Fighting the Good Fight

“You never protect anything that isn’t valuable.” ~ Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

Autoimmune diseases are on the rise.

What are they? It’s when a person’s immune system attacks their own body. But your immune system is naturally designed to protect your from outside invaders. So autoimmune problems are always a sign of deeper imbalance. It’s a good fight gone bad.

This problem can show up in many different ways.

There are an amazing number of these diseases. One source lists almost 100. Many are obscure, but you’ve heard of some. Included among them:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis
  • Psoriasis
  • Ulcerative Colitis

There are also forms of other hepatitis, anemia and inner ear disease in this category.

When thinking of these, ask yourself the question, “Why would the body attack itself?”

One clue is that almost all of these diseases have only shown up in modern times. Around the turn of the 20th century, many things changed in people’s lives.

For one, in 1900, 60% of the U.S. population lived in rural areas. By 1990, it was less than 17%.

Also in the early 1900s, international commerce started to increase. And because foods had to travel further, they were processed to keep longer. So more and more people ate refined, processed foods. And they ate them in larger quantities.

In addition, in the last 100 years, the number of chemicals you are exposed to has jumped dramatically. Over just the last 50 years, from 70,000 to 100,000 different chemicals have been introduced. About 1,500 new ones are added each year.

So are autoimmune disease caused by toxicity? Processed foods? The stress of modern living?

No one has the answer. But it’s safe to say that these and other factors are all suspect as contributing factors.

But how to deal with this situation? Obviously none of these issues is going away any time soon.

The most reliable way to determine causes is with a multi-pronged approach. Here are the parts of the program:

  1. Optimize food intake according to metabolic needs.
  2. Identify toxins present in the body and eliminate them. Sources of toxins include:
    1. Pesticides & herbicides
    2. Harmful food and beverage additives
    3. Toxic heavy metals and chemicals in the air, water, food and household products
    4. Sugars, sugar substitutes and excess starch
    5. Omega6 fats/oils (e.g., safflower, sunflower, soy, peanut, canola, corn oil) out of balance with Omega3
    6. Vaccines and flu shots
    7. Excitotoxins
    8. Lack of exercise or excess aerobic exercise
    9. Nutritional and hormonal deficiencies and imbalances
    10. Electromagnetic stress
  3. Discover what ongoing exposure is present and reduce or stop the exposure.

Together these steps support the body to be healthy. They also eliminate the stressors that prevent the body from functioning well.

Although I’m a fan of self-care, in this case you are much better off seeking professional help. Find someone who practices Metabolic Typing® and Functional Medicine. If you are in the Northern Nevada region, contact me to set up an appointment.

All the best to you for your health and happiness,

Dr. Bruce Eichelberger

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