Matt Light has Crohn's Disease

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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohns' Disease : How do I reply to this ignorant idiot?  I have Crohn's Disease (krohns, really?).  It IS a disease.  Fortuantely, I had surgery several years ago and am in remission .  It is never really "cured".  It can be quite debilitating and can kill you.  I suggest that you do some actual research before spouting your ignorance.
    Posted by ChrisBarb

    and just because you have it makes you an authority now? Everyone is different and is affected differently. The only point you are making is actually how ignorant you actually are by appointing yourself Mr. Right.
    Until you actually have become a doctor or research specialist keep YOUR ignorant statements to yourself. It seems you are afflicted by more than just 1 problem.

     
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : Show me where you congratulated Light. Show me where I said you criticized Light. Put up or shut up. You lie more than a dog.  Is that why you chose that handle? If you can't see the comparison to a player that never showed he had a disease he had since college and a player that oft milked injuries to show the world how tough he was, well, that's your problem. If you can't see that the Pats have a number of such players and covert that trait, well, that's also your problem. Pats fans know the truth and you obviously have NO idea what that means.  Spin that!
    Posted by pezz4pats


    This is getting silly.  Laughing 

    I was simply calling you out for claiming others weren't tough while your pats were.  How do you know Favre milked injuries?  All I know is he continued to play games. 

    I am glad the pats covet toughness.  I expect nothing less.  I am sure other teams covet toughness, too.  I don't think the pats have cornered the market on that, but your comments almost suggest that they do.  I'll give you credit Pezz.  You are about as blind a pats fan as there is.  Eliminates your ability to be objective, but you are a fan. 
     
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    My doggie has a condition similar to this, by which he always has gas.  
    Posted by Stommpper


    Apparently this was supposed to be funny? 
     
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    Interesting, a debate about whether Chron's is a real disease. I'll bet I could get an argument if I started a thread saying water is wet. Weird place at Boston.com.
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : This is getting silly.    I was simply calling you out for claiming others weren't tough while your pats were.  How do you know Favre milked injuries?  All I know is he continued to play games.  I am glad the pats covet toughness.  I expect nothing less.  I am sure other teams covet toughness, too.  I don't think the pats have cornered the market on that, but your comments almost suggest that they do.  I'll give you credit Pezz.  You are about as blind a pats fan as there is.  Eliminates your ability to be objective, but you are a fan. 
    Posted by UD6


    umm, cuz I witnessed favre get helped off the field, all bent over while holding a towel with a dot of blood on it.  The next thing you know, it's actually reported on every news outlet that he actually had to get a few stitches. 
    Poor, poor baby!!!!
    That is the difference.
    One guy with a booboo and sensationalistic to the point of nausea.
    Another guy with a life threatening disease, that never mutters a word about it.
    He had no desire to get sympathy or recognition for his affliction.
    Mankins playing with a torn acl, Brady with broken ribs and fingers, Spikes with his knee,  Cannon with NHL... Never a mention, never an excuse.
    That is the Patriot way. 
    I'm sure there are other players that are tough on other teams but when there are, you sure hear about it.  They made a movie about Michael Orr. (good story, buttt...) 
    Accept that or not, I don't give a sh1t.
    Now quit spinning and put up or shut up.  Seriously.
    Did you watch the war room video?  That's typical.
     
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    Interesting, a debate about whether Chron's is a real disease. I'll bet I could get an argument if I started a thread saying water is wet. Weird place at Boston.com.
    Posted by shenanigan


    Depends if the water is liquid or frozen.  Undecided
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohns' Disease : and just because you have it makes you an authority now? Everyone is different and is affected differently. The only point you are making is actually how ignorant you actually are by appointing yourself Mr. Right. Until you actually have become a doctor or research specialist keep YOUR ignorant statements to yourself. It seems you are afflicted by more than just 1 problem.  
    Posted by Stommpper

