The prevalence of autoimmune conditions in Western countries is significantly rising. Overall, there are approximately 80 different autoimmune conditions known today.
Many common conditions fall under this category such as
- Thyroid disease
- Diabetes (type 1)
- Rheumatoid arthritis
- Systemic lupus erythematous (SLE)
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Sjögren’s syndrome
- Crohn’s disease
- Ulcerative colitis
Autoimmune disease occurs when the body produces antibodies that mistakenly attack their own body tissues. It’s a combination of inflammation and immune dysregulation that causes tissue damage, leading to mild to severe disability.
Unfortunately there is no simple model to explain how immune dysregulation occurs. Each individual will have a number of predisposing, precipitating and prolonging factors associated with the condition. These may include genetics, microbial agents, gender, tissue damage, food allergy or intolerance, intestinal dysbiosis, defects in immune function, environmental factors, and toxin and chemical exposure.
There may be one, or multiple factors driving the inflammation behind autoimmunity however this will differ in each individual. Suzie will help identity key factors behind each condition using medical and functional pathology testing and in-depth case taking.
Suzie works collaboratively with GP’s, specialists and practitioners to prescribe safe treatment options alongside any medications and other therapies. Treatments may include herbal medicine, nutritional supplementation, therapeutic foods and diet and lifestyle advice.