50 million Americans suffer from an autoimmune disease. That’s more people than those who suffer from cancer and heart disease combined. Some say 75% of those Americans suffering from autoimmune disease are women. We aren’t talking about it enough. When we do talk about it- we are talking about it wrong! All of these people are being misled on their thinking and unless we change our thinking, the autoimmune disease numbers are going to continue to skyrocket. Autoimmune disease is not an immune issue.
There is nothing wrong with your immune system. There are over 100 autoimmune diseases that we hear about every day and these people are told their immune system is turning on their healthy cells. Does that make any sense? They are told their bodies are broken. They aren’t broken.
Do you have one of these autoimmune conditions? Or any of the other many autoimmune conditions?
- multiple sclerosis
- type 1 diabetes
- rheumatoid arthritis
These bodies aren’t broken and that’s not all they have in common. These conditions are all the same. They just impact different parts of the body. The commonality that they do have is that there has been a change to the immune system. Our bodies all have an immune system which is a special network of cells and functions to protect the body from foreign invaders. If your body is going after its own cells there is something wrong. Your body doesn’t make mistakes.
Your Immune System is Doing Its Job
What can be wrong? There are a lot of toxins and stresses that are inflicted on the body because of modern day life. It can be your food allergies, the GMOs that you eat, chemicals you put on your body from your beauty products, it can be mold in your house, and it can also be this big one- vaccines. All of these can damage, or change, the cells in your body causing the immune system to look at it as foreign invader.
Let’s take a look at celiac disease. Nobody’s immune system is meant to tolerate gluten. It causes damage and inflammation. When you have celiac it causes a trigger to the immune system when you eat gluten. When gluten-based products go into the stomach what happens? The tissue is damaged, and the body identifies it as a foreign invader. It goes, “holy mackerel you don’t belong here anymore.” The body didn’t make a mistake. The person who ate gluten did.
Stop Triggering the Immune System
Ingesting something you shouldn’t have triggers an immune response. If you stop eating gluten, then it will stop the damage and healing can happen. You don’t have to change the body. There is no magic medication that stops the damage or reverses celiac. You have to change what you are doing and stop beating up your body. All you have to do to stop the immune system from reacting is to remove the thing that is changing the cellular matrix of the GI tract. Guess what happens. Your immune system doesn’t go and attack the tissue.
This is the same for all autoimmune disease and it’s a different way of looking at supporting your body. A way of thinking that doesn’t just try to change the body with drugs because it thinks the body is making a mistake. You need to change what you are doing and remove the toxicity, so the body stops attacking.
The Typical Medical Approach Leaves You Sick
They say there is no cure for autoimmune but in my practice, we test people and remove the stresses that are damaging their body. I have seen those autoimmune markers go down. Their bodies start to heal! That isn’t the ending the majority of people get though. Do you know what the typical medical professional tells people who have autoimmune disease? That they have to be on medication for the rest of their life because there is no cure. Do you know what the drugs they give people for autoimmune disease do? The medications are drugs, like steroids, that suppress the immune system.
Does that sound good to suppress your immune system? Do you remember how we talked about your immune system protects your body from foreign invaders? Steroids suppress your immune system and one of the risks of continued use of steroids is cancer. Your body’s ability to fight foreign invaders has been removed. When you take steroids, you aren’t removing what is causing your body’s damage. You aren’t addressing what is causing a toxic response in your body and then you are disabling your body’s defense. That is not a long-term plan that leads to a quality life.
You Don’t Need to Change the Body
Autoimmune disease is not an immune issue. Your immune system is doing exactly what it is supposed to do. The body is designed to go after foreign invaders. Your thyroid can become a foreign invader. The Epstein-Barr virus can go into your healthy cells and change them. If that cell is now different then the body says that thyroid is not supposed to be there. It’s not an immune issue because it’s not attacking healthy tissue. Its attacking what’s not supposed to be there. Your body is smart. Do you think it is attacking cells to hurt you or to protect you? The immune system is working to protect your body! It is programmed for survival. It’s the same for all autoimmune diseases. As soon as you start to remove those stresses, toxins and triggers do you think your body will stop attacking? It sure will.
You need to take steps to remove the toxins that are changing your body and causing the immune response. So, the immune system can continue to protect you from foreign invaders. So while all autoimmune diseases are the same in the change in the immune system and trying to remove foreign invaders, not everyone or every autoimmune disease is the same. There are different toxins that alter the cells and different triggers for different people. You need to get tested by a proficient health care provider to get to the cause of what is triggering your immune system. It can be mold, food allergies, vaccines and other toxins.
Autoimmune Disease is Not and Immune Issue
Autoimmune disease is not an immune issue and, yeah, it gets me triggered. If we don’t change our thinking, autoimmune disease is going to continue to skyrocket. Because the thinking is flawed. When you see these people suffering like crazy and their doctors are giving them bad advice it is really hard not to get triggered. We have heart enough to say enough is enough. I don’t want to see people managing their illness because that sets you up for a lifetime of illness. Change your results with a different approach.
Written by Dr. Patrick Flynn
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