Autoimmune conditions

Throughout this website, on each of the pages involving specific medical conditions, you will note how many are triggered by an autoimmune deficiency or response by the body.

 

Autoimmune disorders / conditions are a huge problem and affect over 80 million Americans and five percent of the population in Western countries. They can be painful, irritating, and debilitating.

 

A common question is,  “Is there any way to deal with this without taking powerful anti-inflammatory drugs that often have serious side effects?

 

On this page we’ll cover

 

  • Autoimmune disorders in general – what is it

  • Autoimmune causes

  • Autoimmune results in

  • Autoimmune symptoms to look out  for

  • Autoimmune common disorders

  • Autoimmune  root cause

  • Autoimmune from a Functional / Metaphysical (Spiritual) perspective

 

 

Autoimmune disorders – what is it?

 

An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body's immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders.

 

For an alternative view, one that does not subscribe to the body self-attacking, read Medical Medium : Secrets Behind Chronic and Mystery Illness and How to Finally Heal by Anthony William  

 

 

Autoimmune Causes

 

Simplistically, the blood cells in the body's immune system help protect against harmful substances such as bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood and tissue from outside the body. These substances contain antigens. The immune system produces antibodies against these antigens that enable it to destroy these harmful substances.

 

When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissue and antigens. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues.

The exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown. One theory is that some microorganisms (such as bacteria or viruses) or drugs may trigger changes that confuse the immune system. This may happen more often in people who have genes that make them more prone to autoimmune disorders.

An autoimmune disorder may result in:

 

•The destruction of body tissue

•Abnormal growth of an organ

•Changes in organ function

 

 

 

Common autoimmune disorders

 

(NB A person may have more than one autoimmune disorder at the same time.)

 

Addison disease - an endocrine or hormonal disorder characterized by weight loss, muscle weakness, fatigue, low blood pressure, and sometimes darkening of the skin in both exposed and non-exposed parts of the body

Coeliac disease - a common digestive condition where a person has an adverse reaction to gluten.

Colitis - an inflammation of the inner lining of the colon causing rectal bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and abdominal spasms

Crohn’s disease - an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) causing inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract, leading to abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss and malnutrition.

Dermatomyositis – chronic inflammatory disease characterised by chronic muscle inflammation accompanied by muscle weakness.

Graves disease - an autoimmune disease that leads to a generalised overactivity of the entire thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism)

Hashimoto thyroiditis - or chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, the most common cause of hypothyroidism (chronic inflammation)

Multiple sclerosis – a neurological condition, with symptoms susch as fatigue, vision problems or difficulties with walking, but MS is different for everyone.

Myasthenia gravis - weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control.

Pernicious anemia - an autoimmune disorder in which the body fails to make enough healthy red blood cells

Reactive arthritis – a relatively short-lived condition causing painful joint swelling, developing shortly after a bowel, genital tract or, less frequently, a throat infection

Rheumatoid arthritis - an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints

Sjögren syndrome - a-chronic autoimmune - disease in which the white blood cells attack the saliva and tear glands leading to dry mouth and eyes

Systemic lupus erythematosus – or lupus - a complex condition that affects many parts of the body, causing symptoms from mild to life-threatening

Type I diabetes - a chronic condition in which the pancreas produces little or no insulin, a hormone needed to allow sugar (glucose) to enter cells to produce energy.

 

Common autoimmune disease symptoms to look out for include:

 

Abdominal pain

Acne

Allergies

Anxiety

Asthma

Attention deficit problems

Bloated stomach

Body rashes, red bumps on facial skin and red flaking skin

Brain fog

Cold intolerance

Constipation

Dermatitis

Diarrhea

Difficulty concentrating or focusing

Digestive tract upset

Dry eyes

Dry mouth

Eczema

Exhaustion

Fatigue or hyperactivity

 

 

Root Cause

 

At their root, one central biochemical process connects these seemingly disparate disorders: An immune response, called systemic inflammation, results in your body attacking its own tissues. Sometimes and for reasons not fully known, the immune system directs its hostile attack on your joints, brain, skin, and sometimes your whole body.

 

Conventional medicine accepts this problem, but stops there, without LOOKING for what might be causing the body to be out of balance and attacking itself. Doctors are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause.

