Age at Onset of Sarcoidosis Among Gender Differences Seen in Patients

Age at Onset of Sarcoidosis Among Gender Differences Seen in Patients

Women  tend to develop sarcoidosis at older ages than men, and they’re more likely to experience eye inflammation (uveitis) and cutaneous involvement as well,  according to a retrospective study of sex differences in this disease, conducted on people diagnosed between 1976 and 2013.

Men, however, are more likely pulmonary symptoms related to sarcoidosis.

The study, “Influence of Gender on Epidemiology and Clinical Manifestations of Sarcoidosis: A Population-Based Retrospective Cohort Study 1976–2013,” was published in the medical journal Lung.

The influence of ethnicity on sarcoidosis is well-documented, with a large number of studies having investigated the role of ethnicity on the epidemiology and clinical signs of the disease. The role of gender, however, has not been analyzed in-depth.

Drs. Patompong Ungprasert, Cynthia Crowson, and Eric L. Matteson, all with the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, wanted to determine how gender might impact the disease’s epidemiology and clinical manifestations.

The team identified all the residents of Olmsted County, Minnesota, diagnosed with sarcoidosis between 1976 and 2013. In total, researchers reported 345 sarcoidosis cases, with half of them being male and half female.

Researchers analyzed the age of onset and disease characteristics among these patients, and found that women were diagnosed at later ages than men, 48.3 years compared to 42.8 years, respectively. This difference was statistically significant.

Moreover, uveitis and cutaneous involvement were significantly more common among female sarcoidosis patients, with 6% of the women having uveitis compared to 1% of men, and 25% of women having cutaneous involvement compared to 12% of men.

Conversely, pulmonary symptoms were significantly more frequent in male patients (51%) compared to female patients (36%), even though intra-thoracic disease was seen in the great majority of patients (98% of the women, and 96% of the men).

Researchers also found that the frequency of elevated levels of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) (a protein involved in blood pressure control) and hypercalcemia (elevated calcium levels in the blood) were not significantly different between men and women.

“There is no difference in sex predilection for developing sarcoidosis. In this study, females tended to be older at the age they developed sarcoidosis, and had more uveitis and cutaneous involvement than males,” they concluded.

Understanding sex differences in the clinical manifestations of the disease is important to modeling disease occurrence in the population, and could help improve management of the condition.



How My Sarcoidosis Inspires Me to Be Creative Every Day

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After I was diagnosed with sarcoidosis, I spent weeks circling the drain of self-pity.

I was convinced my problems were worse then anyone else’s. I blamed myself. I cursed God. When my wife tried to talk to me, I was tight-lipped and curt. I was angry and afraid and spiteful. Why was this happening to me? I believed I was too young, too important and too full of promise to be stricken with such a mysterious disease.

As a child, I dreamed of becoming a writer. Sitting on the edge of my bed, I would scratch down stories in a notebook. Stories about a superhero chicken, a baseball-playing iguana and 15-year-old aerospace prodigy named Gunnar, who was chosen to lead a select group of teenage astronauts in a shuttle mission to Mars.

But then I grew up.

I got my first job flipping hamburgers, bought a car, tried to meet girls and stopped writing. I went to college, became a teacher, met a girl, got married, fathered three children, got sick and, in one of the most important decisions of my life, started writing again.

“Creativity is a great motivator because it makes people interested in what they are doing. Creativity gives hope that there can be a worthwhile idea. Creativity gives the possibility of some sort of achievement to everyone. Creativity makes life more fun and interesting.”

— Edward de Bono

Sarcoidosis inspires me to write every day. Although I can’t predict the course of my disease, I am responsible for every word I write. When my words are fastened and forged together, they energize me with power and strength to fight my fickle disease.

If you have a chronic illness, I urge you to return to your childhood and become a creator again.

Creating is a profoundly constructive way to distance yourself from your pain and to remind you that you are stronger than you think you are. Paint, draw, sculpt, build a birdhouse, make Christmas ornaments, restore an old car or create a new dish with a Crock-Pot.

Create whatever makes you soul sing. Despite popular belief, creating is not about money or fame. It never has been.

It’s about totally losing yourself in a process until your self-pity is silenced, your spirit is renewed and you’re afforded needed relief from the pains of living.



Why Living With Sarcoidosis Is an Unpredictable Journey

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I have sarcoidosis. Actually a lot of people have sarcoidosis and have no idea they have it. They may find out they have the condition when they take a standard chest X-ray for something else and the radiologist notes it in his report. And a lot of the time, it’s a perfectly benign autoimmune condition
causing no trouble whatsoever. It’s just a lot of little benign fleshy things
growing on your lungs. (“sarcoidosis” comes from the Greek “sarko” which means “flesh” while “oid” means “like.”)

