SCLERODERMA-autoimmune disease SUPPLEMENTAL SUGGESTIONS - Gotu Kola - been found to decrease hardening of the skin. Use whole plant extract, 3 times a day. Aloe Gel - 1 to 2 T. a day. Also may be beneficial to take baths with aloe added. Wobenzyme or pancreatin 10X USP enzymes - beneficial for inflammation and swelling and pain. Take 500-1000 mg., 3 times a day on an empty stomach COQ10 - Country Life Q-Gels,30mg. 3 times a day. very beneficial antioxidant. found to benefit health of internal organs. Grapeseed or pycnogenol - 50mg. 4 times a day. Another excellant antioxidant, very beneficial in auto immune diseases. N-acetly-cysteine/L-glutamine/glycine - raw materials needed for the body to make glutathione, which is a very powerful antioxidant.Levels of this decrease with age. Vit B6 - 250mg. a day- involved in more bodily functions than almost any other single nutrient. required by the nervous system, needed for normal brain function and systhisis of RNA and DNA which contain genetic instructions for reproduction of all cells and normal cellular growth. Vit. E- 400mg. 2 times a day-antioxidant, needed for tissue repair, circulation, blood clotting and healing, reduces scarring, maintains healthy nerves and muscles, promotes healthy skin and hair Zinc - 30mg. a day- required for protien synthesis and collagen formation. promotes healthy immune system, and healing of wounds. helps fight and prevent formation of free radicals. signs of zinc deficiency include - acne, fatigue, growth impairment, hair loss, high cholesterol, impaired night vision, white spots on the fingernails, increased susceptibility to infection, memory impairment, propensity to diabetes, recurrent colds and flu, skin lesions, slow wound healing. Vit. C. - 1000 mg. 3 times a day- required for tissue growth and repair. aids in production of anti-stress hormones and interferon. essential in formation of collagen. protects against blood clotting and bruising, promotes healing of wounds and burns. strong antioxidant. Thymus extract - 120 mg pure polypeptides with molecular wt. of less than 10,000. Good for all auto immune disorders. Helps restore immune function. Scleroderma has been shown to benefit greatly from this supplement. LIFESTYLE SUGGESTIONS --- Exercise, if possible. --- Do alternate nostril breathing to stimulate metabolism and help rid the body of built up CO2. Close right nostril , breathe out of left nostril, then breathe in through left nostril. Close left nostril, then breathe out through right nostril, then breathe in through right nostril. Repeat these steps for 10-20 min. 3 or 4 times a day. This can keep your metabolism up for 60-90 minutes after finishing. This is a Yoga breathing technique used for centuries. --- No smoking or second-hand smoke --- Follow blood type diet as closely as possible- recommend book- Eat Right 4 Your Type --- Drink lots of water � reverse osmosis , filtered � good, not distilled. Leaches minerals out of body. --- Try to keep nutrition at a peak. Protein drink with 1-2 T. Carlson lemon flavor fish oil at least once a day This is characterized as an autoimmune disorder which is why the drugs are so toxic that are given for it. They are, in a sense, chemotherapy. They destroy the immune system. Not knowing any specifics about you , basic suggestions in addition to following diet for your blood type would be to eliminate all wheat( at least) probably most grains � all dairy, and all sweeteners. Eat good organic proteins and vegetables.