Autoimmune diseases provoke strong feelings in those who suffer from them, not to mention their loved ones. These are some of the feelings my clients have described to me:enormous fear and confusion about why your own immune system is attacking your body; fear of the powerful immune suppressing and anti-inflammatory drugs that are used to treat these conditions;fear of the effect that the disease itself, and the treatment for it, might have on your physical capacity and life expectancy.
The bottom line is, medical treatment of autoimmune conditions is, on the whole, ineffective. The most that can be done is to diminish the symptoms and prolong the intervals between flare-ups. The word cure is never used; patients are told they will have to 'manage' their condition (with drugs) for the rest of their lives.
All the immunosuppressive drug increase the risk of cancer; other side-effects of specific drugs include pancreatitis, hearing loss, kidney damage, birth defects in offspring of a mother taking the drug, and opportunistic infections that may cause death.
What is autoimmunity?
All autoimmune diseases, no matter what part of the body they affect, involve a chronic inflammatory process that is initiated and maintained by the immune system, against one or more of the body's tissues. It is as if the immune system 'thinks' that these tissues are foreign invaders - like bacteria or viruses - that have to be attacked and wiped out. The immune system makes antibodies against the particular tissue, and these autoantibodies, along with various markers of inflammation, can be measured in the blood.
What causes autoimmune diseases?
The official medical line is that the cause of autoimmunity is unknown. Medical science concentrates on identifying the parts of the immune system that are involved in the process of autoimmunity, and inhibiting them with drugs.
Predictably, research on the cause of autoimmunity tend to focus on genetic factors, with a view to developing drugs that will alter the behaviour of 'culprit' genes.
My approach is very different. I start from the rather obvious observation, that people who carry the genes for autoimmune disease didn't have that disease when they were born. So something had to trigger those genes to 'express' the disease behaviour.
That something almost always comes down to one or more of the following:
Nutritional imbalance - deficiency of vital nutrients and excess of toxic nutrientsStressEnvironmental exposures including chemicals, and viral and bacterial infection.
So these are the things I focus on. My program for healing from autoimmune diseases includes detailed nutritional guidance; nutritional supplements including safe, natural anti-inflammatory substances; and practical, fast-acting treatment for stress using EFT.
Read how nutritional treatment and stress management reversed Pamela's ulcerative colitis.