Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, multiple sclerosis, Hoshimoto’s Thyroiditis, Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis are just some of the autoimmune diseases and disorders that currently affect more than 23 million Americans.
While there is no known cure for autoimmune disorders, the DaSilva Institute has seen excellent success in helping our patients alleviate symptoms and prevent relapses. Our goal is to find the patient’s specific triggers of autoimmune disease and rehabilitate their systems to normal functioning naturally.
What Causes Autoimmune Disorders?
Your immune system’s job is to fight foreign substances in the body, such as bacteria and viruses. But with autoimmune diseases, things go awry. The immune system attacks the body’s own tissues, causing inflammation, pain, and tissue injury.
The underlying cause of autoimmune diseases is still undetermined but different studies point to:
- Food allergies
- “Leaky gut” (a condition where partially digested proteins cross the intestinal walls and enter the general circulation, prompting an immune response)
Conventional Medicine’s Approach
The mainstream medical approach is to prescribe powerful medications such as immunosuppressive agents, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and steroids such as Prednisone. Long-term use of these drugs can have serious side effects, including gastrointestinal bleeding, retinopathy, headaches, and kidney failure.
Many conventional doctors are ignoring proven therapies that have the potential to help millions of sufferers.
At the DaSilva Institute, we help our patients implement natural treatments for autoimmune diseases that, unlike medication, address the patient’s overall health as well as the underlying disease mechanisms.
Personalized Lifestyle Program
- A therapeutic diet
Autoimmune diseases are often associated with food allergies and abnormal bowel permeability, linking them closely to diet and lifestyle. We will help you learn to identify and avoid your individual food allergens. There is a strong connection between diet and inflammation, and for autoimmune disease sufferers, inflammation means pain. Certain foods stimulate the formation of inflammatory chemicals, while others actually reduce inflammation. We will teach you to use your diet to help control flare-ups, and give you tools for the long-term. For example, you will learn how to shop for and prepare healthy meals and make them part of your regular diet.
- Exercise and nutritional supplements
When your condition allows, regular exercise is one of the best therapies around. Exercise will help you strengthen the musculature around affected joints and improve flexibility. It will also improve sleep, increase your energy, and even improve your mental attitude.The immune system needs a strong nutritional foundation over a long period of time to combat autoimmune diseases. In addition to a broad range of protective antioxidants and other vitamins and minerals, we will prescribe a potent combination of nutritional supplements for relieving pain and inflammation.
- Natural hormones
Natural bioidentical hormone replacement therapy can be a godsend for patients with autoimmune diseases.Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) has a modulating effect on the immune system and lowers production of stress hormones. Estriol, a form of estrogen, also shows promise, particularly for women with multiple sclerosis. And natural thyroid (as opposed to synthetic Synthroid), often improves outcomes in patients with autoimmune thyroid disease.
- Low-dose Naltrexone
We may also prescribe another overlooked, yet very powerful drug for autoimmune disorders: low-dose Naltrexone (LDN). Small doses of LDN taken at bedtime have a powerful balancing effect on the immune system, making it an excellent therapy not only for autoimmune diseases but for a wide range of other conditions as well.