Auto-immune is widely misunderstood.
1 in 5 people in America are diagnosed with an Auto-Immune disorder and 1 in 10 are undiagnosed or have a medically undefined chronic condition. Wow! That is a lot of people. Autoimmune can look like many different things for many different people. Since everyone is unique, their bodies and immune response is different. Everyone responds differently to food and environmental toxins, so auto-immune is very personal.
What is Auto-Immune, really?
Western medicine describes auto immune by saying that our bodies are attacking itself, for some reason, we don’t know why. I hear this same story from so many clients of mine on their healing journey. They are left with no hope for healing. They are told they can only manage the symptoms and adapt their life around this diagnosis. Ultimately, they are left feeling like there is something wrong with them.
Your body is attacking itself. Why? Well, the answer is that your body is perfect and it is not attacking itself. In fact, these collection of symptoms are the signals that your body is sending to you to let you know that something is not right. It has lost the ability to heal and keep you healthy. Western medicine and the pharmaceutical industry are about symptom management. They only know how to manage and quiet your symptoms and not get to the root of the problem. You see, a diagnosis of auto-immune is really just a unique collection of symptoms.
What does auto-immune look like?
More than 80 auto-immune diagnoses exist with many overlapping symptoms. Here are some more familiar diagnoses.
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Celiac disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Multiple sclerosis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- Myasthenia gravis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Type 1 diabetes
- Alopecia areata
- Temporal arteritis
- Psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Graves’ disease
Top 10 Symptoms of Auto-immune?
As you can see from the list of diagnoses, symptoms are broad and vary based on each individual but can include:
- Joint Pain
- Nerve Pain
- Muscle Pain
- Brain Fog
- Gastro-Intestinal problems
- Skin issues
- Swollen Glands
Our bodies are healing machines!
Our bodies are uniquely and perfectly designed and are innately intelligent. Think about self-regulated healing that occurs in your body. For example, you cut your finger while cooking, you wash it and bandage it and let your body do the rest; the healing takes over and voila the cut is healed. This is how our entire system is designed. But, recently our bodies have been inundated with toxic overload from the poisonous food supply, water supply, most pharmaceuticals, cleaning products, beauty products and more! This toxic overload has left our innate intelligent self-regulating bodies confused and unsure of how to do it’s job.
Another way to look at this is, say you have a job to do, you are tasked with putting three nails into a piece of wood. On day one you pick up the hammer and install all three nails into the wood and the job is done perfectly. When you come back on day two, the hammer is missing and you don’t know what to do, you are left confused and you have to be resourceful to figure out a way to install all three nails without the hammer! What do you do? It will take you longer than expected, it will not be done the same as yesterday and you may affect the entire foundation for the house you are building. This is what we are seeing happen to our bodies and it’s natural healing functions. How do we expect our bodies to continue to do their job of healing us and protecting us if slowly everyday we are taking away it’s essential tools to do this job.
As a Doctor of Natural Medicine it is my mission to help figure out the root cause of your symptoms. Together we will boost your immune system and figure out what boundaries and barriers your body is experiencing and help support your natural healing abilities.
I am available to speak with you and your loved ones who are affected by auto-immune symptoms or have a diagnosis. If you are looking for a second opinion about a diagnosis or are just curious about holistic healing options, please call me at 570-319-6073 during open call hours every Tuesday & Thursday 6-8 pm EST or schedule a free 30 minutes phone consultation>>
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