    I guess you told me, tough guy.  Why don't you get off the computer and go back to your room in your parent's basement?  Wow.
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : This is getting silly.    I was simply calling you out for claiming others weren't tough while your pats were.  How do you know Favre milked injuries?  All I know is he continued to play games.  I am glad the pats covet toughness.  I expect nothing less.  I am sure other teams covet toughness, too.  I don't think the pats have cornered the market on that, but your comments almost suggest that they do.  I'll give you credit Pezz.  You are about as blind a pats fan as there is.  Eliminates your ability to be objective, but you are a fan. 
    Posted by UD6


    Considering NE puts an onus on character, coachability, teamwork, selflessness, versatility, and yes, toughness when bringing people in, yeah, I'd say they sort of do have the market cornered on stuff like that. They intentionally put a very high priority on the person over the measurables.

    Obviously, there are other teams that value these things too, but I am not sure any one team does it better than NE.    We had a college QB turned slot WR, punt returning player in a dime and nickel role last year. So, yeah, I'd say toughness is something NE looks for in players.

    Light's disease is a prime example of that again.

    The only thing I've seen Pezz off with is his inability to put any responsibility into Brady's hands as the QB of this team, especially in the postseason.  But, he nailed the media's lack of coverage of this Light story very well and the idea that NE is known for looking for that lunch pail type player.

    Look at all the teams that feature selfish turds or wimpy players.   They're all over the place.

    Call it what you want, be jealous, etc, but there are some players who ain't Pats material.

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : Show me where you congratulated Light. Show me where I said you criticized Light. Put up or shut up. You lie more than a dog.  Is that why you chose that handle? If you can't see the comparison to a player that never showed he had a disease he had since college and a player that oft milked injuries to show the world how tough he was, well, that's your problem. If you can't see that the Pats have a number of such players and covert that trait, well, that's also your problem. Pats fans know the truth and you obviously have NO idea what that means.  Spin that!
    Posted by pezz4pats


    That's a typical troll problem. Passive-aggressive disorder.  They also lie and make things up continually in order to keep that negative attention alive.

    Passive-aggressive disorder.

    Underpants, JintsFan and Mangione all show these traits within that disorder.
     
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : first of all i know people who have cured it with diet.  because you dont know about it doesnt mean it isnt true. to the rest of you are arguing that the world is flat beacasue that is what is widely believed and what drs tell you (and or wikipedia) betcha dont think cancer, multiple sclerosis, oor diabetes can be cured by diet either... if your mind is open and especially if you know someone with one of these issues, i suggest you may look and find differently.
    Posted by bredbru[/QUOTE

    I have created an elixir that will bring sight to the blind, mobility to the paralyzed and rebirth to the departed. Its a mix of ground unicorn horn and boiled leprechaun eyelash.

    The power of positive thinking and the mind in general is amazing and diet is a key to a whole host of preventions and even cures but....

    Come on bro extremism is so unflattering.

     
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    Interesting, a debate about whether Chron's is a real disease. I'll bet I could get an argument if I started a thread saying water is wet. Weird place at Boston.com.
    Posted by shenanigan


    Room 12A . . . 

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohns' Disease : I guess you told me, tough guy.  Why don't you get off the computer and go back to your room in your parent's basement?  Wow.
    Posted by ChrisBarb

    Well, now dont you feel better?

    See, your diet has you not only sick but confused as well. Once you correct this problem you can become rational and have a meaningful conversation.

    Remember you are what you eat!

