Autoimmune diseases include, yet are not limited to, Crohn’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), lupus, multiple sclerosis, Grave’s disease, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, polymyalgia rheumatica, Psoriasis, Raynaud’s disease, sarcoidosis, scleroderma, Sjogren’s syndrome. Approximately 50 million Americans, mostly women, suffer from autoimmune diseases, which are characterized by the body’s immune responses being directed against its own tissues causing chronic inflammation and subsequent tissue destruction and pain. In short, the body attacks itself, whether it be the lining of joints in rheumatoid arthritis, the insulin producing cells in the pancreas in insulin dependent diabetes type 1, or the thyroid in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis.
When the immune system is working correctly it recognizes, identifies, targets, remembers, attacks, and destroys bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites, cancer cells or most other non-self agents that become present in the body. Typically, conventional medicine addresses the disease with powerful pharmaceuticals which paralyze the immune system in a noble attempt to manage symptoms and to improve the quality of the patient’s life, however, they also cause serious side effects. The doctors at Human Reconstruction are also looking to decrease pain and improve the quality of our patient’s lives while searching for possible underlying causative factors.
Most autoimmune diseases have unknown causes yet the diseases are associated with numerous factors including genetics, diet, toxins, infections, nutritional deficiencies, food allergies, and even stress levels. All of these factors play a role in the proper function of our immune system. When these factors are identified and addressed the disease can be put into remission, allowing the patient to regain their health, and have a higher quality of life.
Our expert doctors at Human Reconstruction search for an underlying cause of the immune system dysfunction and address it while we also help reduce inflammation, repair damaged tissue, decrease free-radical damage, improve liver function, support gastrointestinal health, reduce stress, and overall lessen the symptoms of the disease.
Is your current treatment plan addressing the disease on all of these levels? If you have an autoimmune disease, you CAN feel better and you DO have many different options available for you in regards to treatment and getting well again.
Diabetes and Metabolic Disease
Diabetes is a disease of the endocrine or hormone system of the body in which the body does not produce enough insulin, has a decreased sensitivity to the effects of insulin, or a combination of both. Insulin is a hormone that allows sugar to enter cells in which the sugar is then converted into energy. With uncontrolled or untreated diabetes, sugar stays in the blood, building up to high levels which can eventually lead to permanent vital tissue and organ damage.
Diet Management for Diabetes
Not only is it important for maintenance of general health to choose, eat, and prepare healthy foods, it becomes even more important in the treatment and management of diabetes. Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not assimilate food properly, specifically carbohydrates. The goal of treating diabetes is to control blood sugar levels and diet is the major foundation of this. Frequently patients go to the doctor and are told they need to eat healthier, but they are not told how to do so. Modifying your diet can have a significant positive impact on the treatment of diabetes.
The doctors at Human Reconstruction are trained in clinical nutrition and can provide you with detailed guidelines on what you need to be eating to treat the diabetes and what you need to be avoiding to avoid progression of the disease and possible serious complications including blindness or amputation of a limb. Using diet modification is a major tool for treatment of diabetes and by strictly following the guidelines provided by the doctors, our patients have been able to decrease or sometimes even discontinue certain diabetic medications. Individuals should never attempt to modify the use of their prescription diabetic drugs without first consulting with a doctor.
The major cause of Type II diabetes is being overweight or obese. Today that describes 2/3 of Americans. Weight loss aids in the treatment of diabetes and helps prevent heart disease, a major complication of diabetes. The American Diabetes Association reports that even losing 10-15 lbs can decrease blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol. We help you to take action and make positive lifestyle changes and decrease your risk for the complications associated with having diabetes with our extensive Human Reconstruction Program, where people regularly lose 10 to 15 pounds in a month working out with Dr. Ryan Weitman.
Blood Sugar Control
Diet is not the only way to help control blood sugar. There are specific vitamins, minerals, and herbs that are shown to help increase insulin sensitivity and regulate blood sugar. Our doctors will make expert recommendations based on your health history and current medications.
Constant stress can increase levels of stress hormones, which result in higher blood sugar levels, and cause weight gain and may result in diabetes. At Human Reconstruction, there are many various methods of keeping stress at bay in order to feel better including meditation, medical exercise, hypnotherapy, herbal medicine, supplementation, high magnesium IVs and hormonal interventions.
It is estimated that there are over 5 million infertile couples in the United States today. Infertility is defined as the inability to conceive after 12 months of unprotected sexual intercourse, and there are many factors including amenorrhea/ovulatory dysfunction, tubal defects, endometriosis, hypothalamic/pituitary causes, polycystic ovary syndrome, premature ovarian failure, and others that cause infertility.
Other treatable causes of infertility may include
Environmental exposures and toxicity
Human Reconstruction’s team of doctors can support your journey for a healthy baby by constructing an individualized treatment protocol to evaluate and treat your underlying cause of infertility. Our testing may include blood, salivary, and urine testing to evaluate hormones, infections, coagulation pathways, environmental toxicity, etc. Our treatment plan is designed to suit each patient’s individual needs and may include hormone therapy, dietary and lifestyle counseling, nutritional supplementation, exercise programs, herbal supplementation, hypnosis and depuration/detox techniques. Since mothers pass on toxins to their children, we recommend detoxification before any pregnancy to lower the amount of toxins the baby is born with.
This family of diseases can include:
Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Crohn’s disease, IBS, and Ulcerative Colitis. We do extensive stool testing, and look at food sensitivities to lower inflammation. We then use herb and supplement combinations with aggressive probiotic therapies and colonics to help heal the gut lining, and bring your bowel habits back to normal.
Neurological Conditions & Headaches
ALS, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and Migraines fall under this category, and all have an inflammatory basis. We look at food sensitivities, hormone, toxicity and nutritional status to determine the cause of the disease, and treat based on how progressed the patient is, and the lab results. While migraines are often completely resolved, the others are much more tenacious and chronic. We can often slow the progression of the disease, and increase quality of life.