What Is An Autoimmune Disorder?
With an autoimmune disorder, the immune system attacks the other systems of the body (ie. thyroid, cerebellum, etc.)
An autoimmune attack is similar to a house with termites. The termites are destroying the foundation and structure of the house. With autoimmunity, the body is destroying tissue as the attack occurs, damaging critical organs.
It is first necessary to find out where the termites live and destroy them, or they will keep destroying tissue.
This is what makes our approach unique: no stone is left unturned to determine the true cause of the condition.
There can be many different forms of “termites”, and the correct testing is vital to successful immune functions.
We can check for gluten antibodies, tissue antibodies such as myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, and cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.
For example, many hypothyroid patients that we have managed have tested positive for thyroid antibodies and they were actually mis-diagnosed for years. If thyroid tissue anti-bodies (TPO &TBG) are high, the issue is Hashimoto’s disease and NOT hypothyroid. The only way to find out is to test for thyroid tissue antibodies via blood work.
The immune system could be attacking the nervous system, which would cause pain and numbness (this is called multiple sclerosis and peripheral neuropathy). The ONLY way to know is to run the right tests.
We run tests for H. Pylori bacteria to determine any problems related to gut function (H. Pylori is the most common bacteria to affect the stomach and gut). We are also looking for parasites, mold, yeast and fungi, which is what a majority of patients with gastro-intestinal dysfunction suffer from.
What Makes Us Different
We focus on a comprehensive approach for managing the autoimmune patient:
- We have to remove the trigger(s) that aggravate the immune system (foods, chemicals, hormonal imbalance, etc.).
- We need to calm the existing body-wide inflammatory cascade (with diet & lifestyle changes and specific supplements that down-regulate pro-inflammatory processes and up-regulate anti-inflammatory processes or simply put … we need to decrease the inflammation in the body!
- We must repair any damage to the GI tract barrier (and any of the other 4 barriers that are breached). In other words, we need to fix the gut function.
- We need to support the damaged autoimmune target with specific supplements and/or medical hormone therapy (as in the case of thyroid and pancreas damage). We need to mediate any abnormal brain and nervous system function with Brain-Based Therapy (functional neurology—EWOT, IM, etc.).
When necessary, we will co-manage your case with your M.D. so that each patient has the best results possible.
If you would like to have more information or to set up a consultation and see how we can help, give us a call at (970) 282-1173 to schedule an appointment or use the form below.