Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s own cells, believing them to be foreign invaders. While the immune system is designed to protect against foreign cells, viruses, and bacteria, it can malfunction in autoimmune diseases. Instead of distinguishing between normal and foreign cells, the immune system attacks certain parts of the body, releasing “autoantibodies” to fight these cells.
Autoimmune diseases can affect specific organs or the entire body. Common examples include rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, psoriasis/psoriatic arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.
At Robinhood Integrative Health we believe that there are underlying cause/causes that contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases. These causes may include food sensitivities, chronic infections like Lyme and Epstein Barr Virus, mold and environmental toxins, and heavy metal exposure. Identifying the specific underlying cause for each individual can be challenging but necessary if looking for long-term improvement.
The possibility of autoimmune diseases resolving or improving depends on identifying and addressing the underlying cause. By fixing the underlying problems we have had tremendous success getting autoimmune diseases under control and in some circumstances completely resolve.
Managing autoimmune diseases requires more than relying solely on prescribed drugs. Making healthy lifestyle choices, including proper diet, is crucial. Many autoimmune diseases have shown a response to dietary changes. Eliminating gluten and dairy through an elimination diet has proven beneficial for many patients. In some cases, a more advanced diet like the autoimmune paleo diet may be necessary.
We have also seen good success with immune modulating therapies, such as Low Dose Naltrexone and IV ozone.
If you have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and wish to address the underlying root cause, consider consulting one of the providers at Robinhood Integrative Health. Our clinic has a strong track record of success, and we’d love to help.