Autoimmune diseases arise when the body actually attacks its own cells. Sometimes a specific organ is the target of the attack such as the thyroid gland (Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis or Graves Disease) or the joints (Rheumatoid Arthritis) or the intestines (Celiac Disease). In other cases the attack is on a bodily system such as the connective tissues system (Lupus).
The root cause of all autoimmune conditions is systemic inflammation. Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body. Here is a summary of typical sources of inflammation:
One of the above triggers alone usually does not cause autoimmune disease. Rather, it is a combination of triggers that causes the body to attack itself.
Our approach is multifaceted which, we believe, makes us so successful in treating this often debilitating disease. We will:
Patient Example: A nine-year-old girl was diagnosed with gluten intolerance. She had none of the typical symptoms. Because we know that there is a distinct correlation between Gluten Intolerance and Autoimmune Disease we immediately performed additional lab testing. They confirmed our suspicion of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (her body was attacking her thyroid). We are happy to report that, now 6 months later, her autoimmune disease has been corrected with a gluten-free diet, Vitamin D3 and Omega-3 supplementation, and natural thyroid hormone (T4/T3).
It makes us wonder how many children are suffering from undiagnosed autoimmune disease. We just do not think it can happen to children. But, unfortunately, it does.
Please call us at (970) 278-0900 if you or your loved ones are suffering from autoimmune disease. We can help.
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