     

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohns' Disease : That is so not true, my sister has it and it is not something with diet you make it go away.  It might go into remission but it is always there.  It is a very nasty disease, she has gotten over a foot of her intestine removed already. I can't believe how quiet this was kept with Light.  Crohn's never goes away, it can be controlled but doesn't go away.
    Posted by Pats7393


    my friend pats, sorry about yoru sister.
     you dont know, theres nothing wrong with that.
    yea it is a nasty condition, can be life threatening. no its not something you always have to live with. i see you dont want to hear that.
    its hard when everyone believes one thing i know.
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : You don't think us with family members who has it wouldn't go out and research and learn everything we can about it? Your statements are completely based on your opinion not fact.  The latest drug for Chron's its a life long drug.  Once you get on it you can never get off it.  It doesn't cure it, it controls it.  It can be controlled by diet but again it is not a curable disease.
    Posted by Pats7393

    pats
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    "Your statements are completely based on your opinion not fact."

    you are making incorrect assumptions. it is a fact. no opion, fact.
     i have worked with those helping others heal it. i know people who used to have it.
    drugs dont "cure", they hide or mitigate sypmtoms and have unwanted and unkown effects on any particualar body.. you dont "cure" conditions  with drugs.

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : Leading with your chin is never a good idea. #1 - My daughter is a physician and has some sense of these things. #2 - You are addressing someone who was misdiagnosed with Crohns for a number of years.  Although not a death sentence, it was eye opening and sobering to a degree you cannot possibly imagine.  Along with my daughter, I researched this through every authoritative source available.  It is a disease; it is not curable; it is treatable.  Fortunately for me, my condition was properly diagnosed and corrected with surgery.  I was in the hospital for six weeks and wore a pouch for five of them.  On my ward were several Crohns patients.  My hat is off to them in a manner that no one who hasn't been there could possibly understand. In the future, I respectfully suggest you refrain from presuming you know more than those who actually are familiar with the matter.
    Posted by ATJ



    you can give your opinon, medical opinion, or any other.
    anytime you actually are seriously open minded and express a curiosity , you might learn something.

    i take it this kind of thing, medicine, serious health issues, and holistic treatment is not your area of study.

    if it were you would know that logistically treating and actually "curing" serious diseases like cancer etc is known by parts of the medical establishement but denied, suppressed and those who facilitate the healing are persecuted, and prosecuted. drs know what they are taught and told and largely shut off to anything else, even if it works, if it is not "explicitly western medicine".

       we are not far from the day western medicine was established, several hundred years ago, when the state made every other form of holistic healing (most of which had been around for thousands of years), punishable by prison or death.

    i excuse your apparently emotional and attacking post because of your pain re family members. 

    there is no need to attack anyone because of information that we (nor your family dr) dont know.
     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : first of all i know people who have cured it with diet.  because you dont know about it doesnt mean it isnt true. to the rest of you are arguing that the world is flat beacasue that is what is widely believed and what drs tell you (and or wikipedia) betcha dont think cancer, multiple sclerosis, oor diabetes can be cured by diet either... if your mind is open and especially if you know someone with one of these issues, i suggest you may look and find differently. Posted by bredbru[/QUOTE I have created an elixir that will bring sight to the blind, mobility to the paralyzed and rebirth to the departed. Its a mix of ground unicorn horn and boiled leprechaun eyelash. The power of positive thinking and the mind in general is amazing and diet is a key to a whole host of preventions and even cures but.... Come on bro extremism is so unflattering.
    Posted by Gravelten4

    ignorance is one thing, but the need to attack what is not the accepted doctrine is taught. it's why non heterosexual people are murdered, why 10's of millions (if not hundreds) of mostly women were burned alive as witches, why there are holy wars, why anyone who doesnt look or act or speak what and how they are expected to by "the controllers of a culture" are attacked by their peers. the public is trained to be the police and attack what is not the doctrine.

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    "I have created an elixir that will bring sight to the blind, mobility to the paralyzed and rebirth to the departed. Its a mix of ground unicorn horn and boiled leprechaun eyelash"

    for your education, while i know about about these processes, i do not spend my life proefessionally helping others with them (as you state above). knowledge is a good thing. sometimes someone is opnminded enough to use information that is available.

