A Holistic Approach to Challenging Immune Disorders

It’s estimated that 50 million Americans suffer from some sort of autoimmune condition or immune system imbalance. As prevalent as they are misunderstood, autoimmune disorders are often misdiagnosed and can be challenging to treat. While most cannot be “cured,” you can significantly reduce your symptoms with a holistic health approach and lead an active lifestyle.

What is an autoimmune disease?

A regularly-functioning immune system is designed to protect itself from micro-organisms and other “foreign” substances. Autoimmune disorders are caused by a malfunctioning immune system which mounts a defense against one or more of your body’s normal systems, creating anti-bodies that attack its own cells, tissues and/or organs. The inflammation and damage leads to autoimmune disorders.

What are some examples of autoimmune disorders?

Generally speaking, autoimmune diseases fall into two categories: 1) systemic autoimmune disorders, which damage many organs or 2) localized autoimmune diseases, which affect a single organ or tissue. Systemic autoimmune diseases include, but are not limited to: rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, scleroderma and Gullian-Bare syndrome. Localized autoimmune diseases include multiple sclerosis, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, Graves’ disease and others.

How do I know if I’m suffering from an autoimmune disease?

Symptoms are very specific to the disorder you suffer. These diseases are unpredictable, and it be can be challenging to arrive at a diagnosis. You may suffer muscle and joint pain, general muscle weakness, frequent infections, rashes and skin conditions, fatigue, weight loss, hair loss and other concerning conditions. It’s critical that if you are experiencing these symptoms that you notify your physician and evaluate all possible treatment options.

A Holistic Approach to Treating Autoimmune Diseases

Too often, the response from conventional medicine is to treat the condition using various medications. What’s often missing from the equation is a comprehensive analysis of the many factors that cause your immune system to react the way it does. Without this knowledge, you suffer needlessly with trial-and-error approaches that do not get to the root of the problem.

At Sheehan Chiropractic, we believe it’s absolutely essential to take the time to understand our patients’ unique conditions, symptoms and reactions to outside factors. Whether you’ve chosen to undergo traditional medical treatment or are looking for alternative to medications, you can benefit from the holistic approach we take to understanding your condition.

Here are just a few of the factors we evaluate to develop a customized treatment plan for you:

Food Allergies. Allergic reactions to the foods we consume can have severe results, and research suggests food allergies are far more common then we may recognize. For example, upward of 97% of patients with autoimmune diseases have been shown to have gluten intolerances.

Heavy Metal Toxicity. The practitioner must consider the significance of possible heavy metal exposure and its lasting effects on the body, for clients of all ages. Exposure to heavy metals is shown to magnify the effects of gluten sensitivity, and adversely affect the nervous system and immune system.

Chemical Toxicity. Commercially-produced chemicals can also have a significant influence on your body’s immune system.

Adrenal Dysfunction. Stress, poor nutrition and frequent infections can weaken your adrenal glands, causing further symptomatic complications associated with your autoimmune disease.

Electromagnetic Imbalances. Electromagnetic influences are found everywhere in today’s society and can have a profound effect on your health and specific condition.

Biochemistry. By evaluating your organ function, enzyme and bowel flora production and correcting any structural imbalances, we can help improve the functioning of your nervous system with treatments that may include laser and nutritional therapy, and gentle chiropractic adjustments.

Being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease can be difficult to accept and cope with. But with the guidance, support and implementation of our customized program, we’ve experienced remarkable success rates and have seen patients regain their normal lives and sense of well-being.

Dr. Keith Sheehan is a Chiropractor and Holistic Practitioner practicing at 1301 East King Street in beautiful Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Dr. Sheehan has had 12 years experience helping his clients with a wide variety of physical and biochemical conditions, using an individually tailored wellness approach and natural therapies. His clients appreciate his caring and direct approach his helpful, knowledgeable staff. To schedule a nutritional or chiropractic assessment, or for more information, please contact Dr. Sheehan at (717) 392-6606.

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