By Jane Boyd
The prevalence of autoimmune disease is rapidly increasing and, at the moment, medicine and science are battling to find out more about causes, symptoms and cures. Here are five quick reference lists to give you a brief introduction which will help you decide if you want to seek further information or help in this area.
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Some Shocking Statistics
Which Diseases are Autoimmune?
What are the causes?
Who might be able to help me?
What are the cures?
- Some Shocking Statistics
- US Healthcare spend on autoimmune disease is more than twice as much that of cancer.
- Twice as many women as men get an autoimmune disease.
- Up to 8% of the US population have an autoimmune disease.
- Autoimmune diseases are rarely seen in populations that haven’t got access to clean water and flush toilets.
- You are unlikely to get an autoimmune disease if you were brought up on a farm.
- Autoimmune disease is the 8th leading cause of death in US women.
- Which Diseases are Autoimmune?
There are over 80, and the list is growing. But here are some of the well-known ones that are either on the list or current possibilities under investigation:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Celiac Disease
- Thyroid Disease
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Type 2 Diabetes
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- What are the causes?
Here are some of the suspected causes that scientists are researching:
- Genetic inheritance (ethnic groups or family groups)
- Stress (aggravates the symptoms)
- Solvent exposure
- Exposure to chemicals
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Infections (viral, fungal and bacterial)
- Western high fat, high sugar diet
- Sterility of your environment
- Lack of gut flora (good bacteria)
- Nutrient and vitamin deficiency
- Who might be able to help me?
- Medical doctor – for medications and blood tests.
- Personal Trainer/body movement coach – to help with finding appropriate exercises.
- Nutritionist – to help with balancing vitamins and nutrients as well as eliminating intolerances and allergies.
- Testing Laboratory – for IgG, heavy metal and celiac tests
- Functional Medicine Practitioner – to help identify the causes and suggest ways to overcome them.
- Alternative therapists – for the many therapies related to autoimmune disease.
- Yourself – to take a step by step approach to identifying the problem and tenacity in following the steps to recovery.
- What are the Cures? taken from www.drhyman.com
- Get rid of infections – see your doctor for tests and medications.
- Eliminate food intolerances and allergens from your diet – get a laboratory blood test for IgG levels in common foods.
- Get tested for Celiac disease.
- Get tested for Heavy Metal Toxicity.
- Fix your gut – check out research on leaky gut.
- Balance your nutrients – vitamins, pro-biotics and fish oils to calm your immune response.
- Exercise – it’s anti-inflammatory.
- Relaxation and de-stress therapies because stress worsens the immune response.
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