What is it?
While autoimmune disease can affect almost any tissue, and therefore comes in many various forms, all these conditions share a singular characteristic. By definition, autoimmune disease describes illnesses in which the body attacks itself. The attack can be towards a particular part of the body, such as the pancreas in Type I Diabetes or the nervous system in Multiple Sclerosis. Though there is no definitive cause of autoimmune disease, there are many factors that can contribute to its development, such as genetics, infection, lifestyle, and trauma.
• An attack of the self by the body
• Can be directed at any portion of the body
• May be mild or severe
• Patients regularly develop multiple forms of autoimmune disease simultaneously
• Common types include Diabetes, Systemic Lupus, Psoriasis, Multiple Sclerosis, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, and Grave’s disease
• Incidence: approximately 1 in 31 people in the US, 8.5 million people
• 75% of cases occur in women
How do we treat it?
The body develops the ability to distinguish self from foreign by the age of seven. Before that, this process can be interrupted or disturbed, leading to confusion in the body between what constitutes an invader requiring metabolism and removal and what is native tissue, thus not a threat. Therefore, the physicians at Bambú Clinic believe that every autoimmune disease begins with a health or emotional challenge during these formative years.
While each autoimmune condition is unique and requires a different palliative approach, all of them share this feature. Therefore, on your way to true cure, you will have to work with someone to untangle the clues leading to when and how the developing immune system got off track. As we work together, we will support your body in making the crucial distinction between self and non-self and in the normal maturation of your immune system, which will enable your body to return to normal physiological function.