Autoimmune disease affects approximately one in 20 people and is one of the most significant health problems in Australia. There are more than 80 different autoimmune diseases. Many common health problems are autoimmune, yet the average person is not aware that an underlying immune disorder is to blame.
Examples of autoimmune diseases:
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis (causes under active thyroid)
- Graves’ disease (causes an over active thyroid)
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Coeliac disease
This book covers those conditions plus many more.
An autoimmune disease occurs when a person’s immune system launches an attack against their own cells, tissues and/or organs. This results in inflammation throughout the body, and potential damage to specific organs.
Your doctor may have told you nothing can be done to heal autoimmune disease and you’ll just have to manage your symptoms with a cocktail of medications for the rest of your life. You may have been told autoimmune disease is genetic and there’s nothing you can do about it because you’ve got faulty genes and you’ll just have to learn to live with them.
Yes, genes do play an important role in autoimmune disease but they are only one piece of the puzzle, and a small one at that. Research shows that 70 to 95 percent of the risk of developing autoimmune disease comes from your environment, not your genes. Environment refers to foods you eat, chemicals you’re exposed to or stress you’re subjected to. The good news is you have a great deal of control over your environment, regardless of the genes you’ve inherited.
The conventional medical treatment of autoimmune disease leaves a lot to be desired and many people choose to discontinue treatment because the side effects are worse than the disease. Conventional treatment focuses on drugs that create immunosuppression. Suppressing the immune system can be very effective for reducing the symptoms of autoimmune disease, and protecting organs from damage, but in the long term, can have harmful side effects such as an increased risk of infections or cancer.
Many people are diagnosed with a disease but not told it is autoimmune. For example, a person with an under active thyroid gland is prescribed thyroid hormone, but no mention is given to the actual cause of the disease, which is autoimmune destruction of the thyroid gland. This is a shame because it means the patient doesn’t really understand the nature of their disease and what they could be doing about it. Also, if we don’t address the underlying immune dysfunction, a person is much more prone to developing a second or third autoimmune disease.
In this book, Dr Sandra Cabot and naturopath Margaret Jasinska give the reader a step by step plan for healing autoimmune disease, reducing inflammation, alleviating symptoms and halting autoantibody production, thereby stopping tissue destruction. This book offers a medically proven approach to assisting immune system disorders.
In this book, the reader will learn:
- The role of specific foods and supplements in reducing inflammation and healing the immune system.
- The detrimental effects of gluten on the immune system, inflammation and intestinal health of people with autoimmune disease. How gluten causes a leaky gut.
- How common nutritional deficiencies can raise the risk of developing an autoimmune disease.
- How leaky gut syndrome is a factor in triggering autoimmune disease.
- The role of hormones in influencing autoimmune disease.
- How vaccinations and environmental chemicals can trigger autoimmune disease in some people. The specific ingredients in vaccines that can harm the immune system.
- Which specific foods to avoid and which foods to eat more of.
- Recipes for healing autoimmune disease
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