wormwood (artemisia sbinthium L.). Wormwood, one of the most bitter of all plants, has antiparasitic properties and is frequently used in conjunction with clove and black walnut extract to eliminate intestinal worms, especially pinworms and roundworms
  • berberine. A yellow compound found in several plants including goldenseal (Hydrastis canadensis), Oregon grape root (Berberis aquaifolium), barberry (Berberis vulgaris), Chinese goldthread (Copis chinesis), is antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic, antifungal
  • silver. Hippocrates first described its antimicrobal properties for wound healing in 400 BC. Today silver is used to safely treat infections on its own; or, if antibiotics are used, silver can enhance the effect of antibiotics against gram-negative (often antibiotic-resistant) bacteria called super bugs

Extra steps (p. 136)

  • explore helminth therapy
  • address oral infections
  • consider hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) for chronic lyme disease

Summary (p. 138)

  • stop eating sugar and processed carbs and unburden your immune system
  • take at least three grams of vitamin C (as ascorbic acid) per day in divided doses to strengthen your immune system
  • get your vitamin D levels between 70 and 100 ng/ml, ideally with sun exposure, but also with supplemental D3 and K2 when you don’t get enough sun. Don’t forget to check D levels a few times per year
  • work with an integrative practitioner and get the data on possible infections
  • consider herbal antimicrobial therapy instead of gut-harming antibiotic therapy