    peace and be well

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : you can give your opinon, medical opinion, or any other. anytime you actually are seriously open minded and express a curiosity , you might learn something. i take it this kind of thing, medicine, serious health issues, and holistic treatment is not your area of study. if it were you would know that logistically treating and actually "curing" serious diseases like cancer etc is known by parts of the medical establishement but denied, suppressed and those who facilitate the healing are persecuted, and prosecuted. drs know what they are taught and told and largely shut off to anything else, even if it works, if it is not "explicitly western medicine".    we are not far from the day western medicine was established, several hundred years ago, when the state made every other form of holistic healing (most of which had been around for thousands of years), punishable by prison or death. i excuse your apparently emotional and attacking post because of your pain re family members.  there is no need to attack anyone because of information that we (nor your family dr) dont know.
    Posted by bredbru


    I'm not attacking you; I'm dismissing out of hand that what you had to say.  You may very well be a great guy with a brilliant intellect but what you actually know and what you think you know are two decidedly different matters.

    Holistic medicine is legitimate - in it's place.  But perpetuating the myth that it can actually 'cure' conditions that it cannot is not merely wrongheaded, it's dangerous.
     
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    oddly, but not oddly, no one, even those who have said they have crohns have asked me what i know, or what i can point tehm too. those who insistend the world was flat, even those who had not studied it, didnt open-mindedly and open heartedly ask, "what can you share with me, i'm curious to lsiten."

    i have many resources in re to the subject at hand and many other human conditions and how theyve been remedied by so many people.

    i'm going to list only one here because despite the attacks, even one of you may open a little and find something that is life changing and maybe even lifesaving for you or another.

    this is a brief audio ( a few minutes) by dr brian clement. i choose this because those who have attacked would only consider a dr a legitmate source on health (far from the truth). this is not the definitive place, as the information is widely known and either disseminated by many and or direct treatment given by many different health facilitators (some of whom are even drs).

    ann wigmore is one of the top 5-15 or so of note (health facilitators of people with any partiucular condition) in the western world over the last 50 years. she spent much of her life helping those drs told to go home and prepare to die, assisting them back to complete health. i have met many who suffered with what drs (and most) call cancer and a couple handfull of people who had full blown aids who have a body in complete balance, ie "so called disease" free. 


    he eludes to, so called, incurable crohns disease.



    there are facilitators who work healing solely those with crohns (and have successfully eliminated crohns for hundreds if not thousands) and it's related conditions.

    if you find this helpful, please say so in this thread (it may help others open their minds and heart).

     if you would like more information on healing crohn's or other "diseases", feel free to sincerely ask, messaging me privately. (i will send you to the information or sources and or providers, not treat you (even if i have the informatin myself), as i am not a dr.

    again peace

    brd/bred

     
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    In Response to Re: Matt Light has Crohn's Disease : I'm not attacking you; I'm dismissing out of hand that what you had to say.  You may very well be a great guy with a brilliant intellect but what you actually know and what you think you know are two decidedly different matters. Holistic medicine is legitimate - in it's place.  But perpetuating the myth that it can actually 'cure' conditions that it cannot is not merely wrongheaded, it's dangerous.
    Posted by ATJ



    that the earth is round was dangerous. people were killed for it.

    i appreciate your sincerity, (even if this area you are warning me about is an area i am more informed about).

    please read below my friend. this is only one of many sources. however the proof is not in what people/drs say, its in the results. i can assure you the people who have full health back (without side effects that later casue further problems) is the only thing in this case that matters.
       i see you are intelligent (even if not so openminded to the idea that someone may know more than drs about health) so please read on below. 
    and be well.


     
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    Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is a formally trained Russian neurologist whose child developed autism.

    As a result of her own research into autism, she ended up developing what might be one of the most profoundly important treatment strategies not just for autism, but for a wide range of neurological-, psychological-, and autoimmune disorders as well.

    I believe her Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and Gut and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional program is vitally important for MOST people, as the majority of people have such poor gut health due to poor diet and toxic exposures. We’ve previously discussed how the GAPS program can help those with autism and other neurological- and psychiatric disorders, such as:

    • Dyslexia and dyspraxia
    • Depression
    • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
    • Bipolar disorder
    • Epilepsy

    What is Gut and Physiology Syndrome?

