A large portion of the population has this condition? Do you?
NIH estimates up to 23.5 million Americans* have an Autoimmune Disease (AD). In comparison, cancer affects up to 9 million and heart disease up to 22 million. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association.
What constitutes Auto-Immune conditions?
In otherwords, WebMD says: Something causes your immune system to mistake your own cells, tissues, or organs as the bad guys. So it fights them.
To name just a few:
Food Sensitivities and Intolerances
Crohn’s Disease and Colitis
Dermatitis and Psoriasis
Diabetes (Type I)
Thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s Disease
Lyme Disease (chronic)
The following are not diseases, but signs common to Autoimmune Deficiencies: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Gastritis.
What Causes it?
Unlike some diseases, autoimmune diseases do not generally have a simple, single cause. There are usually two major categories of factors that are involved in causing autoimmune diseases: genetics and environment. https://www.aarda.org/autoimmune-information/the-common-thread/
Amy Myers, MD, does a spectacular job of demystifying these conditions here.
Where do you start to treat?
♠ Low Dose Naltrexone (of all things) has been shown to be highly effective!
Per Dr. Mercola’s interview with Dr. Thomas Cowan discussing Dr. Bernard Bihi’s observations:
“He decided that maybe these people with immunological problems have endorphin deficiencies,” Cowan says. “That led him to try to figure out a way to stimulate endorphin production.
He [discovered that] if you use a very low dose of naltrexone, you block the opiate receptors for maybe an hour or so, and then your body responds by upregulating its synthesis of opiates.
You end up with a hundred or a thousand times more endorphins and a better-functioning immune system.”
♠ Food and Diet:
Change the environment in which your cells live, by watching what you eat. Follow the Auto Immune Protocol Diet (AIP). A crash course is easily reviewed at these sites and they contain excellent recipes!:
The Paleo Mom (PhD degree in medical biophysics)
Elana’s Pantry (a popular recipe site searchable by special diets)
Let us know which sites you find the most helpful!
Special Thanks to Kathy Dobson for mentoring us!