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Arthritis and Other Autoimmune Diseases

Envision the internal workings of your body. See your heart pumping blood, pushing it through the more than 10,000 miles of blood vessels each of us possess. See your lungs filling up with oxygen and exchanging it with the carbon dioxide coming out of the "used" blood, and then pushing out the stale air. See your hundreds of muscles working together to produce the finest and most powerful of movements. See the digestion of foods into the building blocks and energy fuel for your marvelous body. See your body producing substances to repair and protect itself from foreign invaders.

When everything is perfectly timed, all parts working in unison toward the same goal, you have a description of health.

However, with autoimmune diseases, something goes wrong, causing the body to work overtime, and in the wrong direction or in two directions at once.

Autoimmune disorders exist when a person's body produces abnormal cells or anti-nuclear antibodies (ANA) which, instead of attacking the legitimate infectious, viral invaders, and mutated cells of the body, turn and attack aspects of the healthy body itself. ANA cells, once they have become wrongly educated, do not recognize healthy cells, tissues and organs as such, and will attack them as though they were invaders. A person's immune system becomes confused, poorly defending against outside invading agents, while attacking healthy tissues and organs.

This is a problem with the memory T-cells of the immune system. So it stands to reason that any remedy that does not address the defect in the memory T-cells, but rather only addresses the symptoms caused by the problem, will not work. These symtom remedies may make you feel somewhat better temporarily, but they will not bring you out of the condition.

There are many people living with autoimmune diseases and the numbers are increasing quickly. Autoimmune diseases take many forms:

  • Multiple Sclerosis is present when the immune system attacks the nerve tissues of the central nervous system, destroying the myelin sheath. This usually causes severe disability - blindness, paralysis, and early death.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis exists when joint linings are directly affected, causing pain, swelling and stiffness and sometimes severe malformation of the joints.
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (such as Crohn's and Ulcerative Colitis) results when the immune system attacks the intestinal areas, causing pain, diarrhea, nausea, and abdominal cramps.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus usually exhibits itself with extreme fatigue, rashes and joint pain. A rash on the cheeks across the bridge of the nose is very common. Major organs may also be affected, causing severe problems for the kidneys, brain, or lungs.
  • Psoriasis (and some other skin disorders) affect the skin and sometimes the eyes, nails, and joints.
  • Scleroderma exists when the skin and blood vessels begin to thicken. Raynaud's Syndrome (severe cold in fingers and toes) is often also present. Symptoms may include sensitivity of fingers and toes to the cold, skin color changes, pain, and sometimes ulcers of the fingertips or toes.
  • Fibromyalgia symptoms includes severe fatigue, overall body aches and pains, sleep disorders, stiffness of body joints, headaches, memory and concentration problems, fluid retention, intestinal problems, and other mixed symptoms. There are usually several "tender points" scattered throughout the body which, when pressure is applied, can cause a person very severe pain, even causing them to double over.
  • Sjogren's Syndrome is a condition affecting the body's fluid-producing glands. These glands reduce their fluid output and eventually run dry, causing a person to suffer from dry eyes, dry mouth, and dry skin. Sometimes sore and aching muscles, extreme fatigue, and other autoimmune and connective tissue diseases will develop.
  • Diabetes - Some diabetes is caused by an autoimmune attack on the islet cells of the pancreas reducing the quantity of insulin released into the blood.
  • ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and  AIDS are both massive autoimmune diseases that eventually destroy the entire body.

What is common with all these diseases is that they have the same cause. There are other factors that modify the effects of the disease, but the cause is the same. In all forms of treatment expediency is a must. If you have an autoimmune disease, you don't want to wait even one more day before you do something about it. The key is to do the right thing.

The Autoimmune Process

The general health of a person and any essential nutrient deficiency is going to play a role in all of this process.

All cells of the immune system are derived from stem cells in bone marrow. The bone marrow is the origin of red blood cells, white cells (including lymphocytes and macrophages), and platelets. In the thymus gland lymphoid cells undergo a process of maturation and education prior to release into the circulation. This process allows the lymphocyte T-cells to develop the important attribute known as self-tolerance. That is, the T-cells are learning to recognize and tolerate "self," meaning any cells that are a normal part of your body!

The thymus gland is a place where a potential problem can develop with memory T-cells.

Injuries, infections, and wear can affect the condition of our bodies. An injury could be a fall, an automobile crash, or a sports injury. An infection can be rheumatic fever or any virus or bacteria, or it could come from an internal parasite. Wear can come from being overweight, overwork from sports such as tennis, basketball, or golf, or it can be job related, such as excessive use of keyboards or jackhammers. The twisting of a knee one time can cause arthritis to develop many years later, even after the injury is completely healed!

