This article is written by a medical doctor, whose story is much like mine and quite possibly like yours.
Dr. Susan Blum was diagnosed with hypothyroidism, which is usually how autoimmune issues begin, and thought there must be a way to prevent dealing with autoimmune problems lifelong. She set out on a quest to find a way to reverse her issues. This led her to discover Functional Medicine as a treatment option, and how it is still regular medicine but it gets to the cause of issues, not just treating symptoms.
After learning more about the true causes of autoimmune issues, she was able to use traditional medicine along with a healthier diet to reverse her condition.
A great announcement in the field of Functional Medicine came this month. The Cleveland Clinic is adopting this treatment approach with a new center at its hospital. It’s no secret that Dr. Mark Hyman is one of the main proponents of Functional Medicine. Therefore, it was almost expected that he would be who the Cleveland Clinic would partner with in this endeavor.
The Cleveland Clinic is world renowned for its fantastic medical care. Adding this will not only help even more people truly have the causes of their health issues treated (not just symptoms), but it will allow Functional Medicine to gain more credibility throughout the medical community as a sound medical treatment approach.
There was a recent article published in Cell, Host and Microbe where researchers took samples of intestinal flora in various parts of the digestive tract in many people with Crohn’s Disease and discovered that there are more “bad” bacteria and less “beneficial” bacteria in the intestinal tracts of those people. They also stated that the use of antibiotics tends to create this problem and make it worse.
That is EXACTLY what the problem is with a lot of these autoimmune diseases. Intestinal dysbiosis caused by overuse of antibiotics and exacerbated by poor Western diets. Leads to inflammation, leaky gut, and possible autoimmune diseases. There is no “may” to it. It DOES play a role in Crohn’s disease and many others.
This is also why autoimmune diseases can be reversed! Heal the gut – heal the disease. Which is what I did over three years ago.
I will post a link to the NPR article that discussed this research study, and I will also post the medical research paper on my media page so you can read it if you would like.
As many of you have probably heard by now, we lost a great comic actor/writer/director today: Harold Ramis. He had been diagnosed with vasculitis only within the past few years, and it was complications from this autoimmune problem which proved to be fatal.
My heart, thoughts and prayers go out to his family in this difficult time.
I just hope this tragedy will create more awareness about autoimmune disease and how functional medicine and more plant-based diets can potentially help people with autoimmune issues.