Autoimmune Problems

Stop the Epidemic of Autoimmune Disease Madness
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), Psoriatic Arthritis (PA), Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), Grave’s Disease, Celiac Disease, Addison’s Disease, Crohn’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis (MS), Sjogren’s Syndrome, etc.

Most doctors can’t tell you what causes autoimmune disease. The so called experts will tell you they don’t know what causes autoimmune disease. They will tell you that all they know is that the immune system has gone crazy/misdirected and has begun to attack the body’s healthy cells which it was designed to protect. The immune system was designed to recognize foreign microbial invaders/infections and mount an attack against these foreign invaders and kill them. The immune system is designed to recognize self from non-self-cells. The non-self-cells are the foreign deadly microbial cells and the self- cells are all the normal healthy and beneficial cells of the body. When the immune system begins attacking healthy cells the doctors prescribe medicines, which are deadly and toxic to the human body, in an attempt to suppress the immune system. This leaves the body weakened and susceptible to cancer and other infections. Basically they are treating the symptoms and not the root cause of a hyperactive immune system. There has to be a trigger to cause the immune system to become hyperactive, it just doesn’t go crazy for no reason at all. Restore To Health Naturopathic Clinic and Wellness Center offers Functional Medicine which focuses on diagnosing and treating the root causes of disease with natural therapies.

Autoimmune disease (AD) effects over 50 million Americans and a large percentage 75% are women. These ADs are considered to be in the top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65. There are over 100 different ADs which cause serious chronic illness. It’s estimated that it’s responsible for more than $100 billion in health care costs annually. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the world’s most common AD. It’s also the number one cause of hypothyroidism. It has a ratio of 10 to 1 female to male occurrences. AD affect every human organ system and has yet to be embraced by the medical community and the public as a category of disease. Our current conventional western medicine health care system does not recognize Ads as diseases of the immune system as a whole but are treated as diseases of particular organs and bodily systems.  Because ADs are found in different medical specialties such as rheumatology, endocrinology, neurology, cardiology, hematology, neurology, dermatology, and gastroenterology and each specialty of medicine focuses on singular diseases within its specific category there hasn’t been a general focus on AD as a specific category of disease like with cancer. Cancer can affect every human organ, gland, and bodily system and when diagnosed with cancer you’re assigned an oncologist. AS of yet there isn’t a unified branch in conventional western medicine to treat Ads, so there aren’t any autoimmuneologists. Each specialty medical area doctor will prescribe for ADs immune suppressing drugs in order to manage the disease but not cure the disease. They believe Ads are not reversible or curable but can only be managed.  These immune suppressing drugs are deadly, toxic, and can cause cancer as well as other health problems. Plus they leave the body in an immunocompromised state where you are susceptible to cancer and infections. These drugs have unwanted side effects such as fatigue, depression, weight gain, increased rates of infections, and cancer. Thankfully there are natural safe options to these deadly and toxic drugs and there is a new branch of medicine called Functional Medicine which seeks to find and treat the root causes/ triggers for a dysfunctional immune system with natural, safe, non-toxic, therapies. Restore To Health Naturopathic Clinic and Wellness Center offers Functional Medicine.

5 Root Causes of AD

Restore To Health Naturopathic Clinic and Wellness Center’s Functional Medicine protocols recognize five major underlying root causes of AD. These five root causes have one thing in common in that they all produce inflammation.

