In autoimmune diseases, the immune system is triggered (sometimes by a virus, sometimes by bacteria or foods in the gut or other unidentified triggers) and that starts the process. This pathway triggers inflammation and causes the immune system to be on high alert to the original trigger. Unfortunately, in an autoimmune process the immune system confuses (cross-reacts) our own body tissues with the original trigger. So when these immune cells come in contact with those normal tissues it attacks and reinitiates the inflammation turning it into a bit of a runaway train. Conventional treatment is to suppress the immune system trying to tamp down the reaction. This is usually effective but just manages the symptoms. The Naturopathic approach is to find and eliminate the original trigger and help the body to restore appropriate control of the immune system. Sometimes both approaches are needed, especially initially if the system is pretty aggravated, but in the long run people tend to get much better success with addressing the underlying issue rather than just suppressing symptoms.
Assessing gut health and food choices are of utmost importance in this process, followed by balancing the immune system. Each individual case is very unique and responds differently to treatments.
Examples of Autoimmune Diseases Treated
- Hashitmotos- hypothyroidism
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Multiple Schlerosis
- many more!