Often at the end of a long period of confusing and worsening symptoms, wrong diagnoses, frustration, and desperation comes the diagnosis: autoimmune disorder.
There really aren't any good treatments within the standard medical model. The most common medications are anti-inflammatories and immunosuppressants - predominantly steroids, monoclonal antibodies, and chemotherapy drugs. These often leave us with horrible side effects - not helping to heal the condition, but only masking it while it continues to get worse.
The Functional Medicine approach is different. Find the cause, and fix it.
When our genes are turned on and functioning, that autoimmune disorder is active. This is the same, whether it's Celiac, Lupus, MS (Multiple sclerosis), RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis), or any number of other conditions. Through healing the body - from the inside out, we can turn those genes off. The body stops attacking itself. The damage stops - and so do the symptoms. No medication required.
This is done through a combination of therapies (after finding the cause, of course). Nutritional therapy, improving physiology, repairing the gut, and reducing inflammation are just a few ways we turn off these genes, repair the damage, and prevent progression of the disease.
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