Sarcoidosis, on the other hand, can kill. As in the case of Bernie Mac, the late comedian. The disease weakened his immune system and he died of pneumonia. And he was in remission at the time.

But you know, sarcoidosis doesn’t have to be benign or conversely, kill you, to make itself known. There’s something between being completely clueless that you have it and being dead of organ failure or complications. Sometimes there’s simply the slow damage it does to your lungs, making it hard to breathe, and well, lots of other stuff.

For instance, the sweats. Sarcoidosis has well and truly broken my internal thermostat. I break out in full body sweats for no apparent reason and when it happens, I can’t cool down (Latest discovery? A pint of Ben & Jerry’s does wonders!). Did I say “sweats?” We’re talking sweat that drips down your body and drenches your clothes. I cringe when a girlfriend tries to hug me.

And then there’s the business of going in and out of remissions. I had sarcoidosis from 2008-2011 and then boom — I went into a spontaneous remission. (That means the sarcoidosis went away by itself without treatment.) I was lucky.

It took some time for me to realize it was back, months actually, because I’d thought it was gone for good — I’d put sarcoidosis out of my mind. But then came this feeling I couldn’t quite put my finger on. I was fatigued every evening at 5 p.m. and running a low-grade fever, and I remembered that. My body remembered it. And finally, my voice remembered it.

The thing I like to do outside of my writing work, you see, is sing. I sing in a
local choir, and I perform in musicals with local theater troupes. It’s a huge
part of my life. But then my voice turned croaky, gravelly and rough. I wasn’t
making it to the end of those whole notes.

I told my husband I wasn’t feeling right. I mentioned that I felt, well, like I did when I had sarcoidosis. He said, “Go see the doctor!”

So I went.

Because he had an open appointment, I saw the new, young doctor in our local clinic, the one who doesn’t know what a kvetch I am, always imagining I have this disease and that. Almost apologetically, I mentioned what I was feeling reminded me of how I felt with sarcoidosis back in the day.

I didn’t expect the look of alarm on his face.

I wanted to tell him, “Don’t make a big deal out of this. I’m a hypochondriac. It’s all in my head.”

But inside, this time, I knew it was real.

The doctor sent me for this test and that. He sent me to the eye doctor for my burning eyes and to the gastro for my tummy symptoms, because that’s what you do with sarcoidosis. You see doctors and make sure that every little symptom isn’t sarcoidosis invading yet another organ. I set up an appointment to see my lung doctor from the last time around. He would be my main doctor.

It had been so long, the lung doctor didn’t remember me. He looked at my history, the CT disks and called them “Alta zachen,” Yiddish for “old rags.” But when I told him about my symptoms, he said, “We’re going to have to treat you this time.”


I thought I’d closed that chapter. I thought I’d escaped.

But I hadn’t.

How I wish it weren’t so. How I wish I didn’t now have to track down every little symptom to make sure the sarcoidosis hasn’t invaded say, my eyes, gut, skin, heart, and so on and so forth. Yeah. It usually gets you in the lungs and that’s where it’s got me right now, the sarcoid. But it is a multi-system disease. It can go anywhere. And while it’s rare to die from sarcoidosis, it can kill. It can get you anywhere in your body, when you least suspect it.

Living with sarcoidosis is confusing and frightening. It’s predictable, yet not predictable. It’s a journey where you arrive to find you haven’t arrived. It goes for good and comes back again. It can be so benign you don’t know you have it, but it can kill.

It’s funny. With fibromyalgia, it’s all about getting people, even doctors, to take me seriously. Because people don’t die from it. They just struggle.

But with sarcoidosis, you just don’t know what to think. You don’t know whether to tell yourself to stop being such a kvetch and pooh-pooh your friends’ concerns, or be frightened at every little twinge. You don’t know whether this time, you should pay attention.

It’s unsettling. Because sarcoidosis is benign, until it’s not benign. In which case you can die.

I tell concerned friends, “Look, it’s not cancer, thank God,” and then worry they’ll think what I’m going through is nothing much at all.

I don’t want to minimize the risks and risk their support. I need and want that support to stay the course of wherever this illness takes me.

I need and want the support you get with a “real disease” instead of this condition no one’s ever heard of. Unless of course that person was an aficionado of House, MD, where sarcoidosis is always the first disease thrown out when the team is trying to diagnose a mystery disease.

