Autoimmune Disease

Overview

The healthy human body is equipped with a set of systems designed to protect against viruses, bacteria, and parasites. Sometimes, this set of tools, known as the immune system, can become compromised, making you more susceptible to pathogens. Worse, the immune system can change and attack your body. This type of misdirected response is also called autoimmunity.

Causes

There are several types of autoimmune disease. Some common causes of autoimmune disease include:

  • Infection of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract with chronic candidiasis due to multiple courses of antibiotics and steroids. Candidiasis and other fungal infections can cause significant damage to the central nervous system.
  • Mercury overload due to silver amalgam fillings, or consuming large quantities of mercury contained in fish like tuna, swordfish, Spanish mackerel, grouper and sea bass. Not only does mercury suppress the immune system, it can cause abnormal reflexes, impaired hearing, personality changes and disturbances in nerve conduction.
  • Bacteria and viruses containing high levels of antibodies. Viruses that have been connected to autoimmune diseases include Epstein Barr virus, influenza, cytomegalovirus, herpes 6 and Proteus bacterial infection.
  • Acidity in the body due to a diet high in sugar, refined carbohydrates, red meat, pasteurized dairy products and processed food.
  • Emotional, occupational and physical stress. With prolonged stress, adrenal fatigue sets in, and produces high cortisol levels. This elevated cortisol level increases the body’s sugar levels and prevents the body from detoxifying heavy metals. Fungal, bacterial and food particles then escape into the blood and lymph nodes creating an inflammatory response and compromising the immune system. Food sensitivity occurs and the immune system goes into overdrive.
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Food allergies and sensitivities
  • Congenitally weakened genetics
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Management

If you have an autoimmune disease, Houston Wellness Clinic can help. We will establish the degree of imbalance of your immune system and determine whether you have any food sensitivities or allergies.

The next step is to identify and eliminate other potential “triggers” for your symptoms—toxins such as solvents and pesticides, heavy metals, and nutritional deficiencies.

We will also need to rule out any digestive issues, including “leaky gut,” endocrine disorders, and any underlying chronic infections, such as mycoplasma bacterial infection and viruses. (We diagnose these underlying infections with a Bioscan.)

While we are establishing a possible cause, we will provide treatment for infections, including viral infections, and administer adaptogens, which lower the effects of stress, and balance the body’s endocrine system.

Additional therapies to help control the symptoms may include:

  • Curcumin
  • Plant-based sources of omega-3s, such as flaxseed
  • White willow bark
  • Proteolytic enzymes, including bromelain, serrapeptase, and boswellia

To help restore your immune system, we may perform a leukotriene panel to balance TH1 and TH2 lymphocytes. Thymoucol, low doses of naltrexone and rehmannia root, white peony root, vitamin D, omega-3 oils, soy isoflavones, and colostrum can help achieve this balance and boost TH1 immunity.

Our intravenous therapies, such as ozone therapy and other correctional therapies for anxiety, depression and nutritional deficiencies, as well as Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) can assist the body in its healing process. Hydrogen peroxide and silver hydrosol are also very helpful in fighting viral illnesses, bacterial infections and severe fungal infections.

We provide advice and guidance for dietary changes, since eating healthy, organic foods may help reverse your autoimmune disease. A Paleo diet may also benefit patients with autoimmune disease.

Finally, physical exercise, yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, massage, and adequate sleep all help reduce stress and manage autoimmune disease. We also recommend autoimmune disease patients try an infrared sauna, as well as various calming supplements and essential oils.

Contact us at Houston Wellness Clinic to learn more about effective alternative therapies for your autoimmune disease.

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