Last Updated Sep 2007
Q: I was recently diagnosed with sarcoidosis. Do you have any research or information that would better explain this disease? I'm finding such varying information on it from chronic lasting years, to acute flare up, to life threatening due to scar tissue. I'm told it's an inflammatory "process" that happens in the body's organs. Any information would be helpful.
A: Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory process that produces very small lumps called granulomas. Stimulated by inflammation, these granulomas can grow and produce scar tissue that can eventually cause organ damage. Corticosteroids are generally the treatment given, because of the inflammatory nature of the condition. The best treatment would be to reduce the underlying inflammation using high-dose fish oil (5- 7 grams per of EPA and DHA) in combination with the anti-inflammatory Zone Diet.