Only by avoiding certain foods, the little girl that we are going to present you in this article, found a cure for her disease. When the doctor, named Mark Hyman saw Isabel for the first time (ten years old at that period), she had a severe case of an autoimmune disease which was classified as a mixed connective tissue disease.
According to the MCTD diagnosis, which included rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and some other similar diseases with extremely debilitating side effects that can drastically reduce the quality of life, the disease was said to be incurable.
The disease has affected the whole body of the girl, from the bottom to the top: blood vessels, white and red blood cells, liver, and muscles. Her skin was also inflamed, and face and joints swollen. Isabel came to him on steroids, aspirin, and acid blockers.
But, none of the medications that she was taking was making her any better, so her former doctors wanted to put her on a TNF-alpha blocker, which was an immune suppressant which may reduce some symptoms, but it also adds a great risk of cancer and death from the infection.
When it has been refused to accept that as her fate, she has been taken to doctor Hyman, and after less than a year, she became symptom – free, her blood tests were normal and she was off all the medications she was taking as well.
But, she had to adjust her diet, so she had to avoid gluten, dairy and sugar, and take a few supplements to cleanse the body and help it heal itself (a multivitamin, vitamins D, B12, and folate, fish oil, anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil, an anti-fungal, a probiotic, and a mercury chelating agent).
Autoimmune diseases in America
The term autoimmune disease refers to the condition in which our immunity, which is responsible for protecting the body, repeatedly and mistakenly attacks healthy cells. There are more than 80 types of these diseases and they can attack different parts of our body, according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
These kinds of diseases also include celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, fibromyalgia, and diabetes type 1. According to the American Autoimmune Related Disease Association (AARDA), there are 50 million Americans who live with an autoimmune disease. But the cause of this disease is still unknown. The major symptom, which units all the types of autoimmune disease is inflammation.
Depending of the disease, there are different types of medical treatment, but the most often included are immunosuppressant drugs, pain medications, hormone replacement therapy, and anti-inflammatory drugs.
Functional medicine: A new approach to health
Functional medicine is a fairly new global movement which instead of just looking at the symptoms, it also takes in consideration the synergy of the whole body and its interaction with the environment. The purposes of the functional medicine are to restore balance in the body as a whole instead of focusing on one organ or one issue.
Treating autoimmune disease naturally
In order to treat this condition in a natural way, Dr. Hyman lists a few steps which should be taken in consideration. First of all, any hidden issues in the body need to be addressed: yeast infections, viruses, bacteria, or Lyme disease.
The second important thing is to check for any allergies, gluten and dairy are the most common ones. The next step the person should do, it taking a heavy metal testing, especially for mercury, as it can enter the body from flu shots, fish, amalgam fillings and some other sources.
Another vital thing is taking care of your gut and also, make sure if the whole digestive tract works properly. Another helpful thing is quality probiotic. Also, in order to help restore the immunity, there are some other vitamins needed.
At the end, the person should not forget to exercise regularly, as well as take care of the stress levels by adding yoga, meditation, simple hobbies which will allow them to let go of worries and other relaxation techniques to their lifestyle.