“Autoimmune diseases… now affect 24 million people…They are often addressed by powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. That’s like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack.”
How to Treat Autoimmune Disease Naturally
How to Stop Your Immune System From Attacking You
Many people are interested in how to treat their autoimmune diseases naturally. They are questioning the conventional treatment, which usually means suppressing their immune systems, sometimes with serious side effects, and almost certainly making them feel worse. They are looking to Functional Medicine for answers. Many are finding relief for their symptoms, and sometimes changing the course of their disease(s), by changing their diet and exposure to toxins..
In this article in the Huffington Post, Dr. Mark Hyman, Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, addresses how to treat autoimmune diseases naturally and with Functional Medicine:
HUFFPOST Healthy Living from the Huffington Post
“We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people) and autoimmune disorders (24 million) people). Autoimmune disease include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century. They are all autoimmune conditions,and at their root they are connected by on central biochemical process: A runaway response known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues...
Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It is your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from other. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire. Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body…
If you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms. to ask to question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have…
Functional medicine is a different way of thinking about disease that helps us understand and treat the real causes of inflammation instead of finding clever ways to shut it down. Medicine as it is practiced today is like taking the battery out of a smoke detector while a fire burns down your house!”
Dr Hyman gives us 9 steps to treating/healing autoimmune disease, naturally.
We hear a lot about inflammation, as it is connected to autoimmune and almost every chronic condition. Dr. Hyman tells us:
“Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions.”
As inflammation is linked to so many serious conditions, in fact it may be the cause, it is quite reasonable for everybody to eat anti-inflammatory foods, and avoid inflammatory foods. It is also to our benefit to learn all we can about Functional Medicine.
Aren’t we all more interested in a health care system and providers that can identify causes for our health issues and diseases, rather than just prescribing drugs for the symptoms, which will likely cause a new set of symptoms.?
The Immune System Recovery Plan
by Susan Blum & Mark Hyman
One of the most sought-after experts in the field of functional medicine shares her proven four-step program to treat, reverse, and prevent autoimmune conditions and repair your immune system.
Dr Blum treats All autoimmune disease as one. The body is attacking itself – period.
Mark Hyman, MD, believes that we all deserve a life of vitality–and that we have the potential to create it for ourselves. That’s why he is dedicated to tackling the root causes of chronic disease by harnessing the power of Functional Medicine to transform healthcare.Â Dr. Hyman and his team work every day to empower people, organizations, and communities to heal their bodies and minds, and improve our social and economic resilience.
Dr. Hyman is a practicing family physician, a nine-time #1 New York Times bestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader, speaker, educator, and advocate in his field. He is the Director of the Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine.