Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease by Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

This list is a part of an excellent article written by Dr. Mark Hyman MD called How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease that was recently published on The Huffington Post site.  I highly encourage reading the entire article, but in the meantime, enjoy this very straight forward, and helpful list of things you can start doing today to begin to feel better.  Enjoy!

“1. Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.

2. Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.

3. Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.

4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.

5. Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.

6. Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.

7. Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.

8. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.

9. Tell your doctor about Functional medicine and encourage him or her to get trained — go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/ for more information and to get a copy of the Textbook for Functional Medicine.

Give these steps a try — and see if you don’t start feeling less inflamed. As I said earlier, the answers are right in front of you. Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.”

Dr. Mark Hyman, MD

How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease

 

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