Naturopath Autoimmune Disease Treatment in Edmonton.
Our Naturopaths work with autoimmunity.
At our clinic assess and consider a wide range of areas and integrate standard and natural therapies.
The Gut & Autoimmune Disease
For many autoimmune diseases we often begin with food sensitivity or food allergy testing and dietary augmentation. Depending on the severity of elevations on your food sensitivity test, we may initiate aggressive gut healing protocols in our autoimmune disease patients. IgG Food sensitivities are the preferred test method for most autoimmune diseases as IgG1,2& 3 are pro-inflammatory and activate the complement pathway and can add to already present inflammation aside from direct immune activation described below.
Entry of proteins across the intestinal barrier (usually because of disruptions in tight junctions) into the lamina propria is though to be a triggering factor for the immune system. Dendritic cells will receive the dietary protein and act as an antigen presenting cell to induce T cell proliferation - these are the "leaky gut" mechanisms. One reason gluten is commonly excluded by our Naturopaths in many autoimmune diseases is that Gluten upregulates zonulin which disrupts the tight junctions. Some of our clinic's favorite gut healing nutrients in autoimmune disease are glutamine and zinc-carnosine.
Prescriptions such as LDN (low dose naltrexone) are often suggested by our Naturopaths through referrals to collaborative Health Professionals in Edmonton. LDN is a well known off-label autoimmune treatment with a track record in MS & Crohn's disease in particular. LDN is also frequently used in Alternative Cancer Treatments. There is some data that suggests LDN is helpful for autoimmune Thyroid disease as well. It's typically low cost and well tolerated and single day dosing makes it an attractive option for use in autoimmunity and cancer.
Our Naturopaths also often suggest various anti-inflammatory nutraceuticals to help quell inflammation and damage to body systems - Curcumin, Green Tea Extract, and CBD are common autoimmune anti-inflammatories.
Infections & Autoimmunity
Our Naturopathic Doctors offer infection screening when we work with autoimmune diseases. Viruses, Bacteria & Yeast as potential triggers depending on the autoimmune disease.
EBV, HHV-6, Candida, and Chlamydia pneumoniae and Borrelia burgdorferi are classic infectious agents our Naturopaths screen for in MS patients.
EBV is a common suspect in numerous autoimmune diseases. Our Naturopathic doctors screen not only our MS patients for EBV but RA, Lupus, Hashimoto's patients, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Type 1 Diabetes.
Gut yeast and bacteria are also suspect when our Naturopaths are doing a work-up on an autoimmune patient. For instance, Klebsiella & Citrobacter are two possible gut bacteria associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis
Thyroid autoimmunity has numerous viruses like EBV and gut bacteria (H.pylori, Yersinia) and parasites (Blastocystis hominis & toxoplasmosis).
We also do microbiome analysis primarily with the Gi Effects Stool Test or Doctor's Data CDSA.
Gut Candidiasis is clasically related to MS, Psoriasis, Hashimoto's, Autoimmune hemolytic anemia & myasthenia gravis, and Lupus. So our Naturopaths keep an eye out for Candida overgrowth when we run microbiome analysis tests on our Edmonton Autoimmune patients.
Crohn's & Colitis patients can often do incredibly well with Intravenous Vitamin Therapy at our clinic because our Naturopaths are able to side-step a defective absorption system and place key deficient nutrients right into the blood.
Get in touch with our Naturopaths (780) 757 8378