I have spent two years, studying the work of experts in the field of autoimmunity and have combined what I’ve learned, in 24 steps. I’ll be sharing one step every week for the next 24 weeks, on my website and social media platforms (starting Monday 18 May 2020). This is step 3 of 24.
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STEP 3: FINDING THE RIGHT MEDICAL PRACTITIONER
So, you’ve probably been to a few medical doctors and specialists. Getting diagnosed is the first step of fighting the disease. Some estimate that people see an average of 6 doctors over a period of 4 years, before they get diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. You might start out bouncing from doctor to doctor because nobody can figure out what is wrong with you. As discussed in steps 1 and 2, one of the problems is that conventional medicine consists of different specialities. You are referred to a specialist who focuses on the body part or system that is attacked. You will see a gastroenterologist for celiac disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. You’ll see an endocrinologist for Hashimoto’s, and you’ll see a rheumatologist for rheumatoid arthritis and so on. An immune system specialist simply does not exist. To make matters worse, some people have two or more autoimmune conditions and are likely to see two, three or even four different specialists.
Once you’ve been diagnosed, the specialist will probably hand you a bag full of powerful medication to treat the symptoms. They might tell you that:
- You cannot heal and recover from autoimmune disease.
- The only way to treat autoimmunity is with powerful medicine.
- You will have to make peace with the side-effects of the medication.
- Diet does not matter. What you eat won’t make a difference.
- Going gluten-free is a diet fad and won’t make a difference.
- Autoimmune disease is genetic and unfortunately, your genes are your destiny.
We cannot only look at our symptoms and then take powerful medication to treat those symptoms. Yes, there is a time and a place for medicine but if you only take medicine and not address the cause, it is like stepping on a piece of glass and using pain medication to numb the pain without removing the piece of glass. By simply removing the piece of glass your foot will heal. You owe it to yourselves to find the root cause of your disease and take massive positive action to do whatever you have to do, to heal and recover.
Finding the right medical practitioner to walk this journey with, is critical. You need someone who understands autoimmunity, someone who understand the root causes of autoimmunity and someone who believes that it is possible to heal and recover from autoimmunity or at least believes that it is possible to live a healthy and happy life.
Try and find a good functional medicine practitioner in your area. Ask around for recommendations. Google is a great resource, simply type functional medicine practitioner in “your area” and search.
So you might wonder why we recommend functional medicine practitioners. Well, functional medicine is a personalised, systems-oriented model that empowers patients and practitioners to achieve the highest expression of health by working in collaboration to address the underlying causes of disease.
According to Dr Mark Hyman functional medicine is the future of conventional medicine. It seeks to identify and address the root causes of disease, and views the body as one integrated system, not a collection of independent organs divided up by medical specialties. It treats the whole system, not just the symptoms.
If you are eager to learn more and to start your healing journey, I invite you to join the 6-month Autoimmune Way program for only $7 per month (normally priced at $197).