Interventions for Autoimmune Disease – a clinical psycho-neuro-immunology perspective
Your immune system is a complex network of systems in your body that keep you alive. However autoimmune problems occur when your immune systems has been continuously activated over a number of years. This can be a result of adverse childhood experiences, early life trauma and chronic life stress that keep it activated on a long term basis.
Your brain communicates with your immune system through the autonomic nervous system and through hormonal activity. Both pathways generate signals that are perceived by the immune system via receptors on the surface of white blood cells and other immune cells. An activated immune system generates chemical messenger signals called cytokines that produce inflammation and are also picked up by the nervous system. This two-way communication pathway connects your brain and your immune system with your hormones and your entire physiology. For disease to occur there will be typically one or two ‘last straws’ i.e. stressful events that push you towards a new pathway of immune behaviour.
Examples of autoimmune disease:
Type I Diabetes
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Autoimmune Thyroid Diseases
What you will receive in your consultation:
Nutritional Medicine designed to support a healthy inflammatory process that comes to resolution
Exercise as Medicine to support inflammatory processes
Deep Learning – guidance on the most successful treatment strategy
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