A Functional Approach to Lupus – Part 2
A continuation of my previous article on lupus.
Its All About Healing
From the second we are conceived we begin the never-ending process of cell replication. This is how the body replaces cells within our body, it is the basis of life and, more importantly, the basis of healing.
What’s even more important, is how this happens:
At around 2 weeks after conception, a few cells in the mass of cells that will become us, decide to become tissue. The first real tissue in our new body. The notochord is a nervous tissue that acts like a seed. It grows a root which becomes the spinal chord, and a flower that becomes the brain, forming the central nervous systems (CNS). It tells all of your new cells what to become.
“The quality of healing is directly proportional to the functional capability of the central nervous system to send and receive nerve messages.”
-Journal of Neurological Sciences
Our Approach to Addressing Autoimmune Diseases
Our primary step is to asses the central nervous system. A very basic principle of anatomy and physiology is that structure and function are closely related. To change the structure of an anatomical or cellular structure will alter how it functions. So when we have alterations and abnormal changes in our spine, we distort our spinal chord and alter the function of the nerves in the CNS.
Often times this is easy to see in our posture. Our spine is the center axis, the center of gravity, the pillar that we are built upon. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association,
“Deviations in the body’s center of gravity have resulted in intestinal problems, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, osteoporosis, hip and foot deformities, POOR HEALTH, DECREASED QUALITY OF LIFE, and a SHORTENED LIFE SPAN.”
Our first step is to address this through specific chiropractic care. After a thorough health history and examination, a series of infrared paraspinal thermographic studies are taken to assess the function of the nervous system. Irritation in the nervous system causes inflammation in the neuromuscular system that can be measured with infrared technology right in our office.
Next, a series of x-rays are taken to measure the degree of deviation in the spine, or subluxation. Finally, a light chiropractic adjustment is delivered by hand to correct that deviation, returning the spine to normal position, restoring nervous system function and allowing the body to heal properly.
If there is more than just a neurological problem, and there usually is, we will assess the body’s physiology. Each one of us, though individuals, have essentially the same internal processes that keep us alive.
Lab tests are ordered to assess any areas of concern from the health history and physical examination. These include standard blood tests that you would have during an annual exam, but also include other areas.
The most important areas are those concerning and associated with the immune system. Food allergies, intestinal function, infections, hormonal, mineral and certain vitamin levels. Also, in some cases, it is necessary to check for other toxins like heavy metals and phthalates.
Correcting the biochemical functions of our physiology is the next step. We remove offending foods from the allergy test. Repair the gut and GI tract, assist the liver in the detox process, and replace missing or lost nutrients through nutritional supplementation. If there are infectious agents present appropriate steps are taken to address them; These range from a referral to an M.D. for a round of needed medication for viral infections, to specialized diets and supplementation for yeast infection.
Whatever the specific causes are, this step is based on the results of the lab reports. The aim here is to reduce the cause of inflammation that is triggering the autoimmune response.
The #1 way to be healthy is prevention. The final stage in our approach is educating on what healthy additions are needed for their lifestyle. Hopefully by this point, unhealthy foods and foods that are allergens have been removed from the diet. The nervous system is running at tip top shape telling the body’s cells what to do. The liver is detoxified and functioning correctly. Inflammation in the GI system is reduced and leaky gut is being repaired. Pre- and probiotics are essential to this process, so advise people on the correct ones they need. Vitamins and minerals that may have been lost through the second stage are reintroduced to nourish the body.
Counseling and periodic check-ups are the next step. Like seeing your dentist, spinal hygiene and annual physical exams are the key to preventing a regression in health, back to disease.
Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease
- Correct the spine, restore function to the nervous system.
- Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. – through functional diagnostics, and treat them.
- Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing and eliminate most food allergens.
- Get tested for celiac disease. Silent celiac disease is the most common form of the disease, and is often undiagnosed.
- Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury, cadmium and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
- Fix your gut! For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
- Use nutrients such as essential fatty acids, vitamin C, vitamin D, and pre- and probiotics to help repair your immune response naturally.
- Exercise regularly – it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
- Practice relaxation techniques like deep breathing, biofeedback, or meditation. Stress worsens the immune response, and is associated strongly with poor health.
Give these steps a try and see if you start feeling healthier and less inflamed. Remember: If you address the underlying causes of dysfunction, illness fades away and you will be left with glowing, vibrant health.
Often times people say to me, “You’re a chiropractor. How can you treat my whatever-it-is-they-have?”
I tell them I don’t treat many things beyond the body’s ability to handle stress neurologically and physiologically. This is so far reaching, that more times than not, people get better better from whatever-it-is-they-have.
I would love to hear from anyone that has a health challenge, whether its an autoimmune disease or just not feeling 100%.
Let me know how you’re being treated now.
Whether or not you’re getting any results.
Any of the other things you may have tried.
We are all given one life to live. I may not be able to add years to your life, but I can add life to your years. I hope to hear from you all.