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10 Years!

It was ten years ago today I started my path to reversing my autoimmune disease. And not one day do I take for granted. Having gone through years of pain, frustration and uncertainty, I do not want to face that again. Knowing how to treat my digestive tract, I will always remain cautious about what I eat and how I’m handling my health. I was given a second chance at my health and I want to do well with it. I hope you may find some encouragement that it can be reversed. With the right doctors, the right medication, the right supplements, the right diet and the right attitude, you can beat this too!

Why You Need to Clean Your Gut Now

I read this article this morning and was happy to learn that yet another person – a functional medicine doctor – was also able to reverse her autoimmune issues by treating the gut.

I’m happy to report that it has now been 2 1/2 years since I went through my treatment to reverse my autoimmune diseases and am still feeling normal!  Even my rheumatologist on my last visit told his doctor in training (shadowing him) that I somehow cured my Lupus.

Just remember, the key to this is getting a great gastroenterologist and a great functional medicine doctor (an M.D.) to help you reverse your autoimmune disease.  They will help you medically treat your intestinal tract and balance your immune system, and help you along with changing your diet to reduce the inflammation and let your system heal.

http://shine.yahoo.com/healthy-living/why-clean-gut-now-135500155.html

Rheumie agrees I’ve reversed my autoimmune disease!

This deserves it’s own post.  I went for a rheumatology check-up yesterday and it was a GREAT appointment.  He asked me again to walk him through what I’ve done to get better.  I explained how we discovered my intestinal tract was imbalanced and I had intestinal infections.  I said we treated those infections and I had been changing to a more plant-based diet over the past 5 years, but very strict over the past 1 1/2 yrs.  I said that I think that the infections were what caused autoimmune issues in the first place, and that by treating them and changing my diet I basically fixed the problem.

He looked at my labs and stated that almost every single test is normal, I don’t have any swelling, and I haven’t needed any meds in almost 1 1/2 yrs.  He then went on saying how for decades doctors have thought autoimmune disease was caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.  He made a comment that doctors are beginning to think that some of the diseases like ankylosing spondylitis are triggered by intestinal issues.

I reminded him that all my issues started initially with intestinal problems, then my other “autoimmune” symptoms began after.  He said that he agreed that it seems like the infections did create the autoimmune issues but now that that has been fixed, that the autoimmunity is gone.  What?!  Yep!!!  He said that I’m doing really great and he really doesn’t need to see me, but for me to come back in a year just to check and see how I’m doing still.

There you have it folks!  A regular M.D. that believes in traditional medicine, who is a rheumatologist agrees that I have reversed my autoimmune issues by rebalancing the gut (where most of your immune system resides) and changing to a more plant-based diet. 

AMAZING!!!  I am feeling great still.  I plan to keep on taking supplements to help keep everything healthy and to stay plant-strong.  But please let this be further evidence that you CAN possibly prevent or reverse autoimmune disease by having a plant-based diet and if needed, using functional medicine.