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AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE IN AUSTRALIA

Today, over 1,000,000 Australians suffer from some type of autoimmune disease.
There are over 80 known types of autoimmune diseases, including well-known conditions like
Type 1 Diabetes, Celiac’s disease, Leukemia, Rheumatoid arthritis, Eczema and Multiple sclerosis (Figure 1).

WHAT IS AN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE?

An autoimmune disease occurs when the immune system attacks your body’s healthy cells. They are caused by many factors, which can be broadly classified as genetic and environmental.

 

The specific factors that cause an autoimmune disease are different for each disease and may include anything from a specific genetic background that causes the malfunction of an enzyme to environmental triggers that start a chain of events that result in an autoimmune response. Broadly, there are two types of autoimmune disease: localised and systemic.

 

Localised autoimmunity occurs when the immune system attacks a specific part of the body. Other types of immune diseases affect the whole body and are called systemic autoimmune diseases.

TREAT YOUR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

ADDISON’S DISEASE:

Affecting the adrenal gland. Here immune cells damage the outer layer of the adrenal gland, resulting in reduced production of steroid hormones. Reverse symptoms like fatigue, muscle weakness, and loss of appetite.

MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS (MS):

Where the protective layers of nerves, called myelin, is targeted by the immune system. Myelin is found all across the body’s nervous system, protecting nerve cells in the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. It helps maintain an effective transmission of electrical impulses across the body. People with multiple sclerosis end up with myelin depleted nerves, which don’t function properly.

Symptoms include: deficient motor control (e.g. difficulties walking, talking, or even breathing), fatigue, bladder and bowel disfunction and neurological symptoms.

GRAVE’S DISEASE:

Affecting the thyroid. Here, antibodies produced by the immune system (B cells) simulate a hormone called Thyroid Stimulating Hormone. As a result, the thyroid gland is stimulated to produce excessive amount of the thyroid hormone.

Symptoms include: insomnia, tremors, and hyperactivity.

CELIAC DISEASE:

Triggered by gluten proteins. Whenever gluten enters the body, the immune system mounts an attack, which usually results in damage of the outer layer of small intestine, in particular damaging the villi, tiny hair like structure responsible for nutrient absorption.
Symptoms include: anaemia, bloating and flatulence, diarrhoea or constipation, fatigue, anemia, and many other conditions.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS:

Where immune cells attack the tissue surrounding joints, eventually leading to damage to the actual joints.

Symptoms include: swelling, pain, stiffness and heat in the joints as well as persistent mental and physical tiredness.

OTHER SYSTEMIC AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES:

- Lupus, which affects the skin, joints, heart, lungs and nervous system
- Scleroderma, which affects the tissue under the skin
- Chron’s Disease, which affects the GI tract
- Psoriasis, which is an inflammatory skin condition
- Hypothyroidism, which affects the hormones
- Osteoarthritis, which is a chronic joint disease
- Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, which prevents the thyroid gland from producing hormones

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AUSCFM'S FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE APPROACH TO AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE

At your first appointment, time is invested to gain a thorough understanding of your medical history, lifestyle, symptoms and genetics

Comprehensive labs and testing are recommended to provide a more accurate understanding of what is happening to you internally.​

Recommendations are made in regards to your treatment, including alterations to your lifestyle, diet, supplementation and more, to provide an effective path to healing.​

AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE JOURNAL

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ADVANCED DIAGNOSTIC TESTING AT AUSCFM

In order to better understand your condition and offer the best treatment, we may perform the following tests and procedures:

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