The Center for Natural HealthCare, PLLC, specializes in safe, comprehensive laboratory and nutritional testing to help our patients identify the underlying causes of their autoimmune condition.
We use your clinical findings to guide us in providing treatment recommendations that are personalized and best suited to support your body’s natural ability to repair and heal itself. Our goal is to strengthen and rebalance your entire body as we arrest the autoimmune process and improve your quality of life.
A normal immune system guards against germs like bacteria and viruses, releasing proteins called antibodies that attack these unwanted foreign invaders. When someone has an autoimmune condition, their immune system cannot tell the difference between a dangerous invading bacteria or virus and the cells and tissues of their own body. Their own immune system mistakenly becomes overly reactive and begins attacking healthy cells, tissues, and organs throughout the body. This harmful attack weakens bodily functions and if left untreated, can become life-threatening.
Facts About Autoimmune Conditions
The National Institute of Health estimates that roughly 24 million people in America have an autoimmune disease, and scientists have identified more than 100 autoimmune conditions.
- Autoimmune diseases do not limit themselves to one organ; they can migrate and attack other organs and systems of the body.
- Autoimmune diseases are very serious and are the third leading cause of death in the United States.
- Autoimmune disease runs in families. A genetic predisposition increases the risk of the development of autoimmune disease.
- The development of an autoimmune disease is associated with the “Autoimmune Triad” which includes:
- Genetic predisposition that runs in families
- Intestinal permeability, known as “ Leaky Gut Syndrome”
- Triggers-chronic infections, alcohol use, antibiotic overuse, and exposure to environmental toxins
- Medical treatment for autoimmune disease treats only symptoms and does not address the underlying triggers of the disease or intestinal permeability.
- 80% of all autoimmune diseases are found in women.
- Autoimmune Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis (Hypothyroidism) is:
- Commonly the initial site of the development of autoimmune disease
- More common in women than men
- The cause of 9 of every 10 cases of hypothyroidism
What is Hashimoto's Thyroiditis?
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, also known as lymphocytic thyroiditis and Hashimoto’s disease, is a form of hypothyroidism that affects 90% of all hypothyroid cases in the United States. It is an autoimmune disease in which the individual’s own immune system attacks, damages, and eventually destroys the thyroid gland.
Common symptoms of Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis include:
Poorly managed or untreated hypothyroidism can result in the development of an enlarged heart (cardiomyopathy), congestive heart failure, and fluid around the lungs.
Understanding Your Thyroid Condition
- Anxiety and Panic Disorders
- Coarse Dry Hair and Skin
- Difficulty Getting Pregnant and Maintaining Pregnancy
- Difficulty Losing Weight Despite Reducing Food Intake
- Feeling Cold (Hands/Feet)
- Hair Loss (Scalp or Outer Third of Eyebrows)
- Heavy Menstrual Flow
- Irregular Periods
- Memory Loss
- Muscle aches and pains
- Slowed Heart Rate
- Weight Gain
Signs of Severe Thyroid Symptoms Include:
- Increased or Enlarged Tongue Size
- Jaundice (Yellowing of Skin and Whites of Eyes)
- Slowed Speech
Autoimmune Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism develops as an individual gradually loses more and more thyroid tissue as a result of the attack of their own immune system against the thyroid gland. Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism can occur in a person’s teenage years or young adulthood, but it is more likely to affect individuals in middle age. Like all autoimmune diseases, there is a strong genetic tie to the development of Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism.
If you are experiencing difficulty getting pregnant, or maintaining pregnancy, we will check your thyroid function while completing a comprehensive laboratory evaluation to determine any underlying imbalances contributing to infertility. This has been very successful.
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a group of inflammatory conditions of the colon, specifically of the small and large intestines. IBD-Colitis may be acute and self-limiting or long-term and chronic. The two most common forms of IBD are Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease. Both conditions are classified as autoimmune diseases and are associated with inflammation causing ulcerating sores and bleeding in the lining of the large intestine, resulting in bloody stools.
Common symptoms associated with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease may vary but are most commonly associated with:
- Abdominal Pain
- Bowel Incontinence
- Cramping and Bloating
- Gas and Flatulence
- Loss of Appetite
- Mild to Severe Abdominal Pain and Tenderness
- Multiple Bowel Movements throughout the Day
- Pus in Stools
- Recurrent or Persistent Bloody Stools
- Unexplained Weight Loss
- More severe symptoms may include:
- Fast or Irregular Heartbeat
- Shortness of Breath
- Other less common symptoms may include:
- Irritated and Bloodshot Eyes
- Joint Pain
- Mouth Ulcers
- Painful, Red, and Swollen Skin
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a long-term autoimmune disorder that affects the joints of your body, causing them to feel warm, painful, and swollen. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are affected, but RA can affect other areas of the body as well, including:
- Inflammation around the Heart
- Inflammation around the Lungs
Common symptoms may intensify gradually over weeks to months and include:
- Low Energy/Fatigue
- Shortness of Breath
Other diseases that mimic RA include:
- Psoriatic Arthritis
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Laboratory testing such as blood chemistry testing, food sensitivity testing, stool testing, salivary hormone testing, vitamin testing, and antioxidant testing, may be recommended to identify the root causes of your pain and loss of health. Personalized laboratory testing allows us to identify the underlying chemistry imbalances in your body to formulate and prescribe targeted dietary and nutritional support to accelerate natural healing and recovery.
Natural & Safe Solutions for Autoimmune Conditions
At the Center for Natural HealthCare, PLLC, we work to treat the underlying cause of the following autoimmune conditions:
- Celiac Disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Crohn's Disease
- Graves’ Disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
- Latent Autoimmune Diabetes of Adulthood (LADA)
- Migraine Headaches
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Reactive Arthritis
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
- Sjogren's Syndrome
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
- Ulcerative Colitis
Autoimmune Condition Treatment at the Center for Natural HealthCare, PLLC
If you are suffering from an autoimmune condition, schedule a no-charge 15 minute introductory health consultation with us today. You will have the opportunity to meet with our team to discuss your concerns as we educate you on which treatment plan may best fit your lifestyle and help you achieve long-term health and wellness.