Will Beta Glucan Harm an AutoImmune Condition?

There are numerous autoimmune conditions and each one is unique. Most of the time the biggest concern is overstimulation of the immune system, which causes a person’s immune system to attack itself. However, by definition Beta Glucan is an immunomodulator and never causes overstimulation. The studies are still very much unclear about the exact benefit a person with an autoimmune condition may receive by taking Beta Glucan, but there are no known side effects. If there is any concern whatsoever, please contact your medical professional before taking our product.

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As Answered By AJ Lanigan

I want to tell you with sincere honesty, that there is not a whole lot of people around that have read and studied and associated with the world’s experts on this topic, more than myself. The general consensus among all the experts is that we really don’t know. With all the research done on safety, well, they never took any kind of population of people with autoimmune disorders like MS, alopecia, skin conditions, Chrohn’s Disease and the list goes on. There must be 85 to 100 different autoimmune conditions. The problem with autoimmune disorders are, we don’t know and understand what causes them and without knowing what causes a condition, it makes it impossible to talk about fixing it.

Now the classical wisdom, the standard of care, if you please, suggests we are just going to turn your immune system off; with the use of things like prednisone, cortisone, other corticosteroids and maybe even certain types of chemotherapy to shut down your immune system. Now the doctor is not going to say this, but, it’s because they don’t know what else to do: that is the truth. Now if you go to your pharmacist (or maybe the doctor himself will come clean) and ask, they may say if you keep taking his prednisone or cortisone or this chemotherapeutic agent long enough, you will find yourself needing another 10 to 12 drugs to offset the problems they created.

That being said, I would say that a person with an autoimmune condition needs to sit down with their pharmacist and medical doctor to get a clear understanding. Bring a copy of an excellent book written by one of the top researchers in the world, Dr. Vaclav Vetvika who works at the University of Louisville. The name of the book is “Nature’s Secret.” Have the pharmacist, the doctor, and the medical experts sit with you and read the chapter on “mechanism of action.” It explains exactly what beta glucan does and how it does it. It’s very well understood and many peer-reviewed medical articles been published on the topic.

Have the conversation with your medical team, that if you keep taking prednisone and cortisone and these other drugs long enough, you understand all of the negative side effects. Tell them you know, that they don’t know (no one knows), what is causing the problem and that none of the drugs you are taking have the ability to fix the issue at hand. Explain that you might possibly want to play outside the box. You are already coming to see them on a regular basis to get your blood work drawn, so now you want to have them watch what is going on (watch the effects of Beta Glucan as you take it). Then, as a group, decide on how you want to approach the idea of using this immune modulator (Beta-1, 3D glucan).

Just know, this is a controversial subject. It would be a lot easier to predict the safety and efficacy of beta glucan if you came to me with a staph infection and were taking penicillin, or if you had a tooth to be pulled or even if you were on chemotherapy for a particular type of cancer. I would support, without a doubt, that Beta-1, 3D Glucan would be 100% safe and not interfere with your medications. When it comes to an autoimmune disorder, the research is not there and we simply choose to stay out of the middle.

As Answered By Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

It is a different story for a transplant patient. It is a clear no, because everybody who has any type transplantation is on a heavy, heavy doses of immuno-suppressant drugs and that is a norm for anybody. And you don’t want to have the immune system suppressed by a medication and stimulated by glucan at the same time. So for this type of patient it is a straight no.

For auto Autoimmune diseases, it is a little more complicated. First of all there are about 80 different types of auto immune diseases and, and if you don’t know yet too, too much about them and most of all we don’t know what is causing the disease. But it is still the immune system somehow goes berserk and attacks our own body and we don’t want to stimulate it even more.

It is very few studies so we cannot be 100% sure if glucan can do any harm but in this case it is better to be safe than sorry

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AJ Lanigan

A.J. Lanigan has over 20 years experience in various disciplines of immunology. He was educated at the University of South Carolina, College of Pharmacy from 1971-1975.
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Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka

Dr. Vaclav Vetvicka is a Professor and Vice Chairman, Director of Research at the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Louisville. Dr. Vetvicka graduated in 1978 from Charles University in Prague with a doctorate degree in biology and obtained his Ph.D. in 1983 from the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences, Institute of Microbiology.