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Our society is experiencing a dramatic rise in chronic inflammation and autoimmunity. In America, it’s the third leading chronic disease behind cardiovascular disease and cancer. For those with an autoimmune disease, managing symptoms and getting back to feeling like yourself can be a challenge, especially when traditional health practitioners fail to effectively diagnose and treat the root problem.

Research shows us that about 25% of autoimmune conditions come from genetics, and the other 75% is environmental. Of those environmental factors, there are at least seven primary ones contributing to autoimmune conditions:

  • Gluten Sensitivity
  • GMOs
  • Gut Dysfunction
  • Neurological Stress
  • Toxins
  • Stress and Adrenal Fatigue
  • Infections

Dr. Wards was a God send when I referred my mother to her. My mother was suffering from food allergies, autoimmune issues and candida. Because of Dr. Wards, she is fully recovered and living not just a healthy life but an optimally healthy life. Dr. Wards’ hands touch her patients with care and confidence. – Deb Cantrell

Our doctors are experts at uncovering your autoimmune condition by identifying its core cause(s). Furthermore, they offer a treatment protocol tailored specifically for you, typically comprised of tackling one or more of the five following factors:

  1. Heal your gut. Intestinal permeability or leaky gut syndrome is a condition where the intestinal lining is damaged. The damage to the gut lining allows food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the blood stream. When the immune system recognizes that bacteria and undigested food particles are in the blood stream, it goes on high alert, as this could be life-threatening. So the body initiates a chronic inflammatory process in order to reduce the bacteria, toxic debris, or food particles in circulation.
  2. Eliminate food sensitivities. Food sensitivities are often a result of leaky gut syndrome, resulting in gut inflammation when we consume them. This inflammatory process further damages an already inflamed gut and intestines.
  3. Balance your blood sugar. When we have blood sugar imbalances, we cycle through periods of both high and low blood sugar, which impact cortisol and insulin levels. Over time, the body becomes resistant to both insulin and cortisol, and we end up with increased inflammation.
  4. Optimize your Vitamin D levels. Vitamin D helps balance our immune responses.  Studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with increased autoimmune development and susceptibility to infection.
  5. Boost up your Glutathione. Glutathione is known as the body’s “master antioxidant.” It’s produced by every cell and its function is to protect our DNA.

There are a number of recommendations we can make to get you back on the path to living an active, vibrant life. As you adopt these healthy lifestyle habits, you’ll be shifting your future for the better. By proactively working to improve those five factors, you’ll be taking a critical step in reversing and preventing autoimmune conditions.

Don’t suffer in silence. Schedule your appointment with Dr. Wards.

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Uncover the Real Issues, With Testing

Autoimmune diseases have a host of frustrating symptoms. From hair loss and weight issues to brain fog and low mood, symptoms can alter your quality of life. At Infinity Wellness Center, we help you find the root cause of your autoimmune disorder to relieve symptoms and balance your body again.

As a science-backed practice, we use lab tests to identify autoimmune conditions, find the root causes, and create custom treatment plans. Read on to see which labs we most commonly run and how their results impact your care.

Lab tests reveal which autoimmune disorder you suffer from and the stage of your condition. Lab work by conventional doctors is usually analyzed in the pathological range versus the functional range. Our doctors use the functional range – which is more sensitive to nuances than the pathological range – to identify and care for diseases before they fully develop or worsen.

At Infinity Wellness Center, we run blood tests to find markers that indicate autoimmune disorders. The blood chemistry lab we rely on uses functional medical ranges that highlight low- and high-normal readings vs. the conventional lab range that only triggers an alarm if outside a larger, more broad “normal” range. If antibodies are found in your blood test, it’s an indication that you have an autoimmune disorder.

Fatigue is one of the tell-tale results of autoimmune disorders. To gather an additional layer of information about how we can alleviate fatigue, we also run these labs:

  • Saliva: We use saliva to test for an abundance of biomarkers like genetic defects (SNPs) and hormone levels. Genetic tests inform us about your cellular makeup and genetic dispositions. The results help us understand whole-body wellness for your diet and supplement routines, types of exercise and anti-aging measures. We test hormone levels in saliva for two reasons; one is that can take multiple samples and the other is that saliva more accurately reveals what’s bioavailable for use.
  • Urine for Neurotransmitters: Your brain’s chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) control many aspects of your behavior. We identify which neurotransmitters are imbalanced with a urine sample.
  • Stool Sample: We look for opportunistic infections like parasites, bacteria and fungus and the levels of good bacteria to determine if you have malabsorption and leaky gut, both of which can cause fatigue and autoimmunity.

