Autoimmune Disorders

Overview

There are a wide variety of autoimmune disorders; some researchers say approximately 80-100 disorders have been found. These include rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, Raynaud's disease, alopecia, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, myasthenia gravis, polymyositis, and more. The underlying mechanisms that give rise to these disease entities are essentially a dysfunction of the immune system. A potential trigger is the escape of foreign proteins through leakage via an abnormal gastro-intestinal mucosal wall. Antibodies may occur against these leaked abnormal proteins, or through abnormal proteins produced from end-glycation products formed in the body from excessive consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates.

Factors that play a part in this abnormal immune response on parts of the body include:

  • Aging that compromises normal immune function
  • Excessive intake of alcohol and tobacco
  • High levels of chronic stress
  • Poor diet with excessive sugars, red meat, and high acidity
  • Toxins in the food and environment including heavy metals

Once the body develops these antibodies, antigen, antibody reactions occur that attract and release inflammatory substances, such as cytokines. These inflammatory products give rise to local inflammation and damage.

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Symptoms

  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness
  • Low-grade fever
  • General ill-feeling

This is not a complete list, and if you are experiencing these symptoms it is not guaranteed that you have an autoimmune disease.

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Management

Our management approach is multifaceted. We concentrate on strengthening the immune system, giving nutritional support, providing natural anti-inflammatories, and eliminating harmful agents such as heavy metals, tobacco and alcohol. We also modulate the immune system, reduce end-glycation products and reduce free radical damage. Lastly, of great importance is the support of the gastrointestinal tract and liver detoxification. The doctor changes each management protocol depending on the specific issues found in each individual patient to most accurately fight this disorder.

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