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What is Autoimmune Disease & Do I have an Autoimmune disorder?

What does Autoimmune mean?  It is any disease caused by the breakdown of self-tolerance, a highly inappropriate immune response followed by severe systemic inflammation.  What this means is the body can no longer differentiate between a foreign substance or intruder and the normal organs or tissues of the body; so it mistakes certain types of normal organs/tissues in an autoimmune patient for invaders, a harmful substance and turns the organs/tissues into antibodies which then fight against the organ/tissue.

What Causes Autoimmune Disease

There is often a genetic component, but whether these genes get expressed or “turned on” usually depends on a myriad of other factors such as heavy metal toxicity, microbial infections, EBV and other herpes family of viruses, gluten intolerance and foods that cross-react with gluten and mimic its destructive effects.  This is just a short list of the possible triggers that can cause autoimmune disease.

Autoimmune disease is said to now affect over 50,000,000 Americans, a large percentage of which are women.  Researchers have found up to 100 different types of autoimmune disease, and they suspect that at least 40 more have an autoimmune basis.  The ones I see most frequently in my clinics are:

  • Hashimoto’s.
  • Graves Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Diabetes type I.
  • Lupus
  • Sjogren’s Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Endometriosis
  • MS

Autoimmune disease symptoms

  • Generalized muscle weakness.
  • Fatigue and sleep disorders.
  • Joint and Muscle pains
  • Frequent infections with slow recovery.
  • Low grade fevers.
  • Dry eyes, dry mouth.
  • Concentration and memory problems.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Heart palpitations
  • Unexplained rashes
  • Recurrent  miscarriages.
  • Brain fog.
  • Weight loss of 10-20lbs.
  • Depression.
  • Unexplained hair loss.

In most cases, I will do one or more of the following tests to determine the causative or triggering factors for an autoimmune disorder:

  • Comprehensive stool analysis.
  • Intestinal permeability test.
  • Food allergy and food lectin sensitivity using AllerCease™.
  • Hair mineral analysis.
  • Mold and myotoxin testing
  • Lyme’s disease and co-infections
  • Complete blood count with differential
  • Comprehensive metabolic panel
  • Heavy metal testing.
  • NES full body bioenegetic scan.
  • Salivary hormone testing.
  • Bio-magnetic organ testing.
  • Testing of blood, urine, saliva & hormones to determine whether immune system is rejecting bodily fluids and secretions using AllerCease™.
  • Other highly specialized lab tests, as needed.

In my practice, I tend to see the following in order of frequencies:

  • Hashimoto’s
  • Graves
  • RA
  • Asthma
  • Type I Diabetes
  • Psoriasis
  • MS
  • IBD
  • Lupus
  • Sjorgens

I know how overwhelming and scary a diagnosis of autoimmune disease can be, especially when the conventional pharmaceutical approaches have so many serious side effects.  That is why I am prepared to leave no stone unturned to get to the bottom of a patients clinic diagnosis and symptoms as accurately and safely as possible.

The following drugs are commonly used as immune suppressant in severe autoimmune disease cases.

  • Enbrel.
  • Remicade.
  • Methylprednisone
  • Kenalog injection.
  • Medrol oral.
  • Oral cortisone.
  • Oral hydrocortisone.
  • Depo-Medril injection.
  • methotrexate.
  • Leflunomide.
  • hydroxychloroquine.

There are very real & sometimes life threatening risks associated with these drugs.  Doctors, no matter how well trained and well-intentioned, are playing Russian roulette with their patients lives by prescribing these toxic drugs.  The drugs significantly increases the likelihood of cancer, premature aging and tissue breakdown.  They ignore the proven effectiveness of nutritional and holistic therapies which at the very least, should be used in tandem with the pharmaceutical approach.

Should I rely on Immune Suppressive Drugs?

I strongly suggest that all autoimmune disease patients should not rely solely on immune suppressive drugs and the next “breakthrough pharmaceutical miracle”. It would be wise to look for alternatives with a more natural approach that focuses on getting to the root of their autoimmune disease condition and uses proven natural procedures and remedies to enhance and support the immune system.

For more information or to make an appointment.


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Dr. A. I. Cushing