In its most severe Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is a potentially fatal dysfunction of the auto-immune system. The body’s multitude of immune agents mistakenly identifies its own tissues as the enemy. Discoid Lupus Erythematosus is a less serious form, and drug-induced LE (DILE) is transient.

S.L.E. Is primarily a disease of young women peaking between 15-20 years, but 40% may occur after the age of 60 years. It is an unpredictable disorder capable of long remissions and sudden unexplained flare-ups.

There are many possible causes of this disorder including genetic predisposition – chromosome 6 of HLA (human leukocyte area) – chromosome 1 (less commonly).Environmental factors may play a critical role in triggering S.L.E. These factors include:

  • Infections
  • Nutritional deficits
  • Stress

Cells that operate in this disorder:

  • Cells that focus on detecting and labeling antigens
  • Cells that choose the appropriate disease-fighting agent
  • Complement-system that regulates and clears up excess antibodies

If antibodies are in excess, and mediating substances are low, inflammation may be excessive and unchecked. In S.L.E., antibodies mis-identify as a foreign invader the body’s own self-antigens.

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  • Photosensitivity
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Butterfly rashes
  • Discoid lesions
  • Joint inflammation
  • CNS-lesions
  • Kidneys
  • Lesions of heart and lungs
  • Blood test abnormalities

Affected Areas

  • Joints
  • Kidney
  • Heart (pericardium)
  • Lungs (pleura)
  • Skin
  • Mouth/Nose (ulcers)
  • C.N.S.
  • Blood (anemia and leukemia)
  • G.I. Tract
  • Vascular System (vasculitis)
  • Immune System (susceptible to infection)
  • Bones (osteoporosis)

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Medical management will be determined for each specific case but the following are common management methods used at the Houston Wellness Clinic:

  • Steroids
  • Immuno-suppressive therapies
  • Intravenous immunoglobulins
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
  • Antimalarial medication
  • Removal of drug-inducing S.L.E.
  • Thalidomide
  • Hormones
  • Testosterone Gastro-intestinal tract health – enzymes, probiotics, and liver support
  • Eliminate environment toxins
  • Mood elevations
  • Hydrogen peroxide therapy

You will want to avoid environmental triggers such as; aromatic amines (hair dyes), silicone/silica dust, alfalfa sprouts, hydrazines (found in mushroom and tobacco smoke), tatrazines (used as food preservatives in food dyes), stress

It’s important to get ultraviolet light – A and B, rest, exercise – aerobic exercises, build endurance and deter muscle atrophy and take nutritional aids – specific vitamins and minerals


  • E.F.A.’s (EPA/DHA)
  • Low saturated fats
  • Calorie, fat, and protein restriction
  • Antioxidants
  • DHEA

Overall, Dr. Allibone determines management options based on a highly individualized basis studying medical history, tests, lifestyle, etc. Using this specialized method, the clinic can put each patient on the path to optimal health.

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