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Dr. Moshrefi has been the kindest most thorough health care provider I have seen. She really takes her time to get to know you and understand your health issues so she can effectively improve your health. I was a "high risk" OB patient with multiple issues. With Dr. Moshrefi's guidance, care, and recommended supplements I have turned things around and am enjoying a healthy pregnancy. Andrea 

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When I started to come to Dr. Moshrefi I was enduring one of the worst trials of my life. My health was not good. She took me in, took inventory of my physical state, my emotional and spiritual state, and she did the kind of gental work of leading me out of illness into a new paradigm of calm wellness. 
Whereas before I was stressed, anxious, and exhausted, I am now calm and inwardly confident. Whereas I had several physical problems of the chronic nature, they are now slowly but surely resolving themselves for the better. To be specific, I had an endocrine system imbalance, toxicity levels that were too high, and nutritional deficiencies. She placed me on the right supplements, and detoxified me through her "bed and detox" program. More than anything she used the base of her experience to encourage me, to see into my soul and reveal to me my gifts and abilities, and to teach me about new ideas that I had not considered before.  
Dr. Moshrefi spreads Good News and Joy. If you go to her, you will not only feel better physically, you will feel better emotionally and spiritually. You WILL get better. You WILL heal! Pamela 
At Holistic Healing Health we always welcome new clients. 
Please call our office at (719)219-9646 or click here to request an autoimmunity health consultation with Dr. Moshrefi.

What is autoimmunity?

Your immune system is comprised of millions and billions of cells in all parts of your body that work to maintain your health by removing harmful pathogens that have somehow invaded your system, such as bacteria, viruses, parasites, etc. The immune system has a multitude of specialized cells to help the body recognize foreign cells or bodies, contain them, and eliminate them from your system.

When your immune system becomes confused, it may start recognizing your body’s own tissues as foreign invaders that need to be contained and eliminated. The body does this via a cascade of inflammatory pathways that can lead to pain and discomfort. Which tissues or organs your immune system attacks is rooted in your own genes. This is how an autoimmune condition develops.

And while your predisposition to an autoimmune disorder may be written in your genes, this does not necessarily mean you will develop one. You can largely control the activation of these genes through environmental factors such as diet, lifestyle, and the amount of stress (both physical and emotional) you put on your body.

Environmental Factors in Triggering Autoimmune Disorders

In order for an autoimmune disease to fully develop, two things must happen:

1. Your immune system must begin to identify some of your own cells as foreign and potentially harmful
2. Control mechanisms, designed to keep your immune system “in check” malfunction

Many theories abound regarding the root causes/events that “trigger” these malfunctions in the immune system, but they can be succinctly summed up. The cells that make up your immune system are some of the most specialized, differentiated, and hard working cells in the body. They are very well acquainted with the “appearance” of the cells in all of the tissues within your own body, and recognize them as being part of your body through the proteins, carbohydrates and other macromolecules presented on the surface of cell membranes.

If, however, you do not treat your body well, the “appearance” of your cells (cell membranes) may begin to change. For example, if you continually sleep too little, do not take in adequate nourishment, or expose yourself to harmful substances containing toxins and free radicals, your cells may become gradually less and less efficient at purging waste products and toxins.

Habitual stress and a heavy toxic load may lead to the incorporation of waste products and toxins into the cell membranes of a given tissue. If this happens, the cells of the immune system that recognize pathogens as potential threats may identify these cells of your own as being damaged or compromised, in which case, your immune system will begin to attack and remove such cells from your body.

Your body does this by producing antibodies, which then bind to the membranes of cells that have been identified as damaged or compromised. This is often referred to as “tagging”. Other types of immune cells will then destroy these antibody-tagged cells by kicking of a series of inflammatory response pathways. It is this inflammatory response that causes the discomfort associated with many autoimmune conditions.

