Do you turn to drugs instead of improving your relationships?
Self-medication with alcohol or nicotine, or anti-depressants
or stimulants often seems easier than improving your relationships.
Do you want to change emotional or relationship
habits ... without drugs?
What are Autoimmune Diseases?
If you have an autoimmune disease, your immune
system attacks your own cells.
Autoimmune diseases are called collagen vascular
diseases if your
immune system attacks supportive tissues and blood vessels.
In most autoimmune diseases the cause is unknown.
People with myasthenia gravis make an antibody that blocks the transmission of nerve
impulses to muscles; causing muscle weakness and breathing difficulty associated
with the disease. In autoimmune hemolytic anemia, red blood cells are
destroyed by autoantibodies. People with lupus erythematosus make antibodies that attack cell
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If you have an autoimmune disease such as
Lupus, multiple sclerosis or rheumatoid arthritis, your
immune system attacks your body tissues instead of protecting them.
Most current medical treatments attempt to relieve pain and suppress
your immune system with steroids (corticosteroids) and other
Although some autoimmune diseases are associated with
exposure to toxic materials, we find that autoimmune conditions often
originate in emotional trauma and relationship stress. Our systemic
approach can complement medical treatment.
Some autoimmune symptoms appear to be triggered by food reactions and
environmental sensitivities. Some people improve with vegetarian diets and some
benefit from avoiding foods high in
(e.g. chocolate, apples, chicken and peanuts)
(e.g. dairy products, fish and oats). Some people react to common
foods such as wheat, potatoes, milk and barley with depression.
Autoimmune diseases include lupus,
multiple sclerosis and fibromyalgia, but there are many others.
Pemphigus vulgaris, for example, is a blistering disease of the skin
and mucous membranes. Vasculitis (inflammation of the blood vessels) is
also frequently autoimmune. Vitiligo (patchy loss of skin color) and
alopecia (patchy or complete baldness) are sometimes seen with
autoimmune conditions. Type 1 diabetes can result from white blood
cells attacking the beta cells of the pancreas.
Environmental toxins appear to be a major contributor
to autoimmune disease, although conventional physicians may ignore
this when selecting medications. Instead, many doctors may to try to shut down
your body's immune response with drugs.
People with autoimmune conditions can expect to be prescribed
anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil and Aleve, steroids
like prednisone and anti-cancer drugs such as methotrexate. Drugs
such as Enbrel and Remicade can block the effects of inflammatory molecules.
Some doctors treat patients with autoimmune
diseases by addressing the underlying causes, including toxins, infections,
allergens, diet and stress. This functional medicine focuses on the causes
of the problems, rather than the symptoms.
As the cause of autoimmunity is not fully understood, most medical
treatment attempts to alleviate the symptoms, which vary according to the
tissues being attacked. Pain-killers are commonly prescribed, as well
as corticosteroids and other immune system suppressants.
Regular exercise, a quality diet and adequate rest may help.
In the USA generally, something has to be
proven harmful before
it is taken off the market. In Europe, something
be proven safe before it is allowed onto the market.
Autoimmunity & Systemic Psychology
The older statistical paradigms used by physicians are slowly
being replaced by systemic paradigms. If autoimmune symptoms
are examined systemically, systemic solutions may be found. We strive to
understand if and how symptoms make sense within a person's life
- especially within their family relationships.
We explore whether the health symptoms have useful functions. People
with autoimmune symptoms often have a family history of autoimmune
disease, yet some disease symptoms may reflect not genetic disturbances
but emotional disturbances - often associated with deep limiting beliefs.
Similarly, food allergies and sensitivities
often seem to be reactions to family relationship issues.
For example, people who are intolerant of or allergic to milk products often
seem to have missing, depressed or problematic mothers in early childhood.
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such as allergies, chronic fatigue syndrome
Let your experience indicate whether or not you are
on the right track. Please don't change any medication or prescribed symptom
suppression until you discuss your research and results with a
physician. And, as you improve your health, please share your experiences
Consult your physician about any
opinions about any medical symptoms,
medical diagnosis or medical conditions.
Are you Stuck?
What are you doing to get well? Are you just
taking drugs or waiting for something to happen? You are stuck only if you choose
to be so. Instead of frustrating or berating yourself, and others,
please talk to your doctor about:
- Avoiding foods that may harm you
- Boosting your body’s detoxification
- Taking vitamin D, essential fats and probiotics
- Getting tested for mercury and other heavy metals
- Getting tested for allergic reactions to wheat and other grains
- Avoiding inflammatory foods such as dairy, eggs, corn and animal fats
- Changing your emotional entanglements and solving relationship issues
- Practicing deep relaxation daily through yoga, meditation, biofeedback,
You probably feel better after a good sleep.
If you have trouble sleeping, you can:
- Establish a regular bed-time and stick to it
- Take a warm bath within two hours of going to bed
- Sleep on soft, lightweight sheets with a
- Keep your bedroom temperature about
60°-65° F (15°-18° C)
Keep on keeping on. Explore what causes your body to
with pain and suffering - and choose to change.
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