It is estimated that up to 50 million Americans suffer from some form of autoimmune disease. Well known diseases such as Lupus, Hashimoto’s, and MS are all examples of autoimmune disease. In autoimmune disease the immune system has gotten confused. The immune system is in charge of identifying and eliminating anything that is not you. With autoimmune disease the immune system begins to attack your own tissues. In order to correct autoimmune disease, you must attempt to create balance within the immune system.
The immune system is a very complicated topic and we are constantly learning new aspects of this vast system. Inflammation is controlled by the immune system, therefore any chronic inflammatory condition should really be referred to as chronic immune imbalance.
For as complicated as the immune system is, in the end you simply need to determine whether the immune system needs to be stimulated or does it need to be calmed down. For most patients, it is usually a combination of both in order to obtain balance.
What Causes Autoimmune Disease
There can be a number of causes of immune dysfunction and our knowledge of immune dysfunction is constantly growing. These are the most common causes of immune dysfunction
- Allergies – food and environmental
- Heavy Metal Toxicity
- Lack of healthy dietary fats (omega 3′, grass-fed butter)
- Lack of fat soluble vitamins
- Lack of anti-oxidants
- Leaky Gut / Leaky Brain Syndrome
- Poor Methylation
How I can help you
Dysbiosis is actually the most common stressor that needs to be addressed on patients. Current research frequently shows links between dysbiosis and chronic disease. Unfortunately, this phenomenon is only minimally recognized in most clinical practices. For example, a patient may be labeled with Chron’s disease, IBS, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome but research has shown that at the root of these issues is an underlying infection that has not been addressed. My treatment can identify and correct dysbiosis, in addition to identifying allergens and other stressors of the immune system.