More and more people in the modern world are being diagnosed with autoimmune diseases. These diseases can destroy healthy cells and cause abnormal organ growth and serious dysfunctions.
There are over 80 different autoimmune disorders. Some of the more common conditions include:
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Addison’s disease
- Celiac disease
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Pernicious anemia
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus
- Type 1 diabetes
Autoimmune diseases manifest with a wide variety of debilitating symptoms that can affect the blood vessels, connective tissue, endocrine glands, joints, muscles, red blood cells and skin.
For many of you that are suffering with autoimmune conditions, you already know that the body can fluctuate between remission and flare-ups. One day you’ll feel great and the next day you’ll feel as if you’ve been hit by a Mack truck!
Folks suffering with autoimmune conditions often have some similar complaints:
- General fatigue
- Chronic low-grade fever
- Overall malaise (ill feeling)
- Joint pain
In modern medical medicine, there is no known cure for any autoimmune disorders. The medical protocol includes subduing the immune system to control the autoimmune response and to suppress the symptoms.
Dr. Mark Hyman warns, “Using anti-inflammatories like Advil, or steroids, or immune suppressants like methotrexate, or TNF alpha blockers like Enbrel can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.”
The modern medical treatments for autoimmune conditions can create even more problems than the disease itself.
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, “An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake.”
I’m going to suggest that this attack is NOT a mistake. The body is designed perfectly. If the body is attacking itself there must be a valid reason for it. This is the ONE thing ALL autoimmune conditions have in common: the body’s immune system is attacking it’s own cells, organs and glands.
Why would the body attack healthy cells and try to destroy them as if they were foreign invaders?
The first thing to consider is that maybe those cells are not as “healthy” as we think.
Your food becomes your blood and your blood feeds and creates all of your cells. If your food is doused with pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and chemicals, those foods (and chemicals) are going to be absorbed by your body on a cellular level. That means those chemicals are becoming your blood and eventually will become your cells. Make no mistake about it the chemicals sprayed onto our food supply are dangerous. They are considered a threat to the health and functioning of the human body, and yes, your immune system will attack those cells made from those chemicals! It is NOT making a mistake.
Another aspect to consider is intestinal permeability, or Leaky Gut. The digestive system is a key component in dealing with autoimmune conditions. If the gut is not toned and healthy, tiny food particles can leak into the body without going through the proper digestive channels first. Once again, the immune system will attack those foreign particles. It is NOT making a mistake.
A third consideration could be that the digestive system and body as a whole, is overwhelmed with viruses and bacteria. Those pathogens are inhabiting your bodily tissues and affecting your health on a cellular level as well. It’s one of the reasons why I recommend specific anti-viral herbs and a “de-bugging protocol.” You can read more about that here: Are Graves’ and Hashimoto’s Disease Incurable?
There’s a LOT to consider when it comes to understanding and healing autoimmune conditions.
Here’s a recap of my top 3 things you can do right now to support your body and heal your autoimmune condition naturally:
- Eat Organic, Non-GMO, Naturally Raised Foods – always remember, “You are what you eat.” If your food is doused with dangerous chemicals, your blood and cells will become toxic particles, and your body will attack. Eat clean!
- Heal Your Gut! – If your digestive system is weak, leaky, and highly permeable, you’re setting yourself up for an all out war from your immune system. There are many ways to start healing your gut; drink bone stock, use astringent herbs to tone and tighten the intestines, and demulcent herbs to soothe inflammation. Plus incorporate stress-free eating behaviors so you can actually digest the food you are eating.
- Get the Bugs Out – Many folks with autoimmune conditions have underlying infections caused by excessive bacterial overgrowth, worms, viruses and other pathogens that make their way into your body and set up house. As these pathogens discover all of the great places they can thrive in your body (blood, bones, cells, glands, organs), your immune system will attack them. I recommend a quick and easy herbal protocol that lasts about 21 days for worms and parasites (Paraguard) plus anti-viral herbs to keep your viral loads down!
It’s time to stop the suffering and start living again!
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.