Autoimmunity is reflective of a loss of immune ’tolerance’. It is like a rain bucket, collecting drops of rain, until one day, one drop of rain causes it to start dripping over the side of the bucket.
The strength of our immune system can be easily assessed by questioning how many colds did you get this year? Do you get cold sores? Do you have recurrent infections? By answering those questions we will investigate the risk factors that could be compromising your immune system and couple that with several laboratory tests and exams we formulate a treatment plan that is right for you. If you suffer from an Autoimmune disease, the answer is not always medications, though they may help living with the symptoms, we will work to eradicate the cause of the symptoms.
There are many factors that affect our immune system:
- Stress level and how we cope
- Nutrient availability and absorption
- Alcohol, drug and tobacco use
- Sleep quality
- Diet and exercise
- Body weight and caloric intake
Once we assess the above issues, we will follow through with one or more of the treatment paths as outlined below.
1. Immune Enhancement
In this treatment path, we bolster your immune system by encouraging a healthy lifestyle and treat a variety of conditions that may be impairing it, such as:
– Acute or chronic infections
– Allergic responses (dietary or airborne)
– Chronic degenerative illnesses that compromise the immune system (e.g. cancer)
– Chronic inflammatory reactions
2. Immune Modulation
Immune Modulation is selected for patients with autoimmune disorders that create antibodies to things that they themselves produce. This can be damaging to the body, producing persistent inflammation as seen with systemic lupus erythmatosus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma and autoimmune thyroid dysfunction.
3. Immune Support Therapies
We may employ one or more of these therapies to support your immune system based on the treatment path required: Nutritional modification, weight-loss, nutritional supplements, detoxification, or Acupuncture.
Stage one – Sensitivity Testing and the Food Elimination Program
We will use the most innovative technology to test you for common foods to find out which ones are aggravating your systems and contributing to your symptoms.
We will then put you on a food elimination program, removing all the foods that you showed sensitivity to. This may last for three to six weeks. I will build you a list of alternative foods based on your tastes, lifestyle and other health factors.
During this time your major organs of detoxification, the liver and kidneys, will be given a chance to rest, allowing your body to shed its stored toxins and begin to rebalance and heal itself.
Stage two – Diet Planning
Once the food elimination program is complete I may retest you for the foods you’ve been avoiding. If they still cause a reaction in you, they are probably your primary sensitivities. At which time you will have a better understanding of what foods help you function at your best and which trigger your symptoms. With this knowledge, we can work with you to tailor your eating with less strict restrictions so your food nourishes your health and doesn’t impair your immune system.