What Is An Auto-Immune Disease
When someone has an autoimmune disease their body's immune system, which normally protects them from disease and infection. Is instead working in a overactive, over sensitive way and that the immune system is working against themselves. I believe their are many key factors that exacerbate an autoimmune disease, which will look at. Yet I believe the biggest one is the stressed out , overthinking mind and we will cover this to.
Sadly autoimmune diseases are on the increase.The report from Connect Immune Research, a group of medical research charities, shows that many autoimmune conditions are becoming more common, with some increasing in incidence by as much as 9% each year. Science does not know yet the cause of an autoimmune disease.
How Can We Help At The Ozone Spa?
We may not know the cause scientifically, yet anecdotal evidence shows that if we improve the gut bacteria, improve the nutrition, reduce toxicity , reduce stress that symptoms often improve. At The Ozone Spa we look at 6 possible ways to ease symptoms of an autoimmune, health issues such as IBS, Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Coltis.
Antony Taylor the owner of The Ozone Spa, was diagnosed with ulcertive colitis when he was 14 years old in 1989. Although he has not got a magic remedy for the condition, he does believe there are natural health remedies that can possible make a huge difference, alongside mainstream medical treatment to improve the symptoms considerably. This is the list of the 6 ways we look at improving the quality of life for our clients with an autoimmune health issue.
- Intolerance Testing
- Nutritional Advice
- Gut Reconditioning
- Supplement Advice
- Ozone Steam Sauna
- Gangster Buddha Stuff
One of the services we offer is a medical scientific standard intolerance test. There was a clinical trial, published in GUT, a medical journal, focused on diagnosed sufferers of Irritable Bowel Syndrome. This study was designed and carried out by the University Hospital of South Manchester and 150 outpatients with IBS participated in the trial. The patients took the York Test food-specific IGG antibody test and then undertook an elimination diet based on the results of the test.
Patients were split into two groups at random. The first group received a diet based on their York Test blood test results – eliminating the foods that caused them a problem. The second group received a dummy diet, eliminating foods to which they were not sensitive. The trial followed patients for three months and the severity of symptoms were recorded.
The trial showed that the elimination diet based on the true results was “significantly more effective” and those patients saw a “clinically significant improvement” in their IBS.
To read the full scientific paper, please click here: IBS Clinical Trial
To find out more about our Intolerance Testing please click here
We believe if someone has perfected something, there is no need to duplicate it, and Jini Patel book on The IBD Remission Diet and her book on Listen To Your Gut. We think this is probably the best guidelines on helping people with IBS, Crohn's and Colitis to help them get into remission. This is why we recommend her book, it is a comprehensive guide on healing your gut. This is her website if you would like to learn more about her work please click on her book.
Her video here explains her 8 Key Steps for healing IBD, and tells of her own story of healing Crohn's disease.Simply quite a remarkable Women.
Your Intestine is classed as your second brain. Having a healthy Intestine goes hand in hand with having a healthy microbiome, which means their is a wide spectrum healthy good bacteria coexisting in your intestine.
In a healthy microbiome their are around 500 different species and each of them will do a slightly different job, some will gobble up the bad bacteria, some will help digest and break down carbohydrates for digestion, and some will make beneficial B vitamins, the extent of the microbiome is still being studied by science today. The question that amazes us is how did this immense diversity evolve over time.
YET this is the BIG PROBLEM, although antibiotics have saved countless lives and they are one of medicines most incredible discoveries. Anytime someone takes a course of antibiotics it wipes out the all the beneficial bacteria, the microbiome is decimated.
Now many people think that taking just taking some yogurt after a course of antibiotics solves the problem. The problem is yogurt is just a small amount of different beneficial bacteria's. Off course for many people this maybe the solution.
Yet often we find people with autoimmune disease this is not a solution, and can even make the symptoms even worse. From this place we have found there are two pathways to healing the microbiome in the gut.
The First Pathway
The first pathway to healing the intestine is to add in a broad spectrum microbiome supplement such as Micro-Max, this is the best overall live gut re-conditioner we know off.
To buy this supplement you can get it direct from the Really Healthy Company based in London, they have been making supplements for over 29 years now. If you click the image it will take you straight to their website.
At the CHECKOUT in the shopping basket, if enter "THEOZONESPA" as the "practitioner's reference code" you will get 5% discount.
The Second Pathway
The second pathway to healing the microbiome, is for people whose body is on red alert, that means even if you give them a healthy bacteria, as above for example, their body is rejecting the healthy bacteria, as it sees the healthy bacteria as something harmful, so not only is the body is attacking itself with the auto immune issue, it is attacking beneficial bacteria this could also help, so the immune system is over sensitive.
