Autoimmune diseases are complex, multifactorial, progressive diseases that occur when the immune system is triggered to attack your own cells. The type of autoimmune disease is based on which area is targeted by the immune system. In many cases, symptoms start long before you are diagnosed. The complexity of these diseases mean that many different treatments often have to be implemented with the goals of reducing the severity of symptoms, slowing disease progression and overall improving in quality of life. This is definitely not a quick fix approach. The immune system is complex and its function is highly influenced by environmental factors. Autoimmune diseases are related to inherited small genetic mutations, however these mutations do not express unless put an in environment that encourages their activation. Environmental triggers can include as viral infections, stress, poor dietary habits etc – a combination of many of these different factors is typically required to trigger an autoimmune response.
I have been treating autoimmune diseases since I started practicing in 2009. I have seen a number of different autoimmune presentations and my strong interest and curiosity in the complex nature of these diseases have led me to pursue further education and training in the deep understanding and management of autoimmune conditions. I use a number of different treatment approaches, mainly focusing on dietary and lifestyle changes, optimizing digestive health and the microbiome (which is essential the central influencer of the immune system) and botanical medicine to slow progression and help improve symptom outcomes. I am very familiar with current pharmaceutical therapies used to manage autoimmune conditions, and can work with or work alternative to these therapies, based on your goals. It is often a goal for patients to reduce and limit the need for pharmaceutical medication to control autoimmune symtpoms, something I can definitely help you with.
Autoimmune disease I have experience treating
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Graves disease
- Sjorgen’s syndrome
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Primary biliary cirrhosis
- Inflammatory bowel disease – Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease
- Type 1 diabetes
I can also help with resolving other symptoms related to autoimmune disease such as improving digestion, improving immune health (reducing frequency and severity of colds and viral/bacterial infection) as well as improving energy and quality of sleep.