What Is Autoimmunity?
Autoimmunity occurs when an overburdened immune system becomes hypersensitized, attacking healthy tissues along with foreign invaders.
How do you become so sensitized? Normally, your immune system is already very busy fighting off a wide variety of invaders – including allergens, toxins, bacteria and viruses.
Unfortunately, many people overload their immune systems every day, in a wide variety of ways – from poor food choices, to absorbing toxins from their environment, water and even cosmetics. Apart from toxic overload, gut issues are a major catalyst for compromised immune functions. In particular, leaky gut (when holes in the lining of the intestinal tract allow toxins to leach into your blood) is considered a precursor for many (if not all) autoimmune illness.
As a result, your immune system stays on “high alert” all the time. This can cause it to start to attack healthy tissues and even entire organs. Various systems in your body can suffer – such as your joints, brain, skin, and hormones.
There are hundreds of autoimmune illnesses, each of which have their own unique symptoms. Symptoms of autoimmune thyroid diseases (like Hashimoto’s) can include depression, fluctuations in weight, difficulty sleeping, and anxiety. Celiac Disease manifests itself through digestive problems and/or neurological issues, rashes, and the sudden loss of control of your body’s movements. Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) will often notice symmetric joint problems in the wrists and hands.
The conventional approach to treat autoimmune disease centers primarily around prescribing powerful immune-suppressing medication such as injection biologics like Humira, Remicade and Enbrel – rather than identifying and addressing the root causes, like toxins or gut issues.
Sadly, many of these medications are extremely expensive – even if you have health insurance – costing thousands of dollars a month, and in some cases upwards of $80K a year!
What’s worse is that people still report feeling poorly on these medications, which actually isn’t surprising considering nothing has been done to address the inflammation and underlying imbalances that caused autoimmunity in the first place.
The Functional Medicine Approach
Staying on these medications for the rest of your life also means that your gut dysfunction and immunity is steadily getting worse, while you adjust your medication and continue to maintain habits that worsen inflammation.
That’s why it’s so important to partner with a functional medicine provider who is trained to untangle these chronic issues at the gut and immune level. State of the art lab tests can help figure out what’s amiss, and a custom treatment protocol can then be crafted specifically for your situation.
Healing autoimmune illness involves a special blend of changes to your diet, environment and stress level, while incorporating natural medicines and lifestyle adjustments to restore and retrain your immune system. This way, you can be on the right path to experience vibrant health again.
At CMass Health and Wellness, MD, our clinical team works together with you so you can leave the suffering behind and live your best life. Using these natural methods to diagnose and treat autoimmune illnesses will get your body back on track.
Following advanced lab tests and a detailed discussion of your symptoms and history, our team can map out an effective treatment plan that we will execute together with plenty of support and guidance.
If you have been experiencing symptoms that may be connected with autoimmune diseases and are looking for answers, don’t hesitate to schedule a Discovery Call with Dr. Massinople. We look forward to hearing from you, and healing with you!