by Joan Haynes, NMD
One in twelve people and one in nine women will be diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in their lifetime. Because of our whole-body approach, naturopathic physicians have a lot to offer patients with autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and multiple sclerosis.
Reducing the “Total Load”
In order to return to better health, we need to identify and correct the different stress factors that started and are keeping the disease process going. Here are 4 areas I often start with in the first appointment:
The first order of business is a well-functioning digestive system. Recent research points to intestinal inflammation as a primary trigger for the dysregulation of our immune system in autoimmune disease.
Pathogens, Toxins, Heavy Metals
Evaluation for microbial and environmental exposures for that are thought to trigger autoimmune disease.
Evaluation of thyroid, adrenal, and sex hormones to identify imbalances that affect the quality of life and our healing capacity.
Encourage overall anti-inflammatory effect with an organic, paleo, whole-food diet. We also test for food sensitivities (a primary source of inflammation) and correct underlying nutritional deficiencies.
Returning to good health takes time. Naturopathic physicians offer our patients longer appointments and the integration of the best of medical science with a more natural approach to treatment. Call for a free consult to see how we can help.