I'm sorry, but I must disagree with you. I will try to ignore the condescending tone of your latest post, which is difficult, since I was quite offended when I first read it. It seems to imply that I'm not able to question things, that I accept anything that's told me....nothing could be farther from the truth!
What you don't
know is that two of my father's sisters died of lupus and they also had Hashimoto's thyroiditis as does one of my daughters, another of my daughters has lupus, my father had RA, my grandchildren have celiac disease, my niece has Graves disease.....in short, my family has a GENETIC PREDISPOSITION to developing autoimmune diseases. My aunts lived in Texas. I only saw them once in my whole life. I have only seen my niece a few times. I am 120% certain that not all of them have/had Lyme disease!
I've had celiac disease, psoriasis, and Hashimoto's thyroiditis (all autoimmune diseases) since childhood. I have only had Lyme disease for 6 or 7 years. Yes, it probably triggered my lupus, RA, autoimmune hepatitis, and fibromyalgia. But it is NOT responsible for the celiac disease, psoriasis, or Hashimoto's.
Celiac disease is a reaction to the protein found in wheat, barley or rye: gluten. This is an UNNATURAL addition to our diet in that we have only been consuming these grains for approximately 10,000 years. Prior to the development of agriculture humans did not eat wheat, barley or rye. So the cause for the AI disease called celiac sprue is the addition of gluten to the human diet. Period. End of story.
There is a wonderful doctor who is pursuing the causes of various autoimmune diseases (Dr. Fasano) and he has discovered that celiac disease can "
open the door" for other AI diseases to develop via the cytokine zonulin...it causes so-called "leaky gut" syndrome. Please see the following very informative link: www.umm.edu/news/releases/zonulin.htm
It would be so wonderful if the lupus, RA, etc. go away when my Lyme disease is under control.....but I seriously doubt that this will happen. Because lupus, RA, etc are REAL DISEASES in their own right, and they exist with or without Lyme disease to help them along. Unfortunately. I know Lymies who developed AI diseases that did NOT go away when the Lyme disease did.
As to Hansa, I am still very interested in Dr. J's protocols, but when I look into the various treatments, it's very difficult for me to accept all of them because I am a scientist at a major
research institute. All of my degrees, including my Ph.D., are in physics. And so many of Dr. J's protocols sound extremely unscientific. They scare me.
In any case, even the moderators on this forum will tell you that it is possible to have an autoimmune disease WITHOUT having Lyme. So it is also possible to have BOTH an autoimmune disease (or autoimmune diseases) AND Lyme.
I respectfully suggest that you may need to humble yourself (just a little around the edges), too.
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