    In this interview, we discuss how your gut affects your immune system, as there’s profound dynamic interaction between them. Dr. McBride covers the problems related to Gut and Psychology Syndrome in her first book by the same name. Her next book will cover Gut and Physiology Syndrome, which relates to diseases that are not located in the nervous system but rather elsewhere in your body, such as:

    • Arthritis
    • Asthma and allergies
    • Skin problems
    • Kidney problems
    • Digestive issues, and
    • Autoimmune disorders

    Abnormalities in your immune system are a common outcome of GAPS, and such immune abnormalities are at the root of virtually all degenerative diseases.

    “Why is that? It’s because about 85 percent of our immune system is located in the gut wall,” she says.  “This fact has been established by basic physiology research in the 1930s and the 1940s. Your gut, your digestive wall, is the biggest and the most important immune organ in your body. There is a very tight conversation and a relationship going on between the gut flora that lives inside your digestive system, and your immune system...

    Your gut flora—the state of the gut flora and the composition of microbes in your gut flora—has a profound effect on what forms of immune cells you will be producing on any given day, what they’re going to be doing, and how balanced your immune system is.”

    How Your Gut Flora Directs Your Immune System

    There are two primary “arms” in your immune system:

    1. Th1 immunity is responsible for normal reactions to anything in your environment, from pollen to animal dandruff, dust mites, chemicals, food and anything else you come into contact with. Th1 is kept robust and healthy by your gut flora. As long as your gut flora is normal, you will have no adverse symptoms when exposed to these types of environmental influences, but if your gut flora is abnormal, your Th1 become increasingly disabled
    2. Th2 immunity is designed to address immune functions inside your body, and is not equipped to handle environmental influences. However, it will try to compensate if your Th1 becomes disabled. Unfortunately, since it’s not properly equipped for this job, it ends up dealing with environmental influences like pollen and foods in an inappropriate way; the end result of which is allergies and intolerances.

    It’s important to realize that food allergies and intolerances are a very different group of allergies from the more acute anaphylactic allergies. Food intolerances caused by disabled Th1 (due to abnormal gut flora) are not mediated by the same immunoglobulin as the true allergies are. Food intolerances can also manifest hours, days, or even weeks later, making identifying food allergies very difficult.

     “Different reactions can also overlap on top of each other. For example, on any given day you can be reacting to broccoli that you have just had for lunch, and to lamb that you’ve eaten yesterday, and to egg that you’ve eaten two days ago, and to a piece of bread that you’ve eaten 10 days ago. All of these reactions overlap on top of each other. On any given day, you have no idea what exactly you’re reacting to,” Dr. McBride explains.

    Making matters even more difficult, these food allergies and intolerances can result in all sorts of reactions, from headache, to sneezing, to rashes, or abdominal pains or swollen joints. Or they may result in psoriasis, or cause eczema to flare up.

    “Or, it can be an episode of depression, anxiety, or a panic attack. Any kind of symptom can be brought up by food allergies and intolerances,” Dr. McBride says.

    At the same time, because your gut flora is abnormal, your gut lining begins to deteriorate, since it is actively maintained by our gut flora. (The beneficial bacteria in your gut make sure the cells that line your entire digestive tract are healthy, well-fed, and protected from chemical- or microbial attacks.) As your gut lining deteriorates, the junctions between the cells open up, causing your gut to become porous, or “leaky.”

    “It becomes like a sieve, and foods don’t get the chance to be digested properly before they are absorbed,” Dr. McBride explains.

    “They’re absorbed in this maldigested or partially broken down form. When the immune system and the bloodstream finds them and looks at them, it doesn’t recognize them as food. It says, “You’re not food. I don’t recognize you,” and it reacts to them. It creates immune complexes, which attack these partially digested proteins. As a result, we’ll get all sorts of symptoms in your body.”

    So what’s the answer?  

