Autoimmune disease is becoming an increasingly significant problem in Australia and worldwide, and because of this I have put together a 4 part series of blogs to help people to understand the underlying factors involved in autoimmunity.
Autoimmune disease occurs when a person’s immune system becomes confused and attacks their own cells, tissues and/or organs, causing a significant amount of inflammation and damage to specific parts of the body.
Why this occurs is complicated and multi factorial. Genetic predisposition plays a role in autoimmunity but is only a small piece of the puzzle. Many people who have genetics for autoimmunity never develop the disease. Research shows that 70% to 95% of the risk for developing autoimmune disease comes from your environment. Environment refers to the foods that you eat, chemicals you are exposed to and stress you are subjected to. The good news is you have control over all of this.
Autoimmune disease is a process that can be happening slowly for many years before a diagnosable disease is confirmed. Early symptoms usually develop many years before a full blown autoimmune disease occurs, symptoms can be vague but may include:
- Fatigue or feeling chronically tired
- Disturbed or unrefreshing sleep
- Feeling unwell
- Brain fog, cognitive impairment/and or memory loss
- Allergies or food intolerance
- Dry mouth
- Mild fever or feeling uncomfortably hot particularly at night
- Muscle or joint aches and pains
- Muscle weakness
- Swollen glands in the armpits, neck or groin
- Recurrent minor infections or lingering infections
- Skin rashes
- Numbness and/or tingling in the limbs
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms it may be a good time to begin considering preventative measures with a qualified health professional.
Kim Carolan holds a degree in Naturopathy with further training in holistic counselling, live and coagulated blood microscopy, biomesotherapy and German biological medicine (Sanum). She operates out of Pulse Holistic Medical Practice in Minyama on the Sunshine Coast, and is passionate about helping people reach their optimal health goals. She has special interest in digestive health, weight loss, anxiety, depression and autoimmune conditions
PART 2 will look at some of causes that have scientific evidence linked to autoimmune conditions.