Autoimmunity2019-06-12T20:40:57+00:00

Autoimmunity

Autoimmune Conditions

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. There are links between specific environmental, hormonal, food and bacterial triggers when developing particular autoimmune conditions. When these are identified, they can be addressed and lead to an improvement in your symptoms.

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.

Autoimmunity

There are hundreds of autoimmune diseases, including psoriasis, Celiac’s disease, lupus, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome, type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms can overlap between conditions which can make diagnosis difficult. 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 treatment usually includes immune suppressors 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.

Common Autoimmune Disorders We Treat

 

Lupus

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Psoriasis

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Sjogren’s

Celiac’s Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Mixed Connective Tissue Disorders

Our Approach to Treating Autoimmune Conditions

Naturopathic Doctors Treatment

Comprehensive Autoimmunity Testing

Autoimmunity can occur for numerous reasons. 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. Food allergies and well as the types of bacteria in the gut (known as the microbiome) can be contributors to symptoms.  Both of these factors can be tested using specialty laboratory testing. Hormonal imbalances, including the adrenals, thyroid, and sex hormones can also impact autoimmune symptoms. Each person’s case is different, however when the underlying contributing factors can be identified, they can then be addressed and help to alleviate and resolve symptoms. Balancing hormones and the gut are two strategies the Naturopathic Doctors often utilize at Onyx.

At Onyx, we offer a number of specialized laboratory tests to analyze the underlying causes of your autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune Tests We Offer

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Organic Acid Testing

Food Allergy Panels

SIBO Breath Tests

DUTCH Hormone Tests

Adrenal Stress (Cortisol) Testing

Heavy Metal Testing

Naturopathic Care

Including a Naturopathic Doctor in your health care and treatment of an autoimmune condition is very beneficial not only for symptom control but for improving quality of life and overall well-being. At Onyx, your appointments will be comprehensive, and you will be evaluated, and treated as a whole person. We offer some of the most in-depth testing available and treatments will focus on correcting hormonal imbalances, gut flora, and removing other obstacles to support healing.

Our Approach Includes:

Individualized Diet & Nutritional Counseling

Acupuncture & Chinese Medicine

Targeted Herbal & Nutritional Supplements

Homeopathy

Nutritional IV Therapy

Stress Reduction & Mind-Body Therapies

Medication Management

Schedule an appointment with our Naturopathic Doctors by clicking the link below or calling 480-531-2557

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