Many times people with autoimmune diseases such as, IDDM (Insulin-Dependent Diabetes Mellitus), DH (Dermatitis herpetiformis), Hashimoto’s thyroiditis or Graves’ disease, autoimmune hepatitis, alopecia, atrophic autoimmune gastritis, connective tissue disease (rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, dermatomyositis, scleroderma, or Sjogren’s disease) are simply given protocol driven treatments with limited success.
The problem with this is everyone has their own biochemical individuality. Patients with similar symptoms can have totally different test results. In addition, patients with similar test results can have totally different symptoms. There is endless research on intestinal permeability aka intestinal epithelial hyperpermeability aka Leaky Gut. This is a common problem with almost all autoimmune diseases. The gastrointestinal tract is 80% of our immune system. Whenever you have inflammation present, the tight junctions and intestinal mucosa can become damaged causing gaps or “pores” in the lining of the GI tract. Then toxic byproducts in the digestive tract can be absorbed into the bloodstream and transported on to the liver. The molecules of food and toxins are “leaked” through the GI lining and then eventually they affect systems throughout the body causing inflammation in our joints, expressing toxins in skin disorders, autoimmune conditions, and food sensitivities.
If you have an autoimmune disease, there are some tests to consider. There have been great strides in advancement in technology and what labs can test today. There are labs that assess a patient’s urine organic acids, plasma amino acids, and IgG4 food sensitivities. There is also a great lab to confirm if someone have intestinal permeability. Through the serum they are able to detect antibodies to LPS, Occludin/Zonulin and the Actomyosin Network to identify breakdown of a healthy intestinal barrier.
It is also very important to get your vitamin D levels checked as well as Gluten-Associated Antibodies and Cross-Reative Foods tested since they play a large role in inflammatory and autoimmune processes.
Once these underlying areas your health are explored, nutritional and lifestyle support would be used to address any dysfunctions, deficiencies, toxicities, etc.