There are many types of autoimmune disease, but they are all linked by one common thread: an immune response that results in your body attacking it's own tissues.
While many autoimmune diseases are "incurable", at Bay Area Naturopathic Medicine, our approach is to decrease the systemic inflammation that is associated with the autoimmune process. Our treatment strategy aims to determine what these inflammation factors are. Possible food sensitivities, environmental toxins, underlying infections and chronic stress can all fuel inflammation leading to autoimmune disease. As the autoimmune process takes place, our own immune cells end up attacking certain parts of the body such as the thyroid, joints, skin, brain, etc.
Our approach for treatment of the autoimmune patient is to develop a treatment plan that is more of a lifestyle management plan. This includes addressing the patient's digestive health, optimizing detoxification pathways, establishing an anti-inflammatory diet based on known food sensitivities, and treating underlying infections.
Autoimmune Conditions we are currently managing include: