Specialist Area – Autoimmune Spectrum
Like with many things in life nothing is black and white, Autoimmune disease is the same. There are around 80 – 100 conditions (depending on which approved list you go by) which lie somewhere on the autoimmune spectrum the most common of those being;
- Rhumatoid Artitis
- Thyroid conditions – both hypo and hyper
- Diabetes 1
- IBS – I dislike this term with a passion. IBS is not a stand-alone condition, it is in fact an umbrella term for a collection gastrointestinal imbalances.
- Celiac/Chrons disease
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia
Autoimmune disease does not appear overnight and takes years to show symptoms. The development of symptoms starts with unseen damage to cells followed by tissue and organ damage and inflammation, only then will symptoms appear can diagnosis take place. The point here, like any condition which is born out of low grade inflammation, is that it takes years to take hold, but in some cases can be predicted years before through blood work as in the ground breaking work of Dr ArBuckle into Lupus and the presentation of antibodies.
Common signs of an autoimmune conditions are;
- Symptoms of the gut
- Swollen glands
- Frequent Fevers
The study of autoimmune conditions and conditions which have an autoimmune component, is complex and varied as symptoms along the spectrum range from organ/gland specific/tissue (thyroid) to systemic generalised conditions like chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia. I have seen a number of clients in clinic with the later who have responded well to nutritional and lifestyle plans. This is an area of my clinic I am keen to extend.
Autoimmune conditions cannot be cured, but they can be put into remission and managed. The key to this is understanding the initial drivers for the physiological damage which has been caused and to work to support this as best as we can. It is worth noting, that this is a complex process and client should expect to work with a BANT registered practitioner for several months. The way I like to put this to clients, is that the condition did not appear overnight, so therefore, the repair and management also will take some time. It may also be highly beneficial to carry out bloodwork to inform decisions made. This is not compulsory, although it may quicken results.
Whilst many people respond well to nutrition and lifestyle management, in some cases there are deep rooted emotional challenges which must be addressed in order to see real benefits.