Autoimmune Disease

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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Celiac disease has many unspoken horrible truths…

One of them is this: It takes on average 4 years to get a Celiac disease diagnosis, and the research often shows that over 2 years later most patients are still not healed and typically suffering, even though they’re eating a strict gluten-free diet. This article is an attempt to change that, to give you your power back and actually help you get back to a healthy life.

This guide was written for you, the diagnosed Celiac disease sufferer, to explain what’s happening in your body, what this means for your future, and how you can heal from this disease.

It’s intended to fill in the gaps your doctor likely didn’t tell you (and beware… there’s so many it’s almost criminal).

I wrote this because Jordan Reasoner, my best friend, had to fight for 3 years to get a diagnosis, and afterwards all he received was a small package telling him to eat a gluten-free diet and he’d be okay.

But he wasn’t…

Two years after following the gluten-free diet with cult-like strictness… he was even closer to dying. It wasn’t working and the doctors threw up their hands and said:

“You’re obviously cheating on the diet and we can’t help you any more.”

Sadly, this is now the norm in our current medical system – undereducated and under-resourced doctors blaming and misinforming patients about what it actually takes to heal from Celiac disease and what the risks of this disease mean for your life.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Jordan’s healed and happy now, and we’ve since helped thousands of other Celiac disease victims who’ve gone through the same struggle – and helped them recover their health just like him.

But I’m still pissed off, so I’m writing this…

My goal is to help you avoid ongoing pain – to understand your health risks – and to learn how to return to a normal healthy life if you choose.

Spoiler Alert! Another horrible truth most people with Celiac disease discover too late: the gluten-free diet on its own isn’t enough to heal — more specifics on this later.

How to Use This Comprehensive Celiac Disease Guide

This guide is all-inclusive, which means this will take you about 15 minutes to read. And since I don’t know how educated you are, we’ve put together a table of contents so you can skip to the most important parts for you:

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