Today I want to talk to you about inflammation or more specifically, autoimmune disease.
An autoimmune disease is a disease in which the body’s own immune system attacks healthy cells. They can be seen as a communication issue within the body or simply a disruption in the body’s delicate balancing act. While there are more than 100 currently recognized today, the most commonly observed autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, lupus, type 1 diabetes, MS, and Crohn’s disease.
According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA), more than 50 million suffer from some kind of autoimmune challenge in their lifetime! Fortunately, emerging treatments are surfacing in the functional medicine field to combat this alarming statistic.
(AARDA Statistics: https://www.aarda.org/news-
How Can Functional Health Help?
Dependent on disease type, the most common treatment method used, in modern medicine is steroids, which suppress the immune system entirely. Not only can this medication be extremely damaging when taken over long periods of time, but it also fails to address the root of the problem altogether.
Focusing on the symptoms, rather than the cause, is a common theme in the modern medical model. Functional health professionals such as myself, however, are constantly trying to change their flawed system. We ask: “Why treat the symptoms and allow the disease to persist if you could prevent the onset entirely?”
Functional medicine focuses on treating the root causes of autoimmunity,such as the inflammation. This can come in the form of an anti-inflammatory diet, testing for hidden allergies, and removing any stressors or environmental toxins from the equation. Functional medicine recognizes that each patient will differ in their particular treatment needs, so they are cared for accordingly. Functional health is personal, and so generating awareness to your own stressors and particular needs is key in the fight against autoimmune challenges. This includes becoming more ‘literate’ in your particular case and manifestation of autoimmune disorder, to enable you to correctly treat it.
One autoimmune disease that is very common and often left undiagnosed, or overlooked is Hashimoto’s. This can be a very frustrating and sometimes a debilitating condition. Most that are inflicted with Hashimoto’s are women. This is one subject that I care so much about. So much so that I have developed a group program starting in August called, Revitalize Your Thyroid. This program is for women. I will be there with you, guiding other women through the many layers of autoimmune disease and in this case Hashimoto’s and Hypothyroidism.
Be the first to sign up! For a limited time I will be offering an Early Bird Discount. Click here for all the details and your discount will be automatically applied.
My hope is to enable all women to become ‘literate’ and confident in functional health, so as to maximize their chances of prevention and reversal of autoimmune complications.
A good place to begin is ensuring your diet is rich in anti-inflammatory properties and minimizing allergen exposure are two great ways to take positive action against autoimmunity. Foods like tomatoes, fatty fish, leafy greens, walnuts, almonds, turmeric, and ginger are well-known for their ability to minimize inflammation and repair cellular damage.
Similarly, trying ‘elimination diets’ where you briefly remove a particular allergen from your diet in order to observe how your body reacts to it is also a great tool for identifying potential causes of inflammation. Common foods eliminated during these diets include dairy, gluten, eggs, food colorings, sugar, and saturated fats.
It’s recommended that ‘elimination diets’ be given a gestation period of at least two weeks to truly allow for the body to adapt to life without the potential trigger food. ‘Elimination diets’ are incredible diagnostic tools, preventative measures, as well as treatment plans.
Many assume that it is strictly a genetic mishap or bad luck that has led to their autoimmunity. However genetics is only one small piece of the puzzle. It takes a perfect storm of stressors that flips the genetic switch. This means not only dietary triggers, but emotional stress, hidden infections, hormone imbalances and more. Working with a functional practitioner like myself can help to start peeling away the sources contributing to autoimmunity and offer ways to support the healing process.
One tool I use, while working on the root causes, is low dose naltrexone or LDN for short. LDN can help support the immune system in the combating many autoimmune conditions. If you would like to learn more about the amazing benefits of LDN, check out the my interview with the founder of the LDN Research Trust, Linda Elsegood by clicking here. I have been prescribing this compounded medication for years and have been amazed by it. I really feel it need to be a first line therapy. If you or someone you love is suffering from an autoimmune conditions, please let them know about LDN.
Be sure to check out all the details and join me inside the Revitalize Your Thyroid Program if you are suffering from or think you may be suffering from Hashimoto’s or Hypothyroidsim. Please share this information with your family and friends if you know they can benefit from this program.