Autoimmune Diseases

Autoimmune Diseases

(Rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn's disease, osteoarthritis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, alopecia, celiac disease, diabetes, eczema, endometriosis, thyroid disease)

According to a new study, the prevalence and incidence of autoimmune diseases, such as lupus, celiac disease, and type 1 diabetes, is on the rise and researchers at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention are unsure why.

I believe the most likely explanation is the role our environment plays on our genetic code and digestive system. The vast majority of our patients that develop autoimmune conditions are ”undermethylaters”. Methylation is a chemical reaction that occurs in every cell of the body. The methyl groups that are produced from this reaction are responsible for protecting, as well as, turning on and off our DNA, keeping our immune system in check, allowing proper detoxification, hormone production, balancing the autonomic nervous system, etc. Heavy metals in the environment, particularly lead and mercury can significantly impair the Methylation Cycle. Electro-magnetic fields, physical and emotional stress can harm our immune system. Genetically modified foods and pesticides can induce Leaky Gut Syndrome which will cause the immune system to become overactive and one area yet less active against potentially threatening germs that reside in the body. This weakened immune system, I believe, has led to a great increase in incidences of Lyme disease and other infectious diseases. I believe the root cause virtually of all of immune conditions is an active chronic infection within the body. The most common germs associated with autoimmune disorders are viruses such as Herpes, CMV, Coxsackie, Strep, Chlamydia, Mycoplasma, Systemic Protozoa, Babesia, Rickettsia, Erlechia and Bartonella. Many of these infectious agents can live together in biofilm within the bloodstream and can affect most organ systems of the body. These infections are now called "MSIDS”, multiple systemic infectious disease syndrome. I believe this disorder is the root cause of most chronic disease in the Western world including autoimmunity. The immune system is not usually confused, attacking itself but rather attacking the germs that reside within the affected organ. The Lyme spirochete has been well studied and has been proven to alter the immune system.

At Health and Wellness of Carmel, we will evaluate the Methylation Cycle with blood tests. I would consider genetic testing on anyone with significant health problems. Proper nutrients should be prescribed to maximize the Methylation Cycle. Immune markers can be evaluated and nutrients may be prescribed to reduce inflammation and to balance the immune system. Most important is a meticulous search for offending infectious agents. Blood, stool, urine, and muscle testing can be used to identify parasites such as protozoa and intestinal worms, viruses, spirochetes, which can cause Lyme disease, bacteria, such as mycoplasma and chlamydia, and molds. There are multiple ways in which infections can induce an immune response. Infections may cause direct damage to the intestinal wall causing Leaky Gut Syndrome. Many have the ability to up regulate the part of the immune system that allows allergies to occur and they may cause inflammation by a direct invasion of the lung and sinus tissue.

Infectious agents may be treated with herbs, antibiotics, electrical fields, anti-parasitic, antifungals and anti-molds.

Correcting anything by curing autoimmune conditions is quite challenging. However, success is often achieved by a taking a comprehensive evaluation of every organ system in the body. Situational and emotional stress must be conquered. Proper diet digestion and the elimination of leaky gut are mandatory. The endocrine system including the thyroid, adrenals and sex hormones must be in balance. Heavy metals and other toxins should be eliminated from the body. The liver should be given maximum support to aid in detoxification. Proper immune modulators and anti-inflammatory nutrients should be considered.


Dr. Clifford Fetters