How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease

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INFLAMMATION IS A “HOT” TOPIC IN MEDICINE. It appears connected to almost every known chronic disease — from heart disease to cancer, diabetes to obesity, autism to dementia, and even depression.

Other inflammatory diseases such as allergies, asthma, arthritis, and autoimmune disease are increasing at dramatic rates. As physicians we are trained to shut off inflammation with aspirin, anti-inflammatory medication such as Advil or Motrin, steroids, and increasingly more powerful immune suppressing medication with serious side effects.

But we are not trained to find and treat the underlying causes of inflammation in chronic disease. Hidden allergens, infections, environmental toxins, an inflammatory diet, and stress are the real causes of these inflammatory conditions.

Autoimmune diseases, specifically, now affect 24 million people and include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, inflammatory bowel disease, and more.

These are often addressed by powerful immune suppressing medication and not by addressing the cause. That’s like taking a lot of aspirin while you are standing on a tack. The treatment is not more aspirin or a strong immune suppressant, but removing the tack.

It you want to cool off inflammation in the body, you must find the source. Treat the fire, not the smoke. In medicine we are mostly taught to diagnose disease by symptoms, NOT by their underlying cause.

Functional medicine, the emerging 21st century paradigm of systems medicine, teaches us to treat the cause, not only the symptoms, to ask the question WHY are you sick, not only WHAT disease do you have.

I recently participated in a group discussion with a conventional doctor, a rheumatologist, and patient with an autoimmune disease, and one of my patients who was cured of a complex autoimmune disease by addressing the causes.

The focus of the other doctors, however, was on how to suppress the inflammation with medication, not finding and treating the cause. Functional medicine is a different way of thinking about disease that helps us understand and treat the real causes of inflammation instead of finding clever ways to shut it down. Medicine as it is practiced today is like taking the battery out of a smoke detector while a fire burns down your house!

Autoimmune conditions are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.

When my patient described how he cured his autoimmune disease by finding and eliminating the causes of inflammation in his diet and environment, it was dismissed as a “spontaneous remission.” In the face of a paradigm-shattering medical case, these doctors were hardly curious and quickly dismissive, describing what was shared as anecdotal.

My patient on that panel, a hard-working 46-year old father of three, was once so inflamed he could barely function. By treating the underlying causes of his inflammation he is now in vibrant good health, enjoying his life with his kids and fully capable of caring for them.

Stories like these (and the many others I have shared in my blogs, books, and on television) are not anecdotes but a giant compass pointing us in the direction we should be looking to find answers to our health problems.

In today’s blog, I will explain what autoimmunity is, how inflammation spirals out of control, describe some of the underlying causes for these fires in the body, and provide you with nine steps to cool the fires of inflammation and overcome conditions that range from allergies to arthritis and more.

Autoimmunity: What it is and How it Occurs

We are facing an epidemic of allergic (60 million people), asthmatic (30 million people), and autoimmune disorders (24 million people). Autoimmune diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, celiac disease, thyroid disease, and the many other hard-to-classify syndromes in the 21st century.

These are all autoimmune conditions, and at their root they are connected by one central biochemical process: A runaway immune response also known as systemic inflammation that results in your body attacking its own tissues.

Your immune system is your defense against invaders. It is your internal army and has to clearly distinguish friend from foe — to know you from others. Autoimmunity occurs when your immune system gets confused and your own tissues get caught in friendly cross-fire.

Your body is fighting something — an infection, a toxin, an allergen, a food or the stress response — and somehow it redirects its hostile attack on your joints, your brain, your thyroid, your gut, your skin, or sometimes your whole body.

This immune confusion results from what is referred to as molecular mimicry. Conventional approaches don’t have a method for finding the insult causing the problem. Functional medicine provides a map to find out which molecule the cells are mimicking.

Interestingly, autoimmune disorders occur almost exclusively in developed countries. People in poor nations without modern amenities like running water, flush toilets, washing machines, and sterile backyards don’t get these diseases.

If you grew up on a farm with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, being dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.”

In this country, autoimmune diseases, when taken all together, are a huge health burden. They are the eighth leading cause of death among women, shortening the average patient’s lifespan by eight years. The annual health care cost for autoimmune diseases is $120 billion a year representing nearly twice the economic health care burden of cancer (about $ 70 billion a year). (i)

Unfortunately, many of the conventional treatments available can make you feel worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs like Advil, steroids, immune suppressants like methotrexate, and the new TNF-alpha blockers like Enbrel or Remicade can lead to intestinal bleeding, kidney failure, depression, psychosis, osteoporosis, muscle loss, and diabetes, not to mention overwhelming infection and cancer.(ii)

When used selectively these drugs can help people get their lives back. But they are not a long-term solution. They shouldn’t be the end of treatment, but a bridge to cool off inflammation while we treat the root cause of the disease.

There is another way to deal with autoimmune conditions. Let me share the same story I told the doctors on that panel.

Recovering from Autoimmunity: Addressing the Root Causes of Inflammation

My patient Sam ended up on a long misadventure through the medical system before he came to see me. For years he went from doctor to doctor getting all kinds of labels for his problems but no real help in treating them.

This hard-working, once healthy trade professional had suddenly developed a series of inflammatory conditions including chronic sinus and prostate infections. Many doctors gave him many antibiotics for these infections.

Shortly thereafter, he developed severe chest pains and went to the emergency room. While he was there, doctors found swollen lymph nodes and told him he had lymphoma, a form of cancer. For three weeks he lived in despair until the biopsy results came back. It turned out he didn’t have cancer but an autoimmune disease. Which autoimmune disease? The doctors weren’t quite sure …

He had many abnormal blood test results — like low white blood cell and platelet counts, high levels of auto-antibodies of all types (antibodies that attack our own tissues), high immunoglobulins (the foot soldiers of the immune system), and autoimmune thyroid disease. But doctors had a hard time putting their finger on what was wrong. They couldn’t label him.

Meanwhile, Sam developed metabolic syndrome and weight gain (pre-diabetes) as a result of the runaway inflammation in his body.

Here is a quote from one his specialist’s notes:

“Whether he has lupus or Sjogren’s syndrome is a bit unclear. Regardless, he merely needs observation and no therapeutic intervention at this time.”

This unfortunately is all too common. What exactly did they plan to observe, how bad he felt? Or would they just wait for him to get worse before intervening?

That’s when he came to me. Using a functional medicine approach, a new way of thinking about the underlying causes and imbalances in chronic disease, I began by asking Sam some simple questions. Then I went hunting for toxins, allergens, and infections — all common causes of inflammation — and found the real causes of his symptoms.

He had taken so many antibiotics that altered his gut flora or bacteria and promoted yeast overgrowth. Fungus and yeast flourished in his body, growing between his toes, on his toenails, in his crotch, and scalp. He had Helicobacter pylori bacteria in his gut. He had a leaky gut and reacted to many foods, including dairy and gluten. He was exposed to toxins at his job and had high levels of mercury. And he had chronic sinus infections.

So we went to work cleaning house. I treated his yeast with anti-fungals and the H. pylori with antibiotics, got rid of his food allergies, fixed his gut, detoxified him from metals, and cleaned up his sinuses.

Then I helped heal his immune system by supporting it with nutrients. I gave him zinc, fish oil, vitamin D, herbs, and probiotics, and put him on a clean, whole-foods, allergen-free, anti-inflammatory diet.

At his next follow-up visit, I asked Sam how he was doing, expecting him to say that he felt a little better. However, his response surprised even me. He said he felt fine.

“What about the fatigue?” I asked.

“I have great energy.”

“What about the bloating and gas?”

“Nope.”

“What about the reflux?”

“Gone.”

“What about your sinuses and chronic phlegm?”

“All clear.”

“What about your memory and concentration problems?”

“All better.”

And he lost 15 pounds.

When his labs came in, they confirmed what he told me — they were all back to normal. His white cells increased and his immune markers calmed way down.

Sam’s results simply reflect the application of a new model of thinking about problems called functional medicine — it’s a way to get to the root of health problems and treat the underlying causes of what ails you instead of suppressing symptoms with medications.

If you have an autoimmune disease, here is what you need to think about and do.

Nine Steps to Treating Autoimmune Disease

  1. Check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them.
  2. Check for hidden food allergens with IgG food testing or just try The UltraSimple Diet, which is designed to eliminate most food allergens.
  3. Get tested for celiac disease, which is a blood test that any doctor can do.
  4. Get checked for heavy metal toxicity. Mercury and other metals can cause autoimmunity.
  5. Fix your gut. For details, see my blog on irritable bowel syndrome.
  6. Use nutrients such as fish oil, vitamin C, vitamin D, and probiotics to help calm your immune response naturally.
  7. Exercise regularly — it’s a natural anti-inflammatory.
  8. Practice deep relaxation like yoga, deep breathing, biofeedback, or massage, because stress worsens the immune response.
  9. Tell your doctor about Functional Medicine and encourage him or her to get trained — go to www.functionalmedicine.org for more information and to get a copy of the Textbook for Functional Medicine.

Give these steps a try — and see if you don’t start feeling less inflamed. As I said earlier, the answers are right in front of you. Treat the underlying causes of your illness and you will begin to experience vibrant health once more.

Now I’d like to hear from you…

Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?

How is your doctor treating you?

Have you been frustrated by the medical advice that you’ve been given?

What steps have you taken to get to the root of the problem, and what have your results been?

Please leave your thoughts by adding a comment below – but remember, we can’t offer personal medical advice online, so be sure to limit your comments to those about taking back our health!

To your good health,

Mark Hyman, MD

References

(i) Nakazawa, D. (2008). The Autoimmune Epidemic. Simon & Schuster. New York.

(ii) Siegel, C.A., Marden, S.M., Persing, S.M., et al. (2009). Risk of lymphoma associated with combination anti-tumor necrosis factor and immunomodulator therapy for the treatment of Crohn’s disease: a meta-analysis. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 7(8): 874-81.

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299 Responses to How to Stop Attacking Yourself: 9 Steps to Heal Autoimmune Disease

  1. james burns February 6, 2013 at 3:41 pm #

    DR. Hyman, I am 66 year old male and have enjoyed EXCELLENT health until last year diagnosed with Sondilotho Arthritus…Effecting mostly my arms, hips and legs! Tried steroid shots, a 2/3months course of Prednisone (made me crazy)and now just began after reading about you, a wheat free diet!
    I am looking for a good Dr. like yourself here in Northern Virginia to test me and help heal me from the inside.
    Suggestions and help!!!
    Many Thanks, James Burns

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      HymanStaff February 9, 2013 at 2:51 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117. Here you will find a place to enter your zip code and look for practitioner’s in your area that have completed the institute’s five-day training course in functional medicine. Understand that not all of the doctors listed here will fit your particular needs. Many different medical professionals complete this training, and you will have to do additional research on your own regarding a particular practitioner’s approach and whether or not it fits your specific medical requirements. This may include calling the practioner’s office, visiting his or her website, and/or scheduling a consultation.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

      • Lisa R. Guillen April 21, 2013 at 10:26 am #

        I was diagnosed with bechets. At 42 now I am 54. I get pressure ulcers all over me and now I am suffering from necrosis. It is like glass and rocks come out charcoal black. I live in agony. I am ivig dependent. They let me have a gastric bypass 8 years ago. My top weight was 266. I got down to 140 and then they blew me up with steroid injections. This disease took everthing from me. My profession. My family was ignorant. Then my mother died of cancer. My sister is less then interested and I do not speak to her. My son is just 18. Still acts like a 15 year old. I am very tired. This necrosis by the thousands is killing me.

    • Andrew Carass May 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm #

      I was diagnosed with Gillian barrie syndrome in 2006,It took them so long and I was so far gone at this stage I was paralysed from my left side head to toe and went blind in my left eye my immune system was under attack from e.coli mrsa and cdiff I was intensive care 9 mths and high dependency 1year I also had a paralysed diahpram left side .it is 2014 and I am still fighting it I was told onthe6/5/2014 their is nothing more they can do for me. I have been in and out of hospital more times then I can count I got a trackostemey in which has been removed.i am married with 2 boys and a brilliant wife who is also my carer .I do not smoke or drink and never touched drugs. I had my own business, but lost everything we are living food to mouth.i do not understand why I was never giving a plasmaexchange and only 3 days of ivig.over the years I have found out about the mistakes the doctors made by asking for my full medical reports. I keep on asking why me ,I have been on 9 different antibiotics from jan 2014 to may 2014 and getting worse again the doctors say there is nothing more they can do.please I am only 41years of age I do not want to die like this is there anything you can do I would be so great full..
      Deepest Respect
      Andrew Carass

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        Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm #

        Hi Andrew,
        Thank you for sharing your story and for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

        You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
        Wishing you the best of health,
        Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Kathryn Farrell July 8, 2014 at 2:56 am #

      Apparently I have had this my whole life. That makes sense. I have been to all the doctors around where I live to no avail.
      What you have said makes sense and mine is stress based. Stuff happens and my reaction is different to a lot of peoples reactions. I get stressed.
      I will follow your advice as I am quite sick right now and looking for ways to deal with it.
      I am very overweight and put on 35 kilos in a couple of years. I was 55 kilos and now am 92 kilos and that is a lot for a short person. I am 58 yrs old and have a lot of living to do and not interested in dying early.
      Thanks Kathryn

    • lady July 16, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

      I have a autoimmune disorder about 3 years now, my immune system atackes my red blood cells .right now i depend on steroids & transfusions , its been a struggle and depressing battle but i have kids & will keep searching for the cure. But after reading this information I feel i have another choice worth of trying, so may God help me .Thanks for this info.

  2. Mike February 6, 2013 at 7:46 pm #

    I’ve been diagnosed with ankylosis spondilitis. This is probably the big one but i have some others too. I used to vomit blood for weeks on end and always had a weak stomach. I also have many food allergies. One of them is chicken. I used to be able to eat chicken but one day i couldnt. I now adhere to the paleo diet and i believe i am on the road to recovery. My stomach is as strong as ever and i have had 0 issues with it. I can also eat chicken again….. sounds crazy but true. Next im going to beat my auto immune disease. The diet works because most of my issues could be derived from leaky gut syndrome.

    • Kelly November 6, 2013 at 2:20 pm #

      Hi Mike: I too have just been diagnosed with AS. I’m in terrified mode but have a good ND working with me. I’d like to ask you a question. Have you eliminated ALL starch or are you allowing sweet potatoes and small bits of fruit? I definitely have a gut issue as I have had chronic yeast since I was put on high doses of antibiotics for 4 months 2 years ago (for a toe problem that could have been fixed and was fixed in Chiropodist office in two days). I’m on day two…my back pain is bad.

      I’m on all the supplements to put out the fire so to speak. I’ve only been taking religiously for a couple of days so my body still on fire. I’m on a very high quality pro-biotic.

      I’m quite positive I have leaky gut and am really following an anti-candida diet in addition to alkaline diet.

      Just wanting to know what has worked for you.

      Thanks!

      Kelly

  3. M. Allen February 7, 2013 at 8:15 pm #

    Thanks for this information. I am hoping that it makes a big difference in my life. I’m glad I didn’t have to pay someone tons of money for healing. I am raising 5 children alone and it’s been stressful. Thanks so much!!
    M. Allen

  4. M. Allen February 7, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Thank you so much for this information. I have felt horrible for so long with thyroid issues for years now. Dr’s just continue to keep me on the same dose of Levothyroxin and prescribe more and more ant-depressants to cure it all. I had my thyroid killed in 2010 with radio-active iodine and went through many changes. My thyroid levels have been (normal ) despite still having symptoms of thyroid and hormonal imbalance.
    I have gradually started feeling worse and having no energy sinus infections and viruses more and more. I feel unwell and low energy and don’t sleep well.
    I actually went to see an alternative medicine practitioner and the blood work and consultation was going to cost over $500. I can’t afford this.
    I am wanting to try this 9 steps and hopefully will see a difference in my life. I am raising 4 active children alone and it is very stressful.

