Missing the Mark on Autoimmunity

When it comes to autoimmune diseases, conventional medicine misses the mark entirely.

First, in the early years when symptoms aren’t that bad, you hear, “Your labs look good. There’s nothing wrong with you.” Meanwhile, your health continues to deteriorate.

Then, when things are bad enough for a diagnosis, there are only 3 treatment options offered:

Medicate to suppress the symptoms while the root cause continues to destroy you
Medicate you to replace what is no longer being produced (a thyroid hormone, for example) due to the disease while the root cause continues to destroy you
Suppress your immune system while the root cause continues to destroy you.

Whether it’s Hashimoto’s or Hidradenitis or Sjogren’s, the mechanism behind all 100 or so autoimmune diseases is the same: your immune system is attacking your own tissue.

But why?

We know that there are a number of triggers that can start this process or make an ongoing process worse.

Some examples of these triggers are:

Food sensitivities
Insulin Resistance
Hormone surges
Excess iodine
Heavy metal toxicity
Intestinal Permeability

If you have any autoimmune condition, in addition to or instead of a prescription, wouldn’t you like to know if any of the above factors is driving your immune system to more attacks on your body?

If these things are roots of autoimmunity, then EVERYONE should be educated about these triggers, checked for them, and then guided on a plan to address them.

That’s just good care.

As an example, I hate hearing people say they hurt all over, have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, are on a prescription, and that’s it. I can’t tell you how often a change in diet greatly reduces or eliminates the pain.

Yet, in the conventional world, you’ll mostly hear that diet has nothing to do with this.

I’d much rather change my diet so my body works better than take a pill to mask the issue that’s still there.

We can all stand to be healthier, and there’s a huge difference between improving your health and medicating yourself.

The good news is that any autoimmune condition can be dialed back or even reversed with a big picture approach.

Photo: Michael Matti

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