Sjogren’s (pronounced “Show-grins”) Syndrome: Had you ever heard of it before?
Sjogren’s Syndrome is a chronic, autoimmune disease that is quite debilitating. Sjogren’s Syndrome begins with a number of symptoms that appear to be merely irritating. The temptation with Sjogren’s Syndrome is to treat the symptoms as something odd and temporary. Don’t. You’ve got precious little time while your body’s immune system is wrecking havoc with your exocrine glands.
Quite literally, your body is attacking the moisture producing glands. This autoimmune disease (Sjogren’s) usually first attacks the moisture producing glands of the mouth (salivary glands) and eyes (tear glands – “lacrimal glands”). Later, often, other exocrine glands are involved, such as the vagina, skin, respiratory and gastrointestinal systems.
I said you had precious little time. I meant that. Normally, doctors will be quite encouraging that there are “months and years” before Sjogren’s symptoms really cause serious health problems. That is misleading.
As a (retired) surgeon, I have seen patients first waste months – even years – in sheer wonderment. However, the symptoms increase their effect in Sjogren’s Syndrome constantly. Nuisances grow gradually worse in Sjogren’s, no doubt.
The next step is the really damaging “time-waster” in Sjogren’s. That’s when a Sjogren’s Syndrome victim sees the doctor. Diagnosis is necessary in all cases of chronic disease (including autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s).
In Sjogren’s Syndrome patients, there are several published criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s. The European Community Criteria is very practical. It requires 4 of 6 criteria for the diagnosis of Sjogren’s:
1-)Sjogren’s Syndrome creates complications in the moisture of the eyes.
2-)Sjogren’s Syndrome also creates oral symptoms (mouth moisture problems).
3-)Sjogren’s Syndrome often can show keratoconjunctivitis sicca (inadequate tear film protection of the cornea resulting in excessively fast evaporation or premature destruction of the tear film).
4-)Sjogren’s Syndrome often shows inflammation and swelling of salivary glands.
5-)Sjogren’s Syndrome deteriorates into further salivary gland involvement.
6-)Sjogren’s Syndrome builds autoantibodies in patient serum.
The real “time-waster” is what happens next. To understand this, you must understand something about doctors before you tackle Sjogren’s Syndrome or autoimmune disease in general.
Doctors are literally surrounded by drug company representatives from the first day of medical school until retirement. You see, doctors are the life blood of the drug company (prescription) business. Without doctors, drug company business would “dry up”.
Here’s the “kicker”. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death in the United States, just behind heart disease and cancer.
I saw many patients whom I believed died of many kinds of chronic and autoimmune diseases, because I suspected their doctors had prescribed their drug regimen incorrectly. I was wrong. Doctors are officially the third leading cause of death because they prescribe drug regimens correctly, just as the drug companies instruct them to do. And people are dying..
The problem is a simple one. The drugs, at best, waste the precious months and years until the autoimmune functions of Sjogren’s have done tremendous damage. At worse, they make matters much worse. The real problem is that autoimmune diseases like Sjogren’s Syndrome are caused by a deficiency of glyconutrition.
The drug companies know all about glyconutrition and its impact upon Sjogren’s and other autoimmune diseases. But, they can’t make any money on glyconutrition. And it threatens to wipe out a whole industry full of autoimmune drug therapies (including Sjogren’s, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and many more), totaling literally billions of dollars. Since the drug companies are the ones endowing the medical schools, drugs – not glyconutrition or supplements – are taught to the doctors.
Most doctors know very little about supplements, let alone glyconutrition. Despite the fact that four Nobel Prizes have been won in glyconutrition…cellular communication… (that is unprecedented in Medicine), most doctors don’t have any real knowledge of glyconutrition because they don’t have the time to learn it (or many other health subjects). They depend on the research of the drug companies to keep them abreast. They trust the drug companies just as Sjogren’s patients trust the doctors.
Dr. Robert Gamble