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It’s designed to keep you healthy and fight off infection, but it can go terribly wrong. Autoimmune diseases are caused by inappropriate immune responses that can create havoc in your body, damaging your organs, tissues or cells. Basically, your immune system is set up to identify foreign bodies (such as disease-causing bacteria) and fight them off, keeping you healthy. However, when your immune system goes awry, it can’t differentiate between foreign and known bodies and so begins attacking your own body, healthy cells included.
There are more than 80 different types of known autoimmune diseases (from alopecia areata [hair loss] to Wegener’s granulomatosis [inflamed blood vessels]). The very different approaches that need to be taken for each autoimmune disease shows just how intricate the body is, and is evidence that each individual should be examined and treated holistically.
Take lupus as an example, numerous studies over the years have provided better insight into the complex interaction between certain female hormones and their effect on the immune response, specifically explaining why lupus affects women more than men. One reason researchers believe this happens is that women are designed to carry out placental reproduction (essentially, the placenta is a foreign body, almost like a transplanted kidney for example), which stimulates the production of certain molecules. Once elevated, these increase a woman’s susceptibility to lupus.
It’s simply not known what exactly causes the immune system’s confusion around what it should or shouldn’t attack. It’s been theorised that some microorganisms (like viruses or bacteria) and certain medications could trigger the change, specifically in people who have a genetic propensity to autoimmune diseases.
The organs and tissues commonly affected by autoimmune responses are your blood vessels, connective tissues, endocrine glands (thyroid and pancreas), joints and muscles, red blood cells and your skin.
Symptoms of each different autoimmune disease differ, but all include fatigue and a general feeling of ill-health. It’s no wonder, then, that they’re not easy to diagnose as some autoimmune diseases don’t manifest with symptoms other than those.
Studies demonstrate that integrative medical treatments are effective in people with autoimmune disease. In my work at the Integrative Medical Centre, we’ve had tremendous success in treating autoimmune disease and have even been able to reverse (or move into remission) some, including lupus, Hashimoto’s and Graves disease (thyroid) and ulcerative colitis (large colon). I recommend some of the following strategies for my patients:
Nutraceuticals also have a positive effect on autoimmune diseases and in particular those listed below:
While autoimmune diseases are highly prevalent and conventional medicine offers little assistance other than symptom relief, integrative medicine can certainly offer hope for sufferers.
New i-Immune Combo by Integrative Intelligence Doctor Range deals with Autoimmune diseases which are caused by inappropriate immune responses that can create havoc in your body, damaging your organs, tissues or cells. This unique proprietary formula includes a range of highly beneficial ingredients including: Lactoferin,Curcumin, CoQ10, Omegas, Vitamins, Colostrum and other nutraceuticals.