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Auto Immunity, Adrenal Fatigue And Inflammation

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Adrenal Fatigue Is Often Associated With Auto Immune Disease

Many people have a tendency to see inflammation as a disease process, but inflammation in fact is a necessary innate response of our body’s immune system, a process that brings the necessary resources required to a specific area to fight an infection or to heal an injury. Inflammation is a natural process that is vital as part of your body’s healing process. But an inappropriate inflammatory response can be very damaging and even destructive, and many now believe that inappropriate and out of control inflammatory responses in fact underpin most chronic disease today, including heart disease, diabetes and even cancer.

Acute inflammation can occur under different circumstances, for example, if you fall and have an accident to your leg, inflammation occurs. You can also develop inflammation in response to a bacteria or a virus in your respiratory tract, along with symptoms like fever, nasal swelling, sneezing, discharge and congestion. But in this case, a foreign body caused the inflammatory response. Chronic and ongoing inflammation is a response caused by an over-reactive immune system however. Diseases like ulcerative colitis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or rheumatoid arthritis, like many autoimmune diseases, represent a spectrum of diseases in which white blood cells become highly overactive. Excessive production of the chemical messengers called cytokines in many autoimmune diseases lead to excessive inflammation, and an improperly functioning immune system will often reflect in chronic uncontrollable inflammation.

Auto Immune Disorders Leading Cause Of Death Of Women Under 65

woman at the doctorAutoimmune disorders are among the leading causes of death among women under age 65, according to a study published in a public health journal in America in 2000. It is safe to assume that rates are similar in most developed countries around the world. Particularly with chronic autoimmune disease, how much inflammation occurs will depend to a large degree on the hormone called cortisol produced by your adrenal glands, and as soon as any adrenal weakness occurs, your body may become increasingly susceptible to any type inflammatory response. With each incremental reduction in the output of cortisol, your body’s inflammatory responses increase and inflammatory reactions such as pain, redness, heat, swelling and loss of function only increases over time. Bacterial and viral toxins may eventually become unopposed, surging inflammation upwards as immunity worsens.

The “wonder drugs” such as prednisone and hydrocortisone are commonly prescribed by doctors to suppress such autoimmune responses, these steroidal drugs are a mere synthetic analogue to your body’s own cortisol. While you may experience a temporary relief of the symptoms of inflammation and an increase in their wellbeing with drugs, their effects are only short lived and repeated dosages are often required, much to the detriment of the body due to the incredible damage caused by their long-term use involving many and varied side-effects.

To ensure optimal wellbeing and good control over inflammation, it is vitally important for your body to have its own constant and regular supply of cortisol, and for this reason approximately 96 percent of serum cortisol is bound to serum proteins, including serum albumin and corticosteroid binding globulin (CBG). Free cortisol (only about 4 percent) passes easily through cellular membranes, where it binds to intracellular cortisol receptors. In this 3-way system, the body has ways of accessing cortisol either immediate, intermediate or in a delayed sense as the need arises.

With any immediate and short-term stress, serum cortisol is often sufficient to supply your body’s needs, and if you have a further minor injury or continued stress then you will have access to the cortisol bound to the albumin. However, with a more serious injury or prolonged chronic stress, the body has then access to the corticosteroid binding globulin. This clever innate system allows your body to always have access to cortisol when and as required, and as you can imagine, this form of subtle control over cortisol does not occur when you are taking synthetic prednisone or hydrocortisone. Through long-term low grade stress, especially when sustained, the adrenal glands reduce their output of cortisol eventually causing adrenal fatigue. I use the Adrenal Fatigue Program to build adrenal health back up again and have been doing so for the past seven years. The results have been nothing short of remarkable with many patients.

The 3 Keys Ways To Address Inflammation

With inflammation, it is therefore in your best interest to improve your adrenal function to its maximum potential, and let’s look at three key ways to achieve this objective:

1. Diet and Lifestyle.

Lifestyle_1One of the best ways to reduce inflammation in the more immediate sense is to change your diet and lifestyle.  If you follow a healthy and balanced diet, you may well already be sufficiently acquainted with avoiding the pro-inflammatory foods and drinks, and it is best that you follow this low-inflammatory diet approach for some time. The pro-inflammatory foods are alcohol, soda drinks, candy, red meat, take-out foods, potato chips, deep fried foods, and the processed and convenience foods in general. You may like to acquaint yourself with the diet outlined in Dr. Wilson’s book, Adrenal Fatigue, The 21st Century Stress Syndrome. Dr. Wilson has written 42 pages on diet and nutrition and I’d recommend you read this section.

With regards to lifestyle, many patients in my clinical experience will be found to have added toxic exposure from household cleaners and detergents, various drugs including non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS), steroids and antibiotics, pesticides and herbicides, personal care products, petrochemicals, and many more potential toxins. I have found that liver and bowel detoxification is often necessary in most cases when patients present with a chronic low-grade inflammation. Detoxification allows your body to reduce its toxic burden, reducing the load on an already overburdened immune system.

Any diet high in the pro-inflammatory foods, along with a lifestyle high in stress, coupled with chemical exposure will most always set the scene for leaky gut syndrome (LGS), and LGS will often pave the way for inflammation and set the stage for autoimmunity, a disease of “no known cause”. Dr. Wilson’s Adrenal Fatigue Program therefore has a strong focus on diet as well as lifestyle modifications. Lifestyle recommendations most always include stress-reduction recommendations specific to the patient.

2. Focal Infections.

Diseased ToothThe second point is to be on the look-out for any hidden or focal infections, many patients I have seen have dead or diseased teeth (root canals), mercury toxicity, or a low-grade infection or inflammatory response involving the ileocaecal valve, bowel pockets, Candida yeast infections, SIBO (small bowel overgrowth), low grade infection of the tonsils, appendix or gum issues in the mouth. The panoramic x-ray taken from a patient in my clinic with rheumatoid arthritis clearly shows an infection in one of her root-canalled teeth. If in doubt, have it checked out.

 3. Treat Adrenal Fatigue.

Stressed_LadyThirdly, I suspect and treat adrenal fatigue in any patient who has low grade or a chronic inflammation. But before you consider adrenal treatment, I’d like you to seriously consider using the most clinically effective and value for money adrenal fatigue products in the business, products formulated by the doctor who coined the phrase “adrenal fatigue” and who has devoted his entire professional life to clinical adrenal fatigue practice and research, a well respected clinician who has developed the most clinically effective adrenal fatigue treatment protocol in our industry. Since its inception in early 2007, Dr. Wilson’s adrenal fatigue program has set the standard how countless health-care professionals now treat patients in their clinics both throughout Australia, New Zealand as well in many countries throughout the world since the early 1990’s.

My clinic has now treated over seven thousand patients utilizing Dr. Wilson’s unique Adrenal Fatigue Program, and we have seen many remarkable outcomes in many autoimmune patients, including reductions and in many cases even an actual cessation of steroidal drugs. Yes, it is possible to lessen your dependence on steroids and improve your condition, regardless of how severe your condition is, particularly if you carefully follow the three-point approach above. I would recommend that you visit your health-care professional who is familiar with Dr. Wilson’s program, especially if you serious about improving your health and are tired of just treating the symptoms and want to finally address the root causes of your inflammation.