Sarcoidosis, you see, is a mystery disease.

And trust me on this: no one really wants a mystery disease.

Least of all, me.



The Best Foods to Eat If You Have Sarcoidosis-drug rehab

Sarcoidosis develops when abnormal cells inflame the lungs. This inflammation may also affect the liver, eyes and skin among other body parts. Weight loss, chest pain, fever and fatigue are some of the possible symptoms. The effects of sarcoidosis are usually mild, but the disease can also cause kidney and heart failure. Some foods may help ease the condition. Discuss any nutritional choices you make related to the treatment of sarcoidosis with your doctor.

The Best Foods to Eat If You Have Sarcoidosis

Antioxidant-rich Foods

Researchers have not determined what causes sarcoidosis, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. Since cell inflammation marks the disease, antioxidants may protect cells that are still healthy from similar damage. Antioxidants neutralize free radicals, molecules that occur naturally during digestion, but also as a result of exposure to radiation and tobacco-smoke inhalation. Left to run amok, free radicals can damage cells. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends eating antioxidant-rich sources such as berries, tomatoes, sweet peppers and other fruits and vegetables.


Eating foods that contain magnesium may offset the effects of sarcoidosis on the cells to a certain extent by supporting cell function. Try avocados, potatoes, corn, oats, soy, brown rice and other sources of magnesium, recommends the University of Maryland Medical Center. Magnesium facilitates about 300 body functions, according to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. The mineral is also essential for proper cell performance. Magnesium electric charges called “ions” fuel the enzymes that allow cells to transmit information

Olive Oil

Any food that keeps you healthy strengthens your immune system, making you less prone to disease. In the case of sarcoidosis, the University of Maryland Medical Center says some researchers think a malfunctioning immune system is behind the cell damage. Olive oil fatty acids may bring balance back to your immune system so it heals your body instead of harming it. Cook with olive oil and use it as a dressing for salads and steamed vegetables.


The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends tumeric for sarcoidosis because of its anti-inflammatory properties. A ginger relative, turmeric is usually used dried and ground as a spice. The orange root powder has an earthy flavor and it is common in Asian recipes. Turmeric is also available as a dietary supplement. Turmeric may reduce cell inflammation, ameliorating your symptoms. But the medical center also warns that turmeric may interact negatively with medicine and it may raise hemorrhage risk. Discuss the possible side effects with your doctor before including turmeric in your diet.


There is some speculation that inhaled toxins may cause enough cell damage to result is sarcoidosis, says the University of Maryland Medical Center. Though not proven, it won’t harm you to stay hydrated, drinking six to eight glasses of water daily. Water flushes toxins out of your body and, therefore, may lessen any role that air contamination plays in the development of sarcoidosis.



Inflammation in Sarcoidosis Can Be Related to Different Molecular Profile, Study Suggests

A new study suggests that sarcoidosis patients have different expression levels of certain RNA-binding proteins (RBPs) compared to healthy individuals, and that this difference is associated with the development of the disease.

The study, “Expression Profile of Six RNA-Binding Proteins in Pulmonary Sarcoidosis,” was published in the journal PLoS One by researchers from the Czech Republic’s Palacky University and Sweden’s Karolinska Institute.

Pulmonary sarcoidosis is characterized by a profile of increased lung inflammation due primarily to high levels of inflammation mediators, such as cytokines, chemokine ligands/receptors, and proteolytic enzymes (proteins that degrade other proteins).

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It is known that these mediators can be regulated by RBPs. However, there has been no information on the levels of RBPs in patients with sarcoidosis, nor whether changes in these levels can account for the inflammatory condition of these patients.

“In the healthy lung and in leukocytes [cells of the immune system], RBPs are more highly expressed (…), possibly indicating the importance of RBPs in monitoring of lung inflammation,” the authors wrote in their report.

To assess the possible relationship between the levels of RBPs and sarcoidosis, researchers evaluated the expression levels of six RBPs (AUF1, HuR, NCL, TIA, TIAR, PCBP2) and two inhibitors of proteolytic enzymes (RECK, PTEN) in patients with pulmonary sarcoidosis and other respiratory diseases, and compared them with those of healthy individuals.

To do so, fluid samples from the bronchoalveolar cells of the lungs were obtained from 50 sarcoidosis patients, 23 healthy controls, 30 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), 19 patients with asthma, and 19 patients with idiopathic interstitial pneumonias (IIPs).