    • Elle May 20, 2014 at 11:38 am #

      M. have you been tested for Hashimoto’s? I had my thyroid tested several times and told that it was low-functioning. I tried Armour, Synthroid, a couple different meds to treat thyroid. I finally had a doctor run a complete blood count and was told that I had Hashimoto’s Thyroid. This means my thyroid is fine but my immune system is attacking it. I am looking into treatments now to treat the Hashimoto’s and not the thyroid since it is not the root cause of my symptoms. So far, I have been gluten-free for a year and a half and have noticed a big difference in my symptoms but am seeking out other ways to live healthier and treat the Hashimoto’s. Hope that helps.

  5. jane February 10, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

    Im 16 and i have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder that makes my hands and feet purple, ice cold, and in pain 14/7. I have purple spiderweb-like veins that run throughout my whole body when it’s cold or even when it’s room temperature. I’m always extremely tired and cannot think straight, and most of the time i’m depressed. My eye sight is getting worse every day and my hair is falling out. I take a lot of vitamins and exercise a lot, and i don’t have any known allergies, yet i cant shake off all the symptoms. my doctor said there’s nothing he can do about it, and he told me to “wear gloves” when my hands are cold. i’m pretty frustrated with his seemingly apathetic attitude. I feel as if i’m stuck in pit i can’t get out of.

  6. E Williams February 12, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    I too thank you for the info. I will be trying all nine things. I have been subject to taking med’s for three years now with no clear diagnose maybe sarcodois maybe ana. Why feel me with pills if you don’t know whats wrong with me? So to me all of you point are worth a try. I’ve been itching out of control now for way to long with no answers. Thanks again, I will also be looking for your book.

  7. Amy February 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

    I was diagnosed last year with autoimmune chronic urticaria. I had never had hives in my life until 3 years ago my body reacted to a sulfa drug, and I was hospitalized. Now all the allergy doctor says is to take prednisone. So, I’ve gained 30 lbs in the past 3 years, and am constantly trying to figure out what I can and can’t eat in order to prevent more hives. It is hard for me to believe that someone just wakes up one day and has hives for the rest of their life. Please help.

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Coby May 6, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Amy,
      I too have “hives” all of a sudden that seem to come out of nowhere. I thought it was because I had just returned from the Carribean and from Florida ( as Moody Blues Cruise :) ), because I had never been to either before and maybe I picked up something from there or my body was introduced to something new. I have very sensitive skin and my body seems to put up its radar when introduced to new things and even though I used a heavy duty sunscreen, I still ended up with a sunburn. The sunburn was very itchy on the inside of my left knee. At the time, I thought that my hives now were related to the carribean sun or that I had been bit by the “No-see-ums”… but that was not the case. It has been about 6 weeks now and I get hives on my lower legs and it is now spreading to my thighs. I went to the dermtologist who told me to take an antihistamine which should calm down the histamine reaction (Zyrtec). She mentioned to me that it is likely an autoimmune response. I need to go get Zyrtec and find out if that helps. The hives come and go and are apparent in the mornings and in the evenings. Putting ice packs inside of a clean pillow case and applying it to my hives helps calm them down. Usually they appear as pink round raised hives, sometimes alone, sometimes in a grouping, but don’t have a center to them like a bite or a pimple would. My first symptom is that my legs will burn… then the bumps appear and I then scratch them and they get darker pink and more raised and spread abit, so I try not to scratch them and ignore them – but it is so difficult to ignore them. But I, like you…. feel it is hard to believe that someone just wakes up one day and has hives. I thought it was some of the foods I eat: tomatoes, avocados, strawberries, coffee… but I tested those out to rule them out of my diet for a while and the hives still showed up. I changed my laundry detergent and fabric softener sheets, use dove sensitive soap, not too hot water for showers followed by spraying cold water on my legs before getting out of the shower and only patting my legs dry with a towel, not rubbing. It drives me nuts that I still have them. So zyrtec might be the way to go as a daily regimine – in the morning. I do take liquid vitamin D3 daily and need to start taking again… fish oil Omega 3. I eat right… lots of vegetables, an apple a day and a few other fruits through-out the week, not a lot of carbs,and I eat lean meats, chicken, fish and have increased my water daily to 1 glass per each 10 lbs of body weight. I also walk a mile a day on the weekends and now the weather is better so I walk at night after work too. I use my eliptical, just had a knee replacement and am just trying to be healthier – I don’t smoke and I am a 55 year old woman. So, without spending a lot of cash on products, try the over the counter Zyrtec. I tried benadryl but it didn’t seem to help right away… I only take at night cuz it makes me drowsy. let’s see… what else… calamine lotion helped because it has zinc in it, but I don’t want to have to apply that all the time… also A&D cream with zinc helps too. Let me know what your results are! HOpe to hear back from you, Amy.
      Peace,
      Coby

    • Tara May 28, 2013 at 5:17 pm #

      Amy- If you still come on here- see my post on this thread.

  8. Mimi February 13, 2013 at 7:14 am #

    Hi, I’m a 35 years old female who has been diagnosed with chronic IBS. I have many episodes of diarrhea & soft stool within a few minutes of eating that left my stomach jumpy, burning, and in pain. I spend a lot of time (30-45 minutes) in the bathroom. I missed quite a lot of days from work (I have FMLA) and the quality of my life has diminished. I feel exhausted.

    I have a had a colonoscopy, antibiotics, stool samples with more testing to go (blood work, GI tract), but in the meantime what can I do to “get back to normal?” I don’t feel comfortable eating out at family, friends, restaurants because I may need to be in the bathroom for a while.

    Any advice would help. Thank you.

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

      • Alex July 13, 2014 at 4:54 am #

        Actually they can, it’s called webcam. I’ve seen a doctor through a webcam device before. Your excuses are a sham.

    • Tim October 28, 2013 at 3:21 am #

      Hi Mimi,

      I completely sympathize with your situation because I went through the same thing. A local doctor here just labeled my symptoms IBS, and after a lot of suffering I went to see Dr. Hyman a couple years ago. They did a Metametrix test that revealed I had a couple stomach parasites (Blastocystic Hominis and something else).

      I did an antibiotic course prescribed by my local doctor, and it made everything ten times worse. I tried natural herbs and some strong probiotics as well, and that did not work either. Blasto is notoriously difficult to get rid of.

      I stumbled on a probiotic called Dr. Ohhira’s, and it saved my life. I endured 6 months of hell, and after taking this for a couple months my symptoms slowly started to improve. I’ve been tested three times and all tests came back negative. I am now pretty much symptom free.

      Hopefully this info will help you. Best of luck.

  9. Denise February 13, 2013 at 7:36 am #

    My Son was diagnosed with Auto Immune hepatitis 6 years ago, I was able to get him off the medicines for these past 5 years. Now he is having intestinal problems, he took antibiotic around Xmas and has been miserable since. We are starting the elimination diet, and the doctor ordered a colonoscopy. My fear is they will put him on lots of medicines again, the doctor even partial placed the blame on me for taking him off the medicine. I’ve been feeling very guilty, I’m glad I came across your blog, it gives me hope :) Thanks

  10. Garry Crossan February 13, 2013 at 4:35 pm #

    Hi there Hymann staff, my name is Garry crossan im 32 years old and have ankalosing spondilytis, formally Reiters syndrome, i had caught the S,t,d chlamydia for an ex partner, and my body went into crazy overdrive for six months they called it reactive arthritis or reiters syndrome! It was so bad i couldn’t even get out of bed, i was in so much pain i wanted to die! The doctor gave me antibiotics to kill the infection and it helped for about 2 weeks the my body just went crazy every joint in my body had swollan up like balloons, i suffered for months not being able to work or even walk, i just woke up one day & had enough! So i fasted for about two weeks on water and some fruit juice, it was agonizing i had nightmares and hallucinations, heavy paranoia and sweating but by the end it had gone i had shut my body down in my mind so it couldn’t keep whatever was wrong alive with’in me to this day i fully understand what happened but i know i healed my self at that time! For over 5 yaers i was healthy and pain free, then out the blue i.had pains in my chest plate which spread within weeks to my spine and pelvis it was back, this time ankalosing spondilytis 2 years now agony again now im a prescription pill addict im so depressed as i have a son aged 2 and cant work or live as normal again i am really struggling with the thought of fasting again as i know it was the hardest thing ive experienced in life, and now i know i.will have with drawl thrown in the mix, i am scared do you have any advice please! Thanks for your time,.kind regards Garry Crossan

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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:33 pm #

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

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    • Angie March 23, 2013 at 2:12 am #

      Dear Gary;
      I feel for the pain and suffering you are experiencing. I think that you should have a look at the excellent research by Gut-mediated and HLA-B27-associated Arthritis: An Emphasis on Ankylosing Spondylitis and Crohn’s Disease with a Proposal for the Use of New Treatment
      Published on September 12, 2011 by
      Author: Taha Rashid. In her paper she discusses the importance of looking at infections that are related to the occurance of ankylosing spondylitis, commonly Klebsiella. Occurrence of severity of symptoms parallels the bacterial load of intestinal Klebsiella–often asymptomatically. This might offer you some hope for treatment to erradicate the root cause of your illness if you happen to be HLA-B27 posative, of which many people with AS are. Good luck. Perhaps you could print the paper to take to a functional medicine enlightened physician.

    • Sebastian C July 17, 2014 at 4:43 am #

      Hi Gary, I hope that you are doing well.
      I have read your story about AS and it is very similar to what my brother is experiencing. He too was diagnosed with AS, he too has a 2 yr old son, and what pains me the most is that he cannot fully enjoy his life with his son, like he used to, and I know that is what hurts him the most too. I was wondering how you are doing and what advice you can give my brother that will help him. Best Regards Seb.

  11. Kellee February 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm #

    After insisting a depression diagnosis wasn’t correct, my physician tested me for and confirmed that I have Hashimotos. After several years of ever increasing my synthroid as the cure, I’m taking 175 mcg daily and still experience all the symptoms of hashimotos :( So I have decided to seek out some other advice and guidance while I continue to take my synthroid. I have read that going gluten free may alleviate some of my symptoms, but there is so many different offerings and suggestions on what to do and what not to do. I want to put out the fire and not just divert the smoke as Dr. Hyman states. I would appreciate knowing what diet he would recommend and any other courses of action that I can pursue. I live in Canada and some of the testing is more difficult to obtain. Please HELP. thanks

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    • Angie March 23, 2013 at 2:41 am #

      Hi Kellee. With regards to your problems with issues with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis I would draw your attention to the excellent article Selenium Supplementation in Patients with Autoimmune Thyroiditis Decreases Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies Concentrations by
      Roland Gärtner, Barbara C. H. Gasnier, Johannes W. Dietrich, Bjarne Krebs and Matthias W. A. Angstwurm at http://jcem.endojournals.org/content/87/4/1687.full. Perhaps you should take this article to your Functional Medicine specialist to see if you might tested to see if you also have a deficiency of selenium.

    • Brady September 6, 2013 at 7:11 am #

      This sounds exactly like me! I’m 29 years old, live in Canada and have had this same thyroid condition for 8 years. I am up to 175 mcG of Synthroid just like you and I’m finally trying to find another alternative. Before this point I never thought it was curable. I lost I hope until I read this article. Now I’m encourage to try and find the problem and heal my autoimmune disease.

  12. Rajesh February 15, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

    HI Dr Hyman

    I have been diagnosed with auto immune condition too. But as you state since its not progressed enough they have not been told of a specifictype. Just in monitoring. I do have hypothyroidism for which I am taking Levithyroid tablets, I have renauds. But my chest and other condition came out ok. I have been losing weight but since I exceise regularly (cardio) Dr just find me fit and ignore the condition. I have started developing joint pains. That come and go….I am worried if things are going to get worse and if I am losing teh opportunity to get it fixed early on. I am total vegetarian by diet and a dont take alchol either. But sugar and coffee are my weakness.

    Wonder if I should do anything specific

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  13. pamela crane February 15, 2013 at 1:57 pm #

    the recommendations for treating autoimmune have been provided. I ordered Amway supplements; however my bowel movements are light.

  14. Kimberly Grabowski February 16, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    I have allergies dust grass trees. Winter has been really bad for me. Severe asthma flares from bleach, candles, cats and dogs. I am trying to start allergy shots in hopes to lesson flares. But bleach is everywhere. So when I get exposed I go on predisone. Rescue inhalers donot work. Can’t get out of this horrible cycle since thanksgiving. I am working with natural doctor. Doing probiotics and vitamins. I need help with these flares. Are allergy shots ok?

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  15. sk February 16, 2013 at 8:42 pm #

    hello sir

    i am 21 yrs old boy . Within a couple of months i found a sudden discoloration and mild white patches on my skin . I referred many websites to find right cause of disease and i found it to be vitiligo.
    vitiligo , in many cases is caused by autoimmune.

    can you kindly guide me and suggest me some solution to treat or even control it at early stages..

    thank u !!

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  16. L. Goff February 16, 2013 at 11:28 pm #

    Thank you for publishing your knowledge of autoimmune disorders, their cause, and possible treatments. My son has exhibited food allergies since he was 5months old. Severe eczema since he was 3 months old. We have been through many MDs including a 3 week clinic in Germany. He has been on a rotation diet since he was 9 months old. We have pursued alternative health care in 2011 and have seen advances but he is still a very sick 3 year old. suffering from intense chronic itching and many food allergies.

    It takes courage to speak out and offer new and better alternatives to medicate and send home. Thank you for that

  17. Davis February 17, 2013 at 9:18 am #

    I read your thread, makes sense as i have been suffering Gastrits (Imflation in the stomach lining) for past 5 years and tired of trying several prescribed and over the counter medication for reducing acid into my stomach, whenever I asked doctor about diet or anything to cure this, i got the same answer that keep taking this medication and you will get better one day. Now depressed because of scary side effects of this medication since i have been taking this for long time but i don’t have any option at the moment, I would like to know how will I find out that I’m having AutoImmune Disorder. In my case I don’t have H.Pylori bacteria responsible for this cause. I think stress can play major role, I’m trying to stay relax and clam as much as possible but not been able to cure this, I’m hoping your thread will make difference in my case. please advice me how would i approach to find out about AutoImmune disorder and to cure it.

    Thanks a lot in advance
    Davis

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff February 27, 2013 at 4:03 pm #

      Hi Davis,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advise in this forum. However, there is a lot you can learn about for how to cool inflammation and heal your body on the site and in his books. Especially The Blood Sugar Solution! Check it out: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

    • Libby May 11, 2014 at 6:25 am #

      To any of you suffering any form of gastritis or heartburn, I strongly recommend that whilst you are waiting for a miracle cure from your doctors (I was on double doses of Nexium twice a day and even given it via IV in hospital with 2 endoscopies requiring polyp removal within less than 12 months of each other!), you might like to try something that not only worked for me, but also anyone who bothered to try my advice.

      Before and/or after you eat anything, have an apple or even just a slice. Before you dismiss this, you have to understand that it has been proven and there is even people trying to make money out of it via the net by getting you to subscribe to find out ‘which’ apples. Well my advice is free; ANY apples work, although the green ones are not as effective as the reds. It took me about 3 weeks before there was any major improvement however, during those 3 weeks my foods/fluids stopped feeling like ignited bleach going down my throat. That was 8 years ago. I recently had another endoscopy and was informed there were no polyps and all was normal….my first normal endoscopy! :-)

      At the end of the day, you have nothing to lose by eating a fruit that is good for you one way or another. I hope this helps.

