Nutritional Support Protocol for Autoimmune Diseases

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With attention also for the Hormone imbalance presumed in LICHEN SCLEROSUS

Developed Jan-Feb 2018  by Nancy K Baumgarten, MLA   Hendersonville NC USA (age 72) 

Autoimmune and inflammatory issues are best managed with one or another following protocol works best for you;  a CANDIDA CLEARING Diet Program, ANTI-INFLAMMATORY, AUTOIMMUNE Diet and most importantly, LEAKY GUT[/b] Syndrome Protocol[/b], which appears to be behind all of the rest.                                                                                                                           Mix or match, these become our new normal.   Listen to your body very closely, it has been trying to tell us which foods it disagrees with. Our Liver is a detoxification system all its own, and needs to be consciously cared for on a regular basis - not just once a year.  

        P.S.  "One person's food is another person's poison'.  Don't feel compelled to follow any of the above diets strictly, learn your metabolic type and/or blood type, and notice every little thing your body is hinting more closely than ever before.

Optimized for best Time of Day and for Water/Oil solubility


Begin above protocols with Lymph, kidney & liver cleanses Then continue on regular basis

8- 10 glasses of water;

HYDRATION! We are all dehydrated and don't know it….not only our kidneys, our LABIA need water etc etc.

Milk Thistle

LIVER: Assists the liver to remove excess estrogen and can also help reduce high cholesterol levels.


inhibits the growth of Candida Albicans (as well as lots of other fungal strains); read online; use Tumeric in food; contraindicated if you have Macular Degeneration)

Dandelion or Chamomile

LIVER cleansing herbals

Stinging Nettle

KIDNEYS: really high in vitamin C, and this herb has been shown to help to start filtering out extra fluids through the kidneys.

Burdock Root or herbal

KIDNEYS: A natural Diuretic, Burdock Tea helps your body to eliminate excess water by increasing urine output, which can help to remove waste from the blood and body.

Cranberry (frozen no sugar added) & Fresh Celery Blender juice

KIDNEYS: 2 High anti-oxidants that help Kidneys by preventing UTI's.


support the KIDNEYS, the ADRENALS and also cause your body to increase circulation. Beets are high in what’s called NO2, nitric oxide, which is really good for naturally cleansing the blood.

Exercise 30 min to  1 hr a day

LYMPH Cleansing: suggestions, Rebounding moves the lymph, the qigong bounce; jumping rope, anything that gets you off the ground.


Alkalizing Trace Mineral Water w/ BORON : Throughout the Day      

for 1st two weeks:

To 1 Qt Water stir in 1/8 teas. Borax and 1/8 teas Himalayan Pink Salt Powder

Borax w/ Himalayan Salt Water 

     Cofactor for D; anti-inflammatory;  Borax is an extremely potent bacterial and fungal killer. It also helps to detoxify the liver and remove heavy metals such as mercury and fluoride from the body. In addition, it balances hormones in both males and females,  aid for obesity; high blood pressure;  the himayalan salt has 84 Trace minerals.


 ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops  (for life)

     Cofactor for D; anti-inflammatory; obesity; high blood pressure; Trace minerals. This option includes 250 mg MAGNESIUM per dose which is one of the required Co-Factors of Vitamin D

Alkalizing Trace Mineral Water which includes BORON: Maintenance (for life)

     Concentration: 1 Qt Water stir in 1 teas. Borax and 1 teas. Himalayan Pink Salt Powder. Store in Pantry, Take 1 - 2 Teaspoons in a glass of water 1X or 2X a day. (the Quart lasts about 50-100 days)


     A glass of warm water with 2 TBS APPLE CIDER VINEGAR.. And take a 2nd time during the day.

     Powerful viral, bacterial and fungal killer.  The acid and enzymes in apple cider vinegar help to kill and get rid of excess yeast in the body.

30 min BEFORE BREAKFAST:    water soluble vitamins

Probiotics: my choice Bubbies Sauerkraut (made without vinegar)

      For Healing LEAKY GUT and AUTOIMMUNE PROTOCOL:  Probiotics repopulate the intestines with healthy bacteria.   Sauerkraut can help improve the immune system. We can make our own! I just bought a crock pot.

