The immune system is our body’s first defense against external invaders. When we are exposed to an infection like a bacterial infection or virus, the first thing our body does is send out white blood cells or “soldiers” to fight off the unwanted visitor. In a healthy body, this is a normal reaction and responsible for the annoying sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, sniffles, sneezing, and fever that accompany a cold or flu. The immune system is a network of cells, tissues, and organs that work together to protect the body against these invaders.
Autoimmunity arises when the immune system starts to attack the body as though it is the foreign invader, instead of protecting it. There is no known cause or cure for autoimmune diseases, although they can be controlled. Some of the most common diseases of autoimmunity include: Rheumatoid arthritis, Lupus, Lyme Disease, ALS, MS, Celiac Disease, Pernicious anemia, Vitiligo, Scleroderma, Psoriasis, Crohns Disease, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, Sjögren’s syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes among others.
At Ananta Health we first take an assessment of the patients’ health history, including family history and perform a BioMeridian assessment. We often find that autoimmune diseases are accompanied by foreign invaders, like the spirochete bacterium causing Lyme Disease and its associated infections, heavy metal toxicity, mold toxicity, candida albicans, parasites, viruses, multiple chemical sensitives (MCS) and anything else affecting the patient. Our course of treatment is used to address anything foreign in the body, while down regulating the immune system. We are careful to use any Chinese herbs and supplements that don’t over stimulate the immune system or work against any medication. Aside from herbs and supplements, dietary and lifestyle changes are often necessary as well as stress management.
As the patient starts to feel better and the underlying cause is treated, eventually the patient can move to management or maintenance care. With autoimmune diseases, since there is no cure, it is important to continually monitor the immune system and continue to implement any lifestyle changes.
Listen to some of Dr. Risk's shows on autoimmunity (more shows can be found here):