Did you know that autoimmune conditions begin years before symptoms appear? Symptoms such as digestive issues, fatigue, brain fog, and joint pain are indicators of organ damage, but by the time a diagnosis is reached, organ damage may have already occurred.

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PREVENTION

The first step of preventing an autoimmune condition “flare up” is to recognize warning signs – those signs are caused by excess inflammation and cellular damage. Take the first step towards better health by taking care of your immune systems in the body, especially the gut and liver! 70% of our entire immune system resides in the gut, and there are between 100 to 150 times more genes found in your microbiome than the genes found in your human DNA. The gut is the initial part of your arsenal to control offending invaders. Addressing the microbiome is one important way for you to see reversals in many of the diseases related to deterioration. Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD summarized the prevention of autoimmune flare ups perfectly: “Throughout your life, the most profound influences on your health, vitality, and function are not the doctors you have visited or the drugs, surgery, or other therapy you’ve undertaken. The most profound influences are the cumulative effects of the decisions you make about your diet and lifestyle, and how those decisions affect the expression of your genes.”

Some of the most common autoimmune conditions include:

  • Alopecia (hair loss)

  • Amyloidosis

  • Alzheimer’s disease

  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

  • CREST syndrome

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis

  • Diabetes

  • Eosinophilic esophagitis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Graves disease

  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s and colitis)

  • Lupus

  • Lyme disease, chronic

  • Multiple sclerosis

  • Nephropathies

  • Neuropathies

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Psoriasis

  • Psoriatic arthritis

  • Rheumatoid arthritis

  • Scleroderma

  • Sjogren’s syndrome

  • Vitiligo

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Did you test positive for thyroid antibodies? In some cases, doctors will prescribe some thyroid hormone and additional monitoring to see if you begin feeling better, you become more energized, you stop gaining extra weight, and your mood improves.

Although levothyroxine does help some patients, thyroid hormone has little to do with your immune system attacking your thyroid. A better approach would be to investigate why your immune system is attacking your thyroid! A lot of conditions such as physical and emotional stress, chronic illnesses, and depression will all deplete your tissue thyroid hormone level, while your serum TSH level might be intact. These conditions can lead to reduced conversion of inactive thyroid hormone to active form, which is what fuels your body. No wonder you might feel bloated and exhausted despite having “normal” labs! Our team is here to help you get back to normal and improve your overall health with natural care.

Not sure where to start? Make sure to give us a call and schedule a complimentary consultation with one of the physicians at MedRoyal’s Arizona clinic!

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NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL DOCTOR

Naturopathic Urgent Care, Autoimmune Conditions, Food Intolerance

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Dr. Erin Fitgerald

NATUROPATHIC MEDICAL DOCTOR

Naturopathic Urgent Care, Pharmacology, Community Medicine

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