Welcome to the first installment of the Purely Simple Organic Living blog, where we will be featuring weekly updates on a variety of topics in health and wellness culture. At Purely Simple Organic Living, we specialize in supporting clients with autoimmune disorders by empowering them to reclaim their health through a holistic approach.
So for our first post, it seems fitting that we do a deep dive into the topic of autoimmune diseases by answering some of the common questions one may have after receiving a diagnosis: What is an autoimmune disease? How did I get it? Will it ever go away?
First, let’s start with the basics.
An autoimmune disease is when your body’s natural defense system malfunctions and begins attacking normal tissue and organ cells. As a result, symptoms like fatigue, skin problems, digestive issues, swollen glands, and joint pain1ranging from mild-to-severe may occur.
Some common diagnoses are rheumatoid arthritis, celiac disease, psoriasis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, type I diabetes, and thyroid diseases1. While estimates of autoimmune disease prevalence err in providing an accurate snapshot of those affected by it–failing to capture those who are misdiagnosed or undiagnosed–there is evidence that autoimmune diseases are on the rise, with marked increases in Western countries2.
The question of whether or not autoimmune diseases are hereditary has brought about decades of lengthy research and debate in the medical community. The presence of different autoimmune disorders throughout families gives the impression that genetics are to blame, and as a result, many doctors and researchers default to this line of thinking.
This idea that autoimmune disorders are “passed down” from your parents attaches a component of inevitability onto these diseases, reducing patients to mere products of their family history. “If your parents have an autoimmune disorder, it’s only a matter of time until you get it too!”
With autoimmune disorders disproportionately increasing in industrialized countries, though, the genetic theory is incomplete at best. Recent research is now understanding of the role our choices and our environment plays in autoimmune disease manifestation.
In a 2015 study, researchers linked the expansion of industrialized processed food to the rising incidence of autoimmune disorders3. They found that inflammatory food additives such as sugars, salts, emulsifiers, and gluten are damaging to the intestinal mucosa, which is essential to the immunity balance that works to prevent autoimmune diseases3. Prior viral or bacterial infections4 and high-stress lifestyles5 have also been associated with the presence of autoimmune disorders.
Long story short, you are not “doomed” to your genes when it comes to autoimmune disorders.
So how does one go about maintaining or reclaiming their health? Eliminating environmental triggers such as inflammatory foods, toxins and stressors from your life. Adding yoga, meditation, restful sleep and supplements into your daily routine.
Here at Purely Simple Organic Living, we help you learn what your immune triggers are, and give you natural tools like homeopathy and detox programs to put your autoimmune response into remission. Get real-time results on your exact body chemistry and insight on your organ functioning with our biochemical wellness analysis, testing your urine and saliva on 7 different parameters. Only 2 clinics in Texas currently offer this testing onsite, and we are one of them! Our biomat and oxygen bar are also great ways to reduce inflammation in the body.
If you desire more information on autoimmune disorders, or want support in taking your health back in your own hands, we are offering a 10-week course to conquer wellness and autoimmune disease, you can learn more about it here.
Call our office and sign up now, as spots are limited. Have a blessed day, and stay tuned for weekly updates on all things health and wellness!
Christina Sessums ND, MSW, CNHP, CAHP
Autoimmune Disease Specialist
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