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  • ​Addison’s disease
    Alopecia areata
    Ankylosing spondylitis
    Anti-GBM/Anti-TBM nephritis
    Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS)
    Autoimmune hepatitis
    Autoimmune inner ear disease (AIED)
    Axonal & neuronal neuropathy (AMAN)

  • Behcet’s disease
    Bullous pemphigoid
  • Castleman disease (CD)
    Celiac disease
    Chagas disease
    Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP)
    Chronic recurrent multifocal osteomyelitis (CRMO)
    Cicatricial pemphigoid/benign mucosal pemphigoid
    Cogan’s syndrome
    Cold agglutinin disease
    Congenital heart block
    Coxsackie myocarditis
    CREST syndrome
    Crohn’s disease

  • Dermatitis herpetiformis
    Devic’s disease (neuromyelitis optica)
    Discoid lupus
    Dressler’s syndrome
  • Endometriosis
    Eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE)
    Eosinophilic fasciitis
    Erythema nodosum
    Essential mixed cryoglobulinemia
    Evans syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
    Fibrosing alveolitis
  • Giant cell arteritis (temporal arteritis)
    Giant cell myocarditis
    Goodpasture’s syndrome
    Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis
    Graves’ disease
    Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
    Hemolytic anemia
    Henoch-Schonlein purpura (HSP)
    Herpes gestationis or pemphigoid gestationis (PG)

  • IgA Nephropathy
    IgG4-related sclerosing disease
    Inclusion body myositis (IBM)
    Interstitial cystitis (IC)
  • Juvenile arthritis
    Juvenile diabetes (Type 1 diabetes)
    Juvenile myositis (JM)
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
    Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
    Lichen planus
    Lichen sclerosus
    Ligneous conjunctivitis
    Linear IgA disease (LAD)
    Lyme disease chronic
  • Lambert-Eaton syndrome
    Leukocytoclastic vasculitis
    Lichen planus
    Lichen sclerosus
    Ligneous conjunctivitis
    Linear IgA disease (LAD)
    Lyme disease chronic
  • ​Narcolepsy
    Neuromyelitis optica

  • Ocular cicatricial pemphigoid
    Optic neuritis
  • Palindromic rheumatism (PR)
    PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcus)
    Paraneoplastic cerebellar degeneration (PCD)
    Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)
    Parry Romberg syndrome
    Pars planitis (peripheral uveitis)
    Parsonnage-Turner syndrome,
    Peripheral neuropathy
    Perivenous encephalomyelitis
    Pernicious anemia (PA)
    POEMS syndrome (polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, skin changes)
    Polyarteritis nodosa
    Polymyalgia rheumatica
    Postmyocardial infarction syndrome
    Postpericardiotomy syndrome
    Primary biliary cirrhosis
    Primary sclerosing cholangitis
    Progesterone dermatitis
    Psoriatic arthritis
    Pure red cell aplasia (PRCA)
    Pyoderma gangrenosum
  • Raynaud’s phenomenon
    Reactive Arthritis
    Reflex sympathetic dystrophy
    Reiter’s syndrome
    Relapsing polychondritis
    Restless legs syndrome (RLS)
    Retroperitoneal fibrosis
    Rheumatic fever
    Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
  • Sarcoidosis
    Schmidt syndrome
    Sjogren’s syndrome
    Sperm & testicular autoimmunity
    Stiff person syndrome (SPS)
    Subacute bacterial endocarditis (SBE)
    Susac’s syndrome
    Sympathetic ophthalmia (SO)
  • Takayasu’s arteritis
    Temporal arteritis/Giant cell arteritis
    Thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP)
    Tolosa-Hunt syndrome (THS)
    Transverse myelitis
    Type 1 diabetes
  • ​Ulcerative colitis (UC)
    Undifferentiated connective tissue disease (UCTD)
  • ​Vasculitis
  • Wegener’s granulomatosis (now termed Granulomatosis with Polyangiitis (GPA)
  • ​Source AARDA, 2016

Autoimmune Diseases (AID) when grouped together are the leading cause of disability and death in America resulting in over 24 million per year. In fact, according to AARDA (American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association), there are over 100 listed diseases that are considered to be of autoimmune origin. And, if one includes what we call the Autoimmune Spectrum, we consider many other conditions that are in various stages to become a full-blown Autoimmune Disease.  Yet, our medical system likes to separate these diseases into different systems of the body. And therefore, you have a variety of "medical specialists" who claim to treat these diseases within their specialty. 

So why is this a problem for patients? Each medical specialist believes that they are treating the disease or illness for which the patient seeks treatment. When in reality, there form of treatment is basically the same know matter what medical specialist you are seeing. They prescribe immuno-suppressants or anti-inflammatories. These medications are designed to suppress the immune system and reduce local and systemic inflammation. And with these medications, they are only attempting to manage the patients symptoms. They have no answers to reduce, correct or reverse autoimmune disease because they are not educated nor trained in treating AID. So again, why is this a problem for patients? Well, simply stated these are powerful drugs for the body meaning they have their own inherent toxicities. Also, they do nothing to actually treat the disease! And many times, over the course of years when frustration sets in for the patient, and there doctor tells them they do not know what else they can do for them, the patient is left on there own to seek medical care for this disease which has most likely worsened and now the patient may have additional autoimmune diseases. 

So what's wrong with this picture? As mentioned previously, our medical professionals (i.e. specialists) have very little training in medical school on autoimmune disease, plus in a survey taken by AARDA, they concluded that their medical training is inadequate to treat patients and that they do not have the confidence in treating patients with AID. But because our medical system is "in bed" with the pharmaceutical companies and insurance companies, patient's do not know that there are other choices!  So my suggestion to all my patients who are being treated by a medical specialist is to ask the doctor...."Will these medications cure my autoimmune disease?" The answer is a resounding, NO! 

Fortunately, researchers have been getting closer to a cause. And from what we do know is that even though all autoimmune diseases have a genetic link, it is our environment and lifestyle that plays the major role in turning ON or turning OFF our genes that may result in an autoimmune disease. Alessio  Fasano, MD who is one of the foremost researchers on gluten and Celiac disease stated from his research that are three criteria that result in AID. They are 1) our genes, 2) our environment and 3) intestinal hyper-permeability (aka. Leaky Gut). With that said we have control of numbers two and three. And by seriously correcting these two, does it not make sense that we can have a positive impact on reversing autoimmune disease?

This is the work of Functional Medicine Practitioners, to determine the underlying causes of dysfunctions within the body, try to remove them and support the body with improved dietary and lifestyle changes to promote an environment whereby the body can heal!

So if you or a family member is suffering and not seeing improvement, then maybe Functional Medicine is your bridge to regain your health! You can email or call for a FREE 20 minute consultation to see if Functional Medicine is right for you.

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