diseases, unfortunately, are still poorly understood by
doctors and scientists.
know that an autoimmune response develops when our immune
system mistakes our own body tissues or organs as foreign
and attacks them. Autoimmune diseases encompass over 80
different conditions, affecting almost all human organ systems,
including connective tissue, gastrointestinal and endocrine
systems, nerves and muscles, and so on.
Bowel Disease (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis)
disease sufferers are particularly challenged for two reasons:
it often takes them a while to get an accurate diagnosis,
and even when diagnosed, no effective treatments exist.
for the right diagnosis
suffering from autoimmune diseases may spend years going
from doctor to doctor, looking for an explanation of their
symptoms. That's because autoimmune diseases pose a great
diagnostic challenge to physicians, especially in early
stages. For most conditions in this category, no definitive
laboratory or imaging tests exist. Patients are often left
to monitor the progression of their disease and report it
to their doctors. The vagueness of symptoms that occur with
some autoimmune diseases also add to the challenge.
autoimmune diseases tend to "wax and wane" - they
go through wave-like periods of better and worse - making
an accurate diagnosis even harder. If you're looking for
a cause for your symptoms, consider consulting an immunologist,
even if you experience discomfort in your gut, joints or
skin. Immunologists are the doctors who specialize in evaluating
and treating dysfunctions of the immune system. They can
point you in the direction your gastroenterologist, rheumatologist
or dermatologist may have missed. This type of teamwork
can lead to a quicker diagnosis and less frustration for
you - the patient.
treatments are woefully inadequate
autoimmune diseases are treated with potent and toxic immunosuppressive
drugs, such as corticosteroids. While this means that your
immune system will be less likely to attack its own tissues,
it also means that it won't attack foreign ones, making
you susceptible to infection. Steroids can also cause rapid
weight gain, sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal problems.
Long-term use - common with autoimmune diseases - leads
to weakening of the bones and osteoporosis.
autoimmune diseases are treated with strong pain relievers,
biotherapeutic agents and hormones. Most of these have serious
side effects that can be managed in the short term but are
not a good long-term solution. None of these treatments
actually cure autoimmune disease - they just suppress it
until the next time it rears its ugly head.
and Holistic Treatments for Autoimmune Diseases
suffering from an autoimmune disease should consider trying
a holistic protocol, especially since Western medicine has
so little to offer for autoimmune sufferers. Allergy testing,
nutritional counseling, supplementation, herbal therapy
and detoxification may be helpful. It's very important to
work with a qualified doctor who will try to figure out
why your immune system is reacting to your own body. Is
it something in your diet? Is it a chemical or a pollutant?
Is there an underlying food sensitivity or intestinal disbyosis?
This and many other questions should aim at one answer:
what's causing your autoimmunity?
we can help:
an immunologist, Dr. Koles is particularly qualified
to evaluate, diagnose and treat the immune system.
This is her specialty and she keeps up with the latest
research and news. This can mean a faster and more
accurate diagnosis and a better treatment plan for
addition to the usual tests used to evaluate autoimmunity,
Dr. Koles can run numerous functional
tests to better assess how your bodily
systems are working and to identify any food or chemical
Dr. Koles then devises an individualized treatment
protocol that uses her extensive knowledge
of both natural and Western medicine. This may include
and detoxification, supplementation, rotation/elimination
diet for food sensitivities, nutritional counseling,
acupuncture and lymph massage, homeopathy and so on.
autoimmune diseases have different needs. Dr. Koles
has been studying them and working with autoimmunity
sufferes for many years. She has developed effective
treatment protocols for diseases such as arthritis,
inflammatory bowel disease (ulcerative colitis and
Crohn's), thyroid autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid
arthritis and so on.
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