What are Autoimmune Disorders
A properly functioning immune system can detect the difference between self (what is supposed to be present in the body) and non-self (what is foreign). With autoimmune disorders the immune system attacks healthy cells in the body. This reaction can lead to tissue damage and inflammation either locally or systemically (throughout the whole body).Contact Us Now
Testing for Autoimmune Disorders
Testing for autoimmune disorders involves identifying the individual triggers which are often specific to the individual. Triggers are identified by asking the right questions and ordering the right tests.
The types of tests that may be appropriate for individuals with autoimmune disorders include: tests for digestive function such as leaky gut (intestinal permeability), tests for imbalances in gut bacteria (SIBO), tests for food sensitivities, tests for latent viruses & bacteria such as Epstein Barr, Proteus and Lyme, hormonal testing, tests for toxins including heavy metals & chemicals,
It is estimated that up to 80% of the immune system lives in the gut.
Types of Autoimmune DisordersThe National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences reports that there are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. These are some of the more common autoimmune diseases: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Diabetes, Endometriosis, Graves Disease, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Multiple Sclerosis, PANDAS, POTS, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Scleroderma, Sjogren’s, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Ulcerative Colitis and more.
Natural MedicineThe conventional medical approach to autoimmune disease is the use of immune suppressing drugs. Although the conventional approach can save lives and help patients manage their autoimmunity better, it does not address the underlying causes and triggers of the autoimmune condition. The goal of natural medicine is to find the cause of the inflammation in order to slow or reverse the progression of the disease.
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