Autoimmune Disease Treatment Arizona
The immune system is the body’s main line of defense against disease causing pathogens. This powerful system is made up of a network of cells, proteins, tissues and organs which use complex mechanisms to deter pathogens responsible for disease from entering the body and causing harm to it's cells.
Before the immune system can attack these pathogens, it must first be able to distinguish between the healthy cells of the body and the pathogens. This step is crucial because it prevents the immune system from attacking the body’s own healthy cells.
The immune system is able to differentiate between the good cells and the bad pathogens using a recognition system that checks the composition of the membrane of these cells. The healthy living cells of the body contain a specific set of unique macromolecules which are recognized by the immune system as something that is from the body and therefore, harmless. Because these macromolecules are deemed harmless by the immune system, they do not trigger the immune system to attack.
On the other hand, the cells of the pathogen contain macromolecules called antigens, which are recognized by the body’s immune system as harmful. When the detection system of the immune system recognizes these antigens, the immune system knows it is time to engage and destroy.
Autoimmune disease is a condition in which the body’s immune system is unable to distinguish between its own cells and the pathogens. Without the ability to distinguish between the two, the immune system attacks both healthy cells of the body and disease causing pathogens.
Autoimmune diseases can manifest in a number of ways showing up with a variety of symptoms. Some of the Autoimmune diseases we treat here in the office include: Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Autoimmune Hepatitis, Lupus, and Polymyalgia Rheumatica. Symptoms of these diagnoses include but are not limited to joint and muscle pain, fatigue, abdominal pain, hair loss, insomnia, rapid heartbeat, and rashes or hives.
While it can be challenging to pinpoint the specific autoimmune disease a patient is suffering from due to overlapping symptoms of multiple diagnoses, this does not affect our ability to create an actionable treatment plan to address and reduce symptoms and more importantly, the cause. Though Autoimmune diseases can be difficult to “cure”, by addressing several key areas of health, we have found it very possible to trigger remission and significantly reduce symptoms.
The experienced and highly qualified doctors here at Aurora Natural Medicine aim to help patients affected by autoimmune disease find relief, and through alleviation of symptoms, improve the overall quality of their lives. We offer several treatment options and in conjunction with your doctor, you can tailor your treatment plan to your needs and your budget.
How do we diagnose and treat autoimmune disease?
We utilize conventional testing through blood work and other panels to determine the specific autoimmune disease present if not already diagnosed
One of our most common treatment options is performing a Food Sensitivity Panel to determine what foods a patient is sensitive to. We then eliminate those foods to reduce inflammation and autoimmune destruction of cells. Uncontrolled inflammation is a major cause of autoimmune disease. You can read more about Food Allergies and Autoimmune Disease in a recent blog article.
- Assess for GI Infections and use natural and conventional approaches to resolve these infections.
- Assess for environmental toxic burden and create a plan to gently eliminate these substances
- Assess for systematic latent viral infections
- Assess for heavy metal toxicity
- Consider genetic SNPs and address the deficiencies accordingly
- Check Vitamin D levels, as studies are showing increasing evidence that low vitamin D levels are associated with autoimmune disease. (could link to article on vitamin d deficiency)
- Pharmaceutical grade anti-inflammatory supplements are used to decrease any remaining inflammation in the body
Whether you have already been diagnosed or believe you may have an autoimmune disease, we are here to guide you along your path to wellness.
At the end of the day, our one and only goal is to help you feel your best, so you can live your best life, even with your autoimmune disease. Relief is possible, and we are here to help you find it.