Autoimmunity is the New Health Crisis

Autoimmunity is the new health crisis, and no one sees it.

Autoimmune diseases are still seen as individual conditions to be treated by a specialist of the affected body part.  The old, conventional approach goes like this:

Have Hashimoto’s or Graves affecting the thyroid gland? See an endocrinologist.

Have Rheumatoid Arthritis affecting the joints? See a rheumatologist.

Have Crohn’s or Irritable Bowel Syndrome? See a gastroenterologist.

But there’s a problem here. Because of this specialty focus, the 100 or so autoimmune conditions are tallied as separate diseases and don’t get much attention.

If breast cancer, melanomas, and renal cell carcinoma are all counted as cancer, why aren’t the numerous autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, Raynaud’s, and Scleroderma all counted in a collective autoimmunity tally?

When we count autoimmune diseases as a group, the picture is alarming:

The number of people affected by autoimmune conditions surpasses those affected by heart disease or cancer – COMBINED.

Here are stats from the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association and the National Institute of Health:

50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune conditions
22 million Americans suffer from heart disease
9 million Americans suffer from cancer

Because autoimmunity isn’t recognized as the modern health crisis that it is:

very little funding goes into research
specialists are generally unaware of the interrelationships of these diseases or any advancements in treatments outside their own area
people who have autoimmune conditions get very little support or education

There is so much more that can be done.

The answer to this new health crisis – and the real healing  – comes from Functional Medicine.

Functional Medicine actually sees that each of the 100 or so autoimmune conditions have the same root causes. These conditions may have different symptoms, but they are connected.

This newer approach to health digs deeper than any kind of health care you’ve had before. What are the ROOTS that are driving your condition? Identify those roots, resolve them, and now you have a real shot at a quality of life you’ll be happy about.

Photo: Charline Tetiyevsky

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