An autoimmune condition occurs when the body’s immune system becomes unbalanced. It usually manifests with inflammation and damage to body tissues. Stealth pathogens are often associated with autoimmune conditions. There are around eighty autoimmune conditions – common ones include:
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Lupus (SLE: Systemic lupus erythematosus)
- Multiple sclerosis
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Hashimotos (underactive thyroid)
- Graves disease (overactive thyroid)
- Type 1 diabetes
- Coeliac disease
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Polymyalgia rheumatica
- And many more
What Really Causes Autoimmune Diseases?
Autoimmune conditions are associated with a number of factors including:
- Family history of autoimmunity
- Exposure to pathogens (e.g. Epstein-Barr Virus, Helicobacter pylori, Borrelia, CMV)
- Exposure to environmental toxins
- Drugs and vaccines
- Tobacco exposure
- Coffee consumption
- Changes to the microbiome (gut flora)
Treatment for Autoimmune Conditions
Relieving symptoms and inducing remission is the goal of treatment. With the immune system caught in a cyclic loop of inflammation (all autoimmune conditions have this at their core), supporting the immune system to function normally again is key.
With high inflammation levels (inflammation is causing the pain and damage to tissues), possible dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance) and each person’s unique set of risk factors (e.g. dietary intolerances, Epstein-Barr Virus, Helicobacter pylori, gender, family history, other health conditions) each treatment plan is unique to the individual patient.
Core treatment protocols include: Diet, Herbal Medicines, Nutrients and Probiotics to:
- Heal tissue damaged from chronic inflammation (also relieving symptoms)
- Support immunity to manage the presence of stealth pathogens *
- Break down biofilms (enabling the immune system to attack stealth pathogens)
- Neuroprotection (for poor neurological function, e.g. poor concentration, depression, brain fog)
- Support elimination of toxins (including endotoxins from dysbiosis and mycotoxins)
- Correct hormone imbalances where relevant
The following are examples of treatments used:
- Herbal Medicines: Qing Hao, Myrrh, Golden Seal, Sarsaparilla, Cat’s Claw, Rehmannia, Bacopa, Boswellia, Echinacea, Garlic, Wormwood, Oregano, Turmeric, Devil’s Claw, Rosemary, Ginkgo, Chaste Tree, St John’s Wort, Andrographis and others
- Nutrients: Vitamin D3, Selenium, Activated B Vitamins, Zinc, Vitamin C, Magnesium and others
- Probiotics: Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG), L. paracasei (LP-33), L. Plantarum (299v), Bifidobacterium lactis (BB-12) and others
- Binders: Charcoal, diatomaceous earth, pectin, high tannin teas and others
- Diet: Anti-inflammatory diet, Identify food intolerances, low alcohol and caffeine, minimise processed foods
This information is not intended to replace medical advice. Please do not self-treat with the above herbal medicines – seek professional advice specific to your condition.
* Stealth pathogens are bacteria and viruses capable of adapting to avoid (and hide) from our immune system. They can form biofilms which effectively ‘shield’ them from our immune system. In chronic health conditions, breaking down biofilms is a key strategy in supporting the body to recover and heal.