Autoimmune disease is a disorder in which your immune system attacks healthy parts of your body. The immune system produces antibodies to fight off what it thinks are dangerous invaders, such as bacteria or viruses, and instead attacks normal tissue. According to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, autoimmune disease affects up to 50 million Americans. Autoimmune disease can result in the destruction of normal tissue, abnormal organ growth and changes in organ functionality.
Most often an autoimmune disease affects more than one organ.
The most common affected organs are:
- Blood vessels
- Connective tissues
- Endocrine glands such as the thyroid or pancreas
- Red blood cells
There are believed to be over 80 autoimmune diseases, most common are:
- Graves' Disease
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
- Multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Type 1 Diabetes
- Celiac Disease
SCNM physicians tailor treatment to address the underlying factors causing the condition, as well as to decrease symptoms. Naturopathic physicians often use nutrition, supplementation, IV therapy, homeopathy, acupuncture, botanicals, and mind-body treatment for autoimmune diseases.
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Immune assessments are conducted in accordance with the naturopathic principles of “find and treat the cause” and “treat the whole person.” Diagnosis generally requires an assessment of your medical history and current situation.