Autoimmune diseases are rising exponentially in the United States. While there are many theories as to why autoimmune diseases are increasing, it’s likely that there are many factors at play. This article is about autoimmune disease treatment.
Autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks its own body’s healthy tissue. The type of tissue that is attacked determines what kind of autoimmune disease develops. For instance, when the pancreas is attacked Type I diabetes is the end result, and when the thyroid is involved either Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves disease ensues. There are many different kinds of autoimmune diseases, some without specific names.
What causes the immune system to run rampant and attack your healthy tissues is different from person to person, though there are commonalities. Because of the complex nature of autoimmune disease and how the underlying causes are specific and unique to each person, it requires an individualized diagnostic approach and a personalized treatment plan. Read more about autoimmunity and ‘molecular mimicry’ here .
There is no magic pill for treating autoimmune disease. Therefore, it’s in your best interest to find a certified Functional Medicine Physician who specializes in autoimmune disease to start your journey to becoming Fully Functional® right away.
You may hear that autoimmune disease is permanent and to be prepared to treat your condition for the long haul. While it is not always possible, the abnormal immune response that leads to autoimmune disease can absolutely be halted and many times the effects of the disease are reversed.
While there are many different autoimmune diseases, here are some of the most common – alongside their corresponding tissues and most often seen symptoms:
Autoimmune disease symptoms differ depending on the specific type of condition, as above. If you’ve been told you have a problem with an organ within your body such as your thyroid, it is possible that you have an autoimmune disease where your immune system is attacking that particular organ tissue. Consider having a simple blood test for autoantibodies.
It’s more accurate to think of the causes of autoimmune diseases as contributors because there is usually more than one factor at play that causes dysfunction of the immune system response. The contributors of autoimmune disease differ from person to person, though there are a few common factors. Autoimmune disease contributors include:
When it comes to treating your autoimmune disease, treatments will depend on what tissues in the body are affected. However, immune system dysregulation and widespread inflammation are underlying factors in all autoimmune diseases. So, while we are running diagnostics and identifying personal triggers, we will get you started on some therapies to reduce these factors and support a healthy immune response, which helps you find relief faster. And that’s what we are all about!
Some of our favorite ways to reduce inflammation and restore immune system function include:
The first thing we do is make sure your gut is in tip-top shape. When your gut isn’t functioning well, it can be causing inflammation throughout the body and preventing you from getting the nutrients you need. Conditions like intestinal permeability not only contribute to your autoimmune disease, it can also cause nutrient deficiencies.
Usually, there are lifestyle changes we can make right off the bat that help your immune system strengthen and respond appropriately, so you can find immediate relief. These recommendations are unique to you.
It’s fairly common with autoimmune disease that there is an underlying infection that triggered your condition.¹ Pathogens like reactivated Epstein-Barr virus and Lyme disease can autoimmune disease reactions.
Infrared saunas are great for people with autoimmune disease because they help reduce inflammation and promote detoxification. Infrared saunas are also great for people who are having a hard time exercising due to their illness.
Lymphatic drainage massages are a type of therapeutic massage that promotes lymphatic system flow. This helps your body detoxify and can release blockages. All of our lymphatic drainage massages are done on our BioMat, which has additional advantages.
Our BioMat floods your body with negative ions, which fights free radicals and inflammation in the body.
When you’re treated for an autoimmune disease at The Center for Fully Functional® Health, you receive a personalized treatment plan and support every step of the way so that you can get your condition under control.
We’ve developed our Fully Functional® process so that you can live a rich and fulfilling life, even in the face of your autoimmune condition. Many of our patients are surprised at just how well they can manage and often reverse any evidence of their autoimmune disease with this proprietary process.
When it comes to finding an autoimmune disease specialist, we recommend finding a certified Functional Medicine Physician with extensive experience treating autoimmune conditions.
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