A guest post from Dr. Brett Baxter.

Autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, Type 1 diabetes and Multiple Sclerosis can wreak havoc on those who suffer from them and their loved ones. Understanding more about them, the factors that can accelerate them and the bodily systems that need support as a result is an important part in building an effective treatment plan.

What Is An Autoimmune Disease?

An autoimmune disease is an imbalance in the immune system causing your body to attack and damage its own tissues. Your body mistakenly interprets these tissues as foreign invaders and releases proteins called autoantibodies that attack healthy cells.

Factors Accelerating Autoimmune Disease

The reason someone may develop an autoimmune disease isn’t exactly clear but there are four factors that can accelerate it.

1. Infections, such as:

  • EBV (Epstein-Barr Virus)
  • CMV (Cytomegalovirus Infection)
  • HSV1/HSV2 (Herpes Simplex Type 1 & 2)
  • HPV (Human Papillomavirus)
  • Dental Infections

2. Intestinal dysbiosis, through things like:

  • Bacterial overgrowth
  • Yeast
  • Parasites
  • Increased barrier permeability (gut, brain, and lung barriers)

3. Diet, including:

  • Food sensitivities
  • High-fat, high-sugar, and highly processed foods which may be linked to inflammation

4. Environmental Toxins, including:

  • Heavy metals
  • Mold

What Bodily Systems Need Support?

If you or a loved one are battling an autoimmune disease, here’s a list of bodily systems that may need a treatment plan to support:

  • Blood Sugar
  • Liver/Kidney Function
  • Gastrointestinal
  • Inflammatory Cascade
  • Adrenals
  • Thyroid
  • Sex Hormones
  • Nutritional Deficiencies

When I work with patients, some of the tests I use to develop a treatment plan include:

  • Traditional blood chemistries (ex: cbc, cmp, and lipid panels)
  • Food Sensitivity Panel
  • Chronic pathogen and environmental toxin screens
  • Immune Function Testing: including blood inflammatory markers and barrier permeability testing
  • Stool Analysis
  • Salivary and urine hormone and neurotransmitter analysis

As seen above, there are many safe and effective treatment options available that can be used as standalone therapies or in conjunction with prescription drugs and surgery to help alleviate symptoms. My advice is to work with someone who will take the time to listen to your story and work with you to identify contributing factors of your autoimmune condition.

Going Deeper

If you’d like to work with Dr. Baxter, he offers a free initial consultation to anyone in the SPS Family of Comapnies and can be reached at: (785) 537-2211 or by email at: drbaxter@nicholschiropractic.com.