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Thursday, September 6, 2018

A Holistic Approach to Autoimmune Diseases

Holistic Approach to Autoimmune Diseases

An autoimmune disease is caused by a dysfunctional immune system that attacks its own cells, mistaking them for foreign invaders. To illustrate, myasthenia gravis, which is one of the many autoimmune diseases. Is due to an autoantibody attack on the receptor responsible for the communication between the nervous system and voluntary muscles. Its dysfunction leads to muscle weakness, resulting in drooping eyelids, which is the hallmark of myasthenia gravis. The miscommunication of the nervous system and voluntary muscles may also cause difficulty in swallowing.

Any autoimmune disease is problematic in that its cause is relatively unknown. In general, there are multiple causes of autoimmune diseases: the genetic factor; the toxic environmental agents leading to the deterioration of the immune system; the unhealthy lifestyle, such as smoking and drinking; and even a diet rich in gluten, which is a protein, causing inflammation in the small intestine, resulting in pain, and thus blocking the absorption of nutrients.

Because of its multiple causes, an autoimmune disease is incurable according to Western medicine. Due to the complexity of the disease, it is important to have a holistic approach to treating the autoimmune diseases. Using medications alone is an inadequate approach to autoimmune diseases. 

A holistic approach means an alternative approach to disease. In the past two decades, many people have sought alternative medicine after they have exhausted all treatments of conventional medicine with respect to autoimmune diseases. Thousands of research studies on plant nutrients and herbs, and vitamins and minerals performed in university laboratories and clinical settings have attested to the efficacy of alternative and complementary medicine. 

To cure any autoimmune disease you may have to empower yourself with knowledge and information before you can embark on a holistic approach to your autoimmune disease, if you unfortunately have been inflicted with one.

Stephen Lau 
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