May 10th is Lupus Awareness Day
There are 5 million people living with some form of lupus. And 1.5 Americans suffer from the disease. And it continues to be the most unrecognized disease. 90% of those with lupus are Women. It is two to three times more prevalent in African Americans than Caucasian. Lupus deaths are three times higher for people of color. Achy or swollen joints are found in 95% of lupus patients. Currently 80-90% of lupus patients survive 10 years or more after diagnosis campared to only 50% of lupus patients who lived 4 years after diagnosis in the 1950′s. 81% of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients have prolonged or extreme fatigue. And 65% of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus patients will have skin involvement including the malar rash (butterfly rash).
On May 10th let’s not just wear purple or orange in support of lupus awareness, let’s show love to those living with the illness. If you are a lupus Patient, Warrior, Thriver or Survivor take some time to love on-Self. Begin to EAT to LIVE! Eliminate all things white in the diet: flour, salt, sugar and milk. Flour and salt interfere with circulation causing arthritic pains. Sugar inhibits the absorptions of vitamins needed for basic maintenance and repair. Milk produces mucous which causes toxins to stay in the body. All these things can be substituted with healthier alternatives.
Alternatives for white flour: Brown Rice Flour, Oatmeal Flour or Whole-Wheat Flour.
Sugar substitutes are: raw honey, maple syrup, dry fruit, agave or stevia.
Alternatives for milk: Almond or Rice Milk.
Lupus patients need to build their immune system and one simple way is with laughter. Research shows that laughing can strengthen your Immune System, lower blood pressure, ward off tumors and infection. “A merry heart does good like medicine” – Proverb 17:22
Exercise is essential because it helps to boost the immune system, it eliminates toxins through the sweat glands, alleviate aching joints, and minimize depression, anxiety and fatigue.
Although research is being done to find a cure for lupus it is vital for lupus patients to take matters into their own hands. “Physician, heal thyself” – Luke 4:23
Lupus patients spend an average of $13,000 – $27,000 on medical care. And thousands of Americans die each year from lupus. We cannot depend only on doctors and research, it’s time to take our health into our own hands. So let’s not only advocate lupus awareness on May 10th, let’s celebrate life in good health.
A portion is an excerpt from Transformation, Along the Journey by Sandra Epps 2013
IN REGARDS TO PHOTOGRAPH: two-third of people with lupus will develop some type of skin disease. Discoid lupus lesions are often red, scaly, and thick. Over time these lesion may produce scarring and or skin discoloration. If sore or scarring appears on scalp hair loss may be permanent. Chronic Cutaneous (discoid lupus) appears as disk-shaped, round lesions. On the photo is an example of discoid scarring.