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Auto-Immune Disorder Treatment in Leucadia, CA

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Auto-Immune Disorders

One of the most prevalent disorders that Americans have is an autoimmune disorder. This occurs when the body's immune system attacks the healthy tissues of the body. A staggering 50 million Americans are thought to be affected by an autoimmune condition! Also, autoimmunity is one of the top 10 leading causes of death in female children as well as women up to 64 years old. A lot of those who have an autoimmune disease are not even aware they have it.

Common symptoms of this inflammatory response consist of redness, swelling, and pain. Symptoms such as fatigue and fever are also prevalent symptoms. Autoimmune disorders can affect every part of the body, including the brain, nerves, heart, blood vessels, muscles, skin, eyes, joints, lungs, kidneys, liver, glands, and digestive tract. No wonder researchers have identified between 80-100 autoimmune disorders with the possibility of another 40 or so having an autoimmune component!

Autoimmune diseases you may be familiar with include Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Type 1 Diabetes, Lupus, Sjogren's Syndrome, Scleroderma, and Psoriasis.

There are different medical theories as to why autoimmune disorders happen. About 20% of the population has a genetic predisposition to autoimmunity. However, there are likely a number of "triggers" that integrative doctors such as ourselves address. Triggers or causative agents might consist of chronic infections (e.g., viral infections, gum disease, Lyme Disease, and others), imbalanced microbiome in the digestive tract (where 70% of the immune cell activity occurs), unhealthy intestinal lining referred to as increased permeability (where protein particles and bacteria can be improperly absorbed into the bloodstream resulting in an immune reaction), food allergies or sensitivities (especially gluten), environmental toxins (toxic metals, pesticides, etc), and hormone imbalances.

We help individuals prevent and treat autoimmune disorders by focusing on underlying causative factors and utilizing holistic methods to reduce inflammation and improve immune system regulation. Sometimes, we also use Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) to help with immune modulation.

For individuals on conventional drug treatments for autoimmunity, we work to address underlying causative factors and provide complementary treatments for a better quality of life.

For further information about Dr. Stengler’s practice and his clinic in Leucadia, California, please visit our website at or give us a call at (760) 274-2377

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