Vitamin B Complex

     Reduce inflammation & fight infection; & energy all day

Vitamin B-12 Spray

     Vitamin B-12 is hard to digest in pill form. Get your levels checked and Take this spray form if you have symptoms of fatigue, depression, wonky vision, weak muscles, electrical sensation running up and down, pins & needles,or dizziness.

Vitamin C

for Blood flow & Detoxes the Liver; collagen formation and helps to maintain the integrity of skin tissue

Grape Seed Extract

Fights Candida; anti fungal, antimicrobial;

Selenium (as selenomethionine)

immune modulator with powerful anti-inflammatory properties and is vitally important to consider in all cases of autoimmune diseases.  & thyroid function; acts as an antioxidant.

L-Arginine / OR L- Citriline for those over 50ish)

Heart and Libido, blood flow  to clit!    Take powder in warm water with a squeeze of lemon or two.

Colloidal Silver

Potent anti-bacterial since  . Supplement with probiotics during period of use to be sure that you maintain a proper balance of microflora. . In water; Alternate days with L-Arginine

WITH or AFTER BREAKFAST that includes fats

Vitamin D3     OR         D3 & K2 

Anti-inflammatory, autoimmune, and recent research shows that it also helps/cures cancer.  Also a specific for thyroid. Required Co-Factors include VIt K2, Magnesium, Zinc  and Boron.  Take it in the morning. Vitamin D temporarily pauses the production of melatonin, the sleep hormone, so don’t take it at night.  Though another Study shows taken with dinner rather than breakfast increased blood levels of vitamin D by about 50% .... Argh.

Vitamin K2

Co-factor for D3 esp if taking Vit D for extended period (like any autoimmune and/or thyroid patient should be)


Co-Factor with Vitamin D, Boron, and Magnesium. Reduces inflammation and fights infection; skin rashes; night blindness; impaired taste/smell

Vitamin A

 Besides vision, Vit A is important in cellular differentiation (eg, growth, reproduction, immune response) and in maintenance of epithelial integrity. No nutritional deficiency is more synergistic with infection than vitamin A

Omega-3 Oil - ALA

FLAX OIL and WALNUTS;  Cofactor for Vitamin D; libido

Omega-3 Oil - EPA/DHA supplements

EPS and DHA Omega 3's - Cofactor for Vitamin D; libido

 TAKE WITH LUNCH  at least 30 minutes before or after other supplements

MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane)

Restores healthy oxygen transport.  Because of its molecular structure it readily bonds with most other chemicals; and thus removes heavy metals and other toxins from the body. Take at least 30 min. before or after any medication, vitamin/mineral or supplement, otherwise, it will simply absorb your supplements and you will not benefit much from either .  Powder works better than pills.

 TAKE at least 30 Minutes AFTER LUNCH or after MSM


Helps reduce sugar cravings and produces energy to combat  the afternoon "slump"! regulates blood sugar, and helps insulin transport glucose into cells, where it can be used for energy. Chromium also appears to be involved in the metabolism of carbohydrate, fat, and protein.

DINNER….that includes fats

Fat-soluble supplements

IF you missed taking any of your fat-soluble supplements with/after breakfast, they could be taken at dinner

Omega 3 ALA - Flax Oil

A tablespoon on Steamed Kale is delicious!  Either dinner or breakfast.

Raspberry Leaf Tea 

Rich levels of an antioxidant called ellagic acid. Raspberry leaf can alter estrogen metabolism, helping to reduce the risk of hormonal cancers caused by 17beta-estradiol.  Take any time of day or evening.

BEFORE BED by about an hour


Strong anti-inflammatory; Co-factor for Vitamin D; increases the efficiency of Vitamin D, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C absorption.   Crucial for balancing female/male hormones, detoxing the liver, and ridding the body of bacterial and fungal infections.   Required for the proper metabolism of calcium, potassium, zinc, copper iron, sodium, as well as Vitamin B1 and nitric oxide. 400- 1,000 mg a day is recommended.  If you are using Borax/Boron this supplement is required. If choosing the trace mineral drops option this does not need to be bought separately. 


a hormone secreted by the pineal gland in the brain. It helps regulate other hormones and maintains the body's circadian rhythm. The circadian rhythm is an internal 24-hour "clock" that plays a critical role in when we fall asleep and when we wake up.     Sleep before midnight is more restorative, and for LS & other autoimmune diseases we should strive to get as close to 8 hours as possible.  Melatonin will help get us there.



