The Truth about Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a rare autoimmune disease that many people have never heard of. But if you were a fan of Bernie Mac, then you may know he died of a lung disorder.

Actor Bernie Mac, 50, Dies from Sarcoidosis

Actor Bernie Mac, 50, Dies from Sarcoidosis

Although Sarcoidosis is usually not fatal, award-winning journalist, reporter, anchor and producer, Diane Rutherford knows first hand how for some people, Sarcoidosis becomes a serious disease. Her father died three years ago. Diane has used her position to promote awareness.

“An inflammatory disease, which can affect many parts of the body, sarcoidosis has no known cause or cure. According to the National Institutes of Health, the mysterious inflammation produces tiny lumps of cells called granulomas, which resemble grains of sand. If these grains multiply and merge, they can create groups of lumps. If numerous lumps form in an organ, they can affect that part of the body. That’s when symptoms crop up. Because the illness can involve a variety of age groups, multiple organs and a myriad of symptoms, sarcoid is sometimes initially mistaken for other diseases.”

I first became aware of Sarcoidosis when I was pouring over information about Rheumatoid Arthritis, which I have. I became specifically intrigued with Sarcoid Arthritis and wondered if I had been misdiagnosed which happens often. As with many diseases, sometimes it takes years to know for sure what illness you are suffering from since diseases often overlap in symptoms.

Diane has done a wonderful job educating the public on Sarcoidosis. She has three Youtube videos where she explains the details of this disease.

 

Although Sarcoidosis is usually not fatal and often heals naturally, “a lot of patients do have symptoms that can last months or even years if the granulomas spread and cause scarring in the organs.”

Prednisone is often prescribed for autoimmune diseases, including Sarcoidosis. Though it’s an anti-inflammatory, it’s also a steroid which can cause horrible side effects. Hypertension, Bone loss, Diabetes and Cataracts are some of those side effects, just to name a few. Prednisone does not cure autoimmune diseases, but can help alleviate symptoms.

This is one of those times that I can’t help but mention Serracor-NK. I wonder if Serracor-NK could help people with Sarcoidosis. It only seems logical that it could, since Serracor-NK not only helps with inflammatory diseases, but also with Pulmonary Fibrosis, a condition that scars the lungs. With Prednisone as an unappealing option of treatment for Sarcoidosis, it seems the logical step would be to give Serracor-NK a try.

7 Responses

  1. Thanks for the info i’m going through tests for this at the moment and doing research on it i found how little information their is on this condition so thank you

  2. Immunotec’s product, Immunocal Platinum, is highly effective with lung disease and has got good results with Sarcoidosis. http://wp.me/PPSmZ-jA

  3. Not that I’m impressed a lot, but this is a lot more than I expected for when I found a link on Delicious telling that the info is awesome. Thanks.

  4. Thank you, I signed it!
    -Sarah

  5. Wow! Thanks for the write up about Sarcoidosis.

    I also have Sarcoidosis and I’d like to see more research done!!!

    It’s sad how many people are taken awa, way too early from this disease and those that are still fighting, suffer daily.

    There’s an online petition for USA now out, please take a moment to sign it, so we can find a cure today! http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/sarcoidosis-it-hurts

    Thanks for listening!

  6. James,

    Then my question would be….why do exactly what the doctor tells you? Couldn’t a person try the alternative route for a while and go in for check ups and blood work?

  7. It does seem logical to try other promising options, but my experience of 10 years with cutaneous sarcoidosis is that few doctors have experience treating it, and those that do tend to stick to prednisone and methotrexate.

    There are many other less harmful and promising treatments that could be tried first, such as FAEs, Q-switched ruby laser, allopurinol, melatonin, chloroquine, etc. but it is very difficult to convince a doctor to try these if they don’t have direct experience with them.

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