The National Institute of Health estimates that at least 23.5 million people in the US suffer from an autoimmune disease, and that this number is on the rise. 75% of these people are women. After interviewing dozens of experts in the field of autoimmunity, Amy Meyers M.D. stated that “This is an epidemic.” What is happening? Why are our own immune systems turning against us?
Experts agree that a few factors need to be in place to cause an autoimmune disease. They are: genetic predisposition, a leaky gut, and an additional trigger such as stress or an infection, like candida. In other words, we may carry the gene for autoimmunity, but a perfect storm must occur in order for the gene to ‘turn on.’
I have lived this statistic, and when something like this actually happens to you, statistics take on a whole new meaning. I feel passionately about getting the word out there that it is possible to heal.
Since sending my disease into remission through lifestyle changes over time, I have studied and researched the available information on autoimmunity. I believe that what is happening is that a combination of factors that are a part of modern life have caused this epidemic. The good news is, we can protect, and heal ourselves.
This is not to say that modern medicine does not have a place, because it does. I still take a thyroid hormone replacement to help supplement this important hormone in my body because over time, my thyroid gland has suffered enough abuse from my own immune system, that it needs the extra boost.
But, there are so many factors to autoimmunity that traditional medicine does not address. To feel truly well, these factors must be looked at, and healed.
We are living in a time unlike any other in the history of humankind. Life is faster, more connected, and more full of information than ever before. While this can be good, it can also take its toll on sensitive individuals. Our systems are in overdrive, and it is impacting our health in serious ways.
Being sensitive does not have to be synonymous with weak. It does however, require one to take extra care of the body, mind and spirit, especially in today’s fast-paced and over-stimulating world. Because if we don’t, we will live with fatigue and apathy, as we hold the door open for more autoimmune diagnoses. Simple, subtle lifestyle changes can have huge benefits in this regard.
Even if you are taking your prescribed medication, how you FEEL is a super important indicator to how well your body is functioning. Tune in and listen to yourself. We only get one body in this life, and it is our vehicle for this experience.
As a mother of an eight-year old and a six-year old I am kept busy. I also teach yoga classes and Barre classes. I am also working on earning a Lifestyle Consultant Certificate, which requires much reading and writing. Regardless, I am committing to one blog post per week until December 15, when I will take a couple weeks off for Christmas. Offering tips and conversations on healing will be my contribution to you. I feel passionate about keeping this conversation going, especially now that I know that this is an actual epidemic, affecting mainly women. Remember, even if you don’t have an autoimmune disorder, the number is on the rise, so preventative measures are important. The lifestyle articles I post can also be used in this manner.
Let’s do this together, and heal our lives!