Auto Immune Disorders
An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks and destroys healthy body tissue by mistake. There are more than 80 types of autoimmune disorders.
The white blood cells in the body’s immune system help protect against harmful substances. Examples include bacteria, viruses, toxins, cancer cells, and blood and tissue from outside the body. These substances contain antigens. The immune system produces antibodies against these antigens that enable it to destroy these harmful substances.
When you have an autoimmune disorder, your immune system does not distinguish between healthy tissue and harmful substances. As a result, the body sets off a reaction that destroys normal tissues.
An autoimmune disorder may result in:
- The destruction of body tissue
- Abnormal growth of an organ
- Changes in organ function
- Dramatic increase in body inflammation and swelling.
An autoimmune disorder may affect one or more organ or tissue types. Areas often affected by autoimmune disorders include:
- Blood vessels
- Connective tissues
- Endocrine glands such as the thyroid or pancreas
- Red blood cells
A person may have more than one autoimmune disorder at the same time. Common autoimmune disorders include:
- Addison’s disease
- Celiac disease – sprue (gluten-sensitive enteropathy)
- Graves’ disease
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Pernicious anemia
- Reactive arthritis
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Sjogren syndrome
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Type I diabetes
- And many more
Autoimmune disorders have been steadily on the rise in the United States over the last 20 years and have reached epidemic proportions. According to allopathic medicine the exact cause of autoimmune disorders is unknown however functional medicine doctors like Dr. Anderson have been successfully treating autoimmune conditions for years through a holistic approach. Through specified lab work, patient history and applied kinesiology we create a very specific protocol for every patient according to what their body specifically needs to return to normal functioning.