 

Instead, conventional medicine uses pharmaceutical drugs to inhibit, block, or anti-something, and fails to answer one simple question: Why is the body out of balance to begin with, and how do we help it regain the proper balance?

 

Metaphysical / Functional Medicine Approach to Autoimmune Disease

Please note that what follows is about Autoimmune Disorder in general; if you have any of the aforementioned symptoms or disorders, please research for their Metaphysical / Spiritual meaning individually.

 

Functional  / Metaphysical Medicine asks why inflammation exists. It seeks to get to the root cause. When we identify the underlying causes, and treat those (instead of the symptom) we can help the body heal itself. Causes can include stress, hidden infections, food allergies or sensitivities, toxic exposure, genetic predisposition, nutrient deficiencies, leaky gut and mental / emotional  or mind / body causations.

There are six root causes of all disease:

  1. Allergens

  2. Microbes or imbalance of the bugs in your gut

  3. Toxins

  4. Poor diet

  5. Stress

  6. Mental / emotional or mind/body (metaphysical)

 

All of these can trigger symptoms and create many diseases, not just autoimmune diseases. Studies in respected medical journals, such as the Lancet, the British Medical Journal and the International Journal of Gastroenterology have suggested that leaky gut causes autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, and many other diverse health issues, including allergies, autism, depression, eczema, psoriasis, metabolic syndrome, and possibly many more diseases that are now being seen as autoimmune conditions for the first time.

 

To treat inflammation in the body, you must find the source of the inflammation, an approach based on an understanding of the dynamic way our genes interact with environment, one that goes beyond simply treating diseases based on their physical sign or label. Think of apples; they are the symptom (result) of healthy and healthily fed roots. Rotten apples, whilst they may result from toxins in the air (environmental) they are more likely to stem from unhealthy roots and unhealthy soil. Treating only the symptoms on the rotten apple will do little to cure it of what ails it. This is what functional medicine and metaphysics seek to do.

 

Functional Medicine and metaphysics teach practitioners to understand the body as a whole system of intercommunicating parts.; to seek the causes of illness; to go beyond (meta) the physical symptom; to understand the body’s basic functional systems, where they go awry, and how to restore balance; to understand the interconnections between symptoms and organs rather than segregate diseases into singular specialties eg diabetes, MS, arthritis etc. and parts eg bones, nerves, heart, brain etc..

 

A practitioner would simply ask the question “WHY?”  is a person inflamed (not just seek to name a disease  and treat it and  its symptoms)and WHERE this inflammation originated from, and HOW the causes could be identified and so restore balance to an out-of-whack immune system.

Unlike conventional Western medicine, which divides the body up into multiple systems, functional medicine looks for the root cause of a collection of symptoms. Functional medicine also falls into a different category than alternative medicine, complementary medicine, and integrative medicine. Alternative medicine focuses on "unconventional" treatments like acupuncture, homeopathy, chiropractics, massage, and herbal remedies; complementary medicine refers to these alternative practices used alongside Western medicine; integrative medicine aims to combine alternative and conventional medicine, like prescribing medication and meditation to reduce stress; functional medicine goes a step further than integrative medicine by using science and lifestyle factors to treat an imbalance that can cause disease.

 

Steps to Reverse Autoimmune Disease

Functional Metaphysical Medicine  aims to removes the cause, repair affected organs and tissues, change limiting beliefs, and replenish with good such as fresh food, light, air, water, movement, love, sleep, connection, balanced hormones, meaning, and purpose.

 

If you have an autoimmune disease, work with a practitioner trained in any approach similar to Functional / Integrative Medicine. In Scotland we have only one, as far as I know, conventional doctor who also is trained in functional medicine.  The UK lags behind the USA when it comes to trained functional or metaphysical trained practitioners.

Strategies.

Get tested for hidden infections like yeast, viruses, bacteria, and Lyme or other tick borne illnesses.

Fix your gut. Leaky gut and other gut issues such as overgrowth of bad bugs (yeast, bacteria, and parasites) fuel the flames of inflammation, exacerbating autoimmune diseases.

Do The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet designed to eliminate most food allergens and reduce inflammatory foods. 

Get tested for celiac disease.

Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.

Use anti-inflammatory nutrients. Great anti-inflammatory nutrients that help calm your immune system include fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D+K2, and probiotics. 

