Autoimmune Disease – Part 1

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Written by Dr. Michael Dellaria, B.S., D.C.

     We offer Autoimmune Disease Care in Alpharetta at our Holistic Health Center. 

     In the healthcare world little has been known about autoimmune disease.  We know there are many diseases which fall under the category of autoimmune disease such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, chrons disease, ulcerative colitis, hepatitis, peripheral neuropathy, pancreatitis, celiac disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, contact dermatitis, eczema, gastritis is actually classified under suspected autoimmune, Hashimotto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, even narcolepsy is classified under this, psoriasis, restless leg syndrome, seriously, lupus and vitiligo to name several and lots, lots more. 

     So what does all this tell you?  Our body is bent on destroying itself?  Seems odd.  Why would the body want to attack its own tissue, that is what this autoimmune disease is, the body not recognizing self tissue any longer instead it identifies it as foreign or something that does not belong and so it begins to destroy it.  With autoimmune disease the body’s immune system begins tagging tissues as either self tissue (our own) or foreign tissue (bad guy out you go).  So knowing that the body’s immune system is designed to rid our bodies of infections and other foreign invaders and whatever else doesn’t belong why would the immune system begin to attack its own tissue?  Understanding this goes a long way to finding the cause of autoimmune disease.  These words alone are considered taboo.  As there is no known cause for autoimmune disease in the current healthcare system otherwise there would be cures.  Another word which is dangerous in the healthcare field.  As a side note by law only the medical profession can claim to cure a disease and anyone who claims to cure something who is not a medical doctor would be practicing medicine without a license because only medications can cure diseases or conditions by law.  Say you are a farmer and you make a claim that your oranges that grow on your farm help fight off infection and see what happens, you will be shut down mighty fast.  What I mentioned about the law is true however if you believe medications can cure your autoimmune disease you will want to continue reading.  As mentioned in many other articles medications are helpful in life threatening emergency situations and were never meant for long term consumption.  Long term use can have serious effects on not only the liver and kidneys yet whatever organ, gland or system that medication is altering.  That being said for many people who have no answers to their autoimmune disease in Alpharetta continued use of medications most often immunosuppressive medications such as steroids are employed.  Short term these medications are effective at reducing inflammation and squelching some of the fire caused by the autoimmune disease and the immune systems constant attack on the body.  Long term, these medications break down bone, cause weight gain, muscle weakness, damage to the blood vessels leading to bruising easily and cause serious damage to the liver and kidneys.  So most people do not have much of a choice in rather than live day to day taking these medications managing their symptoms and just seeing what their next day will bring.  They go to their medical doctor who examines them, maybe runs some blood work, asks them how their symptoms are which is usually the only indication as to how the autoimmune disease is being managed and then maybe adjusts their medication higher if their symptoms have been getting worse, changes the medication they are on or adds an additional medication to their current medications in the hopes that this will help with the symptoms of the autoimmune disease.  This is considered standard medical practice.  This is not an attempt to make them wrong, we are just simply stating how the current healthcare system handles or manages the autoimmune disease and actually many other diseases as well.  Does this mean that people who have autoimmune disease do not need medication, depending on the severity of their condition they might very well need that medication otherwise they may not be able to get through the day.  The question that we are building up to is, what else can they do?  What can they do to help address the cause of the autoimmune disease?  What can they do to need less medication or even no medication?  What can they do to get the symptoms to the point where they are at bay and is this even possible?  What can people do before they get to the point where they have to be medicated?  Are there ways to identify an autoimmune disease before it manifests as a full blown disease processes? 

     In Autoimmune Disease Care Alpharetta Part II we will take a look at these questions and if there are answers that are outside the current healthcare model of autoimmune disease management because outside of emergency life saving treatment, that is what it is – managing symptoms.  There is a better way.  We offer Autoimmune Disease Care in Alpharetta  at Holistic Health Center.  This does not replace medical care, it is a different type of care in Alpharetta for autoimmune disease.

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