Autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans. An autoimmune disease develops when your immune system, which defends your body against disease, decides your healthy cells are foreign. As a result, your immune system attacks healthy cells. Depending on the type, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different types of body tissue. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.
There are as many as 80 types of autoimmune diseases. Many of them have similar symptoms, which makes them very difficult to diagnose. It’s also possible to have more than one at the same time. Autoimmune diseases usually fluctuate between periods of remission (little or no symptoms) and flare-ups (worsening symptoms). Currently, treatment for autoimmune diseases focuses on relieving symptoms because there is no curative therapy. However, with elimination of offending individual toxins relief is possible.
Autoimmune diseases often run in families, and 75 percent of those affected are women, according to AARDA. African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans also have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune disease.
In response to an unknown trigger, the immune system may begin producing antibodies that instead of fighting infections, attack the body’s own tissues. Treatment for autoimmune diseases generally focuses on reducing immune system activity and the removal of toxins.
Examples of autoimmune diseases include:
Systemic Lupus Erythematous
Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
The cause of autoimmune disease is unknown. There are many theories about what triggers autoimmune diseases, including:
Bacteria or virus
Food allergies and sensitivities
Also, you may be more susceptible to developing an autoimmune disease if you have a family member with one.
Autoimmune diseases are chronic conditions with no cure. Treatment involves attempts to control the process of the disease and to decrease the symptoms, especially during flare-ups.
The following is a list of things you can do to alleviate the symptoms of an autoimmune disease:
Eat a balanced and healthy diet
Non competitive Exercise
Get plenty of rest
Take vitamin supplements as recommended
Limit sun exposure
Avoid any known triggers of flare-ups
Eight Items to consider
- Have Cyrex panels 3,4,5,10 completed and eliminate all sensitive items as food choices
- Complete Spectracell Micronutrient profile so you can be strategic with supplements and not shotgun them
- Complete Adrenal function testing, as autoimmune disease will slowly affect adrenal function whether you have antigens to 21-hydroxylase or not
- Complete comprehensive stool culture to identify potential pathogens/yeast to be eliminated and secretory IgA levels
- Complete genetic testing to determine if you should be taking methylcobalamin vs. hydroxycobalamin injections weekly
- Eliminate coffee, caffeine, tea, chocolate, gluten (even if gluten non-reactive), corn, soy, dairy, sugar, tomatoes, nightshades vegetables, alcohol, and soda
- If still having food issues follow Autoimmune Paleo, read The Paleo Approach by Sarah Ballantyne, PhD
- Take charge of your health!
Medical therapies include:
Hormone replacement therapy
Medical biofeedback therapy
ReNue Health is located conveniently in Springboro, Ohio with easy access from Dayton International Airport, Cincinnati International Airport or the adjacent Wright Brothers Private Airport (MGY) for those travelling by private aviation.
Dr. Rob sees new patients in our Ohio office. Only one visit is necessary to perform a comprehensive history, interview, and education. Follow up evaluations, adjustments and balancing of hormones are done by phone or written communications and a return visit to Dr. Rob is not necessary. Ongoing testing and adjustment is mandatory and performed through a laboratory convenient to your home.
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