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The Nutrition InvestigatorThe health and nutrition blog by Dr. Roc Ordman.

Raynaud’s disease

by Roc (click here for full post)

Here is a review of information about Raynaud’s disease done in October, 2018.

  1. Raynaud’s disease – Symptoms and causes – Mayo Clinic

Oct 31, 2017 – Raynaud’s (ray-NOHZ) disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud’s disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas (vasospasm).

  1. MAYO CLINIC advice
  2. How to prevent an attack – From University Health News
  3. Nutrition’s Effect on Raynaud’s Disease-Great article from Raynaud’s Assocation
  4. caffeine-containing products such as coffee, certain soft drinks and chocolate also affect blood vessel constriction, and should be avoided.
  5. Herbs and spices such as cinnamon, cayenne and mustard provide overall warmth to the body.
  6. Vitamin B complex– the “anti-stress” vitamin group,
  7. Omega 3 Fatty Acids– in the form of fish oil.
  8. Calcium and Magnesium
  9. Vitamin E
  10. Since it is an autoimmune disease, at my nutrition site, I got 29 hits for autoimmune.
    1. [Polyphenols and vitamin A reduce autoimmune diabetes]
    2. 4,000 IU or more vitamin D daily – some people do not absorb vitamin D so Karen should have her blood level tested to be sure she is in the high range in her serum
    3. Fish and fish oil – there is an intestinal-coated version if the fishy taste of capsules is unpleasant.
    4. Accumulating evidence shows that consuming milk or dairy products may contribute to the risk of prostate and ovarian cancers, autoimmune diseases, and some childhood ailments.
    5. Eat nuts, esp. walnuts

Soy depending on microbiome – Gut bacterial modification of soy isoflavones produces metabolites that differ in biological activity from the parent compounds.

  1. Irregular or insufficient sleep causes depression, obesity, autoimmune disease, diabetes, brain degeneration, etc. pg 1004 – How poor sleep causes brain degeneration. pg 956 -Parkinson’s progression is caused by misfolded proteins.  Try blueberry/green tea diet 4to slow mental degeneration.
  2. Here is a potential drug to reduce autoimmunity without suppressing useful immune functions. A pharmacological inhibitor of a kinase, ROCK2, decreased autoimmunity T cells, without interfering with other immune cells. Since this molecule is a pharmacological inhibitor, it is probably a commercially available drug. The report states “unlike a general immunosuppressant, this one was specific and ameliorated disease severity of lupus in a mouse model.” It might be worth investigating for autoimmune symptoms.
  3. Mindfulness or zen meditation and grounding in yoga have wonderful health benefits– The effects of grounding (earthing) on inflammation, the immune response, wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases


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