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Autoimmune diseases in general are commonly overlooked in both traditional medicine and alternative healthcare. This is at least in part due to the fact that neither traditional medicine nor the alternative model of care has had much, if any, success in treating them. If we look at the traditional model of care, we find that complete immune suppression is the treatment of choice; its success rate is horrible and the patient is often killed by the medications meant to help them. Alternative solutions have fared better only as far as they didn’t kill the patient.

Autoimmune Disease occurs when an overactive immune system responds against substances and tissues normally present in the body.  The body actually attacks and destroys a particular tissue in the case of an autoimmune disease.  The immune system mistakenly thinks that some part of the body is a pathogen (should not be present in the body) and attacks it.

Autoimmune disease = “When the immune system, in an attempt to kill (since ‘kill’ is all the immune system is capable of doing) something lodged in a person’s tissue that cannot or will not die, destroys collateral tissue, therefore is destroying ‘self’.”

It is important to understand that an autoimmune disease is a ‘state’ that the immune system is in. It is NOT a disease of an organ; and even though it is given a multitude of names depending on the tissue currently affected, it is a STATE of the immune system attacking the tissue it was meant to protect.

As in all autoimmune conditions, there is tissue destruction at the site of inflammation; the reason the organ is dysfunctional is because the immune system is attacking the tissue.

Immune System Concerns
The immune system, when functioning properly, protects us from illnesses brought on by exposure to bacteria, fungi, viruses and other disease carrying foreign bodies that can enter our body. When an immune system begins attacking vital tissues as a result of reacting to foods that are part of your everyday diet, you become autoimmune and symptoms begin to form.

Rather than focus on the source of the attack, the medical world commonly views the symptoms as the issues they need to address. Prescriptions, which often lead to side effects and only bring temporary relief (if any), are given as an attempt to help you cope. For example, an issue with something as simple as gluten – a protein found in wheat – can lead to gut issues (Irritable Bowl Syndrome), fatigue, chronic pain (Fibromyalgia), hyper/hypothyroidism, migraine syndrome, skin irritations, short term memory issues, back problems, insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes, and/or other symptoms all of which would be labelled separately and treated by separate doctors with various prescriptions.

Even in recent research on Type 2 Diabetes which has determined it is really brought on by an autoimmune response, the focus is more on how to stop the response of the body, rather than removing the cause. Methods are being explored in how to inhibit the T cell and B cell and macrophage responses that lead to inflammation in the body and eventually can contribute to insulin resistance and Type 2 Diabetes. The doctors researching this admit they don’t know the cause, so their proposed solution is to stop the immune system from doing its job (create inflammation around objects it’s fighting to get rid of it) rather than remove the trigger.

The difference between symptomatic treatment and treatment that is based on determining and removing the causes is the difference between chronic, increasingly severe conditions and having good health with a quality life. Only through proper testing can you learn what the causes are to your symptoms so you can remove them and end the cycle of health issues.

Autoimmune Disease occurs when an overactive immune system responds against substances and tissues normally present in the body.

The body actually attacks and destroys a particular tissue in the case of an autoimmune disease.

The immune system mistakenly thinks that some part of the body is a pathogen (should not be present in the body) and attacks it.

It is important to understand that an autoimmune disease or disorder is a ‘state’ that the immune system is in. It is NOT a disease of an organ; and even though it is given a multitude of names depending on the currently affected tissue, it is a state of the immune system attack the tissue it was meant to protect.

As in all autoimmune conditions, there is tissue destruction at the site of inflammation; the reason the organ is dysfunctional is because the immune system is attacking the tissue.

The first issue that needs to be addressed is the mechanism involved.

Most autoimmune diseases may have some type of genotypic component, i.e., there may be a latent gene that the individual has carried in an unexpressed state for a period of years until some ‘event,’ which triggered an immune response that suddenly ‘turned on’ the gene.

If this exists, and the autoimmune disease truly has genetic components, the doctor’s job is to rightly manage the patient to diminish the immune response and calm the attack.

List of Autoimmune Diseases
The following is a list of the most common autoimmune diseases, but not a complete list:

  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Graves Disease
  • Diabetes Type 1
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Infertility
  • Lyme Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Psoriasis
  • Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Polymyositis
  • Restless Leg Syndrome
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, Psoriatic Arthritis
  • Rosacea
  • Scleroderma
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Systemic Lupus Erythamatosus (SLE)
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Signs & Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease
Usually the immune system is slowly attacking the tissue over several years. When the person eventually has experienced significant destruction which brings about symptoms relating to autoimmune disorders, they typically seek come type of doctor.

In the case of Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune thyroid), they often get diagnosed with hypothyroidism because their TSH is high. The TSH is managed by hormone replacement but no management for the immune response is initiated because it was never assessed. In the case of other autoimmune disorders, the patient is often misdiagnosed for years, even decades; and they are left laden with multitudes of drugs and treatments attempting to suppress their symptoms.

Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders
When we see a person that has an autoimmune disease of any name, the goal is truly to discover the cause of the immune dysregulation and make every effort to correct that. The causes of autoimmune disorders, the reasons why they appear is where investigation has to start.

If an autoimmune disease is a hyper-Th1 or hyper-Th2 attack against an antigen, we will do everything possible to find out what the antigen is, attempt to remove it and calm down the Th1 or Th2 dominance.

We do not seek a diagnosis in the allopathic sense; instead, we are committed to finding the actual cause of your autoimmune symptoms, and will work diligently to help rid you of your aliments.

Improper testing can leave a patient misdiagnosed, mismanaged, and miserable. You have to take responsibility for your own health and find a doctor who will work with you until the answers are discovered. There is always a cause to an effect, always a reason for a symptom; there is always a reason ‘why,’ you just haven’t found someone yet to help you figure it out.


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Autoimmune disease patients have two common threads: poor bowel function and a diet that contributes to the condition. Poor bowel function will create food allergies which can play a role in triggering the immune system into creating chemistry that inflames.

Autoimmune disease support at Integrated Healthcare of Georiga involves improving gastrointestinal function and barrier integrity, decreasing inflammation, identifying food sensitivities, indentifying hormonal imbalances ie. (thyroid) and supporting the body through dietary changes and the use of biomedical and functional medicine.

Autoimmune disease is very much linked to….in spite of what your doctor might say DIET and Environment.

In summary, autoimmune disease are conditions where the immune system reacts improperly to the body’s own tissue. Autoimmune diseases can be overcome through a change in diet and improvements to the health of the gastrointestinal system.