Known Autoimmune Disorders:
While the number of different autoimmune disorders is quite extensive, they are all related to the underlying issue of the inflammatory process.
  • Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) involves inflammation in the brain that typically occurs a few days or weeks after a vaccination or a viral infection.
  • Addison's Disease involves dysfunction of the outer portion of the adrenal gland.
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis is a type of arthritis that involves inflammation of the spine and pelvic joints.
  • Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APS) is a condition that affects the blood-clotting process, causing blood clots to form in veins and/or arteries.
  • Aplastic Anemia is a condition whereby the bone marrow does not produce enough blood cells. It is often caused by an autoimmune attack on the bone marrow.
  • Autoimmune Hepatitis involves inflammation of the liver.
  • Celiac Disease is characterized by chronic inflammation of the first third or half of the small intestine, and is caused by exposure to a type of dietary protein called gluten, found in abundance in grains like wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
  • Crohn's Disease involves chronic inflammation of the intestinal tract.
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type 1 is characterized by low or non-existent production of insulin by the pancreas.
  • Goodpasture's Syndrome involves destruction of kidney tissue and bleeding in the lungs.
  • Graves' Disease is a form of hyperthyroidism.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS) involves inflammation of the peripheral nervous system, and is also called acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, acute idiopathic polyradiculoneuritis, acute idiopathic polyneuritis and Landry's ascending paralysis.
  • Hashimoto's Thyroiditis is a form of hypothyroidism.
  • Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura is characterized by a low platelet count, resulting in easy bleeding.
  • Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) is a chronic autoimmune condition that can involve inflammation in the following areas: skin, joints, heart, lungs, kidneys, and nervous system.
  • Multiple Sclerosis involves nerve dysfunction due to demyelination of the central nervous system.
  • Myasthenia Gravis involves intermittent weakness and fatigue due to a problem with communication at the junction of nerves and muscles.
  • Optic Neuritis involves inflammation of the nerves that supply your eyes which can cause partial or complete loss of vision.
  • Pemphigus is characterized by the formation of blisters and raw sores on mucous membranes and skin.
  • Pernicious Anemia is a form of anemia (inadequate red blood supply/function) that is caused by a problem with absorbing vitamin B12, which is needed to form healthy red blood cells.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is characterized by joint pain and inflammation.
  • Sjögren's Syndrome involves destruction of glands that produce saliva and tears.
  • Takayasu's Arteritis is characterized by inflammation that narrows the lumen of arteries.
  • Temporal Arteritis is characterized by inflammation in medium to large-sized arteries, most commonly in the head. It is sometimes called giant cell arteritis, and can lead to significant vision loss.
  • Warm Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia is characterized by destruction of red blood cells by IgM antibodies.
  • Wegener's Granulomatosis involves inflammation of blood vessels, typically affecting the kidneys and lungs.

“Traditional” Medical Approach

The common treatment for autoimmune disorders in the medical community is immune suppression, which involves administering “immunosuppressive” drugs that dampen the abnormal immune response in autoimmune diseases.
There are so many different types of cells involved in the immune system, but these cells also communicate with other regulatory systems within the body. Therefore, inhibiting cells specific to the immune response can often have ugly side effects in other systems of your body.
The side effects of immunosuppressants range from mild to severe, but the most common ones are:
  • Osteoporosis or the decrease in bone density
  • Decrease in muscle function
  • Hyperglycemia, and in some cases, secondary Diabetes
  • Opportunistic infections
  • Gastrointestinal upset
  • Hyperlipidemia, or the presence of excess fats in the bloodstream
  • Ulcers

Functional Approach

The difference between treating symptoms and alleviate the cause of symptoms is trying to remedy a tree at the branches instead of at the root. At Holistic Healing Health, we believe in targeted immune modulation NOT immune suppression therapy. 

And, because the basis of all autoimmune conditions is excess inflammation in the body, we work to support clients with autoimmune conditions through reducing overall inflammation in the body through nutritional counseling, lifestyle changes, and physician grade supplements. 
At Holistic Healing Health we always welcome new clients. 
Please call our office at (719)219-9646 or click here to request an autoimmunity health consultation with Dr. Moshrefi.

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