A Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmune Disorders
“It is estimated that over 23 million Americans suffer of an autoimmune disease and 78% are women.”
At Holistic Specialists we apply the latest in functional medicine, addressing the underlying causes of your autoimmune disorders (instead of just treating symptoms) so you can get well and stay well without unnecessary drugs or surgery.
Find the root cause of your autoimmune disease with Functional and Evolutionary Medicine, a holistic, investigative approach to healthcare that is both high-tech and high-touch.
We use cutting-edge diagnostic tools to find the problem, and nutritional therapy, herbal medicine, supplements, stress management, detoxification, lifestyle changes, and only in some cases when necessary, we recommend prescription medications to eliminate triggers and restore proper function and balance.
Autoimmune disease is one of the top ten causes of death in women and the elderly and now affects one in ten people worldwide. Over 100 distinct autoimmune diseases have been identified, affecting nearly every organ system and tissue in the body, and at least 40 other diseases are suspected of having an autoimmune basis or component.
The dramatic rise in autoimmune disease over the past half century, suggests that environmental factors—rather than genetics—are to blame. These factors include the modern Western diet, chronic stress, changes in gut microbiota, environmental toxins, sleep deprivation, vitamin D deficiency, reduced sun exposure, and perhaps several other currently unidentified aspects of the modern lifestyle.
These factors don’t just trigger autoimmune disease in the first place; they also perpetuate and exacerbate it. So while autoimmune disease may not be completely curable (i.e., it disappears without a trace), removing the triggers can often lead to a significant reduction in symptoms or even complete remission (which, for all intents and purposes, is a cure).
Though each autoimmune disease manifests differently, all autoimmune diseases share the same underlying mechanism: the body inappropriately recognizes some part of itself as foreign and initiates an immune attack against that tissue or organ system. This means that a basic diet, lifestyle, and supplement approaches work well for all autoimmune diseases, regardless of the specific diagnosis, tissue, or organ system involved. You still may need to take additional steps to resolve your condition.
Tests we use to treat patients with autoimmune disorders:
- Functional blood test
- Gut health testing
- HPA-D testing (adrenal – hormones)
- Food intolerance (food allergies)
- Toxic chemicals