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Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that can affect any part of the body, including your skin, joints, and organs. Normally, your immune system fights off viruses, bacteria, and germs by creating antibodies. But if you have lupus, your body can’t tell foreign invaders from your own healthy tissue, so it creates autoantibodies that attack and destroy your healthy tissue. This—no surprise!—leads to inflammation, pain, and damage. Lupus symptoms can range from mild to severe, and include fatigue, headaches, painful or swollen joints, and a butterfly-shaped rash across the cheeks and nose. The good news is that both conventional and alternative treatments can help manage lupus. On the conventional side, options include NSAIDs, like ibuprofen and naproxen, corticosteroids, antimalarial drugs, and even chemo. And on the complementary/alternative medicine side, vitamin D, omega-3s, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), and turmeric may lower disease activity, and cognitive behavioral therapy and other types of counseling can help people with lupus cope with having a chronic, unpredictable disease. It’s important to know that many people have lupus for a long time before they get an official diagnosis because it can be really tough to pin down definitively. The signs and symptoms of lupus vary from one person to the next (remember, lupus can affect literally any part of the body), and it can mirror other disorders, too. To make it even more complicated, there isn’t a single test that can provide a diagnosis. Instead, people often undergo a bunch of tests, including blood, urine, kidney, and liver, as well as imaging tests. Sometimes, a biopsy of your kidneys may even be necessary. We know—it sounds like a lot, in both diagnosing and managing the condition. But on your good days and especially your bad days, remember that you are not alone!

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Team Never Quit: Stacey kozel - Iron Will quadriplegic who copmleted the 2,189 mile Appalachian Trail while battling Lupus

This week TNQ Podcast hosts and former Navy SEALs, Marcus Luttrell and guest-host, Clint Bruce, are honored to welcome the remarkable Stacey “Iron Will” Kozel. Since being diagnosed with Lupus at nineteen, which over time left her paralysed with severely diminished lung function, she’s remarkably completed the entire 2,189 miles of the Appalachian Trail. Listen in as Marcus, Clint, and Wizard catch up to her to discuss her greatest Never Quit story while she’s in the middle of her new mission, the 2,650 mile Pacific Crest Trail from Mexico to Canada. You’re going to be amazed by Stacey’s infectious positivity and joyful nature. Particularly for someone who has battled back, over months and years, from this terrible auto-immune disease which causes the body to attack itself. Then, only to have it return multiple times, each time wiping out all progress and leaving her in a worse condition. You’re going to discover how she credits her tenacious nature developed through sports, the power of humor, and her fascinating perspective on Lupus, for empowering her successful fight to take back control over life and live it to the fullest. Once again this week, the TNQ Podcast team, along with Stacey Kozel, deliver on their mission to bring you some of the world’s most inspiring and impactful #NeverQuit stories. Please do us, and those around you, a favor by spreading the word and sharing this episode with friends and family.


Healthy Human Revolution: Dr Brooke Goldner Says Goodbye To Lupus

Meet Dr. Brooke Goldner who is a best-selling author, the founder of VeganMedicalDoctor.com, GoodbyeLupus.com. creator of the Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol for Lupus Recovery, and is the author of Goodbye Lupus and Green Smoothie Recipes to Kickstart Your Health and Healing. Dr. Goldner was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Nephritis with stage IV kidney disease at 16 years old and made a startling recovery from her disease at 28 years old using her protocol, which uses supermarket foods. She has been symptom-free ever since, with normal lab results and no trace of disease in her body. Now, she educates physicians and patients on how to heal and achieve vibrant health using her protocol and supermarket foods. Dr. Goldner’s Hyper-nourishing Healing Protocol has helped patients with Lupus and a multitude of other diseases. Dr. Goldner has starred in videos and documentaries such as Eating You Alive, Whitewash, The Conspiracy Against Your Health, Goodbye Lupus, and Super Healthy Meals for Your Family. She has appeared on TV news and media outlets such as, The Home & Family Show, RTVi News, Natural News Radio, Health Conspiracy Radio, Wellness Radio, and has been featured on the front cover of Vegan Health & Fitness Magazine. As a keynote speaker and educator, she delivers her message and trainings to audiences and organizations across the nation, including Lupus LA, Health Healing & Happiness, Belsandia, The International Plant-Based Nutrition Conference, The Whole Conference, and California State University. Dr. Goldner graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University for her genetic research in Leukemia and neurobiology. She received her M.D. from Temple University School of Medicine, andwas Chief Resident at UCLA-Harbor Residency in Psychiatry. She also holds a certification in Plant-Based Nutrition from Cornell University.

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