“We have the science, the information, and methods for reversing and preventing autoimmune disorders right now. Contrary to once-popular belief, autoimmune disease is not a one-way street!” Mark Hyman, MD
If reversing autoimmune disease is possible, why does it seem so confusing? Why aren't more doctors helping us do it?
Several reasons. Studies have determined that it takes an average of 17 years for scientific discoveries to make it into the medical schools, then to the doctors, and then to the patients. Right now, we are in that 17 year lag time (1).
So we now have the science and methods that are working for hundreds of thousands of people, but many doctors are still learning about it.
Conferences and publications are the main avenues for doctors learning new discoveries. But even once they learn and are convinced that the Functional Medicine model will help their patients, they often don't know how to implement this new model into their practices.
Why? Because it's a specialty of its own, one that they were not taught in medical school. Doctors need to receive specific training, and this takes time and money. Or, they need to hire people who are already trained in Functional Medicine. This can be difficult as since the model is still relatively new, not all insurance companies are on board.
What a mess.
But you don't need to wait for our medical system to catch up with the science in order to get the benefit now.
Thankfully, the Evolution of Medicine is happening and the tide is turning. Doctors like Mark Hyman, David Perlmutter, Joseph Mercola, Tom O'Bryan, Izabella Wentz and many, many others are doing a fantastic job of spreading the word to the public and also teaching doctors the newest best practices.
And there's many thousands of doctors and scientists, like me, who have seen the results of the latest science first hand, and are now directly using the science to help others -- right now.
And that's why I started the Facebook Group, Heal Autoimmune Disease Now, to give you the answers.
Once people have the information, they can take control of their own health. They can choose the right specialists who are trained in Functional Medicine, and not waste time otherwise. It's then that the scientific discoveries will be fully integrated into common practice, and we will no longer have an autoimmune and chronic disease epidemic that's threatening to cripple our economy in the next 20 years.
The tide is turning, and we're on our way now.
So now that you understand the background, let's get into the meat of this article:
How do I heal? What steps can I take now?
First, you need to know that science has proven that most disease -- if not all disease -- is caused by rampant, chronic inflammation.
Inflammation under control is good for us. It heals our cuts and broken legs and fights virus and bacteria.
But chronic inflammation causes tissue damage, symptoms, and disease... often for many years before you even have your first symptom. Those symptoms your doctor told you were just "getting older" are actually caused by chronic inflammation that you have the power to reverse.
Your body is designed to regulate and heal itself, but when chronic inflammation is present, these natural regulation and healing mechanisms don't function properly. The damage from the inflammation outweighs the body's capacity to fix it.
So the way to stop a disease? Stop the inflammation.
This is the underlying premise behind most of the pharmaceutical medications used for autoimmune disease and many chronic illneses. Most directly lower inflammation by dampening a portion of the immune system. (This is why they have such dangerous side effects).
But did you know that there are many natural ways to control chronic inflammation that actually work much better then pharmaceuticals, and have the side effects of greater health and vitality?
And you don't need to be suffering from a full-blown chronic illness or cancer to benefit from removing chronic inflammation. In fact, if you practice a lifestyle that keeps your inflammation low, you have a much higher chance of living a disease-free life.
Because when you remove the chronic inflammation, and give your body the essential nutrients it needs to function properly, your body starts to heal itself.
Yes, I said that right. Your body knows how to heal itself, if you give it what it needs, and take away what is harming it.
To date, science has discovered seven basic reasons why people develop the chronic inflammation that leads to disease. Here's a simple video I made to help you understand these seven reasons:
Your job as a patient is to understand that some, or all of these seven reasons are present in your body, and you need to fix them. Not fixing the causes of chronic inflammation means you will continue to get worse. That's why people with autoimmune or other chronic conditions will develop one diagnosis after another as time goes on.
It's the practitioner's job to help you do this by testing for these seven reasons, and guiding you through the methods to correct them.
The scientific model behind Functional Medicine works because it is extremely personalized. It uses very specific tests and protocols designed especially for your exact needs.
You will need a knowledgeable, well-trained Functional Medicine practitioner to help guide you through this process, but as a patient you have a right and a responsibility to understand this overall reversal method, so you are healing from a position of knowledge and control.
So here's the general step-by-step method in a nutshell, and I'll be expanding on these with detailed references in upcoming blogs.
