Autoimmune

Dr. Boynton is an expert at treating all autoimmune conditions   Sycamore Chiropractic and Nutrition

The sources of autoimmune

Autoimmune Overview

You might be thinking to yourself why do you as a chiropractor treat autoimmune conditions? Simple my wife had something wrong with her that no doctor could figure out. I took it upon myself as a doctor to figure out what condition my wife has and fix her. After hundreds of hours of researching, I discovered they my wife has an unusual autoimmune condition called dermatomyositis sin myositis. I know that is a mouthful. She had skin lesions on her face, chest and both hands, extreme fatigue and horrible bowel problems. Today, as long as she takes her daily supplements and follows an anti-inflammatory diet, she is symptom free. If she waivers on her diet, her skin gets inflamed, but she is doing great overall.

I am not an expert in autoimmune conditions because of schooling, but an expert out of necessity and love for my wife.

Autoimmune diseases affect more than 50 million Americans annually. Autoimmune disease is non discriminatory, these disease affects children, adults and seniors. Affects Caucasians, Asians, African Americans and every other race and sex. There are more than 80 different types of autoimmune diseases and list is growing. An easy way to explain autoimmune disease is when the body attacks itself. My question as a doctor is why is your body attacking itself, and what triggered this assault on the body?

In my own practice, I see a few triggers in women. They seem to follow a life altering event. In women; after they give birth, go into menopause, major viral sickness, extreme moments of stress (i.e., death of a child, spouse or parent). In men, autoimmune seems to be triggered by exposure to a large amount of environmental toxin, or major life stresser already mentioned. Regardless of the cause once your gene has been turned on for autoimmune that gene is always on. How much your autoimmune disease is expressing itself is completely up to you. Your disease can be expressing itself at 1% which means you are completely symptom free or expressing at 99% and you have extreme symptoms. This expression is completely up to you and your attitude, diet and lifestyle.

Epigenetics

Epigenetics is new field of study in science which looks at the study of changes in the gene expression that are not caused by the DNA sequence. These genes are turned "on" or "off" by your diet, lifestyle, stress, environmental factors and you parents health. Genes take hundreds of years do change over many generations of family members. Epigenetics has found that peoples DNA remains unchanged even though certain disease types and characteristics change in only one generation. What does this mean to you and me? This means we are in control of what happens to our body more than we ever thought was possible. Just because you have a predisposition to developing cancer doesn't mean you will get cancer. You need to be more proactive in your diet, lifestyle, etc, to make sure you don't get cancer.

Based on epigenetic studies, science has discovered if your mother had any autoimmune antibodies present when she was pregnant with you, you will be predisposed to developing an autoimmune condition. This is why I think Autism and ASD is on the rise in out population today. Many people have an autoimmune condition and are completely unaware because most doctors are not looking for autoimmune condition on blood work.

As I mentioned earlier, autoimmune disease can not be cured, but it can be kept to a minimal level of expressing itself. As a doctor, what I want to know is what is causing the body to attack itself. This is where functional medicine testing comes into play.

Functional Medicine

Functional Medicine is a new and exciting field of medicine which I have been studying for many years. Functional Medicine doctors use their expertise in evaluation of the human condition to order highly sophisticated tests to determine the underlying cause of disease to determine how to turn it off.

There are are many laboratories around the country that allow me to determine the source of your disease. My goal is to understand the underlying physiological breakdown and recommend the appropriate nutritional protocols and diet to render these diseases neutral.

Common Labs Ordered

The most common laboratories I use are as following: Spectracell, ALCAT, Doctor's Data, Genova Diagnostics, Diagnos Tech Analytical Research Labs, Great Plains Labs, Neuro Science and Elisa/ACT Biotechnologies just to name a few. I also order traditional lab work from Quest and Labcorp.

These lab tests help me determine the underlying cause or trigger of autoimmune conditions. Basically what is pissing off your immune system. Typically the main triggers are hidden food sensitivities, toxins, candida, fungus, bacteria, virus, nutritional deficiencies, genetic predispositions, stress, emotional or physical trauma. Most autoimmune suffers will have one, many of all of these triggers. When patients can't help themselves they typically have more than one of these triggers. That is where my clinical experience  helps me evaluate lab results to put together a plan of action to help the body heal as God intended.