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Auto-Immune Diseases



At The Compounding Lab we are a compounding pharmacy that compound many preparations that support and assist in creating wellness and supporting your immune system.

Your immune system has to recognise and ignore all the normal cells and tissues in your body, while at the same time, attack all pathogens or germs. Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system does not recognise your own cells and tissues.

The immune system is constantly under attack by environmental toxins and chemicals, including insecticides, heavy metals, industrial compounds, and pollutants. Foreign materials implanted in the body may also switch on the immune system.

Autoimmune diseases occur when your immune system produces misguided autoantibodies that attack healthy cells and tissues. It is not clear exactly what activates autoimmune diseases but environmental, hormonal, and genetic factors are considered to be important triggers. The immune system declines with age, leaving older people far more vulnerable to infectious diseases and autoimmune disorders such as arthritis.

There are more than 80 known autoimmune diseases and an additional 40 diseases that are suspected to be autoimmune-related. The diseases themselves can affect almost any part of the body and, as a result, they cut across various medical specialties. The more common diseases include type I diabetes, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.

 

Signs and Symptoms:

While there are over 80 different autoimmune diseases, each with its own unique symptoms, they all share some common characteristics and symptoms. The core characteristics are:

  • Extreme Fatigue - fatigue not alleviated by rest
  • Muscle and Joint Pain - general pain, burning, aching, and soreness in muscles or joints
  • Muscle Weakness - loss of hand, arm, or leg /thigh strength
  • Swollen Glands - especially in the throat, under the arms, and in the groin area
  • Inflammation - swelling, redness, heat, and pain in affected area
  • Susceptibility to Infections - frequent colds, bladder infections, ear infections, sore throat, sinus problems, and yeast infections, typically with a slow recovery time
  • Sleep Disturbances - difficulty falling asleep and/or frequent waking
  • Weight Loss or Gain - fluctuations in weight, typically in the 4-7kg range
  • Blood Pressure Changes - feeling dizziness or vertigo, fainting, palpitations and fluctuations in heart rate
  • Candida Yeast Infections - can manifest as digestive disturbances, sinus infections, vaginal yeast infections like thrush
  • Allergies - numerous extreme food, chemical, and environmental allergies or sensitivities.
  • Digestive Problems - abdominal pain, bloating, tenderness, heartburn, cramps, constipation, diarrhoea, and excessive gas
  • Anxiety and Depression - Mood and emotional changes, panic attacks, and excessive irritability
  • Memory Problems - lack of mental clarity, mental confusion or detachment, and abnormal forgetfulness
  • Thyroid Problems - hypothyroid or hyperthyroid issues; can manifest as low body temperature and excessive hair loss
  • Recurrent Headaches - migraines and/or severe, long-lasting headaches
  • Low Grade Fevers - slight increase in body temperature above normal
  • Pre-menstrual Syndrome - extreme bloating, painful cramps, heavy bleeding and irregular cycle

 

Getting a Diagnosis

While there is currently no way to assess the overall health of a person’s immune system, an ongoing relationship with your pharmacist is critical to creating a holistic image of your immune system. Family medical history, your hormonal levels, and environmental factors may provide insight into the likelihood of developing an autoimmune disease, but not the type.

 

Treatment & Prevention

Lifestyle factors can help keep your immune system in shape, such as:

  • Not smoking
  • Getting regular exercise
  • Staying involved with family & friends
  • Allowing time for relaxing
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Staying active in work and play
  • Avoiding damaging UV rays.

The following nutrients have a crucial effect on the immune response:

  • Amino acids
  • Essential omega fatty acids
  • Vitamins A, B, C, D and E
  • Zinc
  • Selenium
  • Iron

The strongest natural defence against autoimmune disease is a clean, rested body, biologically balanced with proper food and active elimination channels.

 

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