Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmune diseases are a family of more than 80 chronic, often debilitating and, in some cases, life-threatening named illnesses. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 24 million Americans (more than seven percent of the population) suffer from an autoimmune disease – and the prevalence is rising.

They include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, Hashimoto’s and Graves thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and many others.

Conventionally physicians are NOT trained to ask where does this disease come from and WHY are our people and children falling ill with these diseases.

Autoimmune diseases are often addressed conventionally by immune suppressing drugs and not by addressing the actual root cause of the disease. The problem is that these drugs have devastating side effects for the human body and the system as a whole. They literally aim to shut down the immune system to thereby dampen the disease process unfortunately that is a simpleton approach well because we need our immune system.

You don’t need a degree to know that. Our immune system is KEY in our health, it helps us fight off infections and helps kill cancer cells. Thats why the side effects of the pharmaceutical drugs used includes serious infections and cancer and even death. This doesn’t really make sense does it?

About Dr. Rashel

Other drugs used to mask symptoms of autoimmunity in conventional medicine are steroids, which have devastating long term side effects like obesity, bone loss, fracture, diabetes, high blood pressure, and more.

As someone who has suffered from autoimmune illness that was triggered by unnecessary pharmaceutical drugs in youth I know first hand what it entails physically and what it takes to correctly identify root causes and address them. Of course I studied this for decades however the personal experience of going through this process has given me unique perspective and insight to better help my patients.

With my patients I always aim to address the root cause and help shed light on the actual processes at play and those underlying and leading to the so called diagnosis. We will then in essence back track, known as upstream medicine, and go back together and uncover, address, and heal the root causes, as far back as we have to go in their life, some insults were done in childhood or birth, and some continued throughout life that led to the system break down, in this case autoimmunity.

At the root of autoimmunity is often systemic inflammation, causing an ongoing immune response that attacks your own tissues.

This can be triggered by toxins for example. Toxins can come in many forms, and in the milieu of genetic predisposition can be even more detrimental.

Some example of toxic insults that can be compounded when there are multiple at play are imbalanced gut microbes, viruses, bacteria, and yeast or fungi and parasites. These can in turn further cause leaky gut or intestinal permeability that can further open up the gates in the body for toxins to attack the body. Inflammation is detrimental and can affect all organ systems anything is fair game in autoimmunity or multiple systems together or a single organ system.

Other toxins can include environmental toxins and heavy metals. Many times the system is overloaded with multiple issues that with time break down the system and it overloads into the disease process.Gastrointestinal dysfunction such as imbalanced gut bacteria and intestinal permeability, compounded and can result in nutritional deficiency, allergies, further impairment in detoxification, further injury by toxins often in the realm of life stressors. Initial insults may often be caused by iatrogenic or relating to illness that was caused by medical treatments that did harm to the system such as antibiotics, birth control pills, steroids, and other drugs.

You can see that not asking the questions of how, when, why, did I get this would be doing ourselves injustice and accepting the conventional narrative we don’t know why, or it must just be genetic is very archaic and a cop out because we know more and should understand fundamentals of physiology, biochemistry, molecular billy, environmental health and genetics and their interplay as physicians. The answer I don’t know or that’s just the way it is is just not good enough and not acceptable because you deserve to get answers and be give a path to healing that is available and live your life with health and vitality that is our birth right.

I have had tremendous success with my protocols, addressing root causes and reversing autoimmune illness in all patients who are willing to partner and do the work it takes too heal. I look forward to working together to uncover the root cause and underlying triggers of your illness and restoring your health and an optimal state of vitality. 

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