  18. Sophie Hansen February 19, 2013 at 12:56 am #

    Hi Dr Hyman and staff,
    I am female 53 and was diagnosed with CREST syndrome and Sjogrens syndrome 12 years ago. Raynauds is quite bad in the winter months but otherwise ok. What is worse is the scleroderma which has made my fingers fat and stiff and unable to make a fist, especially in the mornings. The worst of all is the esophagitis. I suffer daily from burning in my chest if I don’t take the 40mg of Nexium a day the doctor has presscribed, which he wants to increase to 60mg as I have ulcers in my esophagus. I hate taking this drug as it makes me bloated and full of gas and I believe it is very bad for my bones as well. I have been taking it daily now for 12 years. Can you please give me any advise on what I can do, diet or otherwise, to get off this drug and to stop the acid burning me on a daily basis when I don’t take it. I’m at my wits end.
    Thanks and regards
    Sophie

  19. Curtis February 24, 2013 at 1:44 am #

    I am writing to tell you about my husband..He is 85 years old was diagnosed with Bullous Pemphigoid and that its autoimmune disease..He has this over a year and its not getting better..Hes on antibiotics and prednisone ..they help for a while as long as he is taking prednisone..as soon as he is off of prednisone it flares up again.I would like to hear what you have to say about this.. Thank you..

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  20. Parul Malik February 24, 2013 at 5:05 am #

    I am from India doctor and I never knew there is a way out of an auto immune disease. I had Primary Complex when I was three and at the age of eight the doctors noticed a swelling in my throat in a passport photograph of mine and diagnosed me with Hypothyroidism. I have never had any weight gain and am thin and fairly tall for a girl (5’10”) so the symptoms of a hypothyroid patient weren’t there even though I have to admit I did sleep a lot!
    I have been on artificial thyroid hormone for 13 years now & want to be off it but the allopathic doctors in the Military Hospital say there is no chance of that ever and I have a lifelong dependency.
    Your comments Doctor?
    & like I mentioned I’m from India.

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  21. Cherie February 28, 2013 at 7:54 am #

    Hi, You’re articles are fantastic. I have had Fibromyalgia and Thyroid Disease for 15yrs and despite visits to every natural health expert under the sun – no success. The fact that my job is severely stressful doesnt help. For the past 9mths I have been eating clean, organic, had mercury fillings removed and am now doing yoga. The pain has decreased, however after the first 10kgs, my weight has plateaued for 7mths! It will not budge.
    How long do you think it will take for my body to heal and let go of the weight. Apart from the pain it is the only other sign i have that my body is improving.
    Thanks
    :)
    Cherie

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff February 28, 2013 at 2:25 pm #

      Hi Cherie,

      Congrats on your success thus far! Because functional medicine is not a one-size-fits all approach to health, we would need to know more about you to better help you understand your healing process. Unfortunately Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum.
      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  22. aline g.v. March 1, 2013 at 7:35 am #

    hi , I live in brazil and i would
    like to go to
    U.s to see dr. mark and make a treatment with him. is it possible
    that you send me
    the email to
    contact him
    or his office?

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      Hello Aline,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center, please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. This site is designed to give prospective patients a comprehensive source of information about The UltraWellness Center. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637-9991.

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  23. Tricia March 2, 2013 at 10:14 am #

    I have watched you every week for a while on public television. I am a 49 yr. old female that was diagnosed 1 year ago with Hashimoto Disease, after gaining weight and feeling very tired and depressed. I had not been to a Doctor in over 20 years so for me to go was a signal about how bad I felt. The Doctor said it probably was in my head which made me feel more depressed. She did order a blood test though. My cholesterol levels were very high which was an indication of Hashimotos. I was put on thyroid medication. At first I was put on generic and I had alot of pain and tingling in my extremities. My endo acted like this was in my head , but prescribed regular thyroid meds. I am not obese, so I feel that the Doctors do not listen to me. My endo said that blood test do show inflamation and I am on 112 mg and she says I should be on lower dosages, but my thyroid levels she cant get regulated. Prior to being diagnosed I exercised regularly and felt great. My good cholesterol is over 100,but my combined is 275. I am going to try eliminating certain foods in diet. I just threw out potato chips and M&ms. I did notice that in the Summer months I lost weight that I had gained and felt better. In the winter months I put back on the weight and I have more joint pain. What kind of protein drinks should we drink on your plan? Many have sugars or additives.

  24. Kevin March 3, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    Dear Hyman Staff,
    INdeed this is what i’m been looking for. Have PSA for the last 3 years and have been on Humira for the past 1 1/2 year. From the side effects, i have very painful burning jock itch, yeast and fungal attack out of control on my toe nail. I’ve been trying eat organic vegan diet and exercise daily. i will try yoga when ever there is chance. IS there any doctor in the San Francisco Bay area that on functional medicine? Do they accept any type of insurance? THis is what i’ve looking for. MY Psoractic Arthritis has been killing my joints in my finger and toes. My energy has decrease and memory loss in increasing. AT times i feel like i have some kind of worm crawling in side my body but all the western doctor that i’ve visit say it’s nothing or not to be concern about. I will definitely take this 9 steps whole hearty.

  25. Painfulljoints March 7, 2013 at 6:43 am #

    Hi there. I had radioactive iodine treatment done mid 2012 due to overactive thyroid that caused severe shakes. At times I could not hold a glass of water. After the treatment the symptoms stopped quite quickly and I started taking Eltroxion in October 2012. Have gained significant weight. Was previously stable at 104kg for many years and increased to 118 in a short period of time. Dosage of Eltroxin is now 125mg per day and T4 seems well poised. Currently have severe pains in my joints that flare up in a matter of hours and disappears within a day. These joint pains are very severe and immobilise me completely. What is going on ????

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  26. Julie March 8, 2013 at 11:30 am #

    I have had a form of eczema/psoriasis… no doctor has ever been clear about which it might be or really what to call it other then these two. The main issue is swollen red itchy bumps usually on the tops of my hands and has got so bad to the point it had covered my inter body excluding only small portions of my torso. I have lived with this for the past 12 years trying all the treatments I have found with out any long term results. I have used prescription creams and gels, herbal remedies, changed my eating, taken supplements, was diagnosed with leaky gut and went on a cleanse to treat that in hopes it would be the solution to my skin disorder, and also worked with a nutritionist to treat the problem. No results to date. I’ve not given up. But is there any ideas out there that might lead me in the right direction and what to try next?
    Thank you, Julie

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    Deborah March 8, 2013 at 7:05 pm #

    My question is regards to Auto Immune based inflammation. It is a chicken/ egg question that I am trying to figure out. My husband been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (Pan) and with AI disorders, My hubbys MD keep saying to me that foods have no effect on the disease. Huh?

    My husband loves the MDs answer so he can continue to eat foods I know are causing him harm. I keep saying that the foods my not have “Caused” the UC (although thats not my belief- I think unknown allergies coupled with genetic predisposition coupled with continued agitation), but stress management coupled with knowledge of possible allergenic contributors can only help. My husband thinks its a waste of time and I say it is worth approaching and stating an elimination plan as outlines dby UltraMetabolism. Can I get some thoughts, support , articles, suggestions?

  28. Kate B March 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm #

    I suffer from both of these maladies. I wish Dr. Hyman would write something about them.
    Meanwhile, I am going to follow his general protocol to improve my nutrition.
    I take a regimen of vitamins and homeopathic remedies so improved nutrition can only help!

  29. NEMO March 14, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

    I have 2 episodes (4 years apart) of coughing up blood for 4-7days each each episode. First time the doc gave abx n bleeding stopped.
    after the 2nd episode (again abx given) more tests were done and am told that i have autoimmune disease – diffuse alveolar bleeding.
    what can i do to undo the autoimmune attacks?

    Thanks

    Nemo

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      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

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  30. Karen Randall March 14, 2013 at 10:07 pm #

    I was diagnosed with Scleritis 2 years ago, in my right eye. Scleritis is an auto-immune condition where the immune system attacks the whites of your eyes. I was on steroids (prednislone) for 6 months and after slowly reducing the dose the Scleritis disappeared. I had 6 months of peace before it came back in December 2012. This time it was in my left eye and more severe than before. I have been on 15mg of Prednoslone since November and have had 5 IV drips of 500mg of Pred to try and shut everything down. As a result of the IV prednoslone a bone infection developed in my foot and i had to have my middle toes amputated at the weekend. I saw my eye consultant tonight and he wants to start me on Mycrophenolate. I have agreed to this having resisted it previously. I have been tested for all the major auto-immune diseases, all negative. I am seeing a Nephrologist tomorrow night to rule out kidney disease. I am totally at my wits end!

  31. Joline Mortensen March 16, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

    I have struggled for about six years with lots of symptoms I never had before. My doctor kept dismissing my complaints so I kept pursuing him but he adamantly claimed it was all in my head and I really only needed anti-depressants, as well as pain meds and sleep aids. I always refused but kept pushing him to test for other stuff. After four years of suffering I went to a naturapath who then did allergy testing and that certainly helped. By eliminating dairy, beef, gluten and eggs I was able to calm my body’s inflammation greatly but still couldn’t be as active as I was in the past because it affected my lung function as well. My conventional doctor was so mad that I had spent money to see a naturapath that he finally told me he didn’t like me as a patient and admitted to not treating me seriously. I switched doctors and saw a rheumatologist that confirmed I have Sjogren’s, Reynaud’s, and RA and I am now on the path to healing as I have also just finished my first semester of my Registered Holistic Nutritionist course! Thanks for all for the great info.!

  32. Joy March 16, 2013 at 4:32 pm #

    Hi
    My two grown up children have devastating autoimmune conditions. My daughter had premature ovarian failure at age 16 and my son has just been diagnosed with crohns disease.
    There must surely be a link.
    Reading this article really makes me want to explore the causes/reasons before my son is pumped full of steroids and immunosuppressant drugs.
    I need to know who I can go to in the UK for help.
    Does Dr Hyman have any contacts here who are doing similar work?
    Thanks

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Hello Joy,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  33. Sandy De Master March 17, 2013 at 11:01 am #

    Hello. I just found out I have H. Pylori. what is the “triple antibiotic therapy” that Dr. Hyman recommends to treat this bacteria?

    Thanks for the help.
    Sandy

  34. McCullen Stafford March 17, 2013 at 4:51 pm #

    I am a 18yr old male,i have been told by doctors that I have chronic itp.i have lost everything I have worked for .scholarships ,athletic scholarships cause my platlet count is staying around 10, they have told me there is nothing they can do,and there is no cure .I could use some help….if u would please give me some advice,my blood work is absolutely fine other than the low platlets….im at the end of my rope with this….I need some help please…..they just want me to sit and wait until something else goes wrong….please im scared…I don’t want to die from waiting around and doing nothing…thank you McCullen…….

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:20 pm #

      Hello McCullen,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet. If you wish to locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

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  35. Barb Searle March 18, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    Hi Doctor Hyman, Thank you for this advice, after a couple of years at full tilt with bereavement, anger, physical and emotional upheavel and all sorts of life traumas going on around me, my health has taken a huge nose-dive this last year and I seem to be a bit lost.
    I’ve been on UK arthritus drugs for nearly 25 odd years (Celebrex), along with Paracetamol and Aspro to boost it’s effect but last year the pain got so bad the hospital rechecked my symptoms and said I never EVER had arthritus but think I have fibromyalgia/ME and that I was mis-diagnosed! – I was not sure if I should sue or be happy! – I ceased the treatment & am now unable to take Paracetamol or Aspro as my system won’t accept them anymore. The hospital prescribed Amytriptyline for my ‘FM’. That was 8 months ago and since then I’ve gone onto Dulcolex and lastly Gabapentin – each one I had to stop after a month as the side effects were pretty bad -nausea, headaches, dizzyness, inability to ‘wake’ up, drowsiness, depression and eczema. Each time the symptoms got worse and worse until I was waking up each morning with a migraine and spending my time detoxing between meds and trying to rip the skin off my face, neck and arms while it wept with eczema. I am like a burns victim at the mo and best of all, none of the drugs ever stopped original pain!
    I found that my doc just churned out tablets like a conveyor belt and was not really interested in whether they worked or not, even when I phoned to tell him the latest with my current meds and that I was coming off them. He offered no other help and it sounded like he basically closed the case and left me to it ( I suppose as it was my decision to come off them) – it’s just my luck I have a naff doctor but I Honestly, I think these meds are trying to kill me! My eczema has now overtaken every other thing that I thought I could not cope with, and nothing that they prescribe is doing Anything at all to help it… It’s more painful and deadly than my original pain and it’s driving me absolutely nuts.
    I took an ‘executive decision’ last week to come off everything and just live with my original pain, but none of the side effects are going away and seem to be getting worse! I’m a young 60yr old female and care for my 90 yr old dad. My stress levels are probably off the planet anyway and I try to tip-toe around myself and not get too stressed but Ultimately I’m not sure WHAT is triggering it. I am a life-long vegetarian, I try to not eat junk or sugar, salt, wheat blah, but really there is just too much information confusion out there with what you can and can’t do and basically I was just about to give up, but Seeing your blog helped! I will try and do each of your suggestions. I doubt I’ll be going back to my doc or my hospital, but will do some more research and try and get some of your book suggestions here in the UK if I can. Before seeing this, I did think that my immune system was definitely dying on me so it’s good to find some sensible direction with which to start from. It’s time to do it myself! Thank you Doc! All the Best, Barb x

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Barb,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. If you are interested in another approach and wish to locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

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  36. Isobel March 18, 2013 at 11:40 pm #

    Dy Hyman, I am 45 years old and have an auto-immune tissue disease. I can barely sleep at night, and my body is constantly in pain (my joints) – I also have a condition of arthritis. I feel tired and sore all the time. Doctors here cant help me. I am from Australia and willing to fly anywhere in the world to a doctor who can help – looking forward to your reply.

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:13 pm #

      Hello Isobel,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  37. Rita Alanis March 23, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    Dear Staff member, I am a 55 year young, Hispanic grandmother. In 2004, I was sent to the local MDA clinc to muscle weakness. As of today, I still ave not been given a diagnosis from them. As recently as 2 weeks ago, I went to a neurologist to get a second opinion, and given a EMG test. All muscles should to have normal responses. The MD Dr wanted me on Mexiltine, which I refuse to take because I have been extremely weak and had constipation, abdominal bloating and gas. I get sick , tired weak after i eat, to the point i am afraid to eat. Then I went to see a rheumatologist,who said I have an auto immune disease, again…no diagnosis. She wanted me on Azathioprine and Pravastatin, which again I refuse to take. I have been hospitalized 3 times in 2 weeks for weakness ( low potassium ) and CHF.
    I am pretty much bedridden, maybe 85-90 % of the time and am so frustrated that no one can seem to help. I have a pacemaker, had Cushings ( right adrenal gland removed )in 1991; and just yesterday, was told that my left kidney is blocked with scar tissue due to an ablation for a mass found in Aug last year. That kidney is no longer working. So here I am, all Drs seem to have no clue, and have thrown their arms in the air. My own PCP told my husband that we might need to think about putting me in a nursing home. That is the last straw. I have a good day every once in awhile, so this nursing home idea is so ridiculous. Any suggestions?….

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  38. april March 24, 2013 at 11:21 pm #

    I am 51 yr old female and have a dead bone in my knee..they say it is because of an autoimmune dissorder but are not sure what i am being tested for lupus.I have been prescribed meds for this but i havent taken them as i dont want to take it untll i am sure that is what i have..I have been eating gluten free for the past 2 months and i am starting to take more vitamins and fish oils..what else can i do. any suggestions

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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm #

      Hello April,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  39. Mary Wise March 25, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s a few of years ago. Not having medical insurance I waited till I had no energy, my feet and legs ached in the mornings, I was overweight, I was experiencing mental fogginess and I had a noticeable swelling in my neck before seeking medical attention.

    Lab test results showed very low vitamin D levels. A fine needle biopsy came back inconclusive and I had the right half of my thyroid surgically removed. I was prescribed a thyroid supplement. When I asked about making any changes to my diet I was told that diet didn’t have anything to do with this disorder and that I should just take the medication. Wrong answer!