The results revealed that the expression levels of three RBPs (AUF1, TIA, and NCL) were decreased in sarcoidosis patients compared to control individuals. Additionally, TIA was decreased in both airway obstructive pathologies (COPD and asthma), but not in patients with IIPs. Researchers also observed a lower expression of the RECK inhibitor in bronchoalveolar cells from all patient groups compared to healthy controls.

In addition, given that the main objective of the study was to investigate levels of RBPs in sarcoidosis, the authors also analyzed the expression profile of two of the most extensively studied RBPs (AUF1 and HuR) in CD3+, CD4+, and CD8+ immune T lymphocytes of peripheral blood obtained from patients with sarcoidosis. The team found that AUF1 and HuR also displayed lower levels in sarcoidosis patients compared to healthy subjects.

The results obtained suggested not only that sarcoidosis patients have a different inflammatory profile, they may also explain why inflammation is increased in these patients.

“Based on current knowledge, we can only speculate that the down-regulated expressions may support sarcoid inflammation by an insufficient degradation of mRNA encoding for cytokines (e.g. IL-6), chemokines (e.g. IL-8) and proteolytic enzymes (e.g. MMP-9),” the authors wrote in their report. The reduced expression of RECK may also enhance excessive proteolytic activity.

Future studies are needed to investigate which are the protein targets of these RBPs in the bronchoalveolar cells to further understand the role of RBPs in chronic inflammation linked to sarcoidosis and other respiratory diseases.



Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Sarcoidosis Patient Successfully Treated with Rituxan, CellCept Combo

Patients with sarcoidosis may develop a condition known as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, in which the red blood cells are prematurely destroyed by the immune system. Although this is not well documented, researchers at Warwick Hospital in England have reported the case of a patient who exhibited both illnesses.

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Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia in Sarcoidosis Patient Successfully Treated with Rituxan, CellCept Combo

Their study, “Steroid Refractory Autoimmune Haemolytic Anaemia Secondary to Sarcoidosis Successfully Treated with Rituximab and Mycophenolate Mofetil,” published in the journal Case Reports of Hematology, shows that these patients may be effectively treated with B-cell depletion therapies such as Rituxan (rituximab) and CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil).

Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a condition that develops in 3 out of 100,000 people per year, and it is associated with poor outcomes. It is characterized by the production of antibodies that target proteins in the red blood cells, resulting in their premature degradation with the development of severe anemia. These patients often require blood transfusions; however, these can be problematic because the donor red blood cells are consumed rapidly and are difficult to match to the patient’s blood type.

Although its symptoms are not well-recognized in sarcoidosis patients, the authors of the study report the case of a 30-year-old women who had both diseases.

The patient had a two-day history of progressive dizziness, shortness of breath, jaundice, and abdominal pain. Clinical observation revealed lymphadenopathy, a common symptom of sarcoidosis, and splenomegaly, or enlarged spleen. Further analysis also revealed severe hemolytic anemia.

The patient received blood transfusions to treat her severe anemia, and then started on immunosuppressive steroid treatment with high-dose Prelone (prednisolone), which was reduced after two weeks when hemolysis (red blood cell destruction) was no longer observed and the patient did not require more blood transfusions.

The hemolysis recurred after four weeks and the patient was started on Rituxan and Imuran (azathioprine), but Imuran caused severe side effects and was replaced by CellCept. The patient responded well to the therapy, showing decreased lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly after three months on CellCept and Rituxan therapy, which allowed clinicians to reduce the dose of steroids that were being administered.

Although more studies are required to understand the relationship between these diseases, researchers believe that the same subsets of immune cells are involved in the development of both sarcoidosis and hemolytic anemia, which may explain why some patients get both illnesses at the same time.

This means that therapeutic agents such as Rituxan, which target the immune cells known to be involved in both diseases, are promising approaches for the treatment of these patients. But given that Rituxan often takes 8 to 16 weeks to induce a clinical response, other agents that inhibit the proliferation of immune cells, such as CellCept, may be used in combination with Rituxan to help reduce the dose of steroids in a timely manner.

The authors caution, however, that “effective treatment of autoimmune hemolysis in sarcoid patients is dependent on a better understanding of the pathophysiological link between sarcoidosis and hemolytic anaemia.”



Pulsed Dye Laser Therapy May Lead to Skin Sarcoidosis in Existing Scars, Case Study Finds

When skin sarcoidosis is associated with pre-existing scars, it is called scar sarcoidosis. In a recent study, researchers at the Chungnam National University School of Medicine in Korea reported the case of a patient who developed scar sarcoidosis following pulsed dye laser treatment for a pre-existing scar.

