Over 50 million Americans, a large percentage being women, are affected by autoimmune conditions. They are considered a top 10 leading cause of death in women under the age of 65.
Diseases of the immune system include rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, thyroid disease, lupus, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, scleroderma, and many more.
While the signs and symptoms are as varied as the types of autoimmune disorders, they all have one thing in common: they are response to widespread inflammation causing a person’s immune system to attack itself.
Finding out what may be contributing to an impaired immune system is not easy. Symptoms are varied and sometimes vague.
Multiple organs including the brain, thyroid, gut, and skin may be affected. Age, chronicity and lifestyle play a role whether or not the autoimmune response is turn on or not.
While there is place for allopathic services, including the functional medicine paradigm will guide a patient towards the process of whole body healing versus merely mitigating symptoms with drugs. With a comprehensive health history review and specific lab testing, we can shed light on the causes of autoimmunity. Next, using nutrition and lifestyle modification, the possibility of minimizing the risk of a full blown autoimmune response is quite possible.