Signs of an autoimmune disease and how to reverse it
autoimmune conditions affect more than 50 million only in E.U., and a large percentage are women. In fact, I myself had an autoimmune disease called Graves, which is the main cause of hyperthyroidism. Autoimmune diseases are considered the top 10 causes of death in women under 65 years. They come in many different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and disease, and can cause many different types of symptoms throughout the body, ranging from mild to severe in nature. But what are what are its causes and how they can be treated?
What are autoimmune diseases?
Although there are many different types of autoimmune diseases and can affect many different organs, at their core they are all similar in that they are an immune response caused by systemic inflammation that leads to your body to attack itself. The immune system has a very sophisticated system to keep you safe driving identify all foreign substances that enter the body or which come into contact. If your immune system detects something dangerous will produce antibodies to protect against harmful intruders.
Autoimmune diseases arise when your body is working hard to fend off potentially dangerous, such as an allergen, toxin, infection, or even a meal, and no difference between the intruder and parts of your own body. Confuse certain fabrics with toxic substances, the body converts these antibodies against itself ravaging your organs.
What causes autoimmune diseases?
There are many underlying factors that can cause people to develop an autoimmune disease. Certainly there is an underlying genetic component. However, if these genes are expressed or are turned on it is for a number of other factors, such as heavy metal toxins such as mercury and mycotoxins from fungi, candida infections such as, Epstein - Barr virus and herpes simplex, and most importantly, chronic inflammation related to food sensitivities - particularly gluten intolerance. A significant association between autoimmune diseases and gluten intolerance.
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10 signs that you may have an autoimmune disease
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially the combination of several of them, you may have an autoimmune disease.
- Joint pain, muscle pain or weakness, or tremors
- Weight loss, insomnia, heat intolerance or fast heartbeat
- recurring rash or hives, sensitivity to sunlight, a rash shaped like a butterfly on the nose and cheeks
- Difficulty concentrating or focusing
- You feel tired or fatigued, weight gain or intolerance to cold
- Hair loss or white spots on the skin or inside the mouth
- abdominal pain, blood or mucus in the stool, diarrhea or mouth ulcers
- Dry eyes, mouth or skin
- Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
- Multiple miscarriages or blood clots
What should you do if you suspect you have an autoimmune disease?
If you suspect you have an autoimmune disease, the most important steps to halt and reverse the disease and symptoms, are to identify and treat the underlying cause. Conventional doctors only treat the symptoms of autoimmune diseases that are not seen to find the root cause. Often prescribed medicines as antiinflammatory steroids or immunosuppressive. All these treatments fail to treat the underlying cause of autoimmune disease in the first place and, while they may be effective in the short term, are not a long term solution. Immunosuppressive treatments involving drugs increase the risk of serious infections and cancer when taken for long periods of time.
Identify which autoimmune disease is affecting you can be a difficult process. Symptoms can be vague, and autoimmune diseases can occur in many different ways that affect the thyroid, brain, skin or other organs. Working closely with a doctor who specializes in functional medicine to review your family medical history, understanding the risk factors for infections, food sensitivities and toxins, and listen closely to discover how all your symptoms are related, it is an essential part to improve. A doctor who specializes in functional medicine will help reduce analysis that they recommend to help find the cause of your condition.
What is my approach to treat and reverse autoimmune diseases?
My approach to a patient having an autoimmune disease known or suspected, it is immediately put on a diet of complete elimination of the twelve best inflammatory foods. I also recommend removing all grains and legumes in your diet if they think they can. Lectins in grains and legumes have been implicated in autoimmune diseases.
I asked exhaustive analysis to see the levels of good bacteria for infection and leaky gut. Then I apply a functional approach to cure the intestine. This is essential. More than 80% of your immune system is in the gut. If you have an autoimmune disease, then by definition, you have an intestinal permeability that needs to be repaired, otherwise you will not be able to reverse your condition.
Reviewed the blood levels of various antibodies and seeking hidden or underlying infections.
After I've done all this, if symptoms have not disappeared completely I look for hidden toxins such as mercury and mycotoxins. If we find heavy metals, often I put the patient in the treatment of oral chelation to see if we find mycotoxins.
I know from personal experience how it can be overwhelming, confusing and frightening diagnosis of an autoimmune disease. I also know that conventional medicine only offers treatment of symptoms, not a real solution to the disease.
I urge you to find a functional medicine physician specialist in your area to help you get to the root of your illness and help reverse it. It can be done.
An article by Dr. Amy Myers MD functional medicine specialist in Austin, Texas.
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