Autoimmune Disease - East Hampton, NY


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The Alarming Increase of Autoimmune Disease

The rigors of autoimmune disease are devastating for those that suffer through them. Symptoms and flare-ups often arise without warning, and many times, it can be next to impossible to determine what exactly triggers an autoimmune response. However what we do know is that the prevalence of autoimmune disease in East Hampton, NY is on the rise – particularly here in the United States. We also know that environmental factors play a significant role in the development of autoimmune conditions.

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What Are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are characterized by an immune attack on otherwise healthy, non-threatening cells. For patients that suffer from these diseases, one of the most frustrating things aside from symptoms such as extreme fatigue and feeling tired all the time – is a lack of reliable treatment methods. Powerful biologic drugs are often prescribed, but these drugs contain a host of severe side effects and can wreak havoc on biochemical pathways relating to mood, hormone release, and more.


What Causes an Autoimmune Response?

Unfortunately, this is a question that has been puzzling doctors, dentists, and researchers for decades. While there appears to be a genetic component to autoimmune disease, much of the expression appears to be based on external environmental factors and triggers. Whatever the specific cause may be, an autoimmune response is defined by the body’s immune system launching an attack on healthy cells. These immune attacks lead to inflammatory responses, swollen lymph nodes, chronic fatigue, and other severe symptoms. If prolonged over extended periods of time, autoimmune-induced inflammatory responses can cause serious, irreversible damage to internal tissue and organ systems.

How Does Digestive Health Fit into the Equation?

While research is still in its early stages, the gut microbiome appears to have an extensive influence on the development and occurrence of autoimmune attacks. In fact, researchers have already highlighted the specific role that gut bacteria plays in autoimmune diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis, Type-1 diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers have also observed that the gut microbiome differs significantly in healthy individuals compared to individuals with expressed autoimmune conditions.

Even in healthy individuals, the gut flourishes with billions of active microscopic bacteria – many of which are specific and unique to the gut environment. Under normal circumstances, bacteria in the gut are exclusively confined to this acidic microenvironment. In instances where gut bacteria “escape” and break the confines of the digestive gut, an inflammatory response is often triggered, which results in symptoms such as enlarged lymph nodes, lack of energy, and extreme fatigue.

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Manipulating Bacteria in the Gut May Be Key to Treating Autoimmune Disease

Again, research is still limited in terms of our understanding of exactly how – and to what extent – the gut microbiome plays in the expression of autoimmune disease. What’s clear, however, is that microbiota in the gut – whether it be through the bacteria themselves, their metabolites, or through cellular messengers – trigger inflammatory autoimmune reactions. Furthermore, studies have already shown that manipulation of the gut microbiome can lead to decreased instances of autoimmune attack.

At Rejuvenation Health, we take a holistic approach to understanding you and your unique health needs. No two patients are the same, and this is especially true when it comes to the expression of autoimmune disease. Rather than prescribing medication that covers up superficial symptoms, we work with you to determine what exactly triggers your autoimmune response. We will also carry out advanced diagnostic protocols that will help us determine what measures need to be taken (i.e., changes in diet, exercise, etc.) to manipulate gut microbiota and return your gut biome back to a state of health, balance, and homeostasis.

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