Autoimmune Disease

Autoimmunity, The Gut & Scleroderma

Scleroderma may not be the most prevalent or deadly of all autoimmune diseases, but it is an unpredictable and disabling disease that affects thousands each year.

This condition can range from a mild case, in which only the skin is affected, to a more severe case where multiple organs become involved.

Conditions like scleroderma can bring on a whole new level of anxiety in people, often leading to a feeling of being out of control.

It’s natural for anybody to feel this way, and all of us here at SCD Lifestyle can relate. But thankfully there are things we can do to take back the reigns.

Whether you’re looking for ways to manage the symptoms of scleroderma, are seeking information on how to heal your gut, or simply want to feel your best, this article has got you covered. Read on… [click to continue…]

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Raynaud's disease and the Autoimmune connection

Here at SCD Lifestyle, we talk a lot about getting to the root of health issues rather than just chasing symptom after symptom.

Standard autoimmune disease treatments are one of the biggest ways we see people getting caught up in this vicious cycle.

Autoimmune disease has exploded, plain and simple. An estimated 23.5 million people (nearly 8 percent of the population) are known to have been diagnosed with at least one autoimmune condition.

Although research efforts in this area are increasing every day, the majority of people are still in the dark when it comes to the latest, cutting-edge information.

And Raynaud’s disease is perhaps one of the most misunderstood autoimmune conditions of them all. Despite affecting 3 to 5% of the general population, it doesn’t get the attention that other conditions, like Multiple Sclerosis and Rheumatoid Arthritis get.

But our goal, when looking at Raynaud’s, remains the same. We must look at the whole picture and help people figure out the root cause(s).

It’s easy to forget that our bodies are made up of several interconnected systems all working together to function optimally. Raynaud’s disease develops due to much more than circulation issues, but rather a complex interaction of several bodily symptoms. Furthermore, the symptoms of Raynaud’s will often appear as a result of another condition.

See, when focus is placed solely on treating circulatory issues at least half of the picture gets missed. Stress management and supporting the body with proper nutrition, among others, are keys to successfully preventing and managing any autoimmune condition, including Raynaud’s disease.

Read on, as we dive into the details and show you how to overcome Raynaud’s disease naturally – and feel your best in the meantime. [click to continue…]

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What Causes Ankylosing Spondylitis (Plus, How to Prevent and Stop It Naturally)

For those diagnosed with an autoimmune disease such ankylosing spondylitis, the picture painted is oftentimes grim.

A rigid spine, limited mobility, and debilitating pain are just some of the complications associated with this condition.

To make matters worse, it’s likely you’ve been told medication was the only answer and the rest is out of your control.

We’re here to paint a different picture for you.

Managing an autoimmune disease is similar to that of a game of chess – staying one step ahead is the key to success.

And how exactly do you stay one step ahead?

Identifying the triggers (like diet and stress) and knowing how to control them is the name of the game.

Despite popular belief, autoimmune diseases like ankylosing spondylitis need to be turned on or activated… and you’ll be happy to know we play a huge role in whether those triggers are turned on or off.

Read on, as we dive into the details of autoimmunity, bring you the latest research, and help you discover the necessary tools to get your health back. [click to continue…]

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What Causes Psoriasis? (and how to stop it naturally)For those who’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition like psoriasis, I’m guessing you’re happy to finally have a label for those red, itchy patches on your skin.

And on the other hand, I’m guessing you’re a bit scared. It’s likely you’ve been told there isn’t much you can do about it and these were just the genes you were given.

Not only is psoriasis physically painful, but emotionally painful as well. Affected individuals may feel self-conscious about the way they look and many studies show those with psoriasis are more susceptible to depression and social isolation as compared to the general public.

But what if I told you there is something you can do about it?

Scientists are finding several key factors that can lead to psoriasis and many of these triggers are actually in our control.

This complex condition continues to be heavily researched, as it affects approximately 2% of the world’s population and over 150,000 new cases surface each year in the U.S alone.

Read on, as we dive into the details of autoimmunity, bring you the latest research, and help you discover the necessary tools to get your health back. [click to continue…]

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Is a gut infection harming your thyroid?

I might be biased, but I think the best practitioners are those who have been sick themselves…

They know what it’s like to be in the trenches – and how it feels to be well again.

Dr. Izabella Wentz is one of those practitioners – she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, healed herself, and now helps others facing thyroid problems.

Today, she is sharing an article with us about one of the most overlooked causes of thyroid problems – underlying gut infections.

If you’re struggling with thyroid disease, please take this chance to learn from someone who has been where you are.

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If you’ve been diagnosed with an autoimmune condition and told to consider your gut health, your first thought was probably, “What’s the gut got to do with it?”

That’s certainly the question I had when I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis at age twenty-seven.

Sure, I could identify some of my symptoms as gut-derived—my irritable bowel syndrome had practically turned my bathroom at work into my second office. But how was this connected to the war being waged against the tiny, butterfly-shaped gland at the base of my neck?

What I soon found out was that the gut controls the immune system and most diseases of autoimmunity – like Hashimoto’s, MS, RA, and Graves’ – are linked to gut health in some way. [click to continue…]

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