    Doing my own research online I found out the foods that are considered goitergenic and have since limited them. After more research, I came across the studies done in Europe linking gluten to autoimmune disorders and have since eliminated gluten from my diet. Wanting to support my thyroid I have begun eating three Brazil nuts a day. I do yoga once a week and my current job has me up and moving rather than confined to a desk.

    After all these changes I am no longer taking the prescription thyroid drugs. The majority of my symptoms have resolved but lately I have begun experiencing joint and muscle pain and earlier this winter, I had a prolonged bout of depression.

    My monetary resources are limited so my food/diet choices are also limited. I receive medical care through the VA system and cannot demand certain tests to be run. I would like to be able to live without pain within a budget. Is such a thing possible?

    Thank you, Mary

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 12:46 pm #

      Hi Mary,

      It sounds like you are on the right path, find the resources in your community to provide the food and diet options that fit within your budget and if you can grow your own foods or join a co-op.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  40. Sandra Hill March 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm #

    I have psoriasis, and polymyalgia.

    Taking prednisone and sulphersalizine.
    Topical steroid creams for skin condition when needed.

  41. Kathy P. March 27, 2013 at 3:46 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,

    I am a 41year old female. My blood tests had showed +protein, and +SSA. That had been Sept/1012. Up until then, my main complaint was that I became very fatigued as I got closer to my menstral cycle. Three weeks out of the month, I stayed very tiered. My obgyn put me on the pill and refered my to a rumotologist after blood work showed +protein (RA). My rhemotologist then perfomed additional blood work that showed the +SSA also. He prescribed me Plaquanil, 200mg 2Xday. I am researching on my the causes and triggers of why I have recently been diagnosed. Up til my diagnosis, I have been a healthy individual. I have begun to cut out certain foods and sugars and try to fallow different advices that I have read on the subject. My concern is the long term effects of taking the Plaquanil and then the effect that from the fatigue, occasional joint pain (my doctor said that it could be from athletic injuries) I have not had any other symptoms from what I have read. I would appreciate any other information that you may provide me with or a starting point in addition to what I have read on this page. Thank you.

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff April 5, 2013 at 12:50 pm #

      Hi Kathy,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work with AI. Because Dr Hyman cannot provide personalized medical advice in this forum it is probably best for you to check out The UltraSimple Diet to get started or you might even really enjoy The Blood Sugar Solution too- both are appropriate for your goals. http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com or store.ultrasimplediet.com

      If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  42. Terry March 27, 2013 at 8:20 pm #

    Glad to find your website. After going to family doctor and derm, I felt hopeless about my condition of hair loss. I had dieted/exercised and lost 35 lbs in about 3 mo. After a few months, I began to lose my hair and developed anxiety. No one had an answer for me. I saw a functional medicine doctor a month ago and looking forward to my follow-up visit to review lab results. It was very expensive, but health is worth it. My mother has vitilago and brother has psoriasis. My weight loss and/or anxiety may have triggered an autoimmune disorder. I also had started smoking 2 yrs ago due to the stress. I’ve read that smoking can also be a trigger. I’m hoping my new doctor will help me to identify the problem and restore my health. I hope to provide positive information at a later date.

  43. Brice Howe March 28, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    Been suffering with LGS for 4 years…stopped going to doctors after being misdiagnosed for 2 1/2 yrs…been healing myself…making great strides but hit a plateau…still 15lbs underweight, some hives, rashes, blotches and still allergic/sensitive to over 40 foods.

    Just found a website with a product call DigestaCure (digestaqure.com)…multiple testimonials claim complete cure to every condition, illness, disease, ailment…endorsed by Dr Drucker…started the product today…the claims are that this product ‘turns off the switch’ that is making the immune system attack healthy tissue. All of my research over the years and their studies all point to that this is my missing link.

    Very excited…wanted to pass the info on to Dr Hyman. Also, I found that the antibiotics for h.pylori are very harmful and don’t always work BUT an ingredient in Pepto Bismal (I forget the name…I think it’s a-bysmith) kills it…2 tsps 4x daily for 2 weeks. Also Mastic Gum kills the h.pylori bacteria…I use it as a maintenance.

    Love Dr Hyman’s reports…exciting to be hearing more and more about Functional Medicine becoming mainstream. BUT like you mentioned above…not all FM doctors know what they’re doing. Do your homework:)

    Thanks, again.

  44. Irene March 31, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    I’m a Type 1 Diabetic, Under Active Thyroid and Gluten Intolerant. Recently I’ve taken steps to follow the paleolicthic diet under the watchful eye of a practioner who is herself autoimmune and educated in paleo eating regimes. Being autoimmune and diabetic, gluten intolerant and low thyroid I have also restricted:

    eggs (Omega 6 which cause inflamation and protein which is similar to hormone producing organ tissues)

    dairy products (Casein which is milk protein similar to pancreas tissue)

    grains (as all grains have vegetable protein similar to body tissues))

    all legumes, nuts and seeds (again due to the amount of Omega 6 and vegetable proteins).

    I have been feeling better than I ever have for over 30 years and I am certain it is because for that amount of time the medical profession and dietians have instructed me to upload myself with carbs and protein in order to stabilise the highs and lows of blood glucose levels caused by pumping huge amounts of animal and man made insulins.

    I now not only understand but also appreciate that Omega 3, Vitamin D and Zinc are vital in managing inflamation in the gut and the rest of the body. I’m still very new at this but am so happy my over all healthy, mental claridty and energy levels have improved so much in so little time.

    I loved reading your site Dr Hyman and hope that all autoimmune people and their families are able to get a hold of this valuable information.

  45. Paula G. March 31, 2013 at 10:17 am #

    I have primary Sjogren’s Syndrome which was triggered by long term exposure to Aspergillus mold (Mycotoxins). I have been taking fish oil for about a month and I have gotten significantly worse. This is not a coincidence. Before I was diagnosed, I would take fish oil, feel my wrists start to hurt, some eyebrows fell out, other weird things, and then stop it and got better (didn’t know about inflammation or autoimmune disease at the time, just did it for good health, but noticed the connection). My doctor said that fish oil helps with autoimmune disease so I started it again a month ago and now I am WAY WAY worse than ever. Why is that? Same exact thing happens with Curcumin. It is supposed to be a great anti-inflammatory but it gets my symptoms and my health WAY worse. So, I guess I am wondering if I am some freak of nature. Fish oil, curcumin, any anti inflammatory herbal treatment makes me significantly worse.

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff April 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

      Hi Paula,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. We can’t responsively diagnose why you are having the symptoms you are over the internet. You might consider consulting a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  46. treatment vitiligo islam April 3, 2013 at 9:54 am #

    Very good post. I’m dealing with a few of these issues as well..

  47. Norm Ruttan April 10, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Over 10-15 years I developed symptoms of ill health similar to the case Dr. Hyman describes. As my weight increased to about 35 pounds over high school weight, I gradually developed ‘metabolic syndrome’ symptoms. ‘Bad’ cholesterol wasn’t too high, but ‘good’ cholesterol levels were very low. I had episodes of faintness. Loss of energy, etc. Then the joint pain began first in the achilles tendons (alternately) then the toe joints, the hip joint (left), the knee joints (mostly in the left knee and once in a while would subside and move to the right knee. I also had burning, watery eyes, a dry inflammed nose, a stiff lower back, itchy outer ear canal, scaling on my head, patches of loose skin on my arms, itchy crotch, etc.

    I went to my G.P. and was referred to a rheumatologist at a teaching hospital nearby. He eventually diagnosed ‘psoriatic arthritis’ and prescribed hydroxychoroquine. Which after a while worked and my knee pain subsided and the swelling in the knee went almost back to normal. The other symptoms remained though.

    I have a son with G6PD disease and to make it easier for my wife to prepare meals, I agreed to try a very simple diet. Bean free (for the G6PD) and also gluten free and soy (bean) free.

    I lost 35 pounds, my energy levels rose immensely, my chronic fatigue disappeared, my ear itch disappeared, the ankylosing spondylitis in my back is mostly gone (people say ‘I walk like my Dad…who I think also had it), the knee joint pain is gone, no pain in the achilles tendons, the eye irritation (which I think was anterior uveitis) is under control, the rhinitis is under control, the diarhea and irritable bowel syndrome is gone and my stools are like they were when I was young. My skin has gone from being dry to being moist and supple. I’m 67 and it had begun losing its elasticity; some of the elasticity is back and when I ‘pinch an inch’ the skin quickly goes back down to lie flat. My fingernails still have ridges in them, but when I cut them, they’re no longer brittle. The crotch itch is mostly gone. I have no problems with athletes foot, or other skin conditions. My gut doesn’t feel irritated all the time. My mood is way up!

    Did I mention that I don’t need to take the immunosuppresants anymore? Nor the anti-inflammatories. Nor the pill to make it so my stomach could withstand the ulerative effects of the anti inflammatories.

    I think I’m also seeing some ‘neurological symptoms’ subside; I had ‘periodic limb movement’ and took/still take dopamine precursor for it. I also have/had ‘essential tremor’. I still take the dopamine but have noticed my essential tremor seems to be better, and my sleep remains very good (no night time waking, as long as I lay off caffeine and/or alcohol).

    I’m a 66 year old man, and I feel better than I have for ever felt in the last 30 years.

    My plan is to continue to eat a ‘very diverse diet’ keeping simple carbohydrate levels down, eating lots of vegetables and fruit, eating a moderate level of all kinds of meat, avoiding the ‘preserved meats’ (and anything with preservatives in it…I figure if they can preserve something in a cardboard box for 6 months , they probably ‘preserve’ the food in the inside of my gut). I’m going to be a lot easier on my gut from now on…I understand that it’s tough, but not as tough as it needs to be for the junk that the food industry puts into its products.

    I still have a small amount of inflammation (lower back, eyes, nose, an occasional feeling of something not totally right in my left knee) so I’m continuing to find ways to heal, by keeping my diet extremely balanced (no eating too much rice pasta at one sitting for example), by keeping my mood up, by keeping busy with social activities and fun work activities (I run a stressful small business), by avoiding too much alcohol or coffee, etc.

    I agree with Dr. Hyman. In my experience, modern medicine uses drugs to extinguish or cover up symptoms, without treating underlying causes.

    There’s only so much “modern medicine as it’s currently practiced” can do to treat (cover up) the results of the plentiful, but poor quality diet that most North Americans consume.

  48. Rose April 15, 2013 at 9:50 am #

    I was wondering in regards to viral infections how to treat auto immune diseases. I am new to any type of health promblems. I believe I have contracted HSVII. I didn’t have a classic “outbreak” and have to wait 16 weeks for blood work to show positive. I have developed eye lid swelling (only at night) I have thyroid pain, and have been burping a lot more since this encounter. So, you say to find what the problem is. Well HSVII is all that I know of that could be causing this much stress to my body. There is no cure so am I just doomed for life? Should supressive therapy help? Meaning the valtrex will fight the HSVII and my immune system would calm down? Is this something that will be temporary and after a few months my immune system will fix itself? I have no idea where to begin and all the Dr’s I have seen want to treat me for depression, eye infection etc. None of the medication they give me works. In addition, I would like to try a natural approach. I don’t even know what auto immune disease I have but my thyroid has pain and my eye swells just at night. All blood work for thyroid came back “normal” Please help, I have no idea what steps to take……..

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff April 17, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

      Hi Rose,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  49. Mackenzie Jade April 15, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    I enjoyed your article and I agree wholeheartedly. We need more passionate Doctors like yourself!

  50. Teresita veloz April 16, 2013 at 11:49 am #

    Hello
    I have had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis for about 10 yrs now. According to all the different drs I have seen my levels are “normal” but I never feel better. I am now 36 with four kids and it feels like every day I feel worse and worse. I have had pain in my hips knees and buttocks for a few years now but they could not find anything so just diagnosed me with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. I live in constant pain and I also seem to b getting sick with viruses and colds with extremely thick phlem much easier and harder to get rid of. I have a large goiter and is becoming hard to swallow at times as very thick saliva. My last ultrasound showed I had a ton of swollen lymph nodes? They don’t seem to b worried. I have no quality of life, I become depressed and don’t want to do anything but lay down. It is so frustrating that drs see there profession as a one size fits all and dt care enough or have enough knowledge to think outside of the box. I also have a vitamine d dediciency and my white bloods count is always low. I also have anemia badly with extremely low ferritin levels. ? I would love to find a dr who cares enough to see me as an individual and not a one size fits all type if mentality.

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff April 17, 2013 at 1:31 pm #

      Dear Terisita,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. If you are interested in seeing a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  51. skokispirit@yahoo.ca April 18, 2013 at 3:22 pm #

    Dear Dr. Mark, I am currently experiencing an insanely accelerated form of vitiligo. Within a couple of months it has overwhelmed my hands, face and other parts of my body. I also suffer from hypothyroidism and have been developing numerous mouth ulcers. My doctor recommends all of the band-aid solutions you refer to throughout your blog for autoimmune diseases but no one seems interested in helping me otherwise. I am growing increasingly concerned and would be willing to consider all advice you have to offer.
    With great thanks, K. Mitzel

  52. Katlin G April 20, 2013 at 2:54 pm #

    I am 21 years old and have been suffering for years with symptoms of joint pain, fatigue, dizziness, the inability to concentrate, depression, anxiety, the list goes on and on. Finally this year I was diagnosed with hashimotos and am desperately seeking relief before this drives me absolutely crazy/ into a deep depression. I am definitaly going to be using some of your tips here! I often feel worse when I eat and am almost positive theres an intolerance or allergy to something, the tests are just so expensive! Going to start a whole food diet based off of just fruits veggies and organic meat soon, maybe thatll help.
    Great article and great advice!

  53. Rod April 25, 2013 at 2:14 pm #

    I recently have this ringing on my left ear. This happen last august and was told by ent and rheumotologist that it was a viral infection. I was given steroid for 2 weeks and i felt bad while on them. The ringing was getting lower but suddenly came about about 2 weeks ago. Sometimes it loud enough that i cannot hear from my ear and at other times the hearing is restored completely. On 3 blood exams my anit body level range was at 1:80 which i was told was high and could have some sort of auto immune problem. but i was further tested and came up fine according to the doctors. I went to my ent 2 weeks ago and he put me on steroids again i do not think its doing anything except feeling side affects. If this is an auto immune problem which one is it? I am getting a little desperate as I would like to know what this could be? I was told that I can just naturally have a high antibody level. I just do not want this to get worst. Can you shed some light on this situation?

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm #

      Dear Rod,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice regarding therapeutic foods for AI, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

      In good health,
      The Nutrition Team

  54. Alice May 2, 2013 at 10:40 am #

    I am 61, feel 91 and suffer chronic persistant pain. I have had IBS since I was 33 and have now developed Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. I am convinced it is an auto immune response but my symptoms get treated individually! I was on amitryptiline for the fibro but it made me ill and I came off it after only 6 months. I follow a Gluten free diet and go light on dairy but am at a loss to know how to treat myself. Walking is agony sleep intermittant and fatigue continuous. I think it is probably a stress response and reading this article has helped me to decide to try harder to find the real cause. My knees can swell up by 21/2 inches in one day! to say I am fed up is an understatement -so thanks for giving me a bit of hope!

  55. Lorna Stewart May 3, 2013 at 6:10 am #

    I am currently taking steroids and an immunosupressant drug.

    Is it useful to follow Dr Hyman’s 9 steps while still on the drug treatment, or will the drug treatment cancel everything else out?

    • Avatar of Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff
      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 2, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

      Dear Lorna,
      Dr. Hyman’s guidelines are pretty basic and safe. However, please consult with your local GP before starting or stopping a new medical treatment, including dietary supplements.

