Autoimmune Health

CELIAC, MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS, HASHIMOTO’S, AUTISM, CROHN’S, FIBROMYALGIA, PARKINSON’S DISEASE, TYPE I DIABETES, RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS, ULCERATIVE COLITIS, PSORIASIS AND MANY MORE.

Over 80 different condition fall under this umbrella. While these diseases are generally viewed as separate conditions by other doctors and autoimmune specialists in the UK, they share common causes by look through a functional medicine lens. By looking deeper we can find the causes, so that we can treat at the root level through a combination of treating an imbalanced microbiome, healing a leaky gut, balancing nutrient deficincies, addressing inflammation and removing infections, we can look to bring autoimmune diseases into remission

IN THE UK

There are four million people in the UK known to be living with at least one autoimmune condition

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HEALTH COSTS

Direct and indirect costs to the UK for just three autoimmune conditions alone – type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis – currently add up to more than £13 billion per year

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RECOGNIZED DISEASES

Today there are close 80 recognized autoimmune diseases, and 35 other disease processes having an autoimmune component

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About

Autoimmune diseases are being reported at ever-increasing rates on a yearly basis. Its only surpassed by cancer and heart disease as the third largest cause of mortality. There are currently over 80 different conditions—including 

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis 

  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis 

  • Graves' Disease 

  • Coeliac Disease 

  • Ulcerative Colitis 

  • Crohn's Disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Multiple Sclerosis

  • Type 1 Diabetes

  • Raynaud Syndrome

  • Alopecia

  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 

While these diseases are generally seen as separate conditions by doctors and Autoimmune specialists in the UK ,there are many commonalities with a shared common cause.

When we address the root cause from a natural, nutrition and functional medicine perspective, we are able to significantly improve and even reverse autoimmune disease.

Causes

Autoimmune Disease occurs when the immune system is imbalanced. While it’s supposed to defend against foreign invaders and toxins and defend its own body tissue, instead it begins to attack the boides own tissue. This is largely part down to an imbalanced microbiome, which causes the gut wall to become damaged and porous. Once foreign particles enter the bloodstream, the immune system becomes activated and loses its ability to protect the body and defend its own tissue. As well as environmental factors, there is often a genetic disposition that comes into play.

 

Specific variations in genes, known as polymorphisms, set the stage for autoimmunity by altering the regulation of immune cells..  We also see undiagnosed bacterial and viral infections as another common issue that often gets overlooked when treating autoimmune conditions. Once these pre-existing infections are treated and the underlying condition is resolved autoimmune tend to heal a lot quicker. Other issues that can cause autoimmune are mold toxicity, hormonal imbalances and mitochondria dysfunction .

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Symptoms 

Autoimmune symptoms can present themselves in many ways and in many different organs and include joint pain, bloating, constipation, depression, insomnia, rashes, intolerance to cold and heat, hormone imbalances. Diarrohea among many other symptoms. If you have one or more of these symptoms there’s a reasonable chance you have an autoimmune condition and although these symptoms may seem unrelated and not clearly defined.

These disorders often appear as a set of seemingly unrelated symptoms that look like many other illnesses but aren’t clearly defined which can create a “grey area” leaving people struggling with symptoms. Through a functional medicine approach, we do not want to wait until you are too sick and some damage is not reversible. We want to address these issues before progression has taken place.

Until recently, it was believed that the autoimmune process couldn’t be reversed, but now we know differently. They can be put into remission by identifying the root causes that drive the immune system to attack.

Treatment

By taking a thorough client history and by looking at some of the triggers that may be causing their immune system to run out of control and cause inflammation – investigating microbiome dysregulation, we are able to pinpoint and focus on what needs to be addressed to improve your health picture functioning at the disease site.

Treatment Approach

  • Advanced lab testing and diagnostics

  • Anti-inflammatory diet protocols, such as the AIP diet

  • Targeted Supplements and herbs

  • DNA Testing

  • Detoxification

  • Natural immune-modulatory and Anti Inflammatory compounds

  • Supplements to support leaky gut

  • A combination of pre and probiotics