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Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Diseases

Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Diseases

Inflammation appears to be linked to almost every chronic disease, from diabetes, obesity and autism to dementia and cancer. Other inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, asthma, allergies, and autoimmune disease are on the rise.

In particular, autoimmune diseases affect 24 million people and include multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid disease, and more.

Finding a Source

Conventional medicine tends to diagnose disease by the symptoms rather than their underlying cause. This is very similar to curing smoke instead of fire.

Functional medicine works in different ways. This helps us identify and treat the root cause of any condition, including inflammation, instead of looking for a way to close it. There are many stories of patients who managed to regain their health by treating the underlying cause of their inflammation.

Autoimmunity: what it is and how it happens

There are many autoimmune diseases, and at their core they are all intimately linked by a central biochemical process: the immune response, known as systemic inflammation, which causes the body to attack its tissues.

The immune system is our defense against foreign invaders. Autoimmunity occurs when the immune system confuses its own tissues for invaders and they get caught in the crossfire.

When the body is fighting toxins, allergens, infections, or food, it often redirects its attack to the joints, thyroid, intestines, skin, brain, and sometimes the entire body.

The main problem with autoimmunity is the traditional approach and conventional treatments that do more harm than good. Anti-inflammatory drugs such as steroids, immunosuppressants, TNF-alpha blockers can lead to psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle wasting, diabetes, kidney failure, intestinal bleeding, and even cancer.

On the other hand, using the method of functional medicine and a new way of thinking about the root cause helps to identify any infections, toxins or allergens. In other words, it helps to find the true cause of the symptoms and offers the best, long-term solution.

Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Diseases

  • Check with your doctor for hidden infections such as bacteria, yeast, viruses, and Lyme.
  • Check for hidden food allergens with a diet designed to eliminate food allergens or by testing for IgG.
  • The celiac disease test, which is a simple blood test that almost any doctor can do.
  • Get tested for heavy metal toxicity, as heavy metals like mercury are often to blame when it comes to autoimmunity.
  • Heal Your Gut: Choose low-inflammatory, high-nutrition foods, add digestive enzymes, probiotics, collagen, and charcoal, use antibiotics with care, and fight stress!
  • In addition to probiotics, use nutrients such as vitamins C and D and fish oils to reduce inflammation and completely calm the immune response.
  • Train regularly! Any physical activity acts as a natural anti-inflammatory agent.
  • Practice deep relaxation such as deep breathing, massage, biofeedback, or yoga.
  • Last but not least, consult your doctor about functional medicine and ask him/her to get trained.
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