Autoimmune diseases are far more prevalent in women than in men. Examples of autoimmune diseases are multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto's thyroiditis, pernicious anemia, Addison's disease, systemic lupus erythematosus, Sjögren's syndrome , lupus erythematosus, Graves' disease and celiac disease.
An autoimmune disease is a condition that occurs when our own immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys healthy body tissue. It is a mystery of medicine to understand why the body creates autoimmune conditions in the body. Earlier this year, there was a CDC study covering 15,000 HMO members in a San Diego Cohort for a two-year period of time that noted that the risk of adults contracting an autoimmune disease increased from 70 percent to 100 percent if the child was abused or grew up in adverse home conditions. The findings are simple: trauma in childhood actually creates inflammation and autoimmunity in adulthood.
I find this study interesting because it shows the connection between the mind and body in health and illness. It shows how stressful conditions can impact the body in a strongly negative way. This makes a strong case for the importance of stress management techniques as an essential part of treatment plans in any autoimmune condition. One of the reasons I love naturopathic medicine is there are so many combinations of tools we can use to help a patient get back into balance. A combination of stress management, appropriate eating plans, nutritional support and lab-work monitoring can create a balance that prevents the disease from recurring or progressing.
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Dr. Dae's Bio:
Daemon "Dr. Dae" (pronounced Dr. Day) Jones is a naturopathic physician who completed her training at the University of Bridgeport College of Naturopathic Medicine. She is certified as a general practitioner by the North American Board of Naturopathic Examiners (NABNE).