AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

Understanding Autoimmune Disease

An autoimmune disease, also known as autoimmune disorders, cause the immune system to attack the body's healthy tissues due to an unknown trigger.

The immune system is programmed to protect the body against foreign bodies such as germs, viruses, and bacteria. When it senses the presence of these foreign invaders, the brain signals the body to send out the fighter cells, known as antibodies, to attack them.

In normal cases, the immune system can tell the difference between foreign bodies and the body’s own cells, but in the case of autoimmune disease, the immune system mistakes a part of the body, such as the skin, joints, or an organ as a foreign body and attacks these otherwise healthy cells instead.

Healthy cells, when faced with these attacks weaken over time, thus reducing the body’s overall immunity and capability to fight against threats of real diseases. Frequent fatigue, delayed recovery, and other such symptoms mark the presence of autoimmune disease in individuals.

While some autoimmune disease target just one organ, such as Type 1 Diabetes attacks the pancreas, other types of autoimmune disease attack the whole body, which is the case in a person suffering from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE), a. a condition that affects the entire body.

What causes the immune system to attack the healthy cells is still unknown. Some kinds of autoimmune disorders are common among certain ethnicities. For example, Native Americans, Latin Americans, and African Americans are at a greater risk of developing autoimmune disorders as compared to Caucasians. Some other types of autoimmune disorders run in the family, like the case of lupus and multiple sclerosis. While not everyone in the family might develop the disease, they will have a higher susceptibility to the disease than others around them.

Researchers suspect environmental factors, infections, exposure to chemicals, genetics and even lifestyle to be some of the causes that lead to autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms of autoimmune diseases

SIGNS OF A DISORDER

The early symptoms of most autoimmune diseases are very similar. Look out for these symptoms if you suspect occurrence of this disorder:

  • Muscle pain
  • Tiredness and fatigue
  • Numbness and tingling in hands and feet
  • Low-grade fever
  • Inflammations
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Skin rashes
  • Loss of hair

PROPER DIAGNOSIS

Of the 14 commonly known types of autoimmune diseases of the known 80, each might have their distinctive symptoms. For example, the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes would include fatigue, extreme thirst, stomach pain, bloating, diarrhea and weight loss. When the symptoms peak it is called a ‘flare up’ and when it subsides it is called ‘remission’.

If you suspect you might be suffering from autoimmune disease and have checked off most of the symptoms in the list above, a medical consultation is recommended, to find out if it is truly an autoimmune disease and if so what are the next steps to addressing the disease and helping the body get into a longer remission phase.

Alternative methods of treating autoimmune diseases address the very core of the illness instead of masking symptoms and providing temporary relief. While the process might seem long, the results received from regenerative treatment is often much more long term than ingesting medications to keep the symptoms at bay.

Immune Modulating Program

50 million Americans currently live with an autoimmune disease. Cancer affects approximately 9 million and heart disease affects 22 million. Commonly used immunosuppressant medications end up leading to severe long-term damage including immunomodulators and steroids. We advocate for alternative treatments to remove autoimmune triggers and provide the body with the nutrients it requires to boost the immune system and naturally heal autoimmune conditions.

The thymus gland is the key player in treating autoimmune conditions. The Thymus gland begins to lose function after puberty. Thymosin is produced by the thymus gland which increases the stimulation of disease fighting T-cells in the body. T-cells mature in the thymus where they then travel to the lymphatic system and stimulate the immune system.

Millions of Americans are taking methotrexate for autoimmune conditions such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. One-quarter of the population has an MTHFR gene mutation, which studies show are linked to more commonly experiencing side effects of medications. Patients can have elevated homocysteine levels which are linked to heart disease and stroke by taking the medication and not knowing their genetics. The current medical system is made to be a one size cure all, however, we strongly believe in a customized approach to our patients based on genetic factors. We assist our patients by helping remove toxic triggers and replenishing your body with the micronutrients to thrive. An autoimmune disease is caused by a specific reason, a medication is used to mask the disease, our goal at Regenerative Medicine LA is figuring out why you have an autoimmune condition and attacking the disease from the core. Specially formulated thymus injections may help your autoimmune condition by reconfiguring the body’s immune system.

In one study, nearly 50% of rats with brain inflammation given immune modulating biohacking showed relative functional recovery after 30 days compared to saline controls. A significant reduction of inflammatory infiltration in the brain was documented. Data from this study suggest that peptide treatment comprised of amino acids is a potential pharmacological therapy for Multiple Sclerosis patients.

We are currently under an IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved research study for the following conditions:

  • Alopecia Areata
  • Asthma
  • Auto-Immune Hepatitis
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • COPD
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Degenerative Spine & Disk Disease
  • Degenerative & Inflammatory Arthritis
  • Elbow & Hand Problems
  • Hip Problems
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Knee Problems
  • Lichen Sclerosis
  • Lupus
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Myasthenia Gravis
  • Neuropathy
  • Optic Neuritis
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Relapsing Polychondritis
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Shoulder Problems
  • Stroke Recovery

Call our office to find out more about treating your autoimmune condition by a board-certified physician.

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