Autoimmune diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are on the rapid rise, and this
trend is projected to get worse.
Our immune system protects us from various pathogens, and it is a critical defense
mechanism in keeping us healthy. When people develop an autoimmune disease, our immune
system erroneously finds certain body tissues as pathogen and starts attacking them.
For example, rheumatoid arthritis patients experience joint deformity because their
immune system keeps attacking joint tissues, causing inflammation and change in joint
While medication, such as steroid, can resolve symptoms by suppressing immune system,
this is far from ideal for a long-term management because people are more likely
to get sick. Remember, our immune system is the best medicine available.
So why are we seeing such a spike in autoimmune diseases? One of the major reasons
is a careless use of anti-inflammatory medications. They destroy gastrointestinal
mucous membranes, causing leaky gut and microbiome imbalance. If they sound foreign
to you, it is because your doctor has not learned about them either.
There is a hope. I have been able to help patients with autoimmune diseases through
nutrition and acupuncture, and recently one of them has completely gone off medication
with doctor’s blessing. I’m offering 2 nutrition seminar sessions this month for
autoimmune diseases, so please do not miss them. They are on 8/4 (Thu) and 8/20 (Sat).