Get started on these today, and start feeling better in a couple of weeks.
Believe you can heal.
This is not woo-woo... this is very real. If you allow fear of symptoms or lack of belief to stop you, you'll never make the changes, and you will stay stuck in your illness.
I run into people regularly who are brainwashed in the old doctrine that autoimmune disease is incurable. I was one of these people for awhile myself. They are afraid of being taken advantage of, so they are very skeptical.
Healthy skepticism is good, but clinging to old science is unwise.
For instance, just 20 years ago we believed our genetics were fixed in stone and there was nothing we could do to control their expression. Now we understand that most of our genetic expression is under our direct control by making nutritional and lifestyle changes. (2) Big difference.
Another example: 30 years ago we thought that most bacteria were to be eradicated from our bodies. Now the science of our various "microbiomes" has grown exponentially, and we are learning that these trillions of microbes of all kinds are the driving forces of our health. And if we don't learn how to take care of them, we will develop disease. (3)
In fact, changing our gut microbiome health is one of the primary discoveries that has lead to reversing autoimmune and chronic illness.
You are learning how to believe in the latest science right now by reading this article.
Follow people who have healed, read the research, and learn all you can. This will help to motivate you for the life changes ahead.
This is why I started the Facebook Group:
Heal Autoimmune Disease Now
to help you accomplish this very important first step.
Practice stress-reducing lifestyle practices.
It's a well-known fact that chronic stress causes chronic inflammation. How much inflammation? A lot.
And people are just starting to learn that basic stress reducing lifestyle practices make a HUGE difference in our body's ability to function and keep our inflammation low. We call these our NON-NEGOTIABLES to achieving optimum health:
1) Practice drinking enough water. Take half of your weight and drink that in oz. So if you weigh 150, you need 75 oz of clean, pure water each day -- minimum.
2) Practice good sleep habits. I'll be writing more detailed articles about how to use nobel prize winning science (4) to correct your circadian rhythm and hormones to help you sleep. For today:
a) Start by turning the computer and phone to the "night-- orange" setting after 5pm, and turning them off at 8pm.
b) Be in bed relaxing by 10pm, and have the lights off.
c) When you wake up in the morning, go outside and sit in the sun for about 10 minutes while doing some relaxing stretches and 10 deep breaths.
These simple steps will help you sleep, and sleep is extremely important to keep inflammation low.
3) Practice love, forgiveness and gratitude. Every day, think about and practice being more loving, more forgiving, and being thankful.
Change your nutrition and supplementation to address your specific nutritional and genetic deficiencies.
Basically, follow the principle:
"In with the good, out with the bad"
But how do you know what's good? How do you know what is bad? Keto, Paleo, AIP, Fasting, Vegan... there's so much confusing information on the internet.
It's easy, really. Simply have a Functional Medicine practitioner or nutritionist do a panel of tests:
a) Nutrigenomics (saliva)
b) Organic Acids (blood)
c) IgG Food Sensitivity (blood)
d) CBC (blood)
Most of these are covered under insurance (at least partly, depending on your coverage), and with these results, your nutritionist or practitioner can design the right nutritional program to correct your genetic deficiencies and optimize your nutrition. In fact, this is the only way known to find the perfect diet for you.
Best of all, changing your nutrition and supplementation in this way is the fastest way to reduce inflammation, and therefore, start to reverse disease processes, and feel better.
With this information you'll be empowered to know exactly what foods you should be eating and avoiding, and which supplements are right for you, in order to keep your inflammation balanced.
But even before you have the practitioner do the testing, you can start to follow the "In with the good, out with the bad" principle today. Most people will see preliminary results from changing their basic nutrition within about 3 weeks.
In with the good can be accomplished by using my Trinity Smoothie. If you don't like smoothies, just eat the ingredients. As long as you get them in your body where they can start working
And eating the "Trinity" foods also has another cool benefit... it stops your food cravings, so you can be successful.
Out with the bad can be accomplished by following an organic, anti-inflammatory elimination diet that removes sugar, grains & gluten, dairy, corn, soy, eggs and beans.
This is not a forever diet. It is a nutritional therapy to quickly reduce inflammation and help you to feel better.
And for the promise of getting your life back, you can do anything for a short time, right?
