Beyond The Diagnosis
3 Steps To Healing Autoimmune Diseases: A Conversation With Dr. Kylie Burton
We spend years and years searching for a diagnosis; then, once we get it, the feeling ends up being short-lived. Did your diagnosis answer the question, why? If it didn't, you're in the right place. I will teach you the 'Why' Behind your health struggles.
Over 24 million people in the United States suffer from autoimmune diseases. According to my research, there are 80 to 100 autoimmune diseases. Some of them include conditions like:
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Addison's disease
- Celiac disease
- Type 1 Diabetes
I mean, the list goes on and on and on. Now, when it comes to these diseases, remember, their cause is autoimmune. This is where your immune system starts attacking your body.
The immune system comprises different components, each protecting the body against disease and disease-causing pathogens.
It consists of your: Tonsils, Thyroid,Thymus, Lymph nodes, Appendix, Spleen, Bone marrow and, of course, Gastrointestinal system (your gut).
Here are some of the factors influencing the development of Autoimmune Diseases…
Exposure to Toxins and Environmental Factors
Agriculture chemicals have been linked to rheumatoid arthritis. Some pesticides have been associated with the development of RA in male farmworkers. The pesticides contain mercury, which cause a variety of autoimmune diseases.
What is the relationship between gene factors and autoimmune muscle diseases? A recent study was done on the risk factors contributing to the development of autoimmune diseases. The target population was caucasian populations in Europe and the United States.
The scientists established that genes play a role, but must first be exposed to specific triggers. Environment interactions with RA caused the genes to get turned on, and this study looked at cigarette smoke as the mechanism of turning those genes on.
Last but not least, what is the association between nutrition and autoimmune disease, specifically vitamin D?
Dealing with Autoimmune Disease
Your diagnosis is irrelevant in that case! Diagnoses are the last things you should consider when dealing with these conditions. The faster you can get on this the better because less damage will occur. We’re stopping the autoimmune attack right in its tracks in three steps.
How does somebody in the family get diagnosed with Parkinson's at 65 years old when another person gets diagnosed with the same condition at 42?
What’s the difference? Don’t they share the same genes?
The mechanism is the same. You have to figure out why your body or why is your immune system so uptight! Once you can figure out why the immune system is upset, you have to remove the trigger and feed the immune system with what it needs to calm down, so the body can heal.
It all depends on how much the body can handle before the genes get activated. Think about it like this; you're putting water inside a cup. The cup can only handle so much before the water starts to overflow.
That's when the genes get triggered. It doesn't matter what the disease is. It's the same onset. It’s the same mechanism. So, how do you stop autoimmune diseases?
Identify the Triggers
Step number one is to identify the triggers. These triggers can be our food. Food is just one component of sensitivities. Why is your immune system reacting to all these foods? Parasites!
A lot of people believe they could never have parasites. Remove the trigger, calm the immune system down and stop the attack! Via a simple blood test, the Complete Blood Count (CBC) test.
We live in 21st-century America. We can’t avoid exposure. Stress is also an essential factor: external stress and internal stress. Is there something we're fighting that's causing us stress?
Often our internal stressor is the low-grade hidden infection. With chemicals, metals can trigger autoimmune diseases. Mold can also trigger autoimmune diseases.
Calm the Immune System
Three key ingredients will help do that. One, increase your vitamin D intake. Your vitamin D levels need to be between 80-100. Next up is Omega 3 and six-essential fatty acids that help calm the immune system down. Last but not least, glutathione.
Glutathione is a crucial component for detox to occur. Detoxing gets rid of the toxins and chemicals out of your thyroid, adrenals, liver, gut, nervous system and brain. Mercury, on the other hand, takes our glutathione stores. If you have mercury fillings in your mouth, it might be one of the triggers stealing from your glutathione reserves.
Taking Care of the Gut
Once we’ve gotten rid of the triggers and calmed the immune system down, the next step is caring for our gut. I have a program called My Three-Step Gut Rehab. You’ll learn how to take care of your gut, what foods to eat and even get consultations from nutritional experts.
about Dr. Kylie Burton
Dr. Kylie Burton is the Author of the book “Why Are My Labs Normal?” and a podcast host of Beyond the Diagnosis. Dr. Burton offers mentorship to physicians, health coaches, and practitioners on her website here, and helps patients through her website.
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