Yahoo Lifestyle recently published 10 mysterious diseases via LiveScience. In Part I we discussed the first five diseases and how their claims of unidentifiable causes or cures have overlooked years of evidence which establish both. In Part II, we will examine the last five diseases, many which also have causes that may shock you.
6. AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS
What They Say:
Doctors still don't fully understand the immune system... or what happens when it turns on us. Currently, doctors know of at least 80 autoimmune disorders -- including Lupus, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes and celiac disease -- but there are at least 40 or more other illnesses related to the immune system. In these conditions, the body's immune system starts to see muscles, joints, tissues and even organs as enemy invaders. Unfortunately, doctors can't do much except treat the symptoms and help patients identify and avoid potentially life-threatening flare-ups. (For more information, see Autoimmune diseases: a primer.)
What is Known:
Environmental pollution is also a cause for concern to those genetically predisposed to an autoimmune disease. Second-hand smoke, food chemicals or chemicals in the air, jet fuel fumes, UV exposure and other forms of environmental pollution are amongst the triggers considered to provoke the onset of autoimmune diseases. Read Exposure to Hairspray, Lipstick, Pollution, Can Trigger Autoimmune Diseases
Vaccines, all vaccines, are immune suppressing; that is they depress our immune functions. The chemicals in the vaccines depress our immune system; the virus present depresses immune function, and the foreign DNA/RNA from animal tissues depresses immunity. Read Vaccines and Immune Suppression
Wheat Germ Agglutinin (WGA) induces thymus atrophy in rats and may directly bind to, and activate, leukocytes. Anti-WGA antibodies in human sera have been shown to cross-react with other proteins, indicating that they may contribute to autoimmunity. Read How Wheat And Gluten Play
A Critical Role in Human Disease
All systems of the body are dependent upon enzymes. When fluoride changes the enzymes, this can damage the immune system. The distorted enzymes are proteins, but now they have become foreign protein, which we know is the exact cause of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, arthritis, asthma, and arteriosclerosis. How Dangerous Is Fluoride To Your Health?
Some nanoparticles are associated with autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus, scleroderma, and rheumatoid arthritis. Read Unregulated Nano Products Flooding Market, Presenting Dangerous Toxicity Potential
- Vitamin D
- Organic Green Tea
- Reducing Exaggerated Hygienic Habits
- Reducing Fragerances
- Reducing Aspartame consumption
- Diet That Reduces Inflammation
What They Say:
Considered one of the most puzzling of mental disorders, schizophrenia robs an individual of the ability to distinguish between reality and fantasy. Symptoms range from delusions, hallucinations, disorganized speech, lack of motivation or emotions, but the disease still has no defining medical tests. Though we can't cure this disease yet, the Schizophrenia Society of Canada recommends that we should do more to understand it -- and remove the stigma and barriers so patients and families can get the support they need. (Visit the Schizophrenia Society of Canada website for more information.)
What is Known:
Over the past few years, the worldwide media, as well as federal officials in the United Kingdom, Canada and the U.S. have earnestly promoted the notion that smoking pot induces mental illness such as Schizophrenia.
Investigators at the Keele University Medical School in Britain compared trends in marijuana use and incidences of schizophrenia in the United Kingdom from 1996 to 2005. Researchers reported that the "incidence and prevalence of schizophrenia and psychoses were either stable or declining" during this period, even the use of cannabis among the general population was rising.
"[T]he expected rise in diagnoses of schizophrenia and psychoses did not occur over a 10-year period," the authors concluded. "This study does not therefore support the specific causal link between cannabis use and incidence of psychotic disorders. … This concurs with other reports indicating that increases in population cannabis use have not been followed by increases in psychotic incidence."
Researchers at the University of Minnesota note that prenatal viral infection is associated with the development of schizophrenia and autism. These researchers took laboratory mice and exposed them to flu viruses in the womb and found that this produced a gene expression pattern consistent with what is seen in autism. [Schizophrenia Research 2009 Jul; 112(1–3):46–53.]
In 2005 the same researchers showed, for the first time, that prenatal flu virus infection in early pregnancy leads to "alterations in a subset of genes in brains of offspring potentially leading to permanent changes in brain structure and function." [Synapse. 2005 Aug; 57(2):91–9.]
RNA viruses whose replication and transcription takes place in the nucleus. Cédric Feschotte wrote on recent research led by Professor Keizo Tomonaga at Osaka University in Japan. Feschotte said this virally transmitted DNA may be a cause of mutation and psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and mood disorders. Read Does Human DNA Come From a Virus?
From the same study, examine the tremendous difference in brain chemicals (called neurotransmitters) between flu-infected and uninfected laboratory mice. [Schizophrenia Research 2008 Feb; 99(1–3):56–70.]
This science is being inappropriately used to target pregnant women for early flu vaccination.
The Hidden Epidemic explains the history of autism is rooted in childhood schizophrenia, which is what autism was called in an earlier era. There is unequivocal data to show cases of schizophrenia are caused by infection.
- Nutrition and Omega-3
8. CREUTZFELDT-JACOB DISEASE (CJD)
What They Say:
Mad Cow disease, which can be contracted by eating contaminated beef, is a better known version of this rare brain disorder. While it is always fatal and quick-acting, doctors have not been able to understand why the disorder develops or how it can be prevented. CJD is type of prion disease, where a prion (an abnormal bit of protein) causes brain wasting. However, research into these rare conditions may offer wider benefits. Thanks to their potential ties to cancer, investigating prion diseases could offer clues to treating and preventing conditions like melanoma and lymphoma. (See the recent story in the Vancouver Sun for details.)
