Lupus Erythematosus is not infectious, rare or cancerous. Current data shows that 1.5 to 2 million people have been diagnosed with this disease. Of those, 80% of them are women. and over 100,000 are children. As a matter of fact, lupus is more prevalent than sickle cell anemia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and cystic fibrosis combined!
Lupus is classified as an autoimmune disease. Some of the symptoms of lupus include:
As you can see, lupus can be difficult to diagnose since these symptoms can mimic many other health conditions. That is why it is very important to consult your physician if you suffer from these symptoms. Although the cause of lupus itself is not known, scientists suspect that there is a genetic predisposition to lupus. It is known, however, that environmental factors such as infections, ultraviolet (UV) light, extreme stress, antibiotics and certain drugs play a critical role in triggering lupus. Click HERE for a list of autoimmune and autoimmune-related diseases.
There are over 150 commonly prescribed medications that cause the human body to become sensitive to UV rays. Two of these drugs are anti-malarials, which are used routinely to treat lupus.
Please click HERE to view a most informative presentation entitled "Lupus and the Skin" by Dr. Mihaela B. Taylor, M.D. This most caring and giving physician has graciously granted us permission to share her knowledge and wisdom with us in this presentation. (WARNING: Some of the photos in this presentation are graphic and may be disturbing or offensive to some. Viewer discretion is advised.)
A Canadian investigative television news program called "16:9 - The Bigger Picture" did a story entitled "Rays of Rash" which exposes the effects of UV from a compact fluorescent light (CFL) light source on a person with Lupus. The actual story begins 0:50 seconds into the video. Click HERE to view that story on YouTube (you may be able to skip the accompanying advertiesment, if you wish.)
We have received reports from local lupus support group facilitators that during group meetings, within half an hour of sitting under fluorescent lights some lupus members experience symptoms. Some have even collapsed in their chairs from the UV exposure from the lights. Other letters from lupus patients have told how shopping under unfiltered fluorescent lights for less than an hour has left them weakened and in pain.
NaturaLux™ Filters are designed to absorb the damaging UV rays from fluorescent lamps that can trigger lupus health “flare-ups.” Additionally, Inspired Concepts and Inspired Sales are proud to be working with lupus organizations to educate and to help provide relief for those who suffer from lupus.
In an effort to provide helpful information for lupus patients, we invite you to visit: http://www.maureenpratt.com. Ms. Pratt is an author, gifted speaker and lupus patient.
If you have read other publications or websites that have been helpful to you, please let us know what or where they are (CLICK HERE.) We will try to publish as many of them on our website as we can. One such recommendation came from a lupus patient who told us about a product that is added to your wash and it "washes UV protection right into clothes." It is called RIT Sun Guard and you can purchase it online or in selected food and drug stores. Better yet, you will probably find your best price by searching on "RIT Sun Guard" online.
We are pleased to offer a 20% discount for lupus patients who must purchase our products out of their own pocket. Please pass this information on to your fellow lupus patients and facilitators.
To read an article written by inventor, Kevin Kirschner that was published in LupusLine Magazine, please CLICK HERE.
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