(NaturalNews) One of the fastest growing epidemics in our society is a group of ailments called autoimmune diseases: including Lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, HIV, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac disease and Scleroderma. Although the prevailing view has been that genetics is the primary cause of these ills, recent studies have focused on the role of diet and nutrition as contributing factors. Diets high in processed, caloric and acidic foods create an environment so toxic that the immune system cannot fend against everyday invaders that it would normally conquer with ease. With an autoimmune disease, the body attacks its own organs and tissues, turning against the very systems that sustain its survival.
Scleroderma is a chronic connective tissue disorder and is classified as a rheumatic autoimmune disease. Scleroderma means "hardening of the skin", which results in the overproduction of collagen within the body. The devastating symptoms include stiff, painful fingers; necrosis, or tissue death, in the fingertips due to Raynaud's Phenomenon (causes a lack of oxygenated blood from getting to the fingertips due to blood vessel constriction); difficulty in breathing; digestive disorders; chronic fatigue; depression; Candida; loss of menstrual cycle; tightening of the facial skin, especially cheeks and lips; recession of gums; and tightness in the jaw.
Although these symptoms seem insurmountable, Sales Director Laura Sands was able to reverse this degenerating disease.
Laura Sands was diagnosed in 2007. The disease quickly destroyed her life and her dreams of becoming a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician. She was forced to leave Chiropractic College because she was too exhausted and in too much pain to continue with the intense curriculum.
"I felt sabotaged by my own body, and I struggled for 7 months, with little to no success, to stop this disease from taking me down like a sinking ship," Laura recalls.
Having always been against medication and drug therapies as a means to healing, Laura decided to take a holistic route and experimented with several holistic therapies to try to get the disease under control: colonics, hyperbaric oxygen treatments, and acupuncture.
After crossing paths with several key proponents of supergreens and superfoods, Laura was introduced to the idea of healing her body at the cellular level through nutrition. She began to take supergreen supplements twice a day, feeding her nutrient-deprived body and cells with an array of super foods, vitamins, minerals, live enzymes, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and probiotics. She also changed her diet to vegan, which meant eliminating all animal products and the hormones and antibiotics usually found in meat and dairy.
"I felt a difference in my energy within the first 3 days, and over the next 12 months, my health continued to improve. My depression and chronic fatigue began to dissipate, my digestion and elimination returned to normal, my menstrual cycles were normal, my lungs finally cleared out and I could take a deep breathe with ease. Also, the inflammation and pain in my fingers had decreased!" Laura explains.
Because the body always tries to reach homeostasis, or perfect balance, once Laura began to provide her cells with the right combination of nutrients derived from whole food ingredients, her immune system started to do its job once again, now free from the terrible burden of acidic foods, chemicals and synthetics. Her cells were able to completely absorb the minerals and whole food nutrients, and in conjunction with Laura's vegan diet and her positive attitude, she won her drug-free battle against Scleroderma. "I have never felt better in my life," says Laura.
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