It takes about 6-8 weeks to lower your inflammation with your nutrition, and then you can start adding more foods back in again one by one. As you do, you will notice that your symptoms return or not. If they do, you know that this food needs to be taken out of your diet for about 6 months until your gut heals.
Correct your gut and mitochondrial functioning.
All people with chronic symptoms and autoimmune disease have gut dysbiosis and leaky gut.(5)
What? Yes, all.
And gut dysbiosis and leaky gut cause mitochondrial death and loss of function... this is why you feel extreme exhaustion -- like you are walking through water. It's also the reason why you have brain fog and muscle tenderness, among many other weird symptoms. In fact, many researchers have found direct links between poor mitochondrial functioning and many cancers.(6) Scary.
What is gut dysbiosis and leaky gut? I'll cover this more in another blog, but for now, know that your gut is comprised of trillions of little microbes... good bugs and bad bugs. When the bad bugs overgrow you are in a state of gut dysbiosis. These bad bugs directly cause tiny holes in your gut lining, hence the term "leaky gut". Toxins produced by the bad bugs and undigested particles of food leak through these holes to your immune system. Your immune systems responds to what it sees as invaders, and wala, rampant widespread inflammation and disease.
Healing your gut is the most important part of getting your health back. Skip this step and you simply can't get well.
And this is the problem with all of the dietary information on the internet... it stops there. First, they aren't testing to find the right diet for them. Second, they aren't learning how to heal the gut and look for the other reasons for their inflammation.
You can't just start taking probiotics and expect to change your gut health, as is widely spread on the internet. In fact, certain probiotics can make people worse, depending on your condition. So work with a professional who can choose the best probiotic, and comprehensive gut protocol, for you.
So, how do you heal your gut?
a. Have a Functional Medicine nutritionist/practitioner run a comprehensive Gut Microbiome panel. I like using the GI Effects by Genova Diagnostics, as it is thorough and covered by most insurance.
b. Go through the specific correction protocols that your practitioner recommends. Typically these use natural spore probiotics, prebiotic foods, fibers, herbals, and specific supplements targeted to heal the gut lining and promote nutrient absorption. In just a month or two, most people start to feel much better.
Test for and correct invisible infections.
Invisible infections can be present for decades in a person's body, causing much inflammation and tissue damage. Have a Functional Medicine Doctor check for the most common invisible infections associated with autoimmune disease, such as Lyme and it's coinfections, Mycoplasma, CMV, EBV, and the like. I'll be writing a post with a complete list, or simply write me at email@example.com.
Test for and correct heavy metals and toxic overload.
Many researchers believe that this is the overall reason why chronic and autoimmune diseases develop in the first place. Toxic overload allows the invisible infections and gut dysbiosis/leaky gut occur, leading to inflammation and disease.
In fact, many autoimmune diseases can be completely reversed through proper detox protocols designed specifically for each person's genetic profile. With this kind of evidence, we need to pay attention.
Because toxic overload from heavy metals and other chemical environmental toxins are present in all of us, many practitioners believe that we can skip the testing and move straight to the detoxification protocols. However, being a scientist, I like to test to get a good baseline at the start of the detox protocol, then retest every 6 months to verify the efficiency of the protocol. It takes at least a year to detox thoroughly after a lifetime of exposure, and continued clean lifestyle practices to keep oneself free of toxic overload.
I'm still detoxing several heavy metals out of my body after 1.5 years at it, but I feel awesome. As the years go by, I feel myself getting even better as the toxicities are removed.
Balance your hormones.
Your hormones control so many functions in your body, and when they are out of balance, you feel terrible both physically and emotionally.
Thankfully, they can be balanced with simple nutritional and supplementation changes.
And believe it or not, balancing your hormones begins with your gut health.
In fact, we can now reverse hypo and hyperthyroid conditions in about 90 days by focusing on our gut health.
One of the best new comprehensive hormone panels on the market now is the DUTCH-Plus by Precision Analytical.
I'll be writing more on our hormones in the future.
Many of the above steps can be performed simultaneously, but it takes a skilled practitioner to determine what the best timing is for you.
Be patient, it took years to develop disease, and it will take some time to heal. How much time is different for each individual. But most people find they start to feel relief within a few weeks simply by making the nutritional and gut health changes.
Once you start to see these first results, this will help you have the motivation and energy to continue walking on your health path.
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