Plasmapheresis - surgery or enzymes?
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Many autoimmune diseases, including myasthenia gravis, Lambert-Eaton syndrome, Guillain-Barré syndrome etc, are caused by a so-called autoimmune processes.
Some of the special cells involved in autoimmune process can attack host body organs or tissues directly, while others could produce autoantibodies - substances, circulating in the blood and accomplish the attack.
Antibodies, acting against the body's own organs or tissues are known as autoantibodies.
Allopathic medicine solutions
Drugs-based treatment usually suppresses activity of deregulated immune system and sometimes additionally reduces inflammation of attacked tissues. That's the most common approach to autoimmune disease for almost 50 years. Many newly introduced immunosuppressants are regularly becoming available, but all the synthetic medications used for autoimmune diseases treatment have serious side effects - especially when taken in high doses for years...
In the 1970s a new approach of autoimmune diseases treatment was developed. Medications that suppress the immune system or reduce inflammation are often combined with this new treatment, but they usually can be used in reduced doses.
Idea behind this new treatment was really simple: instead of changing to suppress the immune system only with powerful medication, it could be possible to mechanically remove autoantibodies from the blood during a process similar to dialysis treatment. The procedure later became known as plasmapheresis or plasma separation. It's also known as plasma exchange.
Basics of all plasmapheresis procedure can be find in articles:
Plasmapheresis side effects
Plasmapheresis is a sort of invasive procedure, so it's sometimes named "Blood surgery"
As any kind of surgery, this one also possesses some dangers:
- The most common problem is a drop in blood pressure, which can be experienced as dizziness, blurred vision, faintness, coldness, sweating or abdominal cramps. A drop in blood pressure can be remedied by giving intravenous fluid and adjusting patient's position
- As medications to keep the blood from clotting during the procedure are usually used, bleeding can occasionally occur. Some of used medications can cause other adverse reactions, which, if allowed to progress, can lead to an irregular heartbeat or seizures
- An allergic reaction (begins with itching, wheezing or a rash) to the solutions used to replace the plasma or to the sterilizing agents used for the tubing can be a true emergency. Procedure must be stopped and the person treated with intravenous medications
- Increased suppression of the immune system can temporarily occur because of plasmapheresis, as during the procedure all sorts of antibodies are removed. In time, the body can replenish its supply of needed antibodies, but sometimes these are given intravenously after each plasmapheresis treatment. Special precautions against infection must be taken
- Medication dosages need to be adjusted carefully for patients during plasmapheresis because some drugs can be removed from the blood or changed by the procedure...
Holistic approach - enzymes
Therapeutic doses of proteases (protein digesting enzymes) act as an all-natural blood enhancer!
They break down all sorts of protein-based invaders in the blood supply, leaving them vulnerable to destruction by the immune system.
Protease is also known to act as a scavenger of oxidized and damaged proteins, is active in helping to eliminate blood toxins, modulate the immune system, addresses hormonal imbalances, speeds wound and tissue repair, helps to arrest and remove heavy metals and removes their toxins.
Benefits of proteases therapeutic doses (when taken on an empty stomach):
- efficiently removes blood toxins and clots
- presents a powerful immune-strengthening effect
- hormonal imbalances may be helped by oral protease supplementation
- enzymes capable of degrading immune complexes can ameliorate impaired kidney function
- oral protease supplementation leads to the formation of activated production of collagen and matrix proteins and then returns to its pre-injury structure
- clinical observations have noted that upon high intake of proteases, heavy metal concentrations have been significantly decreased in the blood. This may be due to the binding of these toxic substances with the supplemental protease enzymes, facilitating their removal
- oxidative reactions generate free radical damage to various molecules including proteins. Free radicals have been implicated in accelerating the aging process as well as several diseases, including arteriosclerosis, diabetes, and neurodegenerative conditions
- proteases may help hydrolyze and remove extracellular proteins damaged by free radicals
Protease side effects:
- therapeutic doses of protease can cause a burning sensation if a person has any of the following conditions: Gastritis, Gastric Ulcer, Duodenal Ulcers, Esophage Ulcers
Even superficial survey shows clear advantage of proteolytic enzyme (protease) therapy over traditional plasmapheresis.
Nevertheless, no officially trained doctor will advice an autoimmune patient enzyme treatment. There exist many different reasons (based mainly on pharmaceutical business aspects) for that:
- MS - allopathic vs. holistic approach
- MS - name ambiguity
- Why MS will never be treated
- Who's business is your MS?
- Advantages of MS ! ? !
Anyhow, it's good to know different available options for dealing with all autoimmune diseases, including Multiple Sclerosis.
PS Just reminder - I managed to stop MS exacerbations and stay on a permanent remission from 1997, using therapeutic doses of protease enzymes for over 18 months.