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Getting to the root cause of Systemic

Pioneering Lupus Treatment Alternatives

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is an autoimmune disease that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs. SLE is a chronic, inflammatory disorder with autoantibodies which can affect the skin and joints, along with triggering immune complexes in the heart, lungs, kidneys and other organs. Additionally lupus recruits reactive and inflammatory T cells which morph causing additional malfunctions in the systems of the body.

Some people have a genetic predisposition to the disease but no one gene has been identified as the sole carrier of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. There is no single cause for lupus but many environmental triggers such as extreme stress, infections, hormonal changes and even exposure to sunlight that create lupus episodes.

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Barbara, Glendale, Arizona Barbara spent the last 5 years in search of some answers but doctors kept coming up short and nothing to offer but pain medication that could cause blindness. That’s when Barbara knew it was time to seek other options. With the help of Dr. Franco, Barbara finally got an accurate diagnosis after blood tests and a thorough consultation revealed she had Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.

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What is the Treatment for Lupus?


Alternative Lupus Treatment

The focus of SLE treatment at Sunridge Medical is to discover the underlying trigger for Lupus and address the inflammation factor that so negatively affects the patient’s quality of life. Lupus has been called “The Great Imitator,” as it often mimics other illnesses and can be misdiagnosed by conventional doctors. There are many symptoms of Lupus that are found in other autoimmune diseases.
Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin E are having positive effects on oxidative stress markers in SLE. IV Curcumin used in Lupus treatment to aid in decreasing inflammation during SLE episodes, referred to as “flare ups” can prevent Lupus symptoms from becoming more aggravated.
Lupus cases can range from mild to severe and they may be temporary or permanent. The symptoms a patient may experience depend on the particular body systems that are affected, which are often wide ranging.

References on Lupus

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