Almost 25 million Americans suffer from one or other of the diseases grouped together in a category called autoimmune diseases. This number is more than people who suffer from heart problems or cancer. The diseases categorized as auto immune include Crohn’s, Graves’, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and celiac disease. There are also a lot of lesser known varieties of auto immune disease.
In general these conditions occur as a result of your body’s internal systems not functioning properly and consequently your “immunity” to certain things deteriorates to a level so low as to render your body unable to function correctly. You feel tired and this in turn demotivates you and there is a downward spiral effect causing you to be chronically debilitated through a mix of mental and physical conditions.
Although there are so many sufferers, knowledge about these problems among the “traditional” medical community is so little that treatment is often very difficult with chemicals. Functional medicine, by treating the patient and not the disease, can reverse these conditions and, if caught early enough, even cure them completely.
One of the most common manifestations of these autoimmune diseases is chronic fatigue. This can reach a debilitating level, where the sufferer cannot summon up the motivation or strength to even get out of bed. Obviously this situation can also lead to many other medical problems both physical and mental, including muscular atrophy and depression.
The chronic nature of these diseases means that patients need early diagnosis in order to begin natural treatments as soon as possible. Because there may not be any specific pain or even symptoms other than a general feeling of tiredness, these diseases can be particularly complicated to diagnose. Unfortunately the longer the problem goes untreated, the worse the problem can be.
Traditional medicine can often take too long trying to solve the puzzle about what the patient is suffering from. By the time doctors have narrowed down the symptoms to a diagnosis, it is often too late to reverse the degeneration. Functional medicine offers a much better possibility of early detection as, once again, we ask a lot of questions about your lifestyle, history etc. and we treat you according to this information
By talking to your practitioner at the first sign of a change in your feelings of well-being, you can be diagnosed and treated more quickly than traditional medicine, and with techniques that will cause few side effects (if any) and which can, in time, restore you to a situation of well-being.
Disclaimer: Results may vary from person to person due to lifestyle, healthy eating, body type and dedication to the program. No individual result should be seen as typical. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.