What is Known:
Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease has been linked to reuse of tools used in brain surgery have deepened the understanding of infection risks and raised the bar for infection control in hospitals. Read Significant Number Of Canadian
Hospitals Are Not Sterilizing Equipment.
Many kinds of nanoparticles enhance the formation of insoluble fibrous protein aggregates (amyloids), which are associated with human diseases including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Creutzfeld-Jacob disease. Read Unregulated Nano Products Flooding Market, Presenting Dangerous Toxicity Potential.
Due to the contamination of the food supply with hormones, antibiotics, slaughterhouse wastes, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and pesticides, there is a greater incidence of food-borne disease (FBD). Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease is one of the diseases induced by FBD. Read Food Safety: From the
U.S. to India, via Canada
In a recent issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, Dr. Robert P. Friedland, a neurologist at University of Louisville in Kentucky and colleagues suggest that farmed fish fed contaminated cow parts could transmit Creutzfeldt Jakob disease. Read Farmed Fish vs. Wild Fish: How Healthy
Is The Fish At Your Favorite Grocery?
No natural effective treatments are known.
9. CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME (CFS)
What They Say:
Chronic Fatigue is a classical MUPS (medically unexplained physical symptoms) disease. A diagnosis is typically based only on the ruling out of other possibilities. While CFS patients complain of debilitating exhaustion, and are often bed-ridden for days at a time, there's more to this disease than just "feeling tired all of the time." Patients experience a variety of symptoms, such as joint pain, headaches, depression, blurry vision and increased allergies or sensitivities. Even worse are the misunderstandings sufferers often face from loved ones and the medical community -- not everyone believes this disease "exists".
What is Known:
Patients with CFS show signs of immunological, neurological and endocrinological abnormalities. Besides profound exhaustion, symptoms include sleep disorders, cognitive problems, muscle and joint pain, sore throat and headaches. 1 in 8 over 85 have chronic fatigue syndrome or
According to the American College of Rheumatology, fibromyalgia affects 3 million to 6 million Americans, 80 percent to 90 percent of whom are women. The condition is most often diagnosed during middle age, but at least one of its symptoms appears earlier in life.
Latest research indicates that fibromyalgia is the result of internal biochemical imbalances that cause physical symptoms such as pain, weakness and mental impairment. Because it is a syndrome -- a collection of signs and symptoms -- rather than a disease, fibromyalgia can't be diagnosed by an invariable set of specific symptoms or reproducible laboratory findings. Read Fibromyalgia: New Insights
Into a Misunderstood Ailment
Some hypotheses suggest that CFS is not caused by a virus at all but by disturbances in the homeostasis of endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) and result in mitochondrial dysfunction and malfunctioning of the ATP cycle.
Research has demonstrated that at low, non-toxic doses, exogenous H2S produces a reversible state of hibernation-like deanimation
in mice, causing a decrease in core body temperature, an apnea-like sleep state, reduced heart and respiration rates, and a severe metabolic drop. These characteristics are not unlike the symptoms and extreme "de-animation" experienced by CFS patients. Moreover, H2S affects biological networks that are disrupted by CFS including neurologic, endocrine and immunologic systems. Therefore, a plausible etiology of CFS is an increase in the activity of endogenous H2S, thereby inhibiting mitochondrial oxygen utilization. Read Researchers Propose To Develop Antivirals and Vaccines For Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Toxic mold disease is "the latest in a series of environmentally related pseudo-illnesses" that include multiple chemical sensitivity, also known as idiopathic environmental intolerance, and chronic fatigue syndrome, which was attributed at one time to infection with Epstein-Barr virus. Read Existence Of Toxic
Mold Syndrome Questioned
Radio wave sickness should be suspected if you have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or fibromyalgia. Read The World's Largest Health Experiment:
What You Don't Know Can Kill You
- Exercise and Behavioral Therapy
- Dark Chocolate
10. MORGELLONS DISEASE
What They Say:
Sufferers of this mysterious illness complain of intensely “creepy-crawly” skin and odd fibrous strands which protrude from open wounds. The skin lesions contain tiny threads or fuzz balls that are black, red or blue. People who think they have Morgellons often experience disabling fatigue, mental decline described as "brain fog," mood disorders and joint pain. While some health experts attribute the “disease” on a shared psychotic delusion, others believe the symptoms to be real.
What is Known:
For the past several years there have been consistent and credible reports that the US Army’s biological warfare research facility at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Maryland, has experimented with a lab-created disease very similar to Morgellons. Read Morgellons Victims Across the US and Europe
Morgellons nano machines seem to have some kind of hive or 'group intelligence.' There is strong evidence linking Chemtrail aerosol fibers to Morgellons fibers. There are more than 10,000 families who report that they suffer from this disease, but it is believed that the actual number may be much higher. Many of these reports involve multiple family members, including numerous children suffering the effects of the disease. Read Morgellons: Emerging Nanotechnology is Threatening All Living Things
- Natural Antibiotics (i.e. garlic)
Antifungals (i.e. oregano oil)
- Herbal Supplements
- Light Therapy
A very interesting aspect of this discussion is that vaccines and heavy metal contamination is a primary driver for most these diseases, yet conventional medicine encourages every person to accept vaccinations to prevent disease.
Marco Torres is a research specialist, writer and consumer advocate for healthy lifestyles. He holds degrees in Public Health and Environmental Science and is a professional speaker on topics such as disease prevention, environmental toxins and health policy.