    The key to resolving your health issues is NOT to determine which foods you’re reacting to in order to avoid them. Rather you need to focus on healing your gut lining, because this is the most likely root of your problem. This will also be your most cost-effective strategy, as allergy testing can be quite expensive.

    “There are many testing methods developed now for food allergies and intolerances,” Dr. McBride says. “... [But] if you had enough money to test twice a day for two weeks in a row, you would discover that you react to everything you eat... The majority of practitioners who are experienced in this area give up on testing... They recommend focusing on healing and sealing your gut lining instead. Then these food allergies and intolerances will disappear, and you will be able to eventually start eating foods that you could not tolerate before.”

    GAPS and Autoimmune Disease

    Autoimmune disorders are a very common side effect of GAPS. Conventional medicine has identified about 200 different autoimmune conditions so far, and the list is continually growing.

    “The testing in autoimmunity is fairly expensive, so not many people get tested,” Dr. McBride says. “But the more we test, the more we realize that pretty much every degenerative condition has got an autoimmune component. Why is that? Because 85 percent of your immune system is located in your digestive wall, in your gut wall, and the state of your gut flora has a direct and very profound effect on the way your immune system functions.

    ... Your immune system is a very hungry organ. It needs to be continuously fed... People with abnormal gut flora – GAPS people – do not digest and absorb their food properly, so they develop multiple nutritional deficiencies; their immune system is starving... At the same time, a river of toxicity is flowing from the gut into the bloodstream of these people, because all those pathogenic microbes sitting in their gut flora are converting the food that comes along into hundreds and hundreds of very toxic substances.

    The immune system gets quite a lot of this toxicity, so... we have a poor immune system—it is malnourished; it is intoxicated; it is unbalanced, and, at the same time, it is challenged with a huge amount of work to do. Of course, it cannot function properly. Of course, it cannot react appropriately to various things. Autoimmunity is the result of that.”

    Abnormal flora in your digestive tract can easily lead to overgrowth of:

    • Pathogenic bacteria
    • Pathogenic viruses
    • Fungi
    • Worms
    • Protozoa

    Once your gut lining begins to deteriorate, these disease-causing agents can be easily absorbed into your bloodstream and circulated throughout your body. Some of them have affinities for certain proteins, and will attach themselves to them. When that happens, it changes the three-dimensional shape of that protein molecule. When your immune system comes across this foreign-looking protein, it will attack it and begin producing antibodies against it.

    “This mechanism is particularly at work in multiple sclerosis in patients. We have researched that quite a lot,” Dr. McBride says.

    Mercury, lead, aluminum, other toxic metals and organic molecules that contain this toxic metal have a particular propensity for getting stored in high-fat tissues such as your brain and the rest of your nervous system, particularly the myelin sheath on your nerves... These toxic metals target your brain and your nerves. But when they get accumulated in those high-fat tissues, these toxins attach themselves to proteins in your myelin, in the white matter of your brain, and other parts of your nervous system. Once they’ve accumulated, once they’ve attached themselves to those proteins, they change their three-dimensional structure. Then the immune system develops an antibody against your protein and your myelin.

    That is the number one antibody, which is at work in multiple sclerosis. It is called a myelin-specific protein antibody. It’s an antibody which attacks proteins in your myelin... What the immune system is trying to do is it’s trying to clear out mercury, lead, and other toxic metals out of the nervous system, which got stored in there. Where do they come from? 99.9 percent of anything toxic in your body comes out in the digestive system.”

    GAPS and Multiple Sclerosis

    Interestingly, when your body is unable to clear a particular toxin on its own, it will invite and employ microbes from the environment to help clear these toxins.

    “The microbes in the environment are not our enemies at all. They’re actually our allies. They’re our helpers. Your body employs them when it needs them,” Dr. McBride explains.

