Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gut Flora – REALLY?

As years progress, we discover increasingly important roles played by the gut in brain function, mood, immune function and more.  Not much of a surprise, then, to learn how important the digestive system is to auto-immune system glitches, as in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The conventional approach is to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis with pharmaceutical products. The functional medicine approach is to embrace the human body as a complex organism made up of organ systems that work together to achieve a harmonious experience we call life. Comfort is key. Maintaining equilibrium is what functional medicine tries to facilitate. For a video focused on the functional medical assessment and treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis CLICK HERE.

According to Dr. Hyman, “Autoimmune diseases, specifically, now affect 24 million people and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.”  Click here to read on about what Dr. Hyman has to say.

So what can you do to heal yourself? The functional medicine approach begins by screening you for infections (i.e. fungal – which oftentimes results from inappropriate and repetitive use of antibiotics –  click here for details), H. pylori  – which is appropriately treated with antibiotic therapy, food allergies and leaky gut. In addition, a functional medicine doctor will detoxify you from metals, clean up your sinuses, and heal your immune system. This is done by offering  supportive nutrients, such as zinc, fish oil, vitamin D, herbs, and probiotics. Additionally, your provider will help you incorporate dietary changes comprised of whole-foods (click here for a market that sells them) that are allergen-free and anti-inflammatory (click here for examples of anti-inflammatory foods).

Read more about the evidence and data that are building regarding Rheumatoid Arthritis and gut flora: Click here

You deserve to feel well. Today is a wonderful opportunity to set up your healthful short and long-term goals.  Here’s to your health.  ~Dr. Iankowitz


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