Autoimmune Diseases


What is autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disease is an immune system problem that causes your immune cells (your defense system against viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens) to attack the healthy tissues they are supposed to protect.

There are over 100 autoimmune diseases. Some you may have heard of are:

  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.)
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Sjögren's syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism)
  • Graves' Disease (Hyperthyroidism)

In addition there are 40 more diseases that have autoimmune involvement. In fact autoimmune disease affects 25 million Americans a year - almost as many as heart disease and cancer combined.


What symptoms are related to autoimmune disease?

The symptoms of each autoimmune disease are different, depending on which type of tissue is being destroyed. General autoimmune disease symptoms are fatigue, pain, brain fog, and the feeling that something isn't right.

  • Autoimmune Thyroid Disease
    • Hypothyroid Symptoms: fatigue, constipation, depression, inability to lose weight.
    • Hyperthyroid Symptoms: difficulty sleeping, anxiety, diarrhea, unexplained weight loss.
  • Celiac Disease
    • Digestive Problems (note: lack of digestive problems does not exclude Celiac Disease - the most common symptoms of Celiac are neurological NOT digestive).
    • Neurological problems: anxiety, depression, ADD/ADHD, ataxia (loss of control of body movements).
    • Rashes
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disorders
    • Crohn's Disease: Abdominal pain, diarrhea, canker sores, arthritis. Symptoms may come and go.
    • Ulcerative Colitis: Abdominal pain, bloody diarrhea, weight loss.
  • Type I Diabetes:
    • High blood sugar, weight gain, increased thirst, and increased urination due to the autoimmune destruction of the pancreas.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis:
    • Symmetric joint problems and arthritis, especially involving the wrists and joints in the hands

How do I know if I have an autoimmune disease and what do I do about it?

Diagnosing autoimmune disease requires a thorough evaluation of your symptoms and history. From there, a diagnosis can be confirmed by ordering a simple blood test.

Halting the destructive tissue disease process, healing the damaged tissue, and resolving autoimmune symptoms is absolutely possible. In fact, it's our speciality.

Our approach incorporates nutrition, lifestyle, stress management, environmental detox, and natural medicines to rebalance the immune system so you can reclaim your health.
 

If you think you may be suffering from an autoimmune disease