Functional Medicine: 5 Steps to Target Autoimmunity
- Treat each person as an individual
- Obtain thorough case history focusing on genetics, work, diet, and medication
- Innovative Functional Lab Testing
- Avoid Cookie cutter approach
- Nutritional and Health & Life Counseling
With this approach, we can decrease tissue destruction with natural medicine, customized nutritional supplements and dietary changes tailed to your individuals needs.
When you look at the dysregulation of the immune system that occurs in autoimmunity, we know that there are different systems involved in the targeting of tissue for destruction. Autoimmunity is a multi-variant process and the goal should be to calm down the autoimmunity, specifically the immune response against self-tissue. There are several innate regulating systems of immune function that begin to dysregulate in autoimmunity. At Functional Health & Wellness, our goal is to modulate the autoimmunity by identifying the individual triggers.
Low Dose Naltrexone
Naltrexone is an opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks the opioid receptors in your brain. These receptors are meant to respond to endorphins – your body’s natural “feel good” chemicals. Opioids attach to these same receptors and produce a similar result. They block pain, slow breathing, and produce generally calming and anti-depressing effect. As an opioid blocker, Naltrexone prevents opioids from attaching to your receptors and producing this result. Lower doses actually increase the level of endorphins in your body by only partially blocking your opioid receptors briefly when your endorphin levels are typically highest. This can be beneficial for autoimmune patients since endorphins play a role in immune system modulation.
LDN can be used for any autoimmune condition, although it has typically been found most effective for painful conditions. Both experts and patients have seen success with LDN in almost every autoimmune disease, including:
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Ulcerative Colitis
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sjogren’s Syndrome