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Autoimmunity – Understanding The Connections


Vast numbers of autoimmune diseases are prevalent in todays society.  Most of us know someone who has one intruding on their daily life. The impact that these illnesses unleash on the body can be truly devastating.

What is Autoimmunity?

Our immune system is the first line of defence when bacteria and viruses enter our bodies. For those with a robust immune system, the infiltrating attack is diverted as the incoming disease is thwarted. The body reverts back to being free of harmful invaders.

Unquestionably, for others the immune system gets a little confused, not entirely sure of what is a healthy cell and what is an intruder. Thankfully, you have the ability to harness the healing power of your own immune system. Simple dietary and lifestyle changes can be an exciting step in the right direction, to gain back your optimal health! Firstly, let’s examine the autoimmune family members…..

Types of autoimmune diseases
  • Type 1 Diabetes mellitus
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Grave’s disease
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Guillain Barre Syndrome
  • Psoriasis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Scleroderma
  • Vascularitis

Surprisingly, over 80 different autoimmune disorders exist, so when you think of it like that, they contribute to a large sector of our worldwide disease states. Research suggests as many as 1 in 15 people are living with some sort of autoimmune illness.  Treating these conditions not only puts a significant load on our hospitals and healthcare systems, it creates a world dependant on managing their symptoms often on a long term basis. So what can be done to improve and cater to these illnesses?

Addressing the Root Causes

A multifactorial dilemma – but hey, we have to start somewhere! So just jump on in and get started in searching for the answers. As you discover your own underlying triggers (and these will be different for everyone), you see a picture begin to emerge. Underlying infections can be a major trigger. For others it might be a familial link. Despite the origins of root causes proving extensive these days, fortunately they are detectable.

Unquestionably, with answers, you have knowledge. With that knowledge you can start to do incredible things. Undoubtedly, many people have had the run around. Seeing various physicians and specialists in order to seek answers. Often, they get “Your labs are all normal” or “Everything is fine” – when clearly they’re not. Basically, when you are confronted with pain, poor thinking and a multitude of symptoms, you tend to welcome a guiding hand.

Common triggers can be:
  • Environmental factors
  • Nutritional deficiencies
  • High toxin overload
  • Leaky gut
  • Small bowel bacterial overgrowth
  • Food intolerances
  • Infections
  • Stress
Treating Autoimmune Illnesses Naturally

Fortunately, their are many well proven and effective natural treatment options to consider. Reversing autoimmunity is completely possible. In my experience, I’ve seen it happen in numerous people I have treated.  It takes a dedicated approach, but people do see some significant changes when following an individualised treatment plan. As the barriers come down, the body eventually follows it’s natural healing path. Let’s talk about the process….

Firstly, the initial step in the health hurdle, is to make dietary changes eliminating gluten from the diet. Research indicates that every time you eat gluten it can have profound effects in stimulating the immune system for up to three months. Regardless of the triggers, natural medicines and a holistic approach to treatment, delivers such positive impacts on overall health. Often, treatment comprises of herbal medicines or nutritional and dietary supplementation to assist a weary immune system. But, wherever the road takes us, we discover there are healthier and happier days ahead!

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