Take Your Life Back: Where are you in Your Journey with Autoimmunity?

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It affects 1 in 4 of our population—the problem is that less than a third of those with autoimmunity are diagnosed. Rates are increasing dramatically.

There’s a latent period of 7-14 years where it’s not even diagnosed and it’s considered a “pre-autoimmunity”.  And often it’s only diagnosed after there’s tissue destruction instead of when there are imbalances that can be picked up early.

Symptoms of Autoimmunity : Use this checklist to see if any of the symptoms you are facing relate. If you know for sure you have Autoimmunity then please read our treatment for Autoimmunity.

There are 24 million people with autoimmune disease, and it’s on the rise. So when you take it as a collective problem and you look at them together, there are 80 autoimmune diseases. It’s a huge issue. Whether it’s arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel, MS, Sjögren’s, or virtigo, or psoriasis…

It’s such a huge problem that people haven’t seen it as one problem. And there’s no sort of autoimmune society, there’s no autoimmune institute. There’s like all these different pieces that are treated and looked at by different people, and nobody’s looking at the problem as one whole continuing issue.

  • Addison’s disease
  • Alopecia areata (hair loss and patches of balding)
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Carpal Tunnel Celiac disease
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Diabetes, type I
  • Dementia
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Graves’ or Hashimoto’s (thyroid diseases)
  • Lupus
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s
  • Pernicious anemia (perpetually low vitamin B12 levels)
  • Psoriasis Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Sjögren syndrome (dry eyes and mouth)
  •  And there is over 100 more.

What is the Treatment for Autoimmunity?

What is autoimmune disease? It’s an inflammatory disease. And the question then becomes not “How do I shut off inflammation?” but “How do I find the root cause of inflammation? Why is the immune system so upset?”

These are the questions we ask.

Those are the questions that most doctors don’t ask, so in conventional care the process is to block, antagonize, suppress, and inhibit the immune system. They use anti-inflammatory drugs like nonsteroidals whether it’s Aleve or Advil. They use steroids, they use drugs called TNF-Alpha Blockers which are called disease modifying drugs that suppress immunity and cause cancer, or an overwhelming infection. They’ll use chemo drugs—methotrexate, Imuran, cyclosporine—They’ve been using bone marrow transplants for some people. These are extremely aggressive, extremely intense drugs with tons of side effects.

How we help your body Manage Autoimmunity ( Our Process )

We address the body as a whole. We utilize Fuctional Lab Testing to look for underlying cause of symptoms, and to guide us in giving the body what it needs to heal and function optimally and to remove what is interfering with its function. We support you through the whole process, assist you in healing your digestive system, interpret your hormonal and blood testing, provide your nutritional and nutraceutical guidance, a realistic strenghtening program and provide stress reduction strategies . What we provide is an education; it’s learning how to take care of yourself.  The information is broken down into steps, with weekly emails that contain an action plan, educational videos, menus, recipes and shopping list, in-office visit,  and phone support.  All designed to reinforce the information and help you implement changes into your lifestyle. There is support and one on one mentoring every step of the way. This system and our support will help you apply these principles to your life.

We say, “What is it that could be triggering your inflammation?” And we need to  rid your body of those triggers. And “What is it that you need for your immune system to work properly,  for your body to work properly?”

We get rid of the triggers, and we support  the body with what it needs to heal. The triggers is a fairly short list, and we think it’s really important to understand what those causes are.

These are different for different people, so you can have 10 people with exactly the same autoimmune disease, and each one of those 10 people might have a different set of causes. You can’t treat them all the same, right? And that’s really important.

One person might have an autoimmune disease from eating gluten, and another person might be from mercury, or a parasite in their gut, But there are also other toxins, all the chemicals and pesticides, the plastics we’re exposed to. They’re triggers that are chemicals that cause an autoimmune response.  There are allergens we’re exposed to. They can be things we’re eating, and that’s the biggest source. Gluten, dairy, grains, are often a big trigger. Mold, environmental allergens, even chemical allergens can trigger a problem.

Microbes, bugs—bugs in your gut, abnormal gut flora, parasites, yeast, bacteria—but also things like tick-borne diseases and other viruses and chronic viral infections. These are things that your immune system starts reacting to.

And then of course there’s stress. Both physical and psychological stress will trigger inflammation and autoimmunity.