Autoimmune diseases are conditions where your immune system attacks healthy tissue. Your immune system is designed to attack foreign invaders.
But sometimes this process goes haywire. The immune system starts creating antibodies that it is not supposed to be creating.
An autoimmune condition exists when the body is literally attacking itself. It will be attacking cells that should be protected such as thyroid cells or adrenal cells. It is an abnormal response of the immune system and is against tissues or substances that are normally present in the body.
What are the causes of an autoimmune condition?
Autoimmune illnesses are most likely due to the proliferation of GM foods, nutrient poor foods and environmental toxins that people are exposed to starting at birth. There are genetic influences too but just carrying certain genes does not mean that you are destined to suffer. With good lifestyle habits your genetics should not predispose you to an autoimmune condition.
Did you know that babies today are born with an average of 232 chemical toxins in their umbilical cord blood?
More than 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmunity, which makes it the third most common category of illness in the United States after cancer and heart disease. It affects approximately 20 percent of our population. However, if you ask anyone, most will say they can’t tell you what an autoimmune disease is.
Poor lifestyle habits certainly increase your predisposition to autoimmunity. Autoimmunity is likely to be triggered by one of the following: virus (eg Epstein Barr Virus), food toxins, heavy metals, mycotoxins or environmental toxins.
What are some of the common autoimmune diseases
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Grave’s disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Type I Diabetes
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease ( includes Crohn’s and Celiac)
- Hashimoto’s thyroid disease
Initially traditional medicine took a view of the myriad of symptoms presented by autoimmunity and didn’t know what to do about it. Science had not discovered autoimmunity. Doctors may even suggest that patients were making up their symptoms or it was ‘all in their head’. This is what happened to me when I first consulted my doctors struggling with unbearable fatigue, joint pains, gut issues and brain fog.
What are some symptoms suggesting autoimmunity?
- Unexplained exhaustion
- Joint Pain
- Sleep issues
- Sudden weight loss or gain
- Palpitations or heart flutters
- Excessive sweat
- Memory loss or brain fog
- Can’t recover from a viral illness
How does your doctor treat autoimmunity?
Conventional medicine treats the symptoms of your disease and doesn’t work with the root cause. Your doctor is likely to prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs, steroids and probably anti-depressants. Or you will be prescribed a disease-modifying drug to stop the progression of the damage. However, these drugs don’t work on any root causes. Your doctor doesn’t normally suggest lifestyle changes. You will continue to suffer from the autoimmunity and side effects from these strong damaging drugs.
When I presented with all these strange symptoms, my doctors prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs and anti-depressants to deal with my frustration. Fortunately my intuition kicked in and I decided to not take any of the prescriptions and sought alternative health help. You cannot correct autoimmunity without getting to the root cause which is the entire way that functional medicine works.
I have been given the diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and ultimately Grave’s disease. This is common since if you have experienced one autoimmune condition, it is much more likely that you will have suffer from another one.
Today thanks to functional medicine, a comprehensive lifestyle program and modulated diet, I enjoy my life and my autoimmunity is under control. I certainly know that if I don’t pay attention to my health and my daily lifestyle, I can expect a return of symptoms and that’s not something I want to experience.
Thyroid and Adrenal health
Very often thyroid or adrenal health challenges are related to an autoimmune issue and they can be related to the gut or liver, and the body is attacking the thyroid or adrenal glands but it is not a primary thyroid or adrenal issue. Your doctor may just give you thyroid medicine when you actually need help with the root cause of your health issues.
Lab Tests to Prove if you have Autoimmune Antibodies
You can have lab tests carried out that will prove you are carrying the antibodies for an autoimmune condition. Cyrex Labs can test for antibodies including thyroid and adrenals. It can be good to know and at Kelway Health, we recommend other tests that can help us put together a comprehensive picture of your current state of health. This can help you choose the most effective programs and supplements that can speed up your recovery.
Who to work with
We recommend that you work with your medical doctors as well as a good holistic health professional. You may also be working with an acupuncturist, chiropractor, dentist and massage therapist. We will refer you to other professionals we believe will help you get better quicker.
You will want to become fully educated in your condition – you are the master of your fate and it is critical that you become educated in how to take care of your health and your life.
At Kelway Health, we offer programs that include special testing to give us a full picture of your current health. The tests we run seek to determine the root causes of your current health status. Once we have your test results, we will then put together a program that combines lifestyle changes and special supplementation to speed up your recovery. This is all about holistic health and the functions of your body. It has nothing to do with disease.
Kelway Health expects you to make a full recovery. We understand the power of the human mind, body and spirit to recover and heal. You have a innate intelligence that knows how to be well if you are willing to listen and make the necessary changes to your daily habits. The lifestyle program will include relaxation programs since stress is a big part of healing.
Expected time to Recovery
You didn’t become autoimmune overnight and it is not going to correct overnight either. You will have to be an active participant in your recovery. However, you can expect improvements along the way starting within a couple of weeks. I teach you that you can expect to be on a detailed program for 1 – 2 years if you are currently suffering with an autoimmune condition. It will not go away overnight and you will need to have faith, belief and trust in the professionals you choose to work with. If they are not spending considerable time with you on your gut health – then find another practitioner! Your gut and your brain need healing and there needs to be an emotional and spiritual aspect to your healing too.
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