What is Autoimmunity?
Autoimmunity simply put, is the immune system identifying it’s own healthy tissue as a foreign pathogen or an invader. When the immune system becomes “confused” it builds “soldiers” know as antibodies which are specifically designed to attack tissues that are believed to be foreign. This condition is often times referred to as autoimmune disease.
These antibodies destroy tissues slowly over a long period of time. When the immune system’s activity level “surges” we commonly refer to this as a “flare-up” of our symptoms.
What Are Common Autoimmune Conditions?
There are many autoimmune diseases that selectively focus on destroying a variety of different tissues.
Below is a list of some of the most common types of autoimmune disease I see in practice on a regular basis:
Type 1 Diabetes
Systemic Lupus Erythematosis (SLE)
What Causes Autoimmunity?
Creating an immune system which cannot discriminate self from non-self can be inherited; however the majority of cases are a result of a combination of environmental toxins and food sensitivities.
In our current environment with significant exposure to an increasing number of chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink, it is not surprising that the prevalence of autoimmunity, autoimmune disease and allergies are rising significantly.
What Are The Long Term Effects of Having Autoimmunity?
When your body’s immune system is fighting your own tissues, not only are your tissues being destroyed; but your immune system is being occupied and exhausted.
Over time this increases your susceptibility in acquiring any form of infection (bacterial or viral) as well as depleting your body’s energy resources due to the “artificial” battle your immune system is constantly fighting. If you think you are suffering from an autoimmune disease there is help.
I Have Been Diagnosed With an Autoimmune Condition(s). Can I Overcome This?
Yes, however; conventional allopathic medicine has yet to recognize many of the multiple influences which create immune dysfunction and autoimmunity.
The most common current medical strategies are medications in the form of steroids used to inhibit the immune response completely. In many cases, with long term use, these drugs will shut down the immune system to such an extent that you will have an increased susceptibility for acquiring many other infections and disease processes due to your defense systems being “off line.”
Autoimmune disease can never be “cured,” however; in many cases with proper testing, a disciplined and comprehensive approach the “confused” and hyperactive immune system can be moderated. This results in fewer autoimmune flare-ups or complete symptom relief.
At the CFM we take a natural, holistic approach to supporting the immune system to help prevent future flare-ups, reduce symptoms and therefore assist in preventing further tissue destruction.
If you have been diagnosed with, or think you have an autoimmune condition or autoimmune disease and are looking for information and help on how to overcome this disorder please contact us here to learn more.