The study, “Scar Sarcoidosis Induced by Pulsed Dye Laser Treatment,” was published in the journal Annals of Dermatology.

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Scar sarcoidosis occurs in previously inactive cutaneous scars, including surgical scars, piercings, tattoos, injection sites, herpes sites, and areas of laser surgery. In some cases, scar reactivation can occur decades later.

Researchers reported the case of a 71-year-old man who had a 50-year history of facial scarring. The lesion remained the same for nearly 50 years, but the patient complained that his scar became larger after three sessions of pulsed dye laser treatment three years earlier. The researchers assumed that the pulsed laser dye caused the reactivation of the quiescent scar, although it’s possible the scar was already undergoing slow reactivation before the treatment.

When he was examined, investigators found erythematous plaque and several non-caseating granulomas, which, together with negative tests for mycobacteria and normal levels of angiotensin-converting enzyme, led to the diagnosis of scar sarcoidosis without systemic involvement.

The patient was treated with Plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine) 100 mg, twice daily, in combination with Elidel cream (pimecrolimus) and topical steroids, which resulted in a marked improvement.

Patients with cutaneous sarcoidosis are often treated with steroids and anti-malarial drugs, as was the case for the patient reported in this study, as well as methotrexate and other agents. However, laser surgery with CO2 laser, Nd:YAG laser, intense pulse light, or pulsed dye laser have also been used in several cases.

Pulsed dye laser, in particular, has been reported in seven cases of cutaneous sarcoidosis treatment, but the outcomes varied considerably. In five studies, it was shown to be favorable. One study reported a limited affect, and one study showed marked aggravation, with the development of ulcerative sarcoidosis.

Although the exact mechanism through which pulsed dye laser improves or aggravates a lesion is unknown, the researchers believe that improvements are linked with vascular and immunomodulatory effects, whereas aggravations are associated with exacerbation of the immune reaction.

To understand whether pulsed dye laser can be used in cutaneous sarcoidosis patients and whether it affects the immune responses in those patients, large randomized controlled trials are required.



Sarcoidosis-Associated Small Fiber Neuropathy Therapy Fast Tracked by FDA

Araim Pharmaceuticals announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted Fast Track status to ARA290 for the treatment of Sarcoidosis-associated Small Fiber Neuropathy (SFN).

ARA 290 is a first in class compound which activates the natural repair system of the body by activating the innate repair receptor thus turning off systemic inflammation and turning on repair.

Clinical trials have shown potent anti-inflammatory and tissue protective properties. ARA 290 demonstrated significant improvements in the symptoms of SFN along with improved functional capacity and improvements in sensory function and nerve fiber density.

The company has completed an exploratory trial and Phase 2a trials. Currently a Phase 2b dosing trial is ongoing. Ariam plans to initiate Phase 3 trials in the 4th quarter of 2015



Sarcoidosis Natural Treatment & Alternative Options

If you are looking for Sarcoidosis natural treatment options that are backed by science, effective and tested by real people you can reach out to…you’ve finally found it!

After my husband went through a 5 year battle with Sarcoidosis I was EXTREMELY motivated to prevent other families from having to be thrown into the “Medical Gauntlet” & go through the damage of this disease alone.  Thus we spent the next 5 years becoming medical investigators to figure out what is really working to help the body overcome Sarcoidosis.

For us the erosion of life happened slowly.  The diagnosis came in 2004 but the disease was rearing it’s ugly head long before that.  After 3 years of medical treatment he felt like he knew more than his 5 Dr.s did & was physically worse than when he was first diagnosed. Please know that I do not blame I just speak openly about our journey because I believe your health depends on it.

By 2007 we found ourselves stressed, overcome with worry, financially strapped & searching for answers.  The toll this disease took on our family both physically and financially inspired us (really, forced is a better word) to learn more about complementary and alternative medicine.  The importance of eating foods that naturally repress Tumor Necrosis Factor and other cytokines known to trigger the progression of granulomas.  Natural ways to relieve severely aching joints and chronic coughing and most of all, cutting edge tests that are non-invasive & 1/10th the cost of radioactive CT scans etc. and thus the Education Beats Medication total wellness series was created for those like us who want to live a better quality of life.