The injury, infection, or wear can cause some small part of the body to dislodge, perhaps the myelin surrounding the nerve or perhaps some cartiledge from a joint. And this is where the process starts. The white blood cells known as macrophages play a function in immunity by surrounding, ingesting, and destroying invading bacteria and other foreign organisms in a process called phagocytosis ("cell eating"), which is part of the inflammatory reaction. These macrophages consume the broken off particles and report their activities to the memory T-cells!

The dormant memory T-cells activate and develop an aggressive cleanup program. If the memory T-cells do not distinguish between healthy and damaged tissue, as the increased T-cell activity stimulates more macrophage activity which in turn stimulates more memory T-cell activity, the process of self destruction has begun.

It can take many years before any noticeable effects are felt. The initiating factor, the injury, infection, or wear may have disappeared long ago. There may be no evidence of a degenerative disease because not enough material has been destroyed by this process to show any symptoms. Arthritis sets in, almost in every case some ten years after an injury or surgery. Because it gradually happens over a long period, people tend to ignore it until it becomes unbearable.

But once you become aware of what's happening, waiting is the worst thing you can do! Why should you let yourself deteriorate more before you decide to do something about it? That would be like letting your house burn down some more before you put out the fire. The only intelligent way is to stop it as soon as possible. You can buy a new house, but you can't buy a new body.

An autoimmune disease is self-propagating. It does not depend on the initiating factor to keep it going. The initiating factor may have healed completely a long time ago, but the auto-immune process, once set in motion, keeps going.

The process is exacerbated by the fact that the mechanism that is supposed to deactivate the memory T-cells when they have completed their mission fails to respond or work properly. So there are an abundance of memory T-cells directing the macrophages to search the body for more material to consume. The immune system is totally out of control, massive destruction begins, and the symptoms of pain and inflammation appear.

The destruction accelerates. Symptoms become more severe. In arthritis for example, pain, inflammation, and joint deformity appear at new sites as they suffer macrophage attacks. Medications may take away the pain temporarily but they can't stop the body's process. The body is just doing what it thinks it should be doing. But even natural ways of dealing with the pain and inflammation do not stop the process, because strengthening the immune system can actually strengthen the disease. Conventional medications take their toll on the kidneys, liver, and heart, and do not stop the process. Products, natural or conventional, that treat the symptoms of an autoimmune disease effectively deceive you because the deterioration is continuing even though you don't feel it anymore. This is like cutting the wire to a warning light on the dashboard of your car, rather than fixing the problem that is activating the light in the first place.

The more knowledgeable modern physicians in recent years used products called immunomodulators to correct the autoimmune problem. The only problem was the immunomodulators were not true immunomodulators. What they really were were immunostimulants or immunosuppressants. These natural or synthetic substances can produce onlyone effect each, either stimulate or suppress the immune system. A true immunomodulator would have the ability to correct the defect in the memory T-cells!

If you use immunostimulants or immunosuppressants as part of your autoimmune plan you will have to use them until the day you die. If you are at the early stages they may seem to cure the disease because they take care of the symptoms. That is the deception.

There are some true immunomodulators. Some are manufactured and some occur in nature. It is always better to use the natural substances. For example: colostrum and spirulina both contain natural immunomodulators.

Arthritis and Autoimmune Disorders

Do you suffer with arthritis or any other autoimmune disorder? Have you learned to "live with it?" Have you been told there is nothing you can do about it? Do you believe it?

Autoimmune diseases cannot be cured with drugs. But ask yourself, "Is it possible that my body could heal itself of this disorder if my body was supplied with every nutrient it needed so that its systems could function properly?" There are a lot of scientific and biological studies that indicate the answer is yes.

Don't resign yourself to failure, even though you have tried many things that have failed. There are new, natural substances that are continually being discovered (not created). Yes, it can be painful to keep trying. Having your hopes dashed again and again can be the most painful thing of all. But one thing for sure, if you quit trying, you will never succeed!

Excerpt reprinted from a memo released by Dr. Len Sands, Director of the San Diego International Immunological Center

The Arthritis Process Step-By-Step with CMOT Intervention

  • 1. Infection, trauma, or excessive wear affects some joints. (Usual infections are rheumatic fever, flu, or bacteria. Traumas include auto wrecks, falls, sports injuries, etc. Excessive joint wear comes from being overweight, or from repetitive stress such athletic exertion, use of keyboards, jackhammers, etc.)

  • 2. #1 causes damaged or infected cartilage particles to become dislodged. This happens regardless of whether it's "osteo" or "rheumatoid" or "reactive" arthritis.

  • 3. Macrophages of the immune system begin cleanup of dislodged cartilage particles.

  • 4. Macrophages report their activities to dormant memory T-cells (m/T-cells).