      In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      Or, for more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  56. Andrea Landau May 4, 2013 at 6:28 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with Raynuad’s Disease…Syndrome… and am wondering what vitamins you might recommend that I take to help me, as I am now on a plant based diet and am exercising 5-6 times a week.
    Thank you…
    Andrea

  57. Mia May 13, 2013 at 1:12 pm #

    I am 47 and have three children and have enjoyed good health until last year. I have struggled with weight issues all my life and finally lost approximately 80 pounds in 2009 and have kept it off with an active lifestyle. I have put back on 20 pounds in the past year and developed the following symptoms; chronic flaky, scaling skin in and behind my right ear, chronic furuncles in my nose that respond to antibiotics then recur when treatment is completed. I have zero energy and at a recent gyn visit, was treated for bacterial vaginosis and my doctor diagnosed me with lichen sclerosis and put me on a topical ointment. I am an OR nurse and my feeling is that these are all connected somehow, yet, each doc treats the symptoms separately. I’m tired of running around and getting no relief, I know there is an answer to this puzzle!
    Thanks for your consideration,
    Mia

  58. Eugene May 13, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,

    Thank you for this article! I am 40 years old and was just recently diagnosed with Graves’ Disease. After being referred to a specialist, I was surprised to learn that the conventional treatments (anti-thyroid medication, ablation with radio-active iodine, and surgery) don’t really address the underlying problem of my autoimmune system attacking my thyroid, causing it to over-produce thyroid hormone. Your article really hit home with me and it gives me hope that I will be able to “clean house” so to speak. I am currently on anti-thyroid medication (methimazole) to bring my levels back down to normal, but additionally I put myself on a Paleo diet to cut out many food allergens like gluten, and am taking vitamin supplements especially Vitamin D3. I’ll see how it goes…

    Cheers,
    Eugene

    • Santhosh November 22, 2013 at 8:37 am #

      Hello Eugene,

      I am 29 years old. I have been taking Carbimazole for grave’s disease since it was first detected in Jan 2013, symptoms started around 4 years back. I can see lot of improvements now, but still symptoms keep coming back. I have a strong feeling this will not cure me permanently, so I am in search permanent of cure to fix my autoimmune problem.

      How are you now as I can see you started to “clean house” in May. Are you seeing the improvements? I would really love to discuss in detail with you. Please drop me a note to santhudr@gmail.com, if you are ok.

      Thanks,
      Santhosh

      • Avatar of Team Hyman
        Team Hyman December 30, 2013 at 10:43 pm #

        Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work with IBS. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

        For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  59. Jayne May 14, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Hi, i know its been a while since this post but im hoping you could still provide a reference for me. I’m 28 years old from Sydney, Australia. I’ve have a serious of illnesses including, ashma, sinus problems, several allergies, depression and Multiple Scelrosis. I’m on a immune suppressants as subscribed by my neurologist for my MS.

    I really feel that there is a better option out there for me to address all my illnessses. I just dont know who to go to as my doc thinks im being stupid for considering alternative options. Is there anyone in Australia that you would recommend I try to see? I’m very open to all kinds of treatment, I just want someone’s help to get proper treatment.

    Cheers,
    Jayne

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 3:53 pm #

      Hello Jayne,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a practitioner of functional medicine in your area see the “Find a Functional Medicine Practitioner” link at the Institute of Functional Medicine website: http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  60. Chris May 15, 2013 at 3:50 pm #

    I had Hashimoto’s but never treated for it since the doctors never did the right tests. then I had thyroid cancer in 2009 with a total removal. Today I am still 50 lbs over weight but feeling better. I have been treated for candida and it is gone. I do have high mercury and being treated for it now. My ferritin is 300 but my iron is fine.

    I would like to know if I should get tested for food sensitives. I go to a natural medicine doctor.

    thanks

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 3:49 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet, please consult your physician.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  61. Chris May 15, 2013 at 3:52 pm #

    My husband gets needle like sensations in his lower legs after he showers. this also happens if he exercises and sweats. We have gone to so many doctors and none can figure it out. Any suggestions? He prolongs getting a shower because he can’t take the pain.

    • Avatar of HymanStaff
      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

      Hi Chris,

      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  62. Marie Ireland May 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi there, Your explaination about auto Immune makes sense and I have now been in healing for over a year. I am a 40yr old woman. I have been diagnosed with Rhematoid at the age of 21yrs. I found I had a allergy to milk so stopping that stopped my arthritic symptoms. I then went through menopause at age 28yrs due to trauma from anurism and relationship breakup, chemical poisoning, viral meningitis. At the age of 35 a specialist told me that I had a rare gene that set me into early menapause and the fact that I had all the above trauma made it come even earlier. Another frustrating system I have had is eye blurriness and especially my left can get very bad, where I cant see much from it as it is just a blur.
    Now I have always eaten rather healthy and especially in the last year. I again got a rheumatoid arthritsis attach in Jan last year and could hardly walk or open my hands. I immediatedly decided to get a hair analysis done, thus getting onto a auto immune specialilst within this company. Now since then we have succesfully rid my body of inflamation and calm my digestive system. I have been very diciplined with eliminating foods. however my query is that I should not have to continue to eliminate foods as I want my body to heal and get my digestive back where it can cope with foods. I am fine if I stick with the same diet however it is very restricted, so therefore something is not quite healed. All the recommended supplements that I was on over the year should of I believe reversed the auto immune, however my blood results are still showing the same issue. Now my specialist says I may have a different auto immune, it seems that it is never ending when I have done everything perfectly to my knowledge I should of been finding good blood results rather than no change. My eyes can be a real bother at times and I have been told it is connect tissue issue which comes with auto immune. I heard about heavy metal testing a couple of months ago and want to see if that could be a cause. My specialist told me the detoxing that I have been doing for years, that it is unlikely that I have any heavy metal toxicity and if I did it has done the damage thus the reason for the auto immune. I really want to have some anwers for myself as I have done everything to my knowledge and I believe that the only thing left is a heavy metal test. I look forward to your reply and an answer that may heal my body and change my life for good. Much appreciated for the opportunity you have given me to find a cure. Warm Regards Marie

  63. Alex May 22, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

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  65. Tara May 28, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

    Have you been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease?
    ***Yes. Chronic Utacaria (spelled wrong), hives, and over 100 dramatic and life threatening allergies and mostly foods (eggs, oranges, tuna, mushrooms, too many to name) seemingly overnight. Ended up in hospital with anaphalactic shock.(also spelled wrong)

    How is your doctor treating you?
    ***When I was seeing one, with an Epi pen, Allegra, and Rantinidine.

    Have you been frustrated by the medical advice that you’ve been given?
    *** Yes. All forms of treatment offered addressed symptoms only. To make matters worse, I soon developed what appears to be seborrheic dermatitis. I didn’t even bother going to the dermatologist because I know that suppressive therapies are standard treatment methods. Also because common sense could tell me that I clearly was experiencing autoimmune failures- different symptoms, but same root reason. That was my theory.

    What steps have you taken to get to the root of the problem, and what have your results been?

    *** The first thing I did was change what I was consuming. I went 100% organic and whole. Only plain and pure nourishment. For about a week and half I ate only 100% organic lightly steamed celery/carrot/potato with a lightly sauteed 100% organic mixture of olive oil, butter, lots of parsley, garlic, and shallots . drizzled over it. The parsley I kept uncooked, but I did muddle it so as to release flavor.
    After less than a week I was able to reduce my previously necessary and lifesaving daily allergy meds to only once every 4 days or so. Within less than one month I was off the meds altogether. The only thing that still gives me noticeable allergic reaction is when i eat at almost any asian food establishment. Most times-Sushi gives me terrible asthma. I believe that has to do with the quality of fish they use (farms or polluted waters)
    I can’t comfortable eat or drink stuff with citric acid in too much. Again- restricts my breathing. Sour candy used to be a treat (Nerds,sour Gloworms, etc) Daquiris and other mixed drinks with artificial flavors based on a citric acid compound are a big no-no. Thankfully I never much cared for sugary drinks and candy, but I did like sour stuff.

    After the dermatitis took over my face I got so desperate to purge my system. I noticed for the first time in my life I was craving sweets. This happened around the time I cut out the foods that weren’t nutrient dense. Since my skin condition is fed by a yeasty flora, I suspect that my ‘bad’ bacteria were ‘starving’ and hence my sugary cravings.

    I’m finally seeing dramatic improvement on all fronts, face almost back to normal and it was so bad before. Red, swollen, peeling, and cyclical in nature- I couldn’t get rid of it. Except for MSG and Citric Acid (fresh fruit doesn’t bother me anymore)

    I started juicing high nutrient organics like beets and carrots and celery and ginger and juice of lemons. People said the sugar was bad but in my own experience it was not. I paired that with lots of plain greens (arugala, kale, bok choy, chards, etc) and I would drizzle the greens with evoo and balsamic.

    I also used all the fibrous the pulp from my juicing and made soups with it. Pretty plain, Always garlic and shallots and parsley. A little organic meat sauteed in the evoo with the garlic and shallots for taste. I’d add my own homemade broth and maybe coconut milk or half and half- all organic and whatever I had on hand, to thicken and add dimension. Also plenty of tumeric and black pepper

    I added what I believe to be a high quality live probiotic (18 billion cultures/32 live strains) daily supplement. I used local and 100% pure honey to arrest any developing hives, and aloe vera that I grow on topical problem facial areas and then moisturized with 100% pure coconut oil. I used neem oil on my face also. It smells but it clears up any acne and i love that it does so many things. Again- those are topical aids. I believe you have to get to the inside of you in order to get to the source.

    I now grow my own herbs and I use them in foods in place of most seasonings.

    I had been on high doses of Levaquin antibiotics + others a while back and maybe that is what happened to me. All i know now is that the mainstream docs mostly just throw pills at things. You have to be your own advocate. I believe in getting a professional diagnosis, but unless it requires surgery, I do my own treatments. And cures all come down to what we do or do not ingest, MOST of the time. Anyhow, this is what works for me.

  66. alex May 28, 2013 at 6:16 pm #

    I have a condition called folliculitis and it has really ruined my social and personal life. I have no health insurance and no doctor to go to and I don’t know what to do or who to turn to. I hear that folliculitis is the cause of a bad immune system but I don’t know. I’m just looking for some proffesional help so I can get rid of this horrible problem for good and finally live my life happy and healthy.

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      Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Your question and constellation of symptoms represents a complex medical condition. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

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  67. vinod manik kavle August 10, 2013 at 4:57 am #

    Hello Hyman,

    I am a type-1 diabetic since Aug 1996. I am originally from India and currently living in the UK since Sept 2003. No one in my family has diabetes or any other chronic disease.

    I regularly take short and long acting insulin to control my sugar. Last recorded HbA1C is 7.3. I used to suffer from allergy once in few years (for 1-2 months) and by taking antihistamine, it used go away. However since 2010 I am suffering from allergic reaction all over body. I have consulted lot of specialist, but no one has identified root cause. Now it’s in the stage where I have take steroids on intermittent basis. But thats not the final solution. I started thinking it could be due to insulin allergy. But even thats not conclusive. My IgE level is 14. As I am diabetic I started thinking it could be Autoimmune urticaria and the root cause is something different, which needs proper treatment. I get rash all over body. It itches a lot. Lot of time I unable to concentrate due to these rash. It comes all over the body including lips, chick, eyes, ear, forehead. Sometime its difficult to go in public. Can you please advice?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 14, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

      Dear Vinod,

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. He practices functional medicine, which includes personalized lifestyle medicine. This is an individualized approach to health and nutrition. Specific treatments will affect each person’s system differently, based on their unique “terrain” or constitution. In order to treat the symptoms and get to the root cause of what’s making someone sick, we first need to know what specific imbalances are occurring in the individual’s body. Because of that, there is no single diet or therapy available to everyone. We need to address the person’s unique health status and medical history in order to provide the ultimate diet therapy for that person.
      Due to this Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  68. jessica luciani August 10, 2013 at 3:36 pm #

    I am 33 and was just diagnosed with MCTD. I have antibodies for RA, Sjogrens (sp?) And 2 lupus antibodies and antibodies attacking my thyroid. I found all this out after I went to my dr with brain fog. I simply could not think and then came the headaches, fatigue, joint pain, heartburn, skin irritation. You name it I had it. I went to a rheumatologist who diagnosed me with MCTD and said we just wait and see what happens. Basically if it gets too bad one day they will just give me antimilarial drugs. And he said my brain fog was probably from ADD!! Are you kidding me? I don’t think so. Long story short I stripped my diet of any dairy, sugar, artificial sweetners and processed foods. I am taking the following supplements; vit d3(my level was 30) fish oil, 5mg folic acid, msm, curaphen, a multi vitamin and magnesium. All of my symptoms stopped in a matter of days. I’m going to get tested for heavy metals, mold, food allergies this week as the igg level in my body is elevated. The rhuemy didn’t even bring that up! A nutritionist/pharmacist i consulted picked up on it reading my blood tests. I’m no dr but it just doesn’t make sense to me that my body will just start attacking itself without being provoked.

  69. Lydia Weiss August 12, 2013 at 4:14 pm #

    I have had Oral Lichen Planus for over 33 years.
    I keep getting a little better but i still have to find a way to stop the process of breakdown in my mouth.
    I’m wondering if you have any suggestions or guidance.
    I also wonder if you have experience using Low-dose Naltexone for improving the immune system.
    Thanks so much, Lydia

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm #

      Dear Lydia,
      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. He practices functional medicine, which includes personalized lifestyle medicine. This is an individualized approach to health and nutrition. Specific treatments will affect each person’s system differently, based on their unique “terrain” or constitution. In order to treat the symptoms and get to the root cause of what’s making someone sick, we first need to know what specific imbalances are occurring in the individual’s body. Because of that, there is no single diet or therapy available to everyone. We need to address the person’s unique health status and medical history in order to provide the ultimate diet therapy for that person.
      Due to this Dr. Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s virtual nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.
      In Good Health,
      The Nutrition Team

  70. karina August 14, 2013 at 4:48 am #

    Thank you for this article. I am in Geelong,Victoria Australia. I have been very sick with hundreds of symptoms for 3 years. I have been diagnosed with coeliac disease, copper toxicity, hypothyroidism, diabetes, menstruation problems, miscarriages, migraines, arthritis. Still trying to find the reason why i have all those problems, i have generally been healthy until 3 years ago. i react to foods, chemicals, alcohol, stress, sun, copper. I have tried western and alternative practitioners. i have been tested for so many diseases and cancers as my white cells were high. i have heart problems too, in and out of hospital, specialists still couldn’t work me out. i also react to any drugs or pain killers. I am now going to make my doctor test me for leaky gut. I am happy to find out there are other people like me. i am 38

  71. susi September 1, 2013 at 2:56 pm #

    Hi
    I’m a mother of 5.5 months old daughter. two weeks ago there were red blotches under my daughter skin on both of her legs. I brought her to a pediatric…whom immediately said that it was autoimmune disorderwithout any test and gave some medication. I was so confusedhow could this be and whyI was also wondering about the type of autoimune that attack my daughter.when I asked the pediatric he siad it cannot be prevented. both I and my husband have allergy and my daughter was hospitalized when she was 7days old due tofever and decreasing weight,for 3days with unknown result because the lab test came back withnegative on any possible infection. I just want to find out why and heal my daughter. I also wonder if it is because I’m consuming spirulina now durng breastfeeding and back then when I was pregnant.please let me know how I can figure this out and have treatment to heal her. Oh ya I’m from Indonesia..

  72. Patricia September 3, 2013 at 10:18 am #

    Hi. I love this article and it makes perfect sense. I had glandular fever in 1984 and afterwards was left in pain and so fatigued. Eight years of misery brought the diagnosis of ME/CFS and over the years have experienced a multitude of symptoms and in 2003-2005, I thought I was recovering. I was following a vegan anti candida diet and doing well. Then a massive relapse led to peripheral and autonomic neuropathy. I am now on a dairy and gluten-free, low carb vegan diet. Juicing regularly and taking supplements. I am also having manual therapies. I am hopeful of some improvements if not cure.