Try anti-inflammatory herbs such as Curcumin, Boswellia extract, ginger.

Exercise regularly. Regular, consistent exercise is a natural anti-inflammatory. Qi Gong is a very gentle exercise as is swimming.

Practice deep relaxation. Stress worsens the immune response. Relaxation for you might include yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage.

Aim for 7- 8 hours’ quality sleep every night.

Play detective (using metaphysics, mind/body principles) to uncover the emotions and belief symptoms at the root of your condition. EG was there a significant incident in your childhood that triggered a specific emotion? What beliefs did you develop as a result? How are they still influencing or controlling your life? For more about considering the metaphysics of disease read here.

 

No matter what autoimmune disease you struggle with – and remember, they are just names of disorders –dig deeper and address underlying causes.

 

The emotional personality of a person with autoimmune condition

Feel stuck, as if there is no way out of their disorder. (This is reinforced by a national health paradigm that has little to offer  so the patient concludes there is no way out!)

 

Not happy with her or himself, cannot express their feelings, really feels as if the feelings are  burning up inside

 

Something stops them being genuine and leading an authentic life; likely to live by others’ rules and expectations They have to live in a particular way for appearances sake. Likely to work or be ruled by an origination that has clearly defined what they can and can’t do.

 

Turns anger inward – oddly enough it is so that they cry and derive comfort from the crying

 

Anger is a predominant emotion but underlying it are many other emotions which go unacknowledged / unaddressed

 

Because they feel worthless they often project a facade of superiority, of being better than others because it gives them a false purpose for being whilst all the time craving to be their authentic self.

 

Hide behind a mask. Put on a face to the world. May appear confident but behind the scene there is a lot of sadness, emotional hurting, a sense of not being whole or belonging.

 

Beliefs

…(name) really hurt me

They did it to me

Everything is out of control

No one care’s eccept for themselves

I give up

I am (and play) the victim – poor me

I am better than others

But really, I am depressed, I am totally helpless

I can’t ….

I have to – do what is expected of me, as I am told …

I want to get even with / I hate …

I can’t be who I am. If I were, I would hurt ….

I mustn't cry, it’s not acceptable

Etc

 

What to do – some key examples

Go through and list from the above what resonates? Write down what you need to do to change to a healthier behaviour. How can you re-write a negative belief to a positive one?

 

What else you could usefully do …

 

Recognise food as medicine ...there is much on this website to inform

Aim for genuine joy and happiness in your life - - - draw up a list of activities of ways to attract more joy and  happiness in your life and choose from your list and aim to do / be 2 – 3 a week. Vary your routine. Avoid boredom

Ask yourself what would make you feel whole and complete – then find ways to do /be what’s on your list

Learn to forgive, learn to let go

Meditate regularly

Pray

People you resent, ask yourself, how would God see them – then engage your god self

Tell yourself it’s okay to feel, okay to cry – start with watching a movie at home, that tugs at your heart strings

Write down what being authentic would look like. Draw up a plan to be that.

Write out ways in which you can respect yourself – then do them, regularly

 

Links

Books

Medical Medium   Anthony William

The Fibro Manual   Ginerva Liptan M.D.

Letting Go  - The Pathway of Surrender    David R Hawkins

Websites

Dr M Hyman -harnessing the power of functional medicine

The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases    Amy Myers   M.D.

The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles    Dr Terry Wahls    

 

Video  

 

The Wahl's Protocol 

An autoimmune disorder may affect one or more organ or tissue types. Areas often affected by autoimmune disorders include:

 

•Blood vessels

•Connective tissues

•Endocrine glands such as the thyroid or pancreas

•Joints

•Muscles

•Red blood cells

•Skin

Frequent colds

General feeling of malaise

Hair loss

Headaches

Heat intolerance

Insomnia

Joint pain, muscle pain or weakness or a tremor

Multiple miscarriages or blood clots

Muscle pain and weakness

Numbness or tingling in the hands or feet

Psoriasis

Recurrent rashes

Rosacea

Stiffness and pain - (could suggest rheumatoid arthritis or fibromyalgia symptoms)

Stomach cramping

Thyroid issues that could point to underactive / overactive thyroid

Weight gain or loss

Wind

Wired and tired (fatigue)

 

Beliefs drive the show

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