A Functional Medical Approach to Autoimmune Disease

Addressing Immune System Dysfunction Holistically

Our complex immune systems, when functioning properly, identify and attack foreign invaders like viruses, bacteria, parasites and toxins in an effort to protect the body’s cells and tissues. When not, however, the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks its host and destroys the healthy tissue it’s supposed to protect. This is known as autoimmunity.

The number of autoimmune cases we see has been steadily rising, in particular, the Hashimotos, the leading cause for hypothyroidism, and the digestive disorder Crohn’s Disease. Both cause a host of painful and frustrating life-disrupting symptoms, including excessive fatigue, painful joints, depression and brain fog (Hashimoto’s,) and severe stomach cramps, nausea, diarrhea, and fatigue (Crohn’s.) Inflammation is a consequence of both.

There’s no single cause for a chronic autoimmune reaction. Genetic predispositions, lifestyle/environmental factors, infections or a combination of these or other triggers can result in an inappropriate autoimmune response.

But even though it seems obvious that our overall health can be affected by what we eat, breathe and think, the impact of diet, stress management, and exposure to toxins and other stressors is often overlooked, if not altogether dismissed, by conventional medical practitioners who favor pharmaceutical interventions.

Their typical treatment plans often include immunosuppressive medications, steroidal anti-inflammatories or hormone replacement therapy, which may effectively treat some of the symptoms of autoimmunity in the short term, but do nothing to address the underlying cause for the immune system dysfunction nor prevent the disease from progressing. What’s more, in the early stages of the disease process, prescription medications (and their multiple negative side effects) may not even be necessary.

The goal of functional medicine is to approach autoimmunity through natural and holistic care solutions that address the underlying cause of illness and not just treat the symptoms.

By looking at all aspects of a person’s health, the reason for immunity dysfunction can be identified and balance restored, many times allowing symptoms to resolve on their own and halting the progression of the disease.

Functional medicine seeks to understand each patient’s unique way of interacting with their own internal and external environment to help identify individual triggers, such as infections or food sensitivities. Unlike conventional medicine’s one-size-fits-all approach, functional medicine’s more individualized method accounts for all aspects of a person’s health and lifestyle history to maximize healing and minimize further destruction.

We encourage you to contact us for specialized testing and a thorough and individualized wellness assessment to understand holistic treatment options for your autoimmune disease or better understand your risk for autoimmunity.

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Our Science-Based Plans Are Specific to Your Results

Through lab tests, we uncover the root of your fatigue and/or autoimmune condition. Our next step is to use The Infinity Way to cleanse and heal the inflamed organs. We typically focus on these five steps:

  • Heal your gut: Intestinal permeability (aka, leaky gut syndrome) is a condition where the intestinal lining is damaged. A damaged lining allows food particles, bacteria, and toxins to seep into the bloodstream which may trigger a reaction from your immune system. This could turn into chronic inflammation to reduce the toxins that continue to enter the bloodstream because of a leaky gut.
  • Eliminate food sensitivities: Food sensitivities are often a result of leaky gut syndrome, which result in gut inflammation when exposed to materials we’re sensitive to. This inflammatory process further damages an already inflamed gut and intestines.
  • Balance your blood sugar: When blood sugar is imbalanced, our bodies cycle through periods of both high and low blood sugar – which impact cortisol and insulin levels. Over time, the body becomes resistant to both insulin and cortisol, and we end up with increased inflammation.
  • Optimize Vitamin D levels: Vitamin D helps balance our immune responses.  Studies have shown that Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with increased autoimmune development and susceptibility to infection.
  • Boost Glutathione levels: Glutathione is known as the body’s “master antioxidant” and is produced by every cell. Because it functions to protect our DNA, higher levels can help with autoimmune disease symptoms.

These are the most common ways we help you get on track to achieve an active, vibrant life. Based on your unique lab results, we tailor your custom treatment plan with additional data-backed recommendations.

We work with you every step during The Infinity Way to reverse or prevent autoimmune conditions. If you experience symptoms of autoimmune disease, we can run the right labs to determine underlying causes and help prevent further disease progression. Schedule an appointment with one of our doctors today and begin your journey to wellness.

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