After generations of obesity and diseases, I refuse to write the same story for my children.
I am in the third week of the Repair and Clear program and have been working with Dr. Caroline for two months now as a functional medicine patient....
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.
Under normal conditions, one’s immune system protects the body from potential damage caused by toxins, infections, allergens, parasites, bacteria, viruses, and other dangers.
In the case of an autoimmune disease, the immune system fails to differentiate between an intruder and your own body. As a result, antibodies are produced which mistakenly destroy the body’s cells. This creates havoc on the entire system. Damaged caused by resulting widespread inflammation affects organs, tissues and glands systemically.
There are many underlying factors that trigger the autoimmune response. While there may be genetic factors at play, whether or not a condition manifests at all frequently depends on a multitude of other factors. These include heavy metals such as mercury; toxins from molds; viruses associated with herpes simplex and mono; inflammation to food sensitivities such as gluten; vitamin and mineral deficiencies; side-effects from drugs; and chemicals found in household or commercial products for example.
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.