50 million people in the U.S. have an autoimmune-related disease and the numbers are rapidly increasing, both in the U.S. and around the world. Find out why and learn how diet, detox, and a nutritional makeover can help you or a loved one turn these conditions around. More>>. Discover the real causes of autoimmune conditions and where to start on your path to recovery.
Autoimmune Disease Can Be Healed
Autoimmune disease is one of the leading top 10 causes of death. There are 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases. The National Institutes of Health says up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease. The American Autoimmune Related Disease Association says 50 million. The exact numbers are not the issue; it is the fact that the numbers are rapidly increasing, not just in the United States but around the world.
Autoimmune disease is a condition where the immune system mistakenly destroys and attacks health body tissue. Common autoimmune diseases are Hashimoto’s disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), celiac disease, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, HIV/AIDS, diabetes type 1, and psoriasis.
Western medicine typically uses steroids and immunosuppressant treatments, which can lead to devastating long-term side effects. There is no “quick fix” pill or drug to beat autoimmune disease. We have become a culture conditioned to expecting a “silver bullet” to cure all our ailments. There is no silver bullet, but there are solutions.
What Are the Root Causes of Autoimmune Conditions?
Inflammation is the main cause of autoimmune disease and is attributable to four factors. The first factor is infection, which is brought on by candida, fungus, parasites, bacteria, and/or viruses. Second are environmental toxins, such as petrochemicals, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals. Third is nutritional deficiency and toxicity in the body. Fourth is unmanaged stress. How much each one contributes to inflammation in a person’s body will vary for each person, but the longer the factors go unaddressed the more inflammation builds and the more symptomatic you will become. Eventually, conditions such as autoimmune illnesses, cancer, and cardiovascular diseases materialize.
Faced with this reality, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and powerless. But the truth is that you are in the driver’s seat and in control of your health. We must not forget that the body has an innate intelligence—an ability to repair itself and maintain balance. Using and promoting the body’s intelligence is the key to getting better.
Where Do I Start?
First, make the choice to be healthy. Second, educate yourself on your condition, nutrition, and how to create a healthy lifestyle program. Last, take action and be diligent in upholding your better choices.
Ann’s book Healing Multiple Sclerosis will educate and empower you on how to begin your healing journey. It is not just for those with MS but is essential for anyone with an autoimmune condition.
If you would like a personalized health program tailored to your specific needs, Ann invites you to contact her for an in-office visit or, if you can’t see her in person, you can arrange a Skype or phone session. Learn more.
Believing you can heal is the first step!