  73. CHRISTINE October 8, 2013 at 8:58 pm #

    Hi Dr Hyman Nutrition Staff,
    This article mentions that I should check for hidden infections — yeast, viruses, bacteria, Lyme, etc. — with the help of a doctor, and treat them. The problem is after my SLE diagnosis my doctor proceded to prescribe Plaquenil without checking for yeast, etc. Personally I believe in finding the root cause of the inflammation and not just mask it. My question is what tests should I do to check for yeast, viruses, Lyme, Gluten intolerance, food sensitivities?

    Thanks

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 27, 2014 at 10:43 pm #

      Hi Christine,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  74. Heather November 7, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

    I have autoimmune hepatitis; was diagnosed with it in 2007 at 21. My doctor is currently has me taking two 50mg tablets of azathioprine and one 500mg tablet of Ursodiol. He doesn’t have me on any diet restrictions except not to eat a lot of red meat because the medicine raises my cholesterol. I’m frustrated with the medical advice because I don’t want to be on pills for the rest of my life and want to work on a way to fixing my body instead of suppressing it. I recently started the 28-day elimination and detoxification diet with my husband because I have a lot of allergies all year long and wanted to see if this would help; and some of the research I did said it might help with the liver disease. I also was diagnosed with Psoriasis when I was 15; I had an outbreak (I’m pretty sure due to stress because my dad separated with my step-mother and we moved to a different state) but I haven’t had an outbreak as bad as I had since. I do occasionally during stressful situations see signs of it but nothing as bad as I’ve had then. I’m thinking maybe I want to be in search of a different doctor that might look at the cause of the problem rather than just prescribing medicine and if that keeps my liver numbers down then great. I don’t want the long term side effects of the medicine I am taking and this has also been a huge factor in having children; I seem to keep miscarrying. I really found the article very helpful and hopefully this elimination diet will prove to help things :)

  75. suzanne November 10, 2013 at 2:35 pm #

    Hi I am from the UK and have an autoimmune disease, it has effected my thyroids it has made me have early menopause and Addisons disease, I would like to know how to stop it causing me any more problems like Diabetes 1 etc..Any help would be appreciated I find myself worrying over every little thing now..And want to stop it destroying me further..

    Suzzane

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      Team Hyman December 30, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work with IBS. Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

      For more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to:http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  76. donna conley November 11, 2013 at 4:48 pm #

    I have had vitiligo for 7-8 years and have been told there is no treatment. I can remember as a child always having diarrhea and vomiting which led to dehydration. As an adult I still have problems with cramping, bloating, diarrhea quickly after eating, and gas. I read somewhere that IBS or digestive dysfunction can lead to an autoimmune disease such as vitiligo. I am going to try your diet and find a functional medicine doctor in my area. I am hoping this will help my symptoms.

  77. Melody Scott November 15, 2013 at 9:07 pm #

    It’s refreshing to see this type of diagnostic and healing information. I’ve just been to see a rheumatologist, and it was an entirely unsatisfactory experience. I trust my GP, I will bring this to him and maybe we can root out the problem together and begin the healing. I’d love to get off the medicine and painkillers!

  78. Melody Scott November 18, 2013 at 1:09 pm #

    One thing I would tend to argue with is this: “If you grew up on a farm with lots of animals, you are also less likely to have any of these inflammatory disorders. Playing in the dirt, being dirty, and being exposed to bugs and infections trains your immune system to recognize what is foreign and what is “you.””

    I’m in my mid-fifties, and I played in the dirt all the time, drank straight from mountain streams and hoses, didn’t wear sunscreen, was outside more than I was inside, swam in public pools, and climbed trees. While I agree that a much younger generation isn’t doing that, I think it’s too much of a generalization. Many people my age and older have these auto-immune disorders, and I would bet that we all had the same kind of childhood.

    I traveled widely, I often wondered if that had a hand in it, as it started a few years after a long trip. In any case, I agree with the rest of the article, and hope to convince my GP that this is the way to go. Thanks!

  79. Jim Askin November 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    Dr Hyman, I have had a series of events overs a six week period this past summer – eczema, hair loss and compromised vision. I’ve seen a dermatologist, 3 Ophthalmologists, a Rheumatologist, and my PCP and gone thru 50+ blood tests plus Brain MRI, CT scan of the torso, ultra sound of the eyes – and no firm diagnosis. Only treatment has been prednisone and now Cellcept (potentially for lupus – although that may be doubtful) all aimed at stopping vision loss.

  80. jega thambal P shanmugam Ponnusamy Naidu November 28, 2013 at 7:10 am #

    You need to drink plenty of water for toxin and avoid too much caffeine,for bacteria disturbances in the gut.

  81. Brad November 29, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Dr. Hyman,

    A little over a year ago I began experiencing peculiar and frightening symptoms such as faintness spells. I wouldn’t actually lose consciousness, rather just be on the verge.

    My MD concluded all my blood labs appeared normal and dismissed me, stating I ought to go to the ER if my symptoms worsen. Worsen they did. Within a few weeks I was treated in the ER for dehydration (wasn’t holding much volume for a few days). I was sent to a cardiologist, who ran scores of tests only to conclude my heart looked normal and healthy.

    I placed myself in the care of a naturopath last Dec., of course the first step was to treat the dehydration through diet. They found thyroid antibodies (concluding I may have Hashimoto’s) and a yeast overgrowth in my digestive system along with a few parasites (2 known, 1 unknown). I also began undergoing regular acupuncture and chiropractic treatment. I’ve even taken a mindfulness based stress reduction course with a heavy emphasis on meditation.

    Under my NP’s direction, I began a pretty rigorous anti-inflammatory diet. This was fairly “easy” to begin with as I had deteriorated to a point I was having severe difficulty swallowing, even applesauce.

    For months I ate organic whenever possible, cut out gluten, dairy and any non-produce sugars completely. I was on a wide variety of natural supplements, some to help provide essential nutrients, some to treat my gut.

    During this time my faintness spells all but completely subsided, occasional mild light-headedness developed along with shortness of breath, the latter of which became fairly severe by late spring. I saw an allergist who told me the smallest areas in my lungs were showing signs of early stage of asthma. Also during this time I had begun to backslide (which happened throughout this process).

    This one particular backslide came with loss of appetite, nausea and rapid resting pulse. One morning I had what was termed a “vessel vagal near syncope” episode while taking my AM supplements. So I stopped them altogether (except vitamins D & C), and I immediately improved (regained appetite, nausea subsided, heart settled).

    My NP tested me for Lyme, and told me there was a 60/40 chance I had been exposed as one of the three tests showed signs of related antibodies. I believe this was true for one of the western blots.

    Because my energy was still wavering, I consulted with an endocrinologist, who has acknowledged I have a mild case of Hashimoto’s. He prescribed thyroid supplement liothyronine and levothyroxine. Prior to taking these I felt as though I was getting better on my own. I has quite an adjustment period to these meds, yet my fiancé believes they have helped even my mood and temperament.

    My TSH levels were once at 2.0, and my endo opines 1.0 is most ideal, my TSH eventually lowered to .69 over 14 week on the meds. So my dose was lowered and during this time I began experiencing arrhythmia. In fact I’m still experiencing this along with shortness of breath.

    Suffice to say I’ve been on this tumultuous journey with my body for well over a year. I think I’ve done just about everything I can possibly do to heal and recover my health. Do you have any advice for someone like me?

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
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  82. Marissa Perez November 29, 2013 at 6:00 pm #

    Hello Dr Hyman,
    I have had a positive ANA test and all my tests resulted as almost having several autoimmune diseases but not quite high enough levels to diagnose for any disease. For a couple weeks now I am on an allergen free diet and taking multivitamins, Vitamin D and Iron(I was deficient), Im feeling alittle better but just last week had a stomach virus that was going around. Now I am feeling just as weak and achy all over as before. Any suggestions?

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
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  83. Linette Cordero November 29, 2013 at 7:13 pm #

    Several years ago I was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. I have tried everything. I now take vitamin D, vitamin E, flaxseed and vitamin C. I am going to look into the probiotics and fish oil. I want my skin to go back to normal. I don’t see any doctors any more. It is such a waste of time and money. Thanks for the helpful suggestions.

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  84. Dot November 29, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    I am 46. I struggled with chronic sinusitis for decades. 2 sinus surgeries; long term antibiotics; long term allergy shots;… the last few years have not been bad for my sinuses.
    However the last 10 – 20 years have had the following:
    Endometriosis – Lupron shots and then hysterectomy.
    Joint and muscle pain; chronic plantar fasciitis; chronic fatigue; anxiety; irritable bowel;osteoporosis; reflux; rosacea; seborhea dermatitis
    Initially treated with NSAIDS; steroids and Lyrica
    Felt great on steroids. Couldn’t tolerate Lyrica
    Now on Cymbalta; remeron; fish oil; CoQ10; fosamax; calcium; multivutamin;omeprazole; antifungal cream for face; prn NSAIDS; prn claritan

    Pain is a lot less but gets worse if I am sick with a cold or virus.
    Still anxious; tired; and overweight.

    Thank you for your site and info.

  85. Victoria November 30, 2013 at 12:49 am #

    Good Evening. My question is in regards to H. pylori, I would like to know if there are any natural ways to clean my digestive system from this bacteria. I recently had a blood test and the results indicate that I have a high amount of H. pylori (94.4 Units/ML). My doctor prescribed antibiotics (his prescription also includes Amoxicillin 1000mg 2 times/day, Flagyl 500mg 2x/day (which I’ve read it’s a carcinogenic in rats), and finally Dexilant 60mg 2x/day. I am skeptical about antibiotics as I have also read, they may be one of the causes of infertility. I am also concerned about the effects of antibiotics on fertility as I was recently diagnosed with a low ovarian reserve and I want to get pregnant. I am 29. I would really appreciate any help and response to my question. Thank you.

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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 3:13 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Did you know you can work with Dr. Hyman’s nutritionists virtually? For personalized nutrition coaching, please see: http://store.drhyman.com/Store/List/Coaching-Programs
      In Good Health,
      Dr. Hyman’s Wellness Staff

  86. Maximilian December 4, 2013 at 9:24 pm #

    Hello, just seeing if anyone had any advice regarding mutated genes? To be more specific I have MTHFR mutation, homozygous (A1298C) which greatly effects methylation (discharging toxins). I am already working with a functional doctor here in Austin TX but only recently have received these results via a simple blood test.

  87. Mary Ann December 7, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    I read the posts from Amy, Coby and Tara above and had to share what I am going through.

    I took a sulfa drug a 18 months ago. I had a delayed reaction that started as a small red rash of bumps on my back. It was so itchy. It spread to different parts of my body. It would come and go in different places daily.

    After two dermatologists, two allergists and a variety of others and all kinds of drugs, here I sit still suffering with this rash. Due to steroids and immunosuppressants, I have gone from a person who exersises daily, I always have been very active and have included yoga in my routine, to maybe a thirty minute a day walk before my knees start hurting. I try to do yoga streches but my back knees and shoulders hurt so much that what used to give me tremendous relieve and pleasure, not just is painful.

    I am yet to find a doctor who will even get on board with me about the sulfa reaction. They all say, “that probably what caused it” but that it doesn’t matter now because basically I have chronic urticaria and that is what we need to treat.

    THIS IS NOT WORKING!!!!!

    I am amazed that the root cause of this condition is not being talked about!

    My skin is a mess, I itch all the time, I am sleep deprived and my body feels like I have aged 20 years!

    Yesterday I stopped the immunopsupressant. I am hoping to relieve the pain in my knees and back. I woke up this morning itching all over my body. I still take 4 antihistemines a day and they aren’t touching this itch. I plan to go all organic and try the diet that Dr. Hyman mentioned in the blog above.

    Any other suggestions? I am seeking answers.

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      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
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  88. Louise December 7, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

    I am a 57 year old, young at heart female. I have high inflammation markers in my blood tests, neuropathy symptoms, vitamin B6 toxicity, joint pains, nerve pains, hashimotos and other unknown aches.My doctor says I am looking at getting another autoimmune disease if I don’t change something. I am getting desperate, which is a good motivator. My doctor referred me to a nutritionist. She put me on a detox/elimination diet to determine food allergies and to heal my leaky gut. These were her words. She also strongly advised me to go gluten free which I am doing now for 4 months. I am at the end of my 2 month long elimination diet. I have a long way to go still in getting better but I think I’m on the right road because my doctor (who is a conventional GP but also believes in alternative medicine) is using terms that you speak about in this article. My Nutritionist also is of the same mind set. But I will admit, it is hard! Hard to let go of certain foods I’ve eaten the majority of my adult life. Bottom line: I think I am allergic to gluten grains and maybe some dairy BUT I am finding it very hard to even consider giving up dairy. It’s restrictive enough going gluten free; but dairy too? Many people continue to stay sick because they are set in their dietary ways. I do not want to be one of them! Thank you for this article. It gives me hope that my doctor and Nutritionist is on the right path. It’s just ME that has to fully comply. I hope I can.

  89. Samantha t. Jones December 8, 2013 at 9:58 pm #

    I’m so frustrated, last may I spent $3k on lab tests with a board certified gastroenterologist and he found NOTHING wrong. He tested for celiac, inflammation, leaky gut, sibo, parasites.
    Yet here I sit(AGAIN) searching the internet for answer to why I have chronic IBS-D which has flared up so badly that I’ve now even reacted to my fresh juice and nutribullet diet.
    My hands are swollen, my eyes are hot and itchy and my whole body feels flu like! Obvious food reactions but now I’m reacting to everything!

    The previous doc said “just take Imodium” even that hasn’t helped.

    I also don’t want to spend a whole fortune on more lab tests with another doctor, it’s very frustrating!

    Sad to see I was mislead by a board certified gastroenterologist trained in Harvard!

    Any referrals of autoimmune hypoallergenic meal packs I could invest in???

  90. Jenny Buckland December 13, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    I have just been diagnosed with Endometriosis after 18 months of pelvic pain. The pain started after I was fitted with the copper coil (Paragard) in June 2011. During the time the coil was inside me, I suffered terribly with infection after infection (respiratory, kidney and strep). I also developed joint pain and costochondritis. I started to look in to my symptoms and “autoimmune” popped up a lot and something just clicked. I made a connection between this “foreign body” inside me maybe triggering some sort of autoimmune response. I got the coil removed a year ago but I am still having some issues i.e. endometriosis and occasional joint pain. Thank you for your article. I can now have a look at what’s causing the inflammation in my lifestyle (probably anxiety and diet related) and try to heal myself. The doctors want to put me on birth control pills but my body doesn’t tolerate it very well so au natural is the only way to go! Thanks again.

  91. jj Watt December 22, 2013 at 1:57 am #

    All sounds very nice but its really just opinion dressed as fact. Nearly all the research-based evidence suggests that autoimmunity is in part at least predominantly a problem of genetic susceptibility, histocompatibility, epigenetics and a triggering event.
    The why of why these diseases are occurring more regularly is of course poorly understood and an area of much research.
    But without science its guesswork and inference.

