How Conventional Medicine Got Autoimmune Diseases All Wrong

medical okI love this article. It summarizes the reasons why autoimmune conditions do not respond well to conventional treatment and things we need to think about as we pursue our own treatment. Lifestyle, diet, stress, gut, and toxins are highlighted.

Article Written by Amy Myers, M.D. 

I believe conventional medicine has it all wrong when it comes to treating autoimmune conditions.

Autoimmune conditions affect over 50 million Americans, a large percentage of whom are women. Autoimmune diseases are now the third leading chronic disease in the country right behind heart disease and cancer. They are a top ten leading cause of death in women under the age of 65, and they come in more than 80 different varieties, including rheumatoid arthritis, type I diabetes, Lupus, thyroid disease, psoriasis, multiple sclerosis, and more. Yet, it takes an average of six-to-ten doctors and five years to receive one of these autoimmune diagnoses. What is conventional medicine doing wrong?

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Connection Between Allergic Diseases And Autoimmune Diseases

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Regional Medical Center of Seattle April 6, 2007

A new study identifies a connection between allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, and autoimmune diseases.

A new study by researchers at Children’s and the University of Washington (UW) identifies a connection between allergic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, and autoimmune diseases. The study was published in the April 1 edition of Nature Immunology.

Approximately 75 percent of autoimmune diseases occur in women, most frequently during the childbearing years. These diseases also comprise a significant portion of chronic childhood disorders. Autoimmune disease refers to a group of more than 80 serious, chronic illnesses including diseases of the nervous, gastrointestinal, and endocrine systems as well as skin and other connective tissues, eyes, blood, and blood vessel. In all of these diseases, the underlying problem is similar—the body’s immune system (including B and/or T immune cells) becomes misdirected, attacking the very organs it was designed to protect.

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How I Reversed an Autoimmune Disease

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June 5, 2017

Today, I live an active, “normal” life.

I work, play hide and seek with my two young boys, hike with my dogs on the weekend, and try to keep up with the ever-growing housework. You’d never know that just 16 months ago I suffered from an advanced stage of an autoimmune disease.

I spent most of my time lying on the floor in pain. I was too weak to walk up the stairs without getting winded, too tired to stand long enough to finish doing the dishes after lunch, and in too much pain to even wrap my hand around a cup.

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AutoImmune Diseases & Allergies

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February 22, 2018

What are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related conditions where the body’s own immune system attacks the tissues and organs, causing deterioration and illness.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance (also known as an allergen) that does not bother most people. Allergens can be found in a variety of food and environmental sources such as house dust mite excretions, pets, pollen, moulds and various food and food components.

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Celiac Disease, Gluten Sensitivity & Leaky Gut

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December 12, 2018

Episode 32 with Dr. Alessio Fasano

The Connection Between Leaky Gut and Autoimmune Disease

Dr. Alessio Fasano is a gastroenterologist and a world-renowned expert on intestinal permeability (aka “leaky gut) and it's connection to autoimmune disease. In order for autoimmunity to be triggered in the body, three precursors need to take place:

  1. genetic vulnerability
  2. environmental triggers
  3. leaky gut.

Then, once autoimmunity is triggered, the body attacks more than just the part associated with the diagnosis (i.e. joints in rheumatoid arthritis, thyroid in Hashimoto's disease, and skin in psoriasis). It also attacks the intestinal lining, creating a vicious cycle. Today, we'll learn more about this complex condition and how it affects our autoimmune health.

Dr. Fasano is also an expert on celiac disease, so we'll learn the difference between celiac and non-celiac gluten sensitivity (NCGS), as well as the difference between gluten cross-reaction and gluten cross-contamination.

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