The first issue that needs to be addressed is the mechanism involved.
Most autoimmune diseases may have some type of genotypic component, i.e., there may be a latent gene that the individual has carried in an unexpressed state for a period of years until some ‘event,’ which triggered an immune response that suddenly ‘turned on’ the gene.
If this exists, and the autoimmune disease truly has genetic components, the doctor’s job is to rightly manage the patient to diminish the immune response and calm the attack.
List of Autoimmune Diseases
The following is a list of the most common autoimmune diseases, but not a complete list:
- Ankylosing Spondylitis
- Crohn’s Disease
- Graves Disease
- Diabetes Type 1
- Myasthenia Gravis
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Sjogren’s Syndrome
- Systemic Lupus Erythamatosus (SLE)
- Ulcerative Colitis
Signs, Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease
Usually the immune system is slowly attacking the tissue over several years. When the person eventually has experienced significant destruction which brings about symptoms relating to autoimmune disorders, they typically seek come type of doctor.
In the case of Hashimoto’s disease (autoimmune thyroid), patients often get diagnosed with hypothyroidism because their TSH is high. In traditional medicine, the TSH is managed by hormone replacement (Synthroid, Levothyroxine) but no management for the immune response is initiated because it was never assessed. In the case of other autoimmune disorders, the patient is often misdiagnosed for years, even decades; and they are left laden with multitudes of drugs and treatments attempting to suppress their symptoms.
Treatment for Autoimmune Disorders
When Dr. Richard Hagmeyer sees a person that has an autoimmune disease of any name, the goal is truly to discover the cause of the immune dysregulation and make every effort to correct that. The causes of autoimmune disorders, the reasons why they appear is where Dr. Hagmeyer begins his investigation.
If an autoimmune disease is a hyper-Th1 or hyper-Th2 attack against an antigen, Dr. Hagmeyer will do everything possible to find out what the antigen is, attempt to remove it and calm down the Th1 or Th2 dominance.
Dr. Hagmeyer does not seek a diagnosis in the allopathic sense; instead, we are committed to finding the actual cause of your autoimmune symptoms, and will work diligently to help rid you of your aliments.
Improper testing can leave a patient misdiagnosed, mismanaged, and miserable. You have to take responsibility for your own health and find a doctor who will work with you until the answers are discovered. There is always a cause to an effect, always a reason for a symptom; there is always a reason ‘why,’ you just haven’t found someone yet to help you figure it out.
Autoimmune disease patients have two common threads: poor bowel function and a diet that contributes to the condition.
Poor bowel function will create food allergies which can play a role in triggering the immune system into creating chemistry that inflames.
Autoimmune disease treatment at The Naperville Institute For NeuroMetabolic Solutions involves improving gastrointestinal function and Barrier integrity, decreasing inflammation, identifying Food Sensitivities, indentifying hormonal imbalances ie (thyroid) and supporting the body through dietary changes and the use of biomedical and functional medicine.
Autoimmune disease is very much linked to….in spite of what your doctor might say DIET and Environment.
Summary: Autoimmune disease are conditions where the immune system reacts improperly to the body’s own tissue. Autoimmune diseases can be overcome through a change in diet and improvements to the health of the gastrointestinal system.
Dr. Hagmeyer and his staff are dedicated to you health and well-being. If you would like to speak with Dr.Hagmeyer about a possible treatment plan for your Autoimmune Disease please fill out our autoimmune questionnaire
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