I spent last week listening to The Autoimmune Summit, a recorded series of interviews with the top experts treating and performing research in autoimmune diseases, which include Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Crohn’s Disease, thyroid conditions like Hashimoto’s and Graves Disease, Diabetes, Multiple Sclerosis, Celiac Disease, Fibromyalgia, Non-celiac gluten sensitivity and other conditions characterized by the immune system’s inability to distinguish the body’s own tissues from enemy tissues.
Mainstream medicine typically treats autoimmune diseases as conditions that cannot prevented or reversed and are the result of genetic bad luck. Treatment usually includes drugs with harsh side-effects like steroidal anti-inflammatories or immune supressors which treat the symptoms downstream to help control pain, but do not address why the immune system has begun to attack the body’s own tissues in the first place. Autoimmune diseases require two things to occur, a genetic predisposition and a trigger for that gene to express itself. The three identified triggers are environmental toxins, opportunistic infections, and dietary triggers such as an inflammatory diet or unidentified food intolerances.
The Autoimmune Summit features leading experts who work in treating autoimmune diseases upstream to remove the triggers, reversing and even preventing these diseases by bringing the body’s systems back into balance. The recorded series is available for purchase, but many of these experts have written their own books outlining the protocols that they use to heal the body, and any one of these you can pick up, put into practice, and expect your health and well-being to improve dramatically even if you do not have autoimmune disease.
They may differ on some points, but following their recommendations delivers life-changing results because they all focus on healing the body naturally by removing blockages to healing, restoring nutrients lacking in the body, reinoculating the gut with healthy flora, and reducing stress or improving the way its managed.
The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep and Sex Drive; Lose Weight; Feel Focused, Vital and Energized Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol – Sara Gottfied, M.D.
Clean: The Revolutionary Program to Restore the Body’s Natural Ability to Heal Itself – Alejandro Jungar, M.D.
Autoimmune: The Cause and The Cure – Annesse Brockley, Kristin Urdiales
The Last Best Cure: My Quest to Awaken the Healing Parts of My Brain and Get Back My Body, My Joy, and My Life – Donna Jackson Nakazawa
Gluten Freedom: The Nation’s Leading Expert Offers the Essential Guide to a Healthy, Gluten-Free Lifestyle – Allessio Fasano, M.D.
Power Healing: Use the New Integrated Medicine to Heal Yourself– Leo Galland, M.D.
The Kalish Method: Healing the Body, Mapping the Mind – Daniel Kalish, D.C.
The New Health Rules: Simple Changes to Achieve Whole-Body Wellness – Frank Lipman, M.D.
The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease and Heal Your Body – Sarah Ballantyne
The Immune System Recovery Plan: A Doctor’s 4-Step Program to Treat Autoimmune Disease – Susan Blum, M.D.