  • 5. Dormant m/T-cells programs activate and develop aggressive anti-cartilage cleanup programs, which do not distinguish between healthy and damaged cartilage.

  • 6. The m/T-cells programs stimulate more macrophage activity, which in turn activates even more dormant m/T-cells.

  • 7. Increased m/T-cell population stimulates even more macrophage activity, and the self-perpetuating cycle of cartilage destruction expands. Because m/T-cell programs don't limit macrophage activity to damaged cartilage only, destruction of healthy cartilage also occurs. It has developed into a destructive autoimmune syndrome. But, until sufficient cartilage has been destroyed, symptoms are not evident. The initiating factor (infection, trauma, or wear) may have disappeard months or even years ago, but the destructive autoimmune process remains active. It is self-perpetuating and no longer dependent upon the initiating factor.

  • 8. The cycle is compounded by the fact that the mechanism which should deactivate certain m/T-cells (those that have completed their mission) fails to function, because the constant restimulation of the m/T-cells keeps them active. So now there is an overabundance of m/T-cells propelling macrophage cartilage destruction. The immune system is totally out of control and massive cartilage destruction begins. Early symptoms of pain and inflammation appear.

  • 9. Cartilage destruction accelerates. The cycle reaches critical mass. Macrophages are now scouring the body to find and destroy any cartilage anywhere it can be found. Symptoms become more severe. Pain, inflammation, and joint deformity appear at new sites as they suffer macrophage attacks.

  • 10. Symptoms of pain, stiffness, swelling, nodules, and deformation often reach intolerable and crippling levels - especially as joint cartilage disappears and bone-on-bone erosion occurs. Conventional arthritis medications take their toll on the liver, kidneys, and heart. Normal life span is often shortened by up to ten or twenty years from both the ravages of arthritis and side effects of medications used.

INTERVENTION (the sooner the better) with CMOcan stop the autoimmune process at any point.

Dr. Len Sands, PhD, now deceased, was the clinic director of the San Diego Immunological Center and the author of the books Arthritis Defeated at Last - the REAL Arthritis Cure and Arthritis Beaten Today, which have been translated into five languages so far, including Chinese.

After ten years working on classified government projects, Dr. Sands began his direct active participation in clinical matters in 1970, as an associate of Manhattan Fifth Avenue Clinic in New York City. Within the next four years, he opened and became the owner and director of six medical clinics, as well as acquiring Southland General Hospital in Texas. Later, he opened two medical clinics in Mexico. He became involved in medical research projects concerning autoimmune diseases, viral diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

By the mid-1980s, he was thoroughly disillusioned by the limitations of conventional medicine and spent the next ten years traveling the world researching innovative therapies involving both conventional and alternative medicines, especially seeking those which were documented by exacting clinical trials in the major European countries. He also explored many unconventional as well as documented therapies in various Asian, Middle Eastern, Latin American, and Oceanic countries.

As clinical director of the San Diego Immunological Center, he encouraged his researchers and medical staff to specialize in what he calls "curing the incurable" - diseases for which convetional medicine offers no hope of remedy.

Curing the Incurable was the title of a one-hour interactive weekly radio program Dr. Sands hosted in 1997.

Early in his career, he produced scientific and marketing material for industrial corporations, as well as for Parke-Davis and the pharmaceutical division of the Dow Chemical Company and others.

It was Dr. Sands' own bone-grinding arthritis that prompted him to relentlessly prod his research associates into finally finding a lasting cure for arthritis. The research resulted in the development of the world's first and only true immunomodulator, a naturally occurring substance that should impact the course of medical history, but probably won't since it is not a patented medicine. However, it certainly is changing the way autoimmune diseases will be addressed in the future.

That discovery, CMOT (cerasomal-cis-9-cetylmyristoleate) in 1995, is proving to be of great value for numerous other incurable diseases with strong autoimmune factors, like multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, lupus, ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease), emphysema, Crohn's disease, scleroderma, sarcoidosis, and myasthenia gravis, among others. It is also relieving or curing ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, carpal tunnel syndrome, prostate inflammation, Sjogren's syndrome, TMJ, Behcet's syndrome, macular degeneration, Reiter's syndrome, sciatica, tendonitis, and more - all of which have strong autoimmune components.

CMOT is now being used to treat autoimmune diseases on every continent in the world. As its phenomenal success with these diseases uncovers more options, the research goes on. Nothing would have pleased Dr. Sands more, including the continuing research and clinical studies on even more diverse incurable diseases.

Therapies using CMOT combined with the proper supportive nutritional products and proper diet for a minimum of the first 30 days have been proven to be beneficial for all autoimmune diseases like those mentioned above, plus muscular dystrophy, chronic fatigue syndrome, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Raynaud's, hypertension, and heart and vascular diseases, as well as ridding the body of conditions caused by environmental, dental amalgam, medicinal, chemical, metallic, and other toxins.