  92. SG jennifer December 26, 2013 at 5:24 am #

    This artcicle is very use ,I got psoriasis with mild patches on the finger in 2006,but the skin doctor never told me that it is psoriasis He kept on giving me steroid ointments .After 3 Years I have developed toe joint swelling .and slowly it became very painful at the toe joints.The Ortho physician never told me it is Psoriatic arthritis Instead they want to operate and remove the extra grwoth at the toe joint.After 3 years I have developed Eye inflammation called “Scleritis” Past 4 years I’m suffering with eye inflammation and psoriatic arthritis.I have tried the AYurvedic approach where they have detoxified my body.Psoriasis has ireduced a lot and joint swelling also reduced a lot .It was a significant improvement with Ayurvedic approach.When I saw in the internet about ‘Psoriatic arthritis ,It is the main cause for eye inflammation .But now though psoriasis and toe joint arthritis are showing significant reduction ,my eye inflammation remained same and i was put on steroid eye drops.Please suggest me a way

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      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
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  93. SG jennifer December 26, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    This artcicle is very use The ful .,I got psoriasis in 2006 with mild patches on the finger ,but the skin doctor never told me that it is psoriasis He kept on giving me steroid ointments .After 3 Years I have developed toe joint swelling .and slowly it became very painful at the toe joints.The Ortho physician never told me it is Psoriatic arthritis Instead they want to operate and remove the extra grwoth at the toe joint.After 3 years I have developed Eye inflammation called “Scleritis” Past 4 years I’m suffering with eye inflammation and psoriatic arthritis.I have tried the Yurvedic approach where they have detoxified my body.Psoriasis has ireduced a lot and joint swelling also reduced a lot .It was a significant improvement with Ayurvedic approach.When I saw in the internet about ‘Psoriatic arthritis ,It is the main cause for eye inflammation .But now though psoriasis and toe joint arthritis are showing significant reduction ,my eye inflammation remained same and i was put on steroid eye drops.Please suggest me a way

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  94. Crystal December 26, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Hi Iam a 29 year old female,8 years ago I went to the eye doc and he told me I had Iritis,,then It went over into my other eye and he did blood work and It came back that I was HLA-B27 positive I know that is genetic condition ,But for the past 3 years I have slowly got white patches on my skin in 4 spots same on my right side as my left and the are getting larger.My doc thinks It is Vitiligo,,But there has to be a underlying problem as to this might be my blood type? any answers would help thank you..

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  95. Loren December 26, 2013 at 5:28 pm #

    Hi! I was wondering if anyone seen or heard of the following symptoms. This started in late September of this year following neck surgery and a perm. It starting as rash with a couple of pimples above my ear in the hairline. It then showed up on arms,neck, upper shoulders, upper and lower back, neck area behind ears, and hit miss areas on legs. When first got this my dog scratch me with her nails and next day a couple the pimples showed up there. Symptoms being treated with tropic steroids for itching. Had Dermatologist take plug samples having heard anything yet. It mimics the look of chicken pox, Thank you

  96. Bat Sheva December 28, 2013 at 10:08 am #

    QUESTION:

    Hi, I have an autistic Daughter. She is 7 years old
    She had elevated Thyroid (was ignored for 3 years by doctors), she has airborne allergies and allergies for milk and peanuts (not severe). She was also diagnosed with abnormalities and absent seizures.

    Being a mom I faced the horrible fact of being alone with no answers. I had to research much into her conditions. I started treating her overactive immune system with Moducare (sterols and sterolines), magnesium, calcium (as she allergic to milk), zinc, omega 369, Probiotic and selenium. Now recently started her on B12. We had a test done and saw it improved her Thyroid, no longer elevated. Her immune system is normal, no Celiac. We substituted normal antihistamines (had neurological side effects) with homeopathic. Her speech improved.

    QUESTION:

    Do we still need a gluten free diet when there is no indication of Celiac and her immune system is normal?
    Could there be another reason, besides allergies, why she is still suffering sinus problems?
    And calming the immune system, does that reduce allergies? Or will it eliminate allergies eventually.

    Your help will be much appreciated as I am sitting with a situation that requires thinking out of the box.

    Thanks
    Bat Sheva

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      Hello Bat,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your daughter the proper care she needs we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you and your daughter the best of health,
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  97. Tera December 30, 2013 at 9:15 am #

    Hello,
    My daughter, now 13, started getting headaches when she was 6. 2 years ago, after finding out I had a strong gluten sensitivity, I pulled gluten from her diet; as well. She responded well and her headaches went away for quite a while. Last December (2012) her headaches started coming back, and she developed tonsil stones…so back to the internet and I discovered that dairy could be her issue, so in March 2013, her and I quit eating any dairy….again, it helped. THEN in May 2013 she developed a white patch on her skin….finally saw a dermatologist in November….biopsy showed maybe early phases of Morphea, a skin disease…all starting from an over-active immune system…so, an autoimmune disease. Dr, your article inspired me to find the root cause…..I have searched for a great natural doctor in Wisconsin and I believe I have found one by Milwaukee. If you have any advice for me, I will happily take it! Thank you!

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  98. Adriana Pi December 31, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi
    I have hives on and off. I learned to control them with diet and probiotics and garlic. I am having pain in my hands, it is in the bones, I can’t carry anything or grab even a bottle. I would like to get the anti inflammatory diet but I can’t find it in your website. what book could I buy? should I get one of your coaches?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 5:45 pm #

      Hi Adriana,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

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  99. Adriana Pi December 31, 2013 at 6:30 pm #

    where can I get the anti inflamatory diet?

  100. Valerie P January 3, 2014 at 12:53 am #

    Hi, I love the information that you provide, but the site is slightly overwhelming since there is so much informaiton. I know Dr. Hyman cannot give medical advice via this forum, but I would appreciate it if you could point me in the direction as to how to start eating better, taking supplements and working towards treating sinus issues, asthma and diggestive issues (GERD and IBS). Thank you so much for your help. PS: I am looking to eventually get in to se a functional medicine doctor in my home state.

  101. Brandi January 4, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

    Hello my name is Brandi,
    I am a healthy, atheletic 25 yr old. The only real condition ive had since a child is s/s of raynauds disease (cold, white, tingling fingers). But In April 2013 I was allergy tested becuase my legs were always itching, come to find out im allergic to all hay, bermuda, etc. They began me on immunotherapy (allergy injections) every other day. In May 2013 I started developing stomach issues with N/V and with mult. dr visits i convinced them to do an EGD and they diagnosed with me multiple ulcers caused my eosinophilic gastris. They then placed me on Protonix BID and carafate with each me. Teasted me for food allergies and everything was pretty much neg. In Oct/Nov I begun getting shaky and anxious every two hours that would go away with eating. I am a RN so I check my BG at work and it was 58. I then when a a diabetes dr and he gave me a monitor to check with each meal. I run 60-90 usually. He took mult samples of blood and I rec;d a call from him telling me I now have antibodies in my system for Type 1 DM. I am so overwhelmed I though all this would maybe be caused by my allergy injections so I stopped those. The allergist/immunologist said they are not the cause and that I have autoimmune disease. She said theres no way to fix or change my chances of getting Type 1 DM or preventing any more immune disorders in the future. I am scared but I know there has to be something else but each Dr is pawning me off to the other. I am beginning yoga, eating/drinking healthier, everything that I can do but I dont know who to see next??? My immune system just seems to be crud, I had pink eye and the flu within the last 3 weeks???! Please provide some advice if you can.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 5:28 pm #

      Hi Brandi,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
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  102. Dr. Jessica Rose January 6, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    This was a wonderful read. A sensible doctor does exist! Well, besides me. Thank you!

  103. nanteese zenn January 25, 2014 at 12:49 am #

    My 16 year old son is undiagnosed, he has been seen by every doctor tried a number of medicines, and this has been going on for three years. He has consistent pain in the neck, upper back, legs, upper arms, headache, facial swelling, arm swelling, change in facial color, at times. In the beginning he also had chest pressure and difficulty breathing. He is no longer walking he’s using an electric scooter due to the back pain and muscle weakness. Before this he was a normal 13 year old active teenager. They are not looking for the cause, just treating the pain with medicine. I’ve even been told he’s had a million dollar check-up what else do you want. In my opinion if it’s a million dollar check-up you could have stopped at one thousand dollars if you look for a cause instead of medicating the symptoms. When the medicine wears off the symptoms return and there worse because the cause is still unaddressed.

  104. Crystal March 2, 2014 at 9:59 am #

    Hi I need some Answers Please.8 Years ago I want to the eye Doc and he told me I had Ivitus in my eye so It transfered over to my other eye and he did blood tests,and It came back that I have the HLA-B27 GENE.and ever since that I just have not felt the same,,3 years ago I notices I have 5 white small skin patches I went to my Doc I tryed anifungaul cream that did not work,so he sent me to the skin Doc I just found out I have the Autoimmune Condition Vitilago and the patches are getting bigger,he gave me cream to put on the patches but I do NOT just wana treat the skin I want to Treat the underlying Immune Problem If I CAN,I just had a baby 4 moths ago and I just wna feel my best for my Baby Boy:( Please If you have any answers for me or mabey you can tell me the best person to see about Immune and Blood Condition????Thank you.

  105. Rob Hutchins April 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I’am a healthy 45 year-old adult male who was recently diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. I have had no symptoms and was only diagnosed after having my annual physical with my family physician (my doctor ordered a blood test called a fatigue panel). My Double Strand DNA test and Rheumatoid Factor IgM came back high. After an in-depth blood panel done by my rheumatoid doctor it showed only an increase / abnormality in my rheumatoid arthritis panel. I’m on 200 mg Plaquenil per day. After starting plaquenil I have had some wrist/ hand discomfort. Any other recommendations as far as treatment and ways to mitigate symptoms?

    Rob Hutchins

    hutchins1@bellsouth.net

  106. Joanne April 10, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    Hi,
    I am 63 years old have had arthristis since 94 and have been on Mobic. Recently had a reversal Iliostomy which was a 7 hour operation with complications. Still not right from the surgery. I have Vitiligo which has taken over my face and hands and white spots over my entire body.. The Doctor said I have an Auto immune disease for the Vitiligo. I have been reading up on this disease and I started to take Probiotic capsules. I’m tired and soreness is thorughout my body Not sure what else to do. HELP!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 15, 2014 at 6:13 pm #

      Hi Joanne,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

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  107. Alicia April 12, 2014 at 10:03 am #

    Hello Dr. Hyman,

    I am a 41 year old woman. I have had issues with my health that I’ve not been able to clear up most of my life, since about the age of pre-teens is when I remember it starting to get bad. I would go to doctor’s and it wouldn’t help. I pushed myself through school sick most of the time. I went to work for years sick. In my mid to late teens I looked into holistic medicine. I improved under different holistic doctor’s care. Yet I continued to feel that I was struggling more than other people. Then it would seem I would do alright for a while and then it would come back, but it would be worse or different in some ways. A few years ago it got really bad. I am on unable to work and have no independence as an adult because I am so sick. I have a horrible panic disorder that seemingly won’t respond to anything. I am autoimmune. I’ve currently been diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, migraines, Raynaud’s phenomenon, vitiligo,celiac disease, lyme, and its co-infections, etc you get the idea. I have terrible body pain and weakness, muscle loss, about 15- 30 symptoms that I don’t know what or which illness to attribute them to anymore….The panic disorder, the lyme, the celiac….etc.? I am becoming increasingly depressed and hopeless. I have a team of doctors and I am in therapy, yet I have to be “babysat” by my family and partner daily because the panic attacks are terrorizing me to the point of not being able to be alone at all. Right now as I write this to you I am shaking horribly and in a high state of anxiety. I have bad heart palpitations and my stomach is almost always upset and nauseous for as long as I can remember. That has become a source of anxiety too. It really is horrifying to be nauseous constantly for years. I can’t take anymore of this. My family and partner are worn out from dealing with me and I’m afraid they will all abandon me. I just want to feel good and live my life and be useful and included in life. Can you help me? The doctor’s I’m seeing are good and holistic, but something is being missed. Can you help me? I haven’t given the whole picture here either. There is more going on like possible hormone imbalances, neurotransmitters, and I had a test done that shows my body doesn’t detox properly in my brain and liver. Something about methylation….

    Thank you so much for your time.

    Alicia

    • Terilynne May 8, 2014 at 12:44 pm #

      Alicia,
      I feel for you. I have trouble with methylation as well and my dr put me on vitamin b with methyl folate which is better absorbed into my body than regular b vitamin. I had high levels of b and d but my body wasn’t absorbing them. I understand the desperation you feel when the illness has gone on for so long. I am trying to get a blog going telling my journey through my autoimmune illness. Others need to know they are not alone!

  108. Cathy Zimmerman April 13, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    My family is plagued by autoimmune diseases. Graves, Hojimotos, RA, MS, Thyroid cancer, and other Thyroid problems. I am the only female left in family not currently diagnosed with one, but I have been to Dr. I do not feel like myself numbness confusion sleeplessness depression I just feel off. He keeps giving me pills. Im afraid he is going to think Im crazy or Im gonna start thinking I am. I have told him of my family history. I will try some of your advice.

  109. AB April 13, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    What is the Dr’s opinion on allergy shots? Do they cause autoimmune diseases?

  110. Polymyalgia rheumatic a April 19, 2014 at 1:51 am #

    I was diagnosed with polymyalgia rheumatica 3 years ago and have been on prednisone in diminishing doses since that time. Even though my blood work has been normal for quite some time, my pain has not totally subsided. Someone suggested that I try turmeric recently, and it has really helped with the pain and I have been able to decrease the prednisone. My rheumatologist just rolls his eyes when I tell him this.

  111. Mary April 19, 2014 at 10:40 pm #

    This is a great article, thanks so much!

  112. Jamie April 26, 2014 at 4:02 pm #

    I have a 3 year old diagnosed with Licheon Sclerous. I has been a difficult road for us since being diagnosed with it in October 2013. She has very bad & painful days. I feel as I am not getting much help from any doctor I see. It feels like I can not find a doctor who cares to help us. I will look into the Functional Medicine more & hope to find some help for her. Thank you for posting all this info, at least it gives me a new things to look into.

    Thank you! Jamie

  113. Kim Coppage April 28, 2014 at 3:13 pm #

    Very good article. I’m finding diet has a lot to do with auto reactions and everyone’s triggers and nutrient needs are different. I notice most people are doing good eliminating foods; however, I don’t see many looking at deficiencies and testing for the vitamins and trace elements that are so essential to our health. Through my research and trial and error, I found a few Brazil nuts or sardines help me (selenium). My doctors(and I’ve had many!) did not give me a diagnosis. The wait and see is not acceptable, but on the other hand they don’t have the time to research each individuals case. It’s up to us to do our part, which includes eliminating things that may be hard to give up! Good luck to everyone here, I’m praying for you!

  114. Emmy April 29, 2014 at 2:34 pm #

    Since early 2009, I have had issues with Pile. It comes last for some. 3weeks and then stops only to return in some 3weeks again. It has been like this even up till now. Also, for like a month now, my eyes seem to be slightly inconvenient especially with light and air. Then came some slight pain in my left rib cage, just below the chest region. I could remember just after I cut my hair last 2 months, my scalp was filled with pains. Headaches has been frequent for at least some four hours daily and very unbearable when I’m hungry. Also, within this two months, I have had some inflammations (rashlike) on both arms, some very tiny rashes on top lip (twice) and on lower arm. This rashes are not visible except on close examination. And what’s more, just within the 7days, the top part of my right ear was swollen, though gone now, next was my lower lip swollen up till this moment, and then the back of my left palm.

    I saw a doctor who prescribed some tests for me when the pile started, of which after having the test, he saw nothing wrong but prescribed a drug. Sadly the drug was so difficult to get that I couldn’t even see it around. With this new inflammation developments, I wish to go for a test but my current location prevents me from seeing a doctor and having the test.

    Pls doctor Mark, what could be wrong with me?

