Autoimmune Disease Management Programs

Autoimmunity is an inherited predisposition. The key to managing autoimmune conditions is by eliminating triggers to the system and by optimizing the internal environment of the body. Common triggers that are thought to aggravate autoimmune conditions are accumulated heavy metal burden in the body and identifying food allergies and sensitivities. Evaluation for heavy metals can be done by several methods, but total body burden is best reflected in a chelation challenge and subsequent 24 hour urine collection. A preliminary 24 urinary baseline is recommended as a comparison. When it comes to identifying food sensitivities and allergies serum samples are analyzed using enzyme-linked immune-sensitivity assay. Turn around time for both tests are approximately 10 business days.

Optimization of the internal environment of the body often times refers to reducing stress levels and inflammation in the body. A salivary cortisol test may be utilized to assess adrenal function and output in a day. The most common findings are elevated or marginal levels of this stress hormone which when addressed often times help in management. Systemic inflammation can be measured in the blood using high sensitivity c-reactive protein (HS-CRP). Calprotectin in fecal samples are non-invasive testing methods that may be indicated for the management of Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Anti-nuclear antibodies in the serum are also used as a gauge of the body’s autoimmune response. During acute autoimmune episodes which involve high levels of stress both IV Ozone with ultraviolet blood irradiation and acupuncture may be advised.