Autoimmune diseases are on the rise. In fact, the incidence of autoimmune disease has tripled in the last few decades and is the second leading cause of chronic illness in the United States. Diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, type-1 diabetes, hypothyroidism, psoriasis and myasthenia gravis (see below for a personal story) are just some examples of autoimmune disorders where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues. This happens when something triggers the immune system such as environmental toxins, genetics, food allergies/sensitivities, vaccines, or infections.
People who suffer from autoimmune diseases often experience loss of function, disability, increased hospitalizations and outpatient visits, decreased productivity, and impaired quality of life. Treatment involves removing triggers, taking medications, making diet modifications, and supplementing with beneficial nutrients in order to control symptoms, slow the autoimmune process and reduce inflammation.
Diet and nutrient therapy can be an effective means of managing an autoimmune disease. Continue reading “Reversing Autoimmune Symptoms Through Diet”
The past few weeks have been an interesting dental adventure. I hadn’t gone to the movies in a long time and about a month ago my boyfriend and I decided to go. I was excited, not so much for the movie, but because I was really looking forward to sitting in front of the big screen and eating an entire bag of popcorn. I could almost taste it.
Later on that night, though, a piece of one of my teeth fell off, leaving a big hole behind. The following night, another piece of the same tooth fell off. It took me about 4 days to go see a dentist, a new one I hadn’t seen before. She found a small cavity and fixed it.
A week later, I was still in minor pain with a marked sensitivity to hot and cold, and unable to use that side of my mouth when eating. The dentist asked me to wait for a few more days to allow for healing.
A few days went by and I wasn’t getting any better, I knew something else was going on and the dentist agreed. Enough time had passed for it to heal by itself, and since I was still in pain, it meant that the nerve was involved and that I would need a root canal, she said.
Over the past 5 years, I’ve had the opportunity to learn about biological dentistry and now I know well enough that root canals are bad news and you want to avoid them if you possibly can. But first of all, what is biological dentistry? Continue reading “Holistic Dental Health”