There are more than 80 different autoimmune conditions, with over 50 million cases in the US alone. Don’t wait for autoimmunity to destroy your tissue before receiving the correct diagnosis and treatment.
The number of autoimmune cases in the United States has been increasing rapidly. Statistics from the National Institute of Health (NIH) show 50 million autoimmune cases in the USA and the prevalence is rising. One out of every 9 women and one out of every 12 men has an autoimmune disease in the United States today.
Compared to 9 million cancer cases and 22 million cases of heart disease, the numbers are shocking. In other words, more people have autoimmune disease than cancer and heart disease combined! Keep in mind, that is just the diagnosed autoimmune cases. Many people are feeling terrible and have no idea that they are suffering from an underlying, undiagnosed autoimmune reactivity that is wreaking havoc on their body.
There are huge dietary and environmental factors that are driving this dramatic increase.
If you have an autoimmune disease or you have been tested negative for autoimmune diseases through blood work but still feel lousy, it is important to understand that prior to having a full blown autoimmune disease most people have what is called silent autoimmunity. This can go on for many years before getting a positive blood test such as ANA or Rheumatoid factor. Silent autoimmunity is the first stage of autoimmunity in which the immune system is attacking body tissue, but does not show symptoms or result in significant loss of self tissue. People with silent autoimmunity will eventually develop autoimmune reactivity (symptoms without positive autoimmune lab panels) and then full blown autoimmune disease.
The standard health care model today waits for the autoimmunity to significantly destroy the tissue (full blown autoimmune disease) before making a diagnosis and beginning treatment. The first line of therapy for autoimmunity is typically heavy corticosteroids and immune- suppressive drugs. These medications, although necessary in many full blown cases, carry heavy side effects.
It is important to understand that there are supportive, drug-free nutritional protocols and breakthrough autoimmune testing, such as that of Cyrex Laboratories, that can dramatically help reduce your autoimmunity by determining what is causing your immune system to become hyperactive in the first place. If these test are completed and nutritional therapies begin before a person develops full blown autoimmunity, the disease may never fully express itself. These protocols are also highly successful in helping people who already have an autoimmune disease. They can provide the support an autoimmune sufferer needs to dramatically improve their quality of life.
If this approach of treating the cause not just the symptoms makes sense to you, call or email us for an appointment. We are here to help our neighbors in DuPage County and the surrounding areas of Illinois!