Addressing Autoimmune Disease
What is Autoimmune Disease?
When the immune system can’t tell the difference between it’s own cells and foreign cells, it produces autoantibodies that then attack the healthy cells.
The theory behind an autoimmune disease is that your body starts to attack itself. This theory however has yet to be proven, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine.
This aligns with what I believe at Balanced Healing. Your body is brilliant and it’s not trying to take you down, instead it’s having a response to something. It’s alerting us to a problem and it’s our job to investigate further to find out what that is.
Autoimmune disease affects 23.5 million Americans, and nearly 80 percent of those are women.
The truth is, the medical community still don’t know exactly why this happens, but there is a ton of evidence and research suggesting it can be rooted in exogenous factors such as stealth infections and pathogens, and environmental exposures, chemicals and diet.
Common autoimmune conditions I see in our office include but are not limited to:
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Celiac Disease
- Chron’s Disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Thyroid disease (Grave’s, Hashimoto’s, Hypothyroidism, Hyperthyroidism)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Pernicious anemia
When it comes to understanding your autoimmune condition functional lab tests play an integral role. I may also be looking into diet and lifestyle modification as another piece to this puzzle. Autoimmune conditions can be very frustrating as your symptoms can be systemic and seemingly unrelated to one another. When it comes to autoimmune diseases, you must dig deeper to the out WHY your body is struggling.
How healing is DIFFERENT at Balanced Healing:
I don’t just stop with the diagnosis you’ve been given and say “this is life with this condition”. No, I look to see why you developed these symptoms, why you were diagnosed with such condition. I run functional labs, evaluate lifestyle and diet, review environmental exposures, and I create an individualized protocol to support your body and reduce/alleviate symptoms. At Balanced Healing of Jacksonville I have a multi-pronged approach to investigate deeper.