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Are You at Risk : Autoimmune Disease                                                                                             11

             Are You at Risk for an

              Autoimmune Disease?

                  Kristin Grayce McGary
                  LAc., MAc., CFMP®, CSTcert, CLP

          50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune
          diseases, costing almost 100 million dollars a
          year. It’s a growing number. And while you may
          believe that you’re healthy, eat well and “never
          get sick,” you could have autoimmunity – a pre-
          diagnosable disease state.
                                                          balanced immune system to create a fever and   been working blind.
                 Any autoimmune disease always begins     kill a bunch of bad bugs that have invaded your       I always want to see a full panel of tests.
          with autoimmunity – where the body’s immune     body. A fever is one of the most natural anti-  When I saw the results of this patient’s tests,
          response attacks healthy cells and tissues,     cancer reactions your body can produce. It's a  what we found was shocking. She'd been taking
          glands and organs, eventually manifesting into a  time when your white blood cells are ten-fold  thyroid medication for at least 10 years and her
          full-blown disease. Put simply, the body has    and they are kicking the butts of the invading  thyroid antibodies were high. No one had ever
          misidentified a part of itself as a foreign invader
                                                          viruses. In my view, the last thing you should do  bothered to test them or explain their importance
          and mistakenly attacks it.
                                                          is suppress that fever with acetaminophen or   to her. Once we were fully armed with the
                 According to John Hopkins University’s
                                                          ibuprofen. Fever suppressants shut off an      appropriate data, she began a gut repair
          Autoimmune Disease Research Center,
                                                          important immune response and don’t allow      nutritional and lifestyle program. Within weeks,
          autoimmune diseases are a special threat to     your body to do what it was designed to.       her antibodies dropped, her joint pain vanished,
          women. Indeed, more than 75% of their patients         So how can you avoid an autoimmune      and she reported clearer thinking. Not only was
          are women.                                      disease or help your body to recover from one?  gut repair helping regulate her immune system,
                 Sadly, autoimmune diseases are among            Fortunately, holistic and functional    it was also helping support her brain. (The gut is
          the ten leading causes of death among women in  healthcare   providers    have     developed   commonly known as the Second Brain.)
          all age groups up to the age of 65.
                                                          approaches that get to the root of autoimmunity
                 I've had an autoimmune disease called
                                                          and autoimmune diseases, providing relief and  In order to really know the degree of risk you’re
          Hoshimotos  Thyroiditis.  About 90% of all
                                                          remission. It usually begins with the gut. The  facing for autoimmunity or an autoimmune
          thyroid disorders are actually autoimmune
                                                          gut is the throne of your immune function.     disease, I recommend a truly comprehensive lab
          issues, but they are left misdiagnosed or       About 75% of your immune system comes from     panel that is interpreted by someone who
          undiagnosed until such extensive damage is      your gut, which makes it essential to the      understands how to look for the underlying root
          done to the thyroid gland that it's difficult to  functioning and balance of your immune       issues, and can individualize treatment based on
          fully recover. I suffered for years before I    system.                                        your unique health and life expression.
          discovered what was really going on. I needn’t
                                                                 Remember I said that autoimmune                Additionally, that health care provider
          have suffered and I can help you to protect
                                                          issues can take years to fully manifest?  This  must also be able to interpret your
          yourself from autoimmunity by passing along
                                                          means your gut may be inflamed and out of      comprehensive lab results based on functional
          some of the knowledge I have accumulated.
                                                          sorts without you even knowing it, or you may  medical reference ranges, rather than their
                 Conventional medicine practiced in the
                                                          dismiss symptoms that you attribute to aging   limited conventional counterparts.  You are
          West has few answers for those suffering from   that are actually a sign of a deeper issue. An  unique, and what works for you may not work
          autoimmune issues and there’s little sight of a  autoimmune issue may be lurking and you won't  for your best friend. It's necessary to get all the
          cure. It has been my experience that            even know it until it could be too late. Take note  information and also have it properly
          autoimmunity and full-blown autoimmune          of allergies, food sensitivities, digestive issues,  interpreted, according to your individuality and
          diseases are symptoms of deeper issues.
                                                          such as gas and bloating, constipation or      health goals.
                 Allopathic medicine tends to focus on
                                                          diarrhea, fatigue, repeated infections or lack of
          relieving symptoms, rather than getting to the
                                                          fever; they could be warning signs of something  About the Author:
          root cause of the problem. From my point of
                                                          more serious.                                         Kristin Grayce McGary LAc., MAc.,
          view, autoimmune issues, such as allergies, food
                                                                 In my practice, I worked with a patient  CFMP®, CSTcert, CLP is a highly sought-after
          sensitivities, digestive issues, foggy thinking,  who had chronic joint inflammation and pain in  health and lifestyle alchemist. She is renowned
          exhaustion, weight gain, repeated infections,   the knees, shoulders and hands. She was also   for reversing annoying and debilitating health
          even cancer, are red flags. Clearly, they point to  taking prescription thyroid medication but had  conditions and helping people to live with
          a dysfunctional immune system. And that can     never had a full thyroid panel (10 markers as  clarity and vitality. Kristin Grayce is also a
          lead to any one of a number of crippling
                                                          opposed to the conventional standard of TSH,   speaker and author of Ketogenic Cure; Heal
          autoimmune diseases, such as MS, rheumatoid
                                                          T3 and T4). I found it surprising that she had  Your      Gut,      Heal      Your      Life.
          arthritis and lupus.
                                                          been prescribed a particular medication without []
                 "Never getting sick” may seem to you
                                                          a detailed analysis of the gland that the
          like a good thing. That you're doing OK. But it
                                                          medication was supposed to be supporting.         THE ‘X’ ZONE BROADCAST NETWORK
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          even be the beginning of an autoimmune          analysis which would shed light on any deeper                Radio Programming
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