Over the last few decades, autoimmune disorders have increased dramatically. Over 50 million people in the U.S. alone are believed to suffer with at least one autoimmune condition. Current research has identified 100 different autoimmune diseases.
Autoimmune conditions occur when your immune system starts to attack your own cells, tissues, and organs. Autoimmune disease typically presents itself first with non-specific and seemingly random symptoms like fatigue, brain fog, headaches, joint pain & gastrointestinal discomfort. As the autoimmune attack progresses, more symptoms are noticed prompting a patient to visit their physician.
Conventional allopathic medicine has yet to recognize many influences like environmental toxins, food sensitivities and a multitude of stressors which create immune dysfunction and autoimmunity. Rather, autoimmune disorders are treated as diseases of particular organs. For instance, Hashimoto’s disease is treated as a thyroid gland problem. Rheumatoid Arthritis is treated as a degenerative joint disease and medications are given to suppress the immune system.
The functional medical model now recognizes that the root of all autoimmune conditions is chronic inflammation creating dysfunction in the immune system. While autoimmune disease can never be “cured,” with a disciplined and comprehensive approach a patient’s hyperactive immune system can be moderated. This results in fewer autoimmune flare-ups, reduced tissue destruction or complete symptom relief.
At Rejuvagen, we utilize a strategic functional medicine approach to help our patients struggling or diagnosed with autoimmune disorders. All autoimmune disorders have two common links or causes; a genetic disposition, meaning you have genes that make you more susceptible, and an epigenetic trigger or some type of stressor that activates the autoimmunity.
Hi, I’m Dr. Eric Balcavage, owner and founder of Rejuvagen. If you’re struggling with health issues or have questions, let’s chat. You can schedule a 15-minute call with me to get started.