You see, the truth is, conventional medicine has it all wrong when it comes to autoimmune diseases. They are focused solely on managing autoimmune symptoms with life-long, harsh medications, instead of looking for the true underlying causes of autoimmune disease. That is the reason so-called autoimmune disorders are on the rise. There are reportedly 24 million Americans who suffer from Autoimmune disease. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year.)
There are more than one hundred different autoimmune conditions, and they are all serious chronic diseases caused by an underlying problem in the immune system. These include such conditions as Hashimoto’s or Graves thyroid disease, lupus, multiple sclerosis (MS), psoriasis, celiac disease, Reheumatoid Arthiritis, ankylosing spondylitis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s Syndrome, alopecia areata, Crohn’s Disease or ulcerative colitis (termed IBD, or inflammatory bowel disease), among others.
Patients have often shared with me what their traditional medical doctors have said after diagnosing them with an autoimmune disease: “Get used to the painkillers. You’ll need them for the rest of your life,” “We don’t know why people get these diseases,” and “Your immune system can’t be treated.” The idea is that you should just accept your diagnosis and the inevitable lifelong battle with painkillers, drugs that suppress your immune system, and the side effects of both (some of which can be devastating and long-term). It also makes your disease worse because it undermines the body’s natural healing process.
What causes the body to seemingly attack its own tissues? This question is the subject of ongoing research. However I have identified these root causes that play a key role in the creation of autoimmune diseases.
- Leaky Gut
- Food Allergy
It’s only when you identify and address these root causes that you can begin to heal your body, reduce your inflammation, and reverse your autoimmune disease.
Balancing the immune system and reducing inflammation are key factors in assisting the body towards greater health and wellness.
At Anchor Wellness Center you will receive a comprehensive evaluation within the context of your complete health history. We assess both autoimmune symptoms and other symptoms that may be related to common underlying causes. Reversing a chronic disease takes time and effort, but it can be done.