Sarcoidosis Natural Treatment Yields Results:

traditional Allopathic treatment 3 years and finally came to the place where the erosion of 6 medications was too great.   What was left of his health we wanted to preserve & felt that multiple medications & possible surgery would only further complicate his quality of life.  You should also be aware that he was in stage 2 and the earlier you start implementing a healthy lifestyle the better your results will be.

After 18 months of complete commitment to natural healing he has remained in remission for over 4 years!  We share all of these holistic health practices in our Education Beats Medication Total Wellness Series & 20% of every purchase goes to Sarcoidosis Association ReallyCares Foundation to support people with Sarcoidosis.

This eBook/audio series details our journey on the path from sickness to health, complete with Sarcoidosis diet, recipes & alternative options not yet offered by main stream medicine.  Everything is backed by scientific research & it comes with 10 exclusive audio interviews with functional medicine experts, naturopaths, neurological specialists, food intolerance experts, Doctor of Oriental Medicine, chiropractors and more! So you are empowered to make your own health care decisions.

The book is 182 pages of jam packed education for people with chronic inflammatory diseases…specifically Sarcoidosis.  Here are a few examples of the suggestions you will learn much more about in the total wellness series.

Some Sarcoidosis Natural Treatment Steps To Take:

sarcoidosis dietDiet:  I don’t like the word diet, I’d rather say “eating healthy” but everyone relates.  So the 3 most important things you can do with your diet are…

1.  Trade white sugars in for honey, molasses, stevia, maple syrup.  Sugar causes tons of inflammation in the body, will complicate Sarcoidosis and those who are on prednisone will thank themselves for getting rid of white sugars!  Really!

2.  Eliminate as much wheat as possible.  If you are not ready to go 100% wheat/gluten free then exchange the white bread for 100% whole grain.  If pasta is your weakness consider using rice pasta or get really adventurous and go for Quinoa, Teff or Millet instead. (NOTE: I am not a beleiver that everyone has wheat sensitivity, I simply feel that white flour and enriched products are NOT what the body needs and do cause underlying inflammation which we MUST decrease to really fight the symptoms and progression of Sarcoidosis.)

3. Enjoy all the apples, onions, garlic, tumeric, green tea, tart cherry juice, ginger, you want.  These are all wonderful whole foods with tons of health benefits but for those with Sarcoidosis they have been scientifically proven to repress 2 cytokines; TNF-a & IFN-y.  These 2 cytokines have been linked to the development of noncaseating granulomas (Sarcoidosis).  Not to mention these foods will help replenish Vitamin C, D, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, selenium & zinc the prednisone robbing you of.  Don’t freak out…I address Vitamin D, Calcium and hypercalcemia in my total wellness series so be sure to get it.  We all need vitamin D to survive.  It is responsible for over 2,000 biological functions and there are ways to make sure your body is getting enough, but not too much.  I share the key in my book & audio series.

Exercise For Sarcoidosis:

sarcoidosis booksExercise:  You don’t have to be a marathon runner but you do need to MOVE!  I know all too well that having a respiratory disease makes it more than difficult to get a good workout in but you need to do what you can to move at least 30 minutes a day.

Bounce on a rebounder, take a walk around the block, do yoga, get a hoola hoop, ride a bicycle.

NOTE: Take it easy on yourself.  Moving is the mission.  A steady pace, keeping your heart rate elevated for 20+ minutes is preferred.  Mild to moderate, not strenuous.

Relax & Get Rid Of Inflammation:

Another Sarcoidosis Natural Treatment option to consider (all of these are more are included in the wellness series) is a castor oil pack.  Don’t worry, you don’t have to drink the stuff.)  Castor oil packs have been used for centuries to soften tissue, relieve aches and pain, inflammation and even help with scar tissue, indigestion or compacted colon.

castor oil packsTo make a castor oil pack, you will need the following:

  • High quality cold-pressed castor oil
  • A hot water bottle or heating pad
  • Plastic wrap, sheet of plastic, or plastic garbage bag
  • Two or three one-foot square pieces of wool or cotton flannel, or one piece that is large enough to cover the entire treatment area when folded in thirds
  • One large old bath towel

As with everything else, you must be careful about your source of castor oil. Much of the oil currently sold in stores is derived from castor seeds that have been heavily sprayed with pesticides, solvent-extracted (hexane is commonly used), deodorized, or otherwise chemically processed, which damages beneficial phytonutrients and may even contaminate the oil with toxic agents.

If you found this information helpful you are going to love the complete Education Beats Medication Total Wellness Series where we share exactly what Jack has done to remain in remission since 2009 and all that we wish we knew about Sarcoidosis the day he was diagnosed.