April 10, 2014

How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease by Dr. Mark Hyman

More often than we realize it's the simple things in life that can save our lives and make it more delightful to live. It's comforting to know that physicians are getting a perspective on the ways to go about tackling the incurable.
Facing down disease, while simple is no small task.
Being in complete discipline of what we put in our bodies, what we allow to come out of our minds and mouth all contribute to whether the existence of a lack of ease will stay or go.

Dr. Mark Hyman has a few tactics to get control inflammation and autoimmunity that are helpful to consider along your journey.

"The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year)"

"It you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause. Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have."  Dr. Hyman

Read his nine steps to getting rid of the heat causing major diseases like thyroid, autoimmune and MS and more, http://drhyman.com/blog/2010/07/30/how-to-stop-attacking-yourself-9-steps-to-heal-autoimmune-disease/#close  


Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease
  1. Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
  2. Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
  3. Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
  4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
  5. Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
  6. Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
  7. Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
  8. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.
  9. Tell your doctor about Functional Medicine and encourage him or her to get trained — go to www.functionalmedicine.org for more information and to get a copy of the Textbook for Functional Medicine.
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