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Why is My Body Attacking Itself?: Autoimmune Disorders

Weakness from Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? Degenerated joints from Rheumatoid Arthritis(RA)? Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs) like Crohn’s or Ulcerative colitis? These conditions and many other chronic, inflammatory conditions of the body have been wreaking havoc on our bodies for too long with only palliative care to slow the progression.

Autoimmune disorders, such as RA, MS, and Type I diabetes essentially work in the same way. At the root of all of these diseases, we find a group of immune cells called T cells, which clone themselves into very large groups. In RA, these cells attack the lining of joints, in MS, they attack the myelin surrounding nerve sheaths, and in type I diabetes, they attack the beta cells of the pancreas, preventing insulin production. With traditional medicine, the idea would be to treat the symptom, such as relieving joint pain, trying to remyelinate the nerves, or to add insulin into the system. These are great for reducing symptoms but do nothing to treat the underlying problem.

Therefore, the goal should be to interfere with the T cell production to stop the symptoms instead of reacting to their damage. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) have been shown to block the production of the T cells by producing T-regulatory cells, addressing immune dysfunction.

Another factor we need to look at is identifying triggers. What is causing the body to respond in this inappropriate way? These could be environmental factors, such as mold or pollen allergies, or something more difficult to identify, such as a food sensitivity. Food sensitivities may not sound serious but can lead to some of these very adverse reactions. Leaky gut and thyroid dysregulation may also be of particular importance to address for these issues.

You no longer need to suffer without the hope of getting better. Make an appointment today to see how we can help you get control of your life.

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