Autoimmune diseases occur when the immune system misfires and the body actually starts attacking itself.
It’s estimated that 5 to 8 percent of people in the United States are living with an autoimmune disease. Researchers aren’t sure why, but the prevalence of autoimmune diseases seem to be increasing. An autoimmune disease, decides your healthy tissues and cells are foreign invaders and attacks them. Depending on the type of tissues/cells attacked, an autoimmune disease can affect one or many different tissues in your body. It can also cause abnormal organ growth and changes in organ function.
There are over 100 named types of autoimmune diseases. It is also possible to have more than one at the same time. They usually fluctuate between periods of remission (little/no symptoms) and flare-ups (worsening symptoms). There are no cures for autoimmune disease yet, only management.
Autoimmune diseases affect many parts of the body. The most common organs and tissue affected are:
- Thyroid (Hashimoto’s)
- Joints (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Skin (Psoriasis)
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- And Many More
With autoimmunity, your body is destroying regions of your body- damaging critical parts much like your house having termites. While termites are destroying the very fiber and structure of your home, an autoimmune disease is destroying your very own body.
First we must determine if you have an autoimmunity going on and what tissues are being attacked. Is there more than one area under attack? What is triggering and firing up your autoimmunity, because continuing that exposure to that trigger will keep the immune system destroying your own body.
There can be many different forms of “termites”, so you must run the correct tests. Only with proper testing can we know how to correctly treat your condition(s).
We can check for gluten antibodies, various tissue antibodies such as myelin (fatty sheath around the nerves) antibodies, and cerebellar (back part of the brain controlling balance, coordinated movement, and spinal muscles) antibodies.
For example, many hypothyroid patients are mismanaged for years by improper, dated, limited testing. Even when a hypothyroid patient tests positive for thyroid antibodies, there is no change in medical management, which usually is a prescription for Synthyroid. Synthroid contains gluten as a filler. Gluten is contraindicated with any and all autoimmune disorders.
If your thyroid tissue anti-bodies (TPO &TBG) are high, you are suffering from Hashimoto’s disease and NOT hypothyroid. The only way to know is via proper blood testing.
Your immune system might be attacking your nervous system, which would cause pain and numbness (this is called multiple sclerosis and/or peripheral neuropathy). The ONLY way to know is to run the necessary tests.
How is Our Office Different?
- We focus on a comprehensive balanced approach for managing our autoimmune patients:
- We need to remove the trigger(s) that aggravate the immune system (Gluten, Dairy, Artificial Sugars, High Fructose Corn derivatives, gluten cross-reactive foods, chemicals, etc.).
- We need to calm the existing inflammatory cascade in the body (diet & lifestyle changes and specific supplements that down-regulate pro-inflammatory processes and up-regulate anti-inflammatory processes or simply put … we must decrease the inflammation in your body!
- We need to repair any damage to the GI tract barrier and Brain Barrier that are breached. We must fix your Leaky Gut and improve proper digestive function.
- We need to balance your immune system with specific supplements.
- We need to mediate any abnormal brain and nervous system function with Brain-Based Therapy using functional neurology.
The above is just a short description of how we approach supporting autoimmune conditions. Where necessary, we will co-manage your case with your M.D. so that each patient has the best results possible.
If you would like to have more information or to set up your complimentary, no-obligation Meet & Greet with Dr. Dranko or Dr. Gorlesky call at (919) 556-1033 to schedule your appointment.