IF any of you ladies are on Thyroid medication, THIS is when to take it, so that it doesn't compete or doesn't have to compete with any of our Other Autoimmune/ LS supplements; ALSO it's perfect timing to not have to wait 2 hours after waking to eat breakfast.


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  • Posted

    Thank you is an inadequate expression of gratitude for the care and thoughtfulness that have gone into all of this Nancy.  I've already made some simple evidence based changes as a result of all your research eg taking different supplements at different times of the day rather than all at the same time!! Best, J.


  • Posted

    Thanks SO MUCH 😊 for going to the trouble of putting all this together Nancy. All very relevant and helpful.

    Maggie X

  • Posted

    Thank you so, so much. I’m eternally grateful! There’s dizzying amounts of information out there, I feel like I’ve been going in circles bouncing from forums to books and emails. Thank you, thank you, thank you! :-)
    • Posted

      You are so very welcome, Narya,  I'm also ever so grateful that the women who listed even one thing that help made it possible to follow the hint down the rabbit hole to the science of the whys and wherefores.  


  • Posted

    Thank you so much for this Nancy. I've highlighted it, copied, and placed it in a folder and will now print it. Thank you again so much for all your hard work! It's so appreciated.

    • Posted

      Oh MY! Micheline - what an honor I do hope it serves you and others well.  By all means take these to your own doctors to let them know the direction of your interests. By the by I haven't even had time to see my own doctor yet to let him know what more I've uncovered than just the D.  He's brilliant, but you know, I thnk they work so hard that they just can't keep up with everything. we have to be our own healer as well. He never told me for instance that the Vit D he told me to take over a year ago for a weak heart should always be taken with K2 as well.  So let's let them out... I mean really.... I've had 3 kidney stone attacks in my life - what if I'd gone on like that and got another attack because I didn't know about the interconnection between the two ( the K2 moves the calcium around the body where it is needed, but Vit D alone would keep calcium stuck in bones and joints ( and ahem kidneys) etc, all where we certainly don't want that! 

  • Posted

    Thank you for your response Nancy. That part of your wonderful report, the K2, I have known about for a while. My sister has osteoporosis and I may be headed that way also so reading about K2 was important. I also had read before that about the danger of Calcium Carbonate going into the arteries of elderly people instead of the bones and that it is better to take Calcium Citrate which is better absorbed. But now the K2 is even better. The D3 helps with absorption and the K2 tells it where to go -- the bones. I find it's not always easy to get though. I have to really look for it at the drugstore. Hopefully, they'll stock more of it. You would think that they would knowing about the benefits.

    Thank you so much again for your valuable report.


  • Posted

    Thanks again Nancy for your hard work and great presentation of results..I’ll be keeping this for reference.

    i came upon your, and others advice on this forum while feeling pretty down. Was about 10 days past day surgery for a lesion removal and 4 vulval biopsies, feeling sore and wondering about how to manage my future.

    This forum has given me hope and direction and a feeling of having some control. I immediately changed diet more according to the principles read here, and have started some of the vitamins. Need to get a couple more of the co-dependent ones, but it feels good to have a direction. 

    This feels like a lifeline. Biopsy results back next Monday. Fingers crossed!  I’ve had LS for 9 years, but am only now found some positive action. 

    • Posted

      YOu area so very welcome, Painty. 

      I'm so sorry you and others have had to endure this LS for so long before science data caught up...

      now just to gt the intel out to the hardworking doctors so it can get diagnosed SO much sooner... and our fellow sisters and brothers get to knwo about what to watch for... 


  • Posted

    Hi Nancy,  Do you think it is advantageous to see a nutritionist and get tested before embarking on a strict diet and vitamin regimen?    

    My LS has flared up so badly in the past 2 weeks after feeling so good for a couple of weeks prior.  I have now fused and my smaller Labia has disappeared.  I hardly recognize my undercarriage. I"m taking 10,000 mg of D3 everyday.  I generously dab Castor Oil on my undercarriage twice a day and I think it helps somewhat, but when there is a flareup nothing works.  I use Clobestol sparingly.  Now I have what looks like a blister or huge sore and I'm not sure what to do about that.  I fear cancer.  


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