CMOT is the world's first and only true adaptogenic autoimmune immunomodulator product.

CMOT is not an immunosuppressant or an immunostimulant. CMOT is considered "adaptogenic", meaning: it is capable of altering the course of a disease in a positive direction, because of its corrective and restorative immunomodulatory properites for autoimmune diseases and inflammatory processes. Other so-called "immunomodulators" are not true immunomodulators. They function as immunosuppressants or immunostimulants. They are capable of one principle action, either temporarily suppressing or stimulating immune function, not correcting or restoring it. CMOT, on the other hand, permanently corrects the programmed autoimmune attacks controlled by the memory T-cell (m/T-cells) themselves. That is why a single 30-day CMOT therapy program of three 90 caplsule bottles (270 caplets) (3 capsules, 3 times a day) ordinarily lasts indefinitely without any need to repeat the therapy or use any additional medications of any kind thereafter.

Some practitioners have theorized that, in the case of arthritis for example, CMOT merely acts upon pain receptors at the arthritic site. It that were so, their theory cannot explain why CMOT has the following effects:

  • It benefits virtually any and all ailments associated with autoimmune diseases.
  • It lowers blood sedimentation in lupus patients.
  • It relieves certain symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
  • It reverses lung inflammation in emphsema.
  • It lowers the need for insulin in diabetics.
  • It reverses prostate inflammation.
  • It corrects Crohn's disease.
  • It reverses fibromyalgia.
  • It improves the health of ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) patients.
  • It lowers high blood pressure, yet elevates low blood pressure.

CMOT is a general remedial immunomodulator that acts upon the memory T-cells, which control the autoimmune processes within our bodies. It is also important to understand the CMOT acts only upon memory T-cells and does not inhibit the activities of any of the several other types of T-cells that are responsible for combating infective microorganisms or invading substances. Unlike the immunosuppressants commonly used to try to temporarily control the symptoms of autoimmune diseases, CMOT does not leave the body vulnerable to attack by disease-causing agents. Neither does it inhibit the body's resistance to tumor formation, as do the dangerous new tumor necrosis factor (TNF) suppressants of some new arthritis drugs.

Authentic CMOT, as reasearched and developed by the San Diego Immunological Center is the primary ingredient of Dr. Jeff's Joint Health™

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Dr. Jeff's Joint HealthT which combines CMOT and MSM was developed using the combined research of Dr. Sands, Dr. Grange, Dr. Bennert, and a host of other professionals, who collectively believe this is the most effective combination of ingredients available on the market today to combat and prevent autoimmune disfunctions. It is important to follow the directions. Take 3 bottles, 90 count each, totalling 270 caplets for the first 30 days, three upon waking, one hour before eating, three one hour before lunch, and three before dinner. Dr. Jeff's Joint CreamT will help for immediate pain and dull aches. For full effectiveness follow the recommended diet, and on an ongoing basis supplement Dr. Jeff's Joint HealthT by drinking at least 1 1/2 quarts of Marine Bio Coral Calcium (scroll down the products list to "Sango Coral Calcium") treated distilled water daily and taking digestive enzymes RBC's Digestion Formula (Scroll down the list to "Digestion Formula"), Omega 3 Oil RBC's IQ (Scroll down the list to "I.Q."), anti-oxidants RBC's Microhydrin Plus (Scroll down the products list to "Microhydrin Plus") and Dr. Jeff's BioPro with SBOs (soil-based organisms).

After your condition is reversed, to maintain your health on a monthly basis, we recommend one bottle of Dr. Jeff's Joint HealthT and a monthly supply of the other support ingredients mentioned above.

The San Diego International Immunological Center (SDC) is a research and treatment facility and does not sell or benefit from the sale of CMOT or any other product. We do, of course, dispense CMOT and the supporting nutritionals to subjects enrolled in our studies and to clinic patients who may be part of our diagnosis and treatment programs. CMOT counterfeiters seem to show up every week. Most are hit and run artists and quickly disappear. CMOT is made in 6%, 11%, 40%, 50%, 80%, and 100%. It is difficult and confusing to know if you have found the real 100% authentic CMOT source or some ineffectivbe imitation.

The reliable sourse for authentic CMOT is Dr. Jeff's Joint HealthT and Dr. Jeff's Joint CreamT Use the "Products" link on the upper left of this page or the links within this article to find these products.

NOTE: This document is supplied for information and educational purposes only. It is not intended to recommend or prescribe any treatment for any condition or illness. Contact a doctor or medical professional who is trained in natural nutritional supplements before adding any new protocol or when starting any health or exercise program.

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