Our body’s immune system protects us from disease and infection. If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune system will attack healthy cells in your body by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune diseases affecting all different parts of the body. Many of them have similar symptoms making it difficult to diagnosis.
Getting a diagnosis can be frustrating and stressful. Often, the first symptoms are fatigue, low grade fever, muscle and joint pain.
The classic sign of an autoimmune disease is inflammation. If you suffer from an autoimmune disease or chronic inflammation, work with an integrative holistic physician at Advanced Health to formulate a personalized treatment just for you.
Inflammation is the body’s attempt to protect itself by trying to remove foreign substances from the body, and start the healing process. Although inflammation helps heal wounds, too much acute or chronic inflammation is harmful to the body.
Acute Inflammation begins fast and lasts for a few days to possibly a few weeks. It can become severe quickly. Some examples of acute inflammation are the common cold, the flu, bronchitis, headache, or joint pain. A person may experience pain, redness, heat, being flushed, or swollen.
Chronic Inflammation lasts for several months to years. It occurs from chronic exposure to a low-intensity irritant/toxin or an autoimmune response to an allergen. Allergies, arthritis, heart disease, thyroid disorder, diabetes, and most cancers are linked to chronic inflammation.
Autoimmune disorders are often diagnosed by the particular organ that is affected versus not being recognized as a disorder of the entire immune system. Individual with autoimmune diseases will often see a specialist who only focuses on one organ system. For example, those with joint pain will see a rheumatologist. Those with skin inflammation such as eczema and psoriasis will see a dermatologist. Those with non-alcoholic hepatitis, celiac disease, and inflammatory bowel disease will see a gastroenterologist. It becomes very confusing and frustrating for these patients since these specialists often only look at a particular organ and not the whole body. They often treat suppression of the chronic inflammation, not healing of the immune system.
At Advanced Health we look at the entire immune system and do not just jump to prescribing immunosuppressive drugs which are plagued with tons of side effects. By directly addressing what the immune system needs, we are able to effectively lessen or even reverse the autoimmune disorder. By taking a natural approach and creating a personalized treatment plan, positive results are felt quickly.
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