Autoimmune Conditions: A Functional Approach

Autoimmune conditions arise when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its own cells, a phenomenon known as molecular mimicry. There are numerous types of autoimmune conditions, such as Celiac, Hashimoto’s, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Multiple Sclerosis, and more. As opposed to conventional medicine, our clinic challenges the idea of labeling autoimmune conditions solely based on antibody ranges.

At The Institute of Natural Health, we hold a straightforward belief: either someone has autoimmunity or they don’t. Rather than sticking to conventional standards that rely on specific antibody levels, any sort of antibody elevation prompts an investigation and treatment plan. We focus on a functional method that digs into the core of the problem. Masking symptoms with medication does not eliminate the root cause. Our commitment is to find the reasons behind the disorder, ranging from diet to mineral deficiencies. By running more comprehensive labs, we can see a better picture of how a patient’s system is functioning and can offer a personalized treatment plan for them.

We always start by telling patients to go completely gluten-free. Other foods to avoid include dairy, soy, refined sugar, and cruciferous vegetables. Reducing these types of foods will save the patient from inflammation. An extra step is to run a food sensitivity test so we can see what each patient is allergic to because minimizing food triggers is essential. A lot of people think that just because a food is a “health food”, it won’t negatively affect them, but everyone is different. Something like chicken or apples could cause issues in a person’s body. They may not notice because there are more symptoms than just an upset stomach or headache. This is why we run food sensitivity tests so the patient knows what to get rid of in order to start healing. Another step is to start raising mineral levels. Low levels of tyrosine, selenium, and iodine can aid in a dysfunctional thyroid because they are key components. Again, we would run a set of tests to see what each patient is having low levels in.

A lot of people suffer with autoimmunity, but since thyroid isn’t educated properly, they are told the issue is elsewhere. With doctors not looking in the proper areas, patients are left confused and taking medication to mask symptoms. But we all know this doesn’t fix the problem. In order to get autoimmune condition under control, we must look at a plethora of things, like removing certain foods and toxins, increasing vitamin intake, and trying mindfulness activities. To get a better idea of what will work for you, contacting our clinic and getting set up for an appointment is the best starting point.

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