What is “autoimmune disease”? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease and the prevalence is rising. The AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Disease Association) say 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease. These numbers are alarming.
This article will break it all down and explain what autoimmune disease is and what it is doing to the body. My goal, ultimately, is to help you understand and get you back to feeling your best.
Although there are over 100 autoimmune diseases, a few common ones are: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, celiac disease, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and Hoshimotos. Perhaps you even suffer one of these yourself and you may wonder why this has happened or am I doing something to cause this? The answer is that there are multiple reasons chronic inflammation occurs, many out of your control, and ultimately ends in an autoimmune disease.
An autoimmune disease is a condition where your immune system mistakes body parts, like skin or joints, as foreign and attacks. Then autoantibodies are released to attack healthy cells, destroying tissues and organs within the body. Autoimmune disease is one of the most misunderstood health issues that we face today. On one side our medical community says these are all cases of an overactive immune system on the rampage destroying everything in its path. On the other side you have those that say the immune system is malfunctioning. The inflammatory response that creates all of the symptoms and signs of autoimmune disease is an immune response, but the misguided destruction caused by the immune system is triggered by chronic infections like Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, retroviruses, or toxicity like heavy metals, pesticides, herbicides, and glyphosate as well as nutritional deficiencies.
Autoimmune disease is an abnormal state for the human body. This physiologic state is one in which the inflammatory response of the immune system is left “on” or activated constantly. This ongoing inflammatory response requires massive amounts of energy to maintain, causing chronic fatigue and food cravings. As tissues become more and more inflamed and they accumulate more and more fluid, they lose their structural integrity, just like waterlogged wood. When wood is swollen and waterlogged it loses most of its structural integrity and crumbles under pressure. So does a chronically inflamed body. I want to help you understand why this is happening and what we need to focus on to heal and recover from an autoimmune disorder.
First, the combination of a malnourished body, environmental toxins, chronic infections, and digestive dysfunction all play a role in the causation of autoimmune disease and the breakdown of a healthy body system. It can’t operate at its peak performance when it is bogged down on a daily basis. For example: the standard American diet supplies, on average, only 20% of the vital nutrients required for optimal health. Chronic infection, easy to acquire if you have a malnourished, environmentally toxic body. An immune system can’t operate properly if it is trying to fight and contain chronic infection at the same time. Lastly, digestive dysfunction is huge and a few key indicators of bad digestion are: bad breath, tooth decay, reflux/heartburn, constipation/diarrhea, and bloating.
We set the stage for an inflammatory response and long term tissue inflammation to creep in through toxicities. There are seven different types of contributing factors that affect chronic inflammation. When the stage is set all it takes is a little stress to push everything over the edge.
- Poor diet
- Pesticide and herbicide poisoning
- Pharmaceutical and recreational drug poisoning
- Vaccine poisoning
- Alcohol and tobacco use
After 20+ years of clinical practice I have seen when you work with the immune system and its intrinsic design, these disorders do correct in time as the internal environment of the body corrects.The immune system is the key, and the solution is to heal the immune system. If the internal environment of the body is filthy, cluttered, and infested, the immune system will become dysfunctional. Enhancing digestion as well as detoxification are the primary first steps for the recovery of an autoimmune disease.
I’ll be offering an Autoimmune Recovery e-Course coming in September and in that course I will lay out the steps that have to be taken in order for one to recover from these issues.
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