    “If you have accumulated certain amount of mercury in your brain and in your nerves... your body might employ a virus... If you got a cold, that virus (many viruses target your nervous system) will go directly to those toxic patches in your brain and your nervous system and attack them. It will start gobbling it up... Of course, your immune system then joins in, trying to attack the virus. It joins in with inflammation, and you [begin to experience] symptoms of multiple sclerosis. You will get tingling. You will get numbness in your face or in your extremities. You might start wetting your bed, or you might get peripheral loss of vision for a while... That’s one of the first symptoms in multiple sclerosis.

    in this situation, if you would just feed your immune system properly and leave the work for the immune system to complete, then these symptoms would last for a month or two, and then they would disappear, because... the virus will gobble up the [toxins] and your immune system will clear out the virus. Your nerves will recover naturally.”

    Unfortunately, this is not what happens nowadays. Typically, as soon as people get tingling, numbness, and other symptoms, they rush to the doctor, who will immediately put them on some form of medication, which will typically have a dampening effect on the immune system. As a result, the viruses spread and become even more established, and the disease becomes chronic and permanent.

    You have Natural Antibodies Against Virtually All Autoimmune Diseases...

    “What people have to understand is that we all – 100 percent of humans – have in our bodies antibodies to deal with multiple sclerosis, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, or any other autoimmune condition,” Dr. McBride says.

    It all begins in utero.  As soon as the baby’s thymus develops, the proteins floating about in the bloodstream, which is shared between the mother and the baby, begin to educate the baby’s immune system, and allocate a particular responder cell to every protein encountered. Autoimmune conditions develop when your immune system attacks particular tissues or proteins in your body because they’ve been contaminated by toxins or some other environmental influence. And remember, this imbalance, this toxic influence, originates from your digestive system or gut wall.

    “Autoimmunity is born in the gut. That’s where it comes from – your gut wall,” Dr. McBride says. “That happens because your gut flora is abnormal. In order to heal any autoimmune condition – whether it’s multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, lupus, alopecia, psoriasis, or anything else that has got an autoimmune component – you have to focus on healing and sealing your gut lining with the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. And you have to focus on... normalizing your gut flora. You have to drive out the pathogens from the gut flora and replace them with the beneficial flora. Then a lot of healing will happen...’

    Unfortunately, conventional medicine is largely ignorant about this research, and does not view autoimmune disorders as digestive disorders, which Dr. McBride is convinced is the case.

    The Importance of Fermented Foods

    Did you know the number of bacteria in your body outnumber your cells by about 10 to 1? These bacteria in turn are comprised of both beneficial ones and harmful ones. The ideal balance is about 85 percent good bacteria and 15 percent bad. Maintaining this ideal ratio is what it’s all about when we’re talking about the importance of probiotics. It’s important to understand though that probiotics are not a new concept. The only thing that’s new is that you can take them in pill form. But historically, mankind has consumed large amounts of probiotics in the form of fermented and cultured foods, which were invented long before the advent of refrigeration and other forms of food preservation.

    “Every traditional culture, when you look at their traditional diet, they ferment their foods. They fermented everything. You can ferment dairy, grains, beans, vegetables, fruits, meats, and fish. Everything can be fermented, and there were fermented beverages in every culture. When the cabbages were ripe in September, you made it a fermented cabbage. Perhaps for a month or two, you were eating fresh cabbage, but then for the rest of the year, 10 months of the year, you ate your cabbage in a fermented form. Quite a large percent of all the foods that people consume on a daily basis were fermented. And with every mouthful of these fermented foods you consume trillions of beneficial bacteria…”

    Fermented foods not only give you a wider variety of beneficial bacteria, they also give you far more of them, so it’s a much more cost effective alternative. Here’s a case in point: It’s unusual to find a probiotic supplement containing more than 10 billion colony-forming units. But when my team actually tested fermented vegetables produced by probiotic starter cultures, they had 10 trillion colony-forming units of bacteria. Literally, one serving of vegetables was equal to an entire bottle of a high potency probiotic! So clearly, you’re far better off using fermented foods.

