Autoimmune disease is a complicated phenomenon involving multiple organ systems of the body. Examples of autoimmunity include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Hashimotos Thyroiditis, allergies, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac Disease. Though each disease and case all present very differently, the common themes of immune dysfunction, gastrointestinal influences, and chronic elevated stressors within the patient’s life all contribute to the overall autoimmunity, simply described as the immune system turning and attacking ‘itself’.
Healing is not a matter of setting the molecules straight, it is a matter of helping the one in need of healing into an experience of wholeness.
– Larry Dossey, MD –
Conventionally, these diseases are treated with medication to suppress the immune system and reduce inflammation. These drugs can be effective for some, but come with a whole slew of side effects, which can create more challenges for those dealing with the debilitating conditions. Naturopathic Medicine excels at working with chronic conditions because our philosophies look at dealing with the root cause of the condition. Hidden allergens, sensitivities, environmental toxins and influences, inflammatory diets and therefore compromised digestive tracts, stress, and infections are the real cause of inflammatory conditions.
Our NDs work hard to support the whole body holistic approach. We will perform appropriate workup and diagnostic testing to help gain a better understanding of the whole body environment to better design a treatment plan, individualized for each patient. Treatment modalities may include orthomolecular medicine which entails high dose vitamins, minerals, amino acids, etc; diet modifications; lifestyle adjustments; intravenous therapies including nutrient drips or chelation therapy; botanical medicine; homeopathy; acupuncture; and exercise regimes dependent upon the individual patient abilities.