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March 30, 2018

Autoimmune Diseases

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Autoimmunity

Conventional medicine does not recognize a “cause” for most autoimmune diseases. Yet autoimmunity is associated with numerous factors including genetics, diet, toxins, infections, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and even stress levels. All of these factors play a role in the proper function of our immune system. When these factors are identified and addressed the disease can be put into remission, allowing the patient to regain their health, and have a higher quality of life.

Autoimmune diseases include, yet are not limited to, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Psoriasis, Raynaud’s disease, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, and Sjogren’s syndrome.  Approximately 50 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from autoimmune diseases, which are characterized by the body’s immune responses being directed against its own tissues causing chronic inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction and pain. In short, the body attacks itself, whether it be the lining of joints in rheumatoid arthritis, the insulin producing cells in the pancreas in insulin dependent diabetes type 1, or the thyroid in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.

When the immune system is working correctly it recognizes, identifies, targets, remembers, attacks, and destroys bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, cancer cells or most other non-self agents that become present in the body.  Typically, conventional medicine addresses the disease with powerful pharmaceuticals. The medications paralyze the immune system in an attempt to manage symptoms. Medications are sometimes necessary to improve the quality of the patient’s life. Many drugs also cause serious side effects.  Immunomodulators used for autoimmune diseases have “cancer” as a common side effect.

At Naturopathic MD, we are looking to decrease pain and improve the quality of our patients’ lives. We searching for possible underlying causative factors and address them directly. If you suffer from:

We can help. Our expert doctors at Naturopathic MD search for the underlying causes of the immune system dysfunction and address them. We reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue, decrease free-radical damage, improve liver function, support gastrointestinal health, reduce stress, and overall lessen the symptoms of the disease.

Is your current treatment plan addressing the disease on all of these levels? If you have an autoimmune disease, you CAN feel better and you DO have many different options available for you in regards to treatment and getting well again.