Your immune system is responsible for fighting off bacteria, viruses, and even cancer cells. However, certain triggers can cause your immune system to become confused and begin attacking itself, resulting in autoimmune disease. Furthermore, there are links between specific environmental, hormonal, food, and bacterial triggers, which can lead to developing an autoimmune condition. However, after identifying these triggers, they can be addressed and lead to an improvement in your symptoms. At Onyx Integrative Medicine, our Naturopathic Doctors focus on autoimmunity treatments which address the underlying cause.
Autoimmune diseases tend to run in families and are more common in women. Additionally, if you already have an autoimmune disease, you are at higher risk to develop a second.
There are hundreds of autoimmune diseases. In addition, symptoms can overlap between conditions which can make diagnosis difficult. Furthermore, it is not uncommon for a diagnosis to take several years after seeing numerous doctors; this can be frustrating and leave you feeling hopeless. Conventional autoimmunity treatment usually includes immune-suppressing drugs which have multiple side effects. However, in some cases, they are necessary. Understanding the imbalances and factors contributing to your autoimmune condition is the first step and is often overlooked.
Our Approach to Autoimmunity Treatment
Comprehensive Autoimmunity Testing
Autoimmunity can occur for numerous reasons. For example, genetics can play a role in the susceptibility of developing an autoimmune disease. However, there is evidence to suggest that often the digestive system is involved. For instance, food allergies and well as the types of bacteria in the gut (known as the microbiome) can be contributors to symptoms. Fortunately, both of these factors can be tested using specialty laboratory testing. In addition, hormonal imbalances, including the adrenals, thyroid, and sex hormones can also impact autoimmune symptoms. In short, each person’s case is different; however, after identifying the underlying contributing factors, they can then be addressed. As a result, this can help treatment geared to alleviate and resolve symptoms. Balancing hormones and the gut are two strategies the Naturopathic Doctors often utilize at Onyx Integrative Medicine.