Autoimmune diseases arise from an inappropriate immune responses of the body against substances and tissues normally present in the body. In other words, the immune system mistakes some part of the body as foreign and attacks its own cells. This may be restricted to certain organs or a particular tissue type. The treatment of autoimmune diseases is typically limited to immunosuppression with medications that decrease the immune response.
The Functional Medicine approach insists on understanding why the immune system has become hyperreactive, and mistakenly identified the body’s own tissues as foreign. Cross reactivity from food allergens, or immune dysruption from external environmental toxins may be part of the picture. When these causes are eliminated, the bodys own systems are able to respond more normally.
Success Story : Autoimmune Renal Disorder With
Female Thai government officer, 40 years old.
Urination was present in small amounts, and each time with bubbles. Results from hospital testing showed mild protein leakage in the urine. The clients body weight changed from 58 kg to 44 kg and she complained of feeling weak and exhausted. The client tried to eat high protein foods in large quantities, such as nuts, milk, eggs, including salmon at almost every meal.
Her conventional doctor gave the diagnosis of Nephropathy from Systemic Lupus Erythrematosus and she was treated with immunosuppressive steroids. The patient tried several self-help treatments such as taking Shitake Mushroom with no change.
Functional Medicine Analysis and Diagnosis
- Several imbalanceswere found in Functional Medicine blood and urine tests.
- Found antibodies to protein from albumen (eggs) at high levels
- Levels of free radical defense was very low
- Found heavy metal toxins mercury and arsenic in red blood cells were extremely high
The 4R Balancing Program
Removed eggs from the diet, and supported the livers function to accelerate the removal of heavy metal toxins. Removed foods that act as a source of heavy metals, including street foods exposed to pollution.
Switched the diet to provide a lot of vegetables and fruits with antioxidant benefit. Focused the client onto choosing colorful vegetables and fruit, broccoli, cabbage etc.
Provide needed nutrition such as amino acids and polyunsaturated fats to accelerate the self-repair process.
After 2 months, there was much less leakage of protein in the urine, and the amount of steroid medication was able to decrease. The patient is still under diet control and observation.