    How the Fermentation Process Works

    “Mother Nature is extremely wise and extremely kind. It populated all organic fruit and vegetables, the dust on our soils, and all plant matter with Lactobacilli. The fresh cabbage leaves, if it’s organically grown (not the one from chemical farming), will be covered in Lactobacilli—lacto-fermenting bacteria. You don’t need to add anything. You just chop it up. Add some salt in the initial stages. (The salt is added in the initial stage in order to stop putrefactive bacteria from multiplying.) Then as the Lactobacillus stop working and start multiplying, they produce lactic acid. That’s why they’re called Lactobacillus. That’s just lactic acid.

    If you look at the research in lactic acid, it is one of the most powerful antiseptics. It kills off lots and lots of bacteria.... So as the lactic acid starts producing, it will kill off all those putrefactive and pathogenic microbes and preserve the food. It’s a great preservative... A good batch of sauerkraut can keep for five to six years without spoiling or rotting, as long as it is covered by its own juice.”

    For instructions on how to ferment your own vegetables, which is easier than you might think to do at home, please listen to my previous interview with Caroline Barringer:

     

     

    This anaerobic process (fermentation) does more than just preserve the food, however. It also makes the nutrients inside the food more bioavailable. For example, according to Dr. McBride, the amount of bioavailable vitamin C in sauerkraut is 20 times higher than in the same helping of fresh cabbage!

    “This is because in the fresh cabbage, vitamin C is bound in the cellulose structure and various other molecules, and our digestive system is just not able to cleave it off and absorb it. Lots of it goes undigested and come out right out of you. So despite the fact that cabbage may be very rich in vitamin C, a lot of it you will not be able to absorb. But if you fermented that cabbage and made sauerkraut, all the vitamin C becomes bioavailable,” she explains.

    How to Reduce Chances of “Healing Crisis”

    There is one precaution that needs to be discussed here, and that is the potential for a so-called healing crisis, or what Dr. McBride refers to as a die-off reaction, provoked by the massive die-off of pathogenic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and other harmful pathogens by the reintroduction of massive quantities of probiotics. It can significantly worsen whatever health problem you’re experiencing, before you get better.

    The reason for this is because when the probiotics kill off the pathogens, those pathogenic microbes release toxins. These toxins are what’s causing your problem to begin with; be it depression, panic attacks, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, or any other symptom. When a large amount of toxin is suddenly released, your symptoms will also suddenly increase.

    “If you’ve never had fermented foods in your life, you need to start very carefully and very gradually,” Dr. McBride warns.

    She recommends starting off with just ONE TEASPOON of fermented vegetable, such as sauerkraut, with ONE of your meals, and then wait for a couple of days to see how you react. If it’s manageable, you can have another helping, and gradually increase your portion.

    “But if the die off is too much, then you need to stop. Let the die off subside, and then have a tiny amount of sauerkraut, or even just a teaspoon of juice from it first; not the cabbage itself. Then two teaspoons per day and so on, until enough die off happens in your body, and your gut flora has changed enough for you to be ready for having the cabbage itself.”

    It’s important to realize that besides containing massive amounts of beneficial bacteria, fermented foods also contain many active enzymes, which act as extremely potent detoxifiers.

    “Healing goes through two steps forward, one step back, two steps forward, and one step back,” Dr. McBride says. “But you will find that the next layer is smaller. The die off and the detox will not last as long as the previous one... We live in a toxic world, and many of us have accumulated layers and layers of toxicity in our bodies. The body will clean them out, but you will find that each layer will last shorter and not be as severe... Eventually, you will come to complete, radiant health. You will feel 100 percent healthy, no matter how ill you were before.”

    More Information

    You can find more information on Dr. McBride’s website: www.GAPS.me, and on her blog at www.doctor-natasha.com. She recently came back from Australia and New Zealand, where she trained 40 health practitioners to become certified GAPS practitioners. All GAPS practitioners are listed by country on her website.

    If you're a doctor, nutritionist, dietician, osteopath, homeopath or other health practitioner and you'reinterested in becoming a certified GAPS practitioner, please see this link for more information.

     

     
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