In this case it is all about starting super slowly by adding one bacteria at a time and building up slowly. The first few bacteria that a baby develops are.
- Lactobacillus acidophilus Rosell-52
- Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell-33
- Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell-71
It is these bacteria we would recommend starting slowly with.You can buy baby bacteria supplements. Such as from OptiBac.
The secret with starting with this stage is start slowly and listen to your gut. Also bear in mind know it takes time to rebuild the microbiome, some naturopaths say 6 months and I've heard from one Doctor it can take up to 2 years. The point is, it takes time,to rebuild your microbiome. Yet the end result are so worth it, as your immunity goes up and your overall well-being goes up.
Putting together a supplement plan needs, allot of consideration. We believe that Jini Patel supplements that she recommended are very well thought though. Yet she would be the first say, as we agree, Listen To Your Gut, this means that even if it is a health supplements, not all supplements suits everyone and the dosage is individual to each person, this is when listening to your body gives you the correct answer.
Anyone over the age of 25 years old with an Auto-immune Disease we would look at whether SAC Therapy could possibly help, we would either look for symptoms of joint pain, or ask if your doctor knew your T-Score Bone Density, or we would offer a mineral test to work out if SAC would be beneficially.
Some of the drugs that help autoimmune disease, do leak valuable calcium supplies from the bones. The problem is standard calcium supplements do very little or cause harm.
Getting the right calcium, magnesium balance is essential for the healing the body. If you would like to learn more about SAC Therapy, here is our SAC Calcium Treatment Page
Oregano Oil/ Olive Leaf extract
These 2 supplements work in the same way in helping kill of the harmful bacteria's, they do also kill of some of the good bacteria's. So it is recommended to take Oregano oil/Olive Leaf extract at a different time of day to taking a probiotic supplement. The Olive Leaf Extract is more gentle than the Oregano oil.
Slippery Elm Tea
Slippery Elm Tea is well know for helping soothe the intestinal lining, when your buying this herb , we recommended you to get slippery elm in its pure form, without anything added to it, such as milk powder. Then you simply add half a teaspoon of Slippery Elm to a cup of boiling water add a bit if rebel coconut milk and some stevia drops to sweeten it. Recommended 1 to 3 cups a days.
Tony has had most of his large intestine removed, his consultant recommended him to take loperamide before each meal to help slow the intestine down, which he does take a small amount,yet he finds taking a 3 teaspoons of Psyllium husk works equally well. Psyllium helps to bring bulk to the stool in most people, yet in some people it can cause the opposite effect.
There is some early evidence that N-acetyl glucosamine taken by mouth or rectally might decrease symptoms of IBD in children with Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.N-acetyl glucosamine might help protect the lining of the stomach and intestines.
L-glutamine can strengthen immune cell activity in the intestine, helping prevent infection and inflammation, as well as soothing the intestinal tissue. Because L-glutamine is used for energy production, it can support the reduction of intestinal spasms.
Astragulus / Ashwagandha
Both these herbs work in very similar ways. What Tony found is that when he had a flare up, his energy levels where very up and down, and when he made a cup of tea with either of these herbs, very quickly he noticed his energy levels balance out.
Omega 3 Oils
The body needs a healthy balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Excess consumption of omega-6's can trigger the body to produce pro-inflammatory chemicals. By taking a fish oil or Udo's oil which is rich in omega 3 can help counterbalance this effect, plus omega 3 oil is anti inflammatory.
Ozone Steam Sauna
Our Ozone Steam sauna , can help the body to clear out toxicity and kill off harmful bacteria and viruses. By having a series of Ozone Steam Saunas it can possibly help strengthen the overall immune system. By combining the ozone steam sauna with the other natural health suggestion on this page, you can start to see how a protocol comes together, combining different aspects of natural health remedies to support the body as much as possible, so the body natural heals.
To find out more about our Ozone Steam Sauna please click here
From Tony's experience with having had ulcertive colitis, he would say that feeling relaxed was one of the most valuable elements to his healing. If you cannot relax the body, you cannot heal. The fight and flight nervous system goes hand in hand with an autoimmune disease.
Yet if you have an autoimmune disease, you may have some daily level of pain, or not sleeping well. So even before you wake up, you could be in a tense stressed state already and the daily vicious cycle begins again.
We are in the process of developing, a series of blogs called Gangster Buddha Stuff , that will show you the best secrets in mindfulness, deep relaxation and meditation and making it all cool and funky.
Here is the first one if you would like a look. Just click on the image to go to the blog post.