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Autoimmune Disease and Inflammation
Your immune system is designed to protect your body’s healthy cell tissues by attacking any viruses, bacteria, pathogens, or diseases that enter your body.
However when that protection goes overboard and starts attacking your own body tissues, autoimmune symptoms arise.
Unfortunately, autoimmune issues are often undiagnosed or misdiagnosed as something else. Or pharmaceuticals are thrown at you to mask your symptoms, without addressing the actual underlying issues. Do you feel like you are chasing your tail and getting the run-around? This is very frustrating and delays healing.
Our Promise: We will turn over every stone to find root causes and collectively bring all of our expertise to your care.
Carpathia Collaborative is centered around you
We use our expertise to find the root causes of illness instead of just treating your symptoms. With your active participation and our collaboration, we will help you build resilience, vitality and well-being for a lifetime of vibrant health.
Do These Sound Familiar?Headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, irritable bowel symptoms, palpitations, menstrual irregularities, infertility, flu-like symptoms, or chronic stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing are typical inflammatory responses from the skin, thyroid, joints, muscles, reproductive organs, pancreas, nasal mucosa, brain etc.
The Body Attacking ItselfAre you dealing with an immune inflammatory response causing syndromes such as eczema, psoriasis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, MS, infertility and premature menopause, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Type I diabetes, mental/nervous symptoms, chronic allergies, rhinitis and asthma, ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease? Read more about this process below.
So What's The Answer?The answer is to treat the inflammation with an anti-inflammatory diet and nutrients, to heal the gastrointestinal damage with the 5R program, support detoxification, adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone balance, identify and eliminate food intolerances.
Our Repairvite and Clearvite programs address all these issues.
THE AUTOIMMUNE PROCESS EXPLAINED
Knowledge is power. Understanding this process helps you understand how to reverse it. We can help. It’s our mission.
Autoimmune diseases have been increasing in the past 30 years, affecting all areas of the body. Looking at the two boxes above that outline the symptoms and syndromes, you can see that this includes a large swath of the United States. You, or a loved one or friend, are experiencing these issues and may not even be aware that it is autoimmune disorder. Worse yet, symptoms are traditionally treated with pharmaceutical drugs that may help improve the symptoms, but do not address the underlying cause of the problem.
Where does it all start? The Gut.
The majority of auto-immune diseases begin somewhere in the GI tract. Yet often there may be no obvious GI problems at all. Others may experience the symptoms commonly lumped together under the category of Irritable Bowel Syndrome; gas, bloating, intestinal pain, diarrhea, constipation, reflux. What many people, including Rheumatologists and Gastroenterologists, don’t realize is that 80% of the immune system is in the gastrointestinal tract.
With damaged intestinal permeability, sometimes called, “leaky gut syndrome”, undigested food protein molecules or bacterial toxins enters directly into the bloodstream, instead of being broken down. The body responds to these threatening foreign invaders as “antigens”. White blood cells will be activated to create antibodies to attack the antigens. Antigen-antibody complexes are formed which then trigger other types of immune system cells, causing activation of a whole cascade of inflammatory chemicals (in themselves toxic) to try and help the body rid itself of the perceived threat.
After the gut, where does it go?
In the meantime, these large circulating antigen-antibody complexes may lodge in and activate an immune inflammatory response in other tissues including the skin, thyroid, joints, muscles, reproductive organs, pancreas, nasal mucosa, brain etc., leading to autoimmune (the body attacking itself) syndromes such as eczema, psoriasis, premature ovarian failure, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Type I diabetes, mental/nervous symptoms, chronic allergies and rhinitis, etc.
Then what happens?
The circulating toxic antigens activate the body’s adrenal stress/alarm mechanisms raising levels of cortisol and adrenaline, as well as engaging the organs of detoxification including the liver, kidneys and skin. All of these changes can affect hormonal balance throughout the body including thyroid and reproductive hormones.
Stress. Trauma. Overworked Organs. Nutritional Starvation.
A person with a healthy immune system and a healthy liver can handle clearing the body and maintaining balance. However, years of chronic stress at emotional, physical and nutritional levels, as well as a liver that has been overworked from synthetic hormones, medications, alcohol, environmental chemicals and bacterial toxins, as well as differing genetic predispositions in the ability to detoxify, can overwhelm the system leading to a vicious cycle of inflammation.
The consequences can include headache, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, irritability, depression, mental confusion, irritable bowel symptoms, palpitations, menstrual irregularities, infertility, flu-like symptoms, or chronic allergic symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing and coughing.
Is there hope? YES!
Utilizing changes to your diet, stress levels, and incorporating natural medicines and lifestyle adjustments, our team will do everything we can to make you healthy again.