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Autoimmune Disease

Fever Management & Convalescence

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Fever is  common in children, and it is one of the most common complaints for which parents take their children to the doctors or A&E. Most febrile episodes are not only not dangerous but are a beneficial response to an infection. Most of these infections are self-limited viral infections.  Although fever is an indication that your child is healthy, it evokes fear and anxiety. It is not the fever itself but the possible complications of the fever and accompanying symptoms that give rise to fear. Fever phobia is described as unrealistic and exaggerated misconceptions of parents whose children have a fever. Fever phobia is driving the unnecessary use of antipyretics (drugs to suppress fever). Help boost your body's natural immunity don’t suppress the fever unless absolutely necessary.

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Naturopathic Causes and Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases arise from an overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. Autoimmune diseases result from the failure of an organism to recognise its own constituent parts as self, which allows an immune response against its own cells and tissues. The immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks it. In other words, the body actually attacks its own cells. The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically with immunesuppression, most often steroids. The most well known autoimmune diseases are asthma, eczema, hay fever, Chron's Disease and ulcerative colitis, Coeliac disease, type 1 diabetes, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves' disease, rheumatoid arthritis, sarcoidosis, lupus eryhtramatosis, vasculitis, vitiligo, raynaud phenomenon, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, myasthenia gravis. From a naturopathic perspective the causes of autoimmune disease are modern living. Herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, dietary and lifestyle advice can help retrain your immune system so it learns not to overreact and attack itself.

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Vitamin D's Role in the Immune System

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The hormonally active form of vitamin D is called Cholecalciferol (D3). It binds to nuclear vitamin D receptors (VDR) which are present in most immune cells including monocytes, macrophages, dendritic cells, NK cells, T and B cells. Every cell on the body has a VDR cell. When these VDR receptors are activated this has potent anti-proliferative, pro-differentiative, and immunomodulatory functions including both immune-enhancing and immunosuppressive effects. In a nutshell vitamin D prevents excess cell growth as seen in cancer and allows for proper recognition of cancer cells by the immune cells. Vitamin D regulatse the immune system, which is important not only in immune deficiency diseases such as cancer but also in conditions of a hyperactive immune system such as seen in auto-immune disease.

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