  1. Stress produces inflammation. The adrenal glands, which are part of the endocrine system, produce catabolic/destructive hormones when it responds to physical, mental, and emotional stress. These hormones are cortisol, a long acting destructive/catabolic hormone, and adrenaline and noradrenaline, two short acting destructive/catabolic hormones. The catabolic/destructive hormones produce inflammation in every cell in the body that they come in contact with. This includes our immune cells, the cells that produce our immune cells, and the tissues and glands where the immune cells reside such as the thymus gland, the bone marrow, and the Peyer patches in the intestines. Damage to our immune system from these catabolic hormones causes the immune system to malfunction and become hyperactive or hypoactive. Autoimmunity is when the immune system is chronically hyperactive. Restore to Health Wellness Center offers natural therapies to combat stress and balance the immune and endocrine systems.
  2. The GI tract starts at our mouth and ends at our rectum. The GI tract houses 80% of the immune system, especially in the Peyer’s patches in the intestines. The health of the GI tract determines the health of the immune system. Stress and its byproducts of cortisol, adrenaline, and noradrenaline create massive amounts of inflammation in our GI tracts. When the lining of the GI tract becomes inflamed it causes more holes and larger holes in the GI tract to form. Normally the GI tract lining has tight junctions between the cells that create very small microscopic holes. When the GI tract is inflamed and damaged an abnormal amount of large undigested food particles, microbes, and toxins can enter into the blood stream. This is known as leaky gut. Normally we have very small microscopic holes in our GI tract which allows for digested nutrients to pass into the blood stream where these nutrients are transported to every cell in our body to nourish them. A healthy GI tract prohibits toxins and microbes from entering the blood stream. When these abnormal food particles, toxins, and microbes enter into the blood steam an immune response is activated because the immune system recognizes them as foreign invaders. Chemicals known as cytokines are released when the immune system attacks the foreign invaders and causes an inflammatory response. Leaky gut creates a chronic hyperactive immune system. Restore to Health Wellness Center offers natural therapies to repair leaky gut.
  3. Certain foods can cause an inflammatory response. Gluten which is found in grains is one of the best known foods to cause an inflammatory response. Gluten, a protein, triggers a chemical called zonulin to be released in your GI tract which tells your GI tract lining junctions to open up, creating leaky gut. Gluten has a chemical structure similar to the chemical structure of your thyroid tissues which leads to the concept of molecular mimicry. Your immune system may mistake your thyroid tissues as gluten and be accidently attacked. Casein 1 and whey are proteins found in cow dairy products which also produce an inflammatory response. Casein 2 is found in goat dairy products and doesn’t seem to produce inflammatory responses. Restore to Health Wellness Center offers Immuno Labs blood tests which tests over 152 possible foods which can cause a delayed inflammatory immune reaction.
  4. Mycotoxins are toxins which are produced by mold, fungus, and yeast. Mycotoxins are nonliving substances that can’t be destroyed or killed. They cause damage to cellular DNA and cause mutations. Once the DNA is damaged it is no longer a self-cell but becomes something foreign, a non-self-cell, that the immune system recognizes and tries to destroy. All of our grains such as wheat, rye, barley, corn, etc., and other foods like peanuts are universally contaminated with fungus/mold which produces these deadly mycotoxins. Mycotoxins can affect every cell in our body and are mutagenic to these cells. Cancer is rapid reproduction of mutated cells. Besides mycotoxins there are other toxins like heavy metals and petroleum based synthetic products all of which cause inflammation, DNA damage, and immune responses when absorbed, ingested, or inhaled into our bodies. Restore to Health Wellness Center offers natural therapies and nutrients to help detoxify and excrete these toxins from the body and special lab tests to diagnose the presence of toxins in the human body.
  5. Low grade chronic infections from bacteria, viruses, fungus, parasites, and mycoplasmas have long been suspected as causes for autoimmune diseases. These infections create an inflammatory response too. What is puzzling is most medical doctors never test for these infections, nor want to recognize that these infections could be the cause or linked to the infections, and they ignore published scientific medical research papers which link these infections to autoimmune diseases. Epstein-Barr virus (a herpes virus) and the bacteria Yersinia entercolitica and Borrelia burgdorferi (Lyme disease), and Helicobacter pylori have been linked to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Mycoplasma infections have been found in over 90% of those diagnosed with RA (rheumatoid arthritis) and have also been found in Guillain-Barre syndrome.  These are just a few examples of microbial infections that are linked to and cause autoimmune diseases. Restore to Health Wellness Center offers natural antimicrobial herbal preparations to fight these infectious microorganisms and specialized lab tests to diagnose them.

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