At OnePeak Medical we can help get to the root of what is causing your autoimmune disorder and provide the care needed to get your health back on track. We offer on-site blood draws to test your autoimmune panels and will help come up with a treatment plan to combat your autoimmune disease.
Autoimmunity is the state in which the immune system reacts against the body's own normal components, producing disease or functional changes. Any disease that results from such an immune response is termed an “autoimmune disease”. There are more than one hundred confirmed autoimmune diseases and many more diseases that are suspected of having autoimmune origins.
The root cause of all autoimmune diseases is the same: our immune system, which is supposed to protect us from invading microorganisms and disease, turns against us and attacks our proteins, cells, and tissues instead. The proteins, cells, and tissues which are attacked determine the autoimmune disease and its symptoms. In Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, the thyroid gland is attacked. In rheumatoid arthritis, the joint tissues are attacked. In psoriasis, proteins within the layers of cells that make up the skin are attacked.
Autoimmune diseases may account for as much as half of all chronic diseases suffered by Americans today. The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA) estimates that fifty million Americans suffer from at least one autoimmune disease. In comparison, approximately twelve million Americans suffer from cancer and twenty-five million from heart disease. Yes, these numbers are staggering and the prevalence of autoimmune disease is increasing every year.
Autoimmune diseases run in families, with women more than three times as likely to develop one as men. Once you have developed an autoimmune disease, you are at a much greater risk of developing additional autoimmune diseases.
What Causes Autoimmune Disease?
Environmental triggers include exposure to chemicals, pollutants, toxins, bacterial, viral, fungal, and parasitic infections, as well as stress, hormones, diet, micronutrient deficiencies, drugs, weight changes, and radiation exposure.
While most autoimmune diseases are caused by multiple environmental factors, for some, the specific environmental factor is known. For example, celiac disease is triggered by the consumption of gluten. Also, increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) and gut dysbiosis (imbalance in the microbial community residing in our gut) are contributors to autoimmune diseases.
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