    Anticipating your response

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      Hi Emmy,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
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  115. chavella May 1, 2014 at 2:27 pm #

    Hello y name is chavella just last years my liver was elevated slightly its still elevated so my doc last year sent me tol a gastro doc he ran blood test after blood test trying to find out what is the causeof my liver being slightly elevated so i went back to my doc Because I was having alot of joint pains so he sent me to a athridius specialist she could find out either so she send got the notes from the gastro Office and sent me a sign letter saying that my doc had some concerns that it might b autoimumnue desease from all the systoms im having hair loss,loss of appett,white parches,eye problems imflame bowels,im. Going threw alot hes trying to do a upper Ercp to see whats going on in my bile duck

  116. Kathy May 4, 2014 at 10:06 pm #

    Just read your article and am very much interested. I have just had a diagnosis of Mucus Membrane Pemphigoid from a biopsy taken from my gums. I have also recently broken out in a rash on my upper chest and back for which I was put on prednisone. which helped with the rash but only somewhat helped the Pemphigoid. Looking forward to finding some help.

  117. Terilynne May 8, 2014 at 12:40 pm #

    I was diagnosed with autoimmune (anti centromere scleroderma) after finding out I had AF and thyroid conversion problems. I am taking probiotics and Vitamins C, D, B with methyl folate to absorb better, Ioderol, and Adren Plus. I am also eating whole foods and organic grass fed beef and chicken and wild caught fish. I had a food allergy test done a year ago and have a lot of allergies so I have stayed away from those foods only adding a few back to my diet just recently. I had yeast candida and did a cleanse but haven’t been taking anything lately.
    My question is, if I’m still suffering with some allergy issues and not sleeping well should I look into doing a detox or cleansing even if tests revealed no parasites or yeast in my system and my liver is fine? I am seeing a homeopathic doctor right now.
    Just wanting some other views!!! :)

  118. Ana G May 13, 2014 at 10:12 am #

    Hello,

    I am actually from a third world country, and do notice that allergies are not as big as a problem as it is in the States. I moved here a few years ago and had a very normal life until February of last year. I had Phlebitis on my left leg, basically, my body started acting as if I had blood cloths but none were found, so I was on bed rest for almost 2 months and steroids for a week. It “went away”, then in July it came back with a vengeance. Horrible pain, and again, same issue, body acting as if there was a blood cloth, multiple ultrasounds and everything came back “normal”. Bed rest and treatment and it went away until late Feb and March, back in bed rest, medicine and got back to normal. Now I developed a “unusual” case of hives and Dr’s now believe is autoinmune. The thing is, I do take Omega and B vitamins and every time I try to exercise it’s when I have a flare up. We eat very healthy and NEVER had allergy of any kind prior to all this mess. I have amazing Doctors that are there with me; but I do believe in natural remedies to aid the medicine. But I am at loss at what to do.

  119. Irina May 15, 2014 at 10:31 pm #

    I wish it was THAT simple. Clean up your diet, find the allergies, do anti-inflammatory diet.
    I do it all plus all the supplements recommended for my condition (Multiple Sclerosis). Plus the anti-inflammatory and adaptogenic herbs. Plus lots of water and air.

    I do not “do” gluten in any shape or form, so Celiac is out

    I did the chelation therapy for heavy metals (which almost killed me)

    I don’t “do” sweets.

    Exercise? Are you kidding me? Taking shower is a huge exercise for me. My legs barely move – I am one step away from the Wheelchair.

    I know I have Lyme and antibiotics just do not cut it, they just kill my gut flora.

    I do supplement with probiotics.

    I am glad the guy in your story just got better, but it seems like he had other problems. I was healthy, ate healthy, exercised all of my life.

    The only thing I could say – if I did not do it I would have been worse?

    So, no, it’s not “9 steps and you in the clear”. Sorry.

  120. Stephanie King May 18, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

    I am currently under the care of a new functional medical doctor, who treats with food and supplements. I have a history of chronic sinus infections and I have Hashimoto’s disease as well as Fibromyalgia. My blood work came back and I have 26 food allergies. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s about 8 years ago and was given a brochure and asked why I was at a specialist’s office (endocrinologist) I was given no instruction and told that everyone is fatigued and has gained a few pounds. What other tests should I ask my current doctor to run? What are the best exercises? My adrenals are stressed. I’m low on dhea and my cortisol level is low, I am on supplements for that too. Does this sound like my doctor is on the right track? I’m so skeptical now! Thank you for your time!

  121. Rachael May 19, 2014 at 2:42 pm #

    Hi there,

    I would like to ask you about alopecia areata, which I have had since I was about 5 years old (I am now 22). I have been told that what first started it off was a stressful visit to the dentist, although I don’t remember it. Since then it has come and gone, but for the past 5 years I haven’t been ‘bald patch free’ even when I haven’t been stressed at all for months at a time. I have tried zinc tablets, multivitamins, even bought a juicer and added fresh juices to my diet! Also tried some shampoo’s and serums claiming to re-grow hair, but nothing. The patches do grow back eventually, but then another one appears somewhere else on my head. If you know of anything, dietary, medicinal etc. that can help this condition please let me know, I am currently at the lowest point in my life as the alopecia is the worst it has ever been, I have left my job as my self-confidence is basically non existent, and almost never leave the house unless I really have to.

    Also I am quite thin so I am not sure if an all juice, all plant based diet would work for me, I would not like to lose any weight at all.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 5, 2014 at 6:22 pm #

      Hi Rachael,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  122. kim May 21, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Yes Yes Yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! to all of the above. Am in stage 5 kidney disease….but when visiting a boston doctor for a transplant evaluation, she noted that she felt I was being treated incorrectly for the wrong type of kidney disease…..I had NEVER been tested to find out exactly which kind I had, therefore had never…in 20 years…been treated correctly. In my own research, I discovered a link to the celiac disease I carry along with other autoimmune issues. My mom and my brother BOTH have kidney disease AND the autoimmune issues I have. There is no question there is a connection. I have never been serious about going gluten free because I do not suffer the problems that others do with the disease and I just didn’t take it seriously…..now I am going to try going totally gluten free and see what happens. I have been depressed, inflamed, overweight, for so many years, I just assumed it was my fate. I could never understand how other people could eat and eat and eat and stay thin when I don’t eat all that much and suffer with such inflammation, bloat and weight. I think that now I do. going to go for it and see what the results of this will be. It would be great to not have to have a kidney transplant !!!

  123. Holland Johns May 22, 2014 at 11:43 pm #

    Im 18 years old and since i was About 14 i started developing allergies to topical s and medications, such as lotions, detergents, soap, ibuprofen, benzyl peroxide, ect. and i assumed i had very sensitive skin. I began to buy only hypoallergenic products and the problem stopped. Then i began developing allergies to my makeup if i used the same product too long, so i began to switch products every month. Now im developing allergies to gluten, all medications, birth control, and even nickle. it seems that it is happening more often the older i get and more serious. it sounds to me that i probably have an autoimmune disease because all of my allergic reactions are swelling, and rashes, or stomach problems. but i cant find anywhere online that defines what i have. i was wondering if i could get some feed back and some of your thoughts. thank you so much!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 4, 2014 at 9:09 pm #

      Thank you for sharing your story and for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  124. concerned mom May 23, 2014 at 1:50 pm #

    My 15-year-old daughter was diagnosed with alopecia areata over two years ago. She was sent to a dermatologist, who gave her topical steroids and eventually steroid injections in her scalp. Nothing helped at all. Although much of her hair regrew, she still has spots that come and go. She grew tired of treatments and we stopped seeing the doctor after a year or so. We could never get the doctor to address the possible causes. She now wears a hairpiece. Recently I have been doing a lot of reading about the relationship of a gluten-free diet to autoimmune conditions. She started a gluten-free diet about three weeks ago. Will definitely update and let everyone know if we have good results with this.

  125. Debra Cline May 30, 2014 at 7:42 am #

    I was diagnosed with autoimmune hepatitis in 2011, put me on Budesinide and athripriozine! My liver enzymes were 850 in August of that year took until Oct. And many test before the diagnosis, after starting the meds my blood work was back to normal by Dec. off Steroids by Feb. continued on the athripriozine until April of 2013 (had shingles in Dec. of 2012). This past Jan . 2014 I had a relapse my liver enzymes were over 1100 so back on the meds. It is now May off steroids, blood is normal, and the Dr. Will keep me on the other meds maybe indefinantly. My liver may have scaring. I exercise daily both aerobic and strength, however I do feel fatigued and have a difficult time sleeping, I also have under actuve thyroid, treated for 16 years. I am 58. I also have started taking nutritional supplements, thanks for clarifying this disease, I would love to hear your ideas on mine! Thanks

    • Michele June 10, 2014 at 11:51 pm #

      Hi there,
      how is your daughter going? are you having any improvements with the gluten free thing? My 5 year old son was diagnosed with Alopecia in january. lost all his body hair, head hair and eyebrows. We’ve been to a few specialist but have not gone down the steroid route.
      it’s only been a drastic change of diet in the last few weeks. but we are cutting out anything processed, sugar, gluten, dairy, grains. up-ing the minerals, probiotics, lemon juice (to make a more alkaline system) amongst other things.
      i am not really seeing hair regrowth as yet but i figure it’ll take a few months for the healing happen.

  126. Deb May 30, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    Hi dr Hyman,
    I have hashimotos- I’ve done everything and have worked with a functional med doc- I can’t seem to get my TPO under 1000-
    I’ve had a toenail fungus for 25 years untreated – can this be the reason? I’m concerned about the meds treating it? I’m also concerned about a possible hormone imbalance due to pre menstrual issues I have- my TPOs went from 4000 down yo 1000 with everything I’ve done in the last year and a half but clearly there is something else happening- I’m on AIP but I do eat raw almonds a lot- I don’t seem to have any issues with them though-
    Any thoughts?
    Thank you

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff May 30, 2014 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Deb,
      Thank you for your interest in Dr Hyman’s work. To receive personalized care, please contact the nutrition coaching team at: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637 9991.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

    • Amy Ekstrom August 5, 2014 at 10:30 pm #

      Hi Deb,

      I am dealing with the same thing…wondering if you have found any more answers. My initial diagnosis started with antibodies greater than 1000 and they have not been down since. The thing I am not sure about is if eating anything not allowed on AIP could there be a reaction inside even if I don’t notice anything outside? I feel like I can eat dairy a bit without any problem but is it wrecking havoc on my immune system without me knowing it. This can be so frustrating! My thyroid is pretty torn up from years of no diagnosis and I hope to salvage what is left!

      Good Luck,
      Amy

  127. Karey May 30, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    47 year old female, peri-menopausal. Hashimotos diagnosis 3 years ago. Fluctuating between Hyper and Hypo (TSH <.02 to 10.3) These numbers are from the last 2 months. I have recently started exercising again after many years of no formal exercise. I have recently started to clean up my diet as well. My SED rate is Thru the roof. I get joint issues when Hyper. Knees, hips and ankles. Feel alot better with the exercise and diet changes and have lost 13 pounds in 2 months (37 more to go!). I am on NO MEDICATIONS. I am hoping my new Doctor will listen to me and start me on Naturethroid to help control the rollercoaster of hyper and hypo. I will approach him on my next visit. Any information that I could get to support this would be great! 3 years ago my Thyroid Ultrasound showed heterogenous (destructive) tissue. My one done 2 months ago is "normal" no heterogenous tissue. WHAT DID I DO? I was put on a supplement program that included Iodine and Selenium, B vitamins, Krill, Vitamin C, probiotics Vitamin D3. Unfortunately I fell away from using them in December and my symptoms got worse in February of this year. My new GP is convinced that the supplementation worked for me and I am restarting the supplements. I saw and ENDO about a month ago – He was of no help…He could not tell me why my thyroid ultrasound went from Bad to Good when I asked.. He just said The radiologist read these every day.. they shouldn't be wrong. My GP when I asked him told me it was my SUPPLEMENTS! Any info you can give me to strengthen my case for Naturethroid NOW not when I get worse.. would be appreciated

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff May 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm #

      Hi Karey,
      Keep searching for the right healthcare practitioner who will best support your health. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman who can help you with your condition, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      If you would like information on becoming a patient at The UltraWellness Center please see “How to Become a Patient” at http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com. You may also feel free to call The UltraWellness Center at (413) 637-9991.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  128. Fahad June 1, 2014 at 1:47 pm #

    Dear sir, i got a little white patch on my chin. i noticed a month back in March. i felt i lost few hairs on that patch. i went to Doctor. He told me its ALOPECIA AREATA. advised me to use . and come back for check up after a month. if the patch is extending then will give you injection of steroids in that area. now i am using it from last couple of days twice a day. but i feel the little white patch is increasing. should i wait for one month or should i change my doctor.
    Thanking you in anticipation.

    Regards
    Fahad Ali Shah

  129. Fahad June 1, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    i am using the ointment named crolimus 30gm- Tacrolimus 0.1

  130. Margie June 1, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    Dr Hyman,
    I am a 49 year old female. I have battled with my health for 7 yrs. I have gone to many doctors. I refuse to go to my rheumatologist. I have hypo thyroid, been diagnosed with lupus and latest, symptoms on MS. Hormones are crazily imbalanced, oral thrush, fungal infections. I recently had a biodentist remove an infected tooth and replace the mercury fillings. I am on a diet of meat, veggies, sometimes whole wheat bread and drink daily a morning coffee, and occasionally will have a soda. I drink a fruit smoothie daily with a combination of kale or spinach, raw milk, strawberries, blueberries, bananas, pineapple, and sometimes will add whey protein. I will juice my own veggies a couple times a week. No matter what I do, I dont seem to get any better and I’m so tired of not feeling good. I don’t even remember what it feels like to feel good. please help

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 1, 2014 at 7:11 pm #

      Hi Margie,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  131. Sharin Lambert June 5, 2014 at 12:25 pm #

    I am a Massage Therapist and work with people who have all sorts of things. I am also a Certified Aromatherapist. My mission is to help people be the best THEY can be. I DO believe that getting to the root cause is very important. I have experienced both personally and professionally the rejuvenation of health just by getting things out of the diet that is bad for THEM. It might not be the same trigger as someone else’s and food diaries are important. Massage is very important to the healthy immune system also. Reducing stress is very important, and what is stress to some is not stress to others. Western Medicine is VERY one size fits all kind of organization, we are all different! I Believe putting GOOD nutrients from living things into your body is the best nutrition. People have to WANT this more than they want the inflammatory diet, pizza, sodas, fast food, HFCS, doughnuts, artificial sweeteners, ALL COW DAIRY…. and we just lost every one from age 10-50 for sure! Sometimes we are our own worst enemies! I fought IBS for 30 years, cut out milk, some help, but after stopping ALL dairy, cutting back on wheat products and was very picky about when and what and how refined, got a massage once a week, increased fruit and vegi intake and doing a probiotic product daily, with in 3 months I was a new person. all this took years, when I finally gave up CHEESE that was the last hold out it was remarkable! over maybe 6 years I was steadily improving though getting rid of one thing after another, My training as a MT & AT really helped me too. I carried marks, weird red mostly circles on my skin some for as much as 3 years, now if I see them it means I have had some kind of cow dairy… weird but I need no other proof that I should NOT be consuming those products! NO MD in my life has done any work to fix the problems I was having, just make the symptoms less bothersome. WE have to proactive! personally and professionally. thanks for being here and being an advocate for this kind of “health care”!

  132. Selma June 8, 2014 at 2:01 pm #

    I’d love to know how typical the results that Dr Hyman talks about are? I feel like I’ve done all the right things–and only continue to get more ill with autoimmune type symtpoms. Some herbal regiments on the chronic lyme theory have made me more ill/triggered autiommune like attacks (not herx’s)-they last for months when stopping the supplements. There are alot of sick people doing all the right things/functional medicine approach on messgeboards and facebook that are not well…… what is Dr. Hyman’s success rate with autoimmune, chronic lyme disease, spectrum diseases with functional medicine?

  133. Prem sharma June 11, 2014 at 10:32 am #

    I am a smoker. I have swollen eyes & face almost through out the day, stiff back,neck, hips and legs, finger joints and toe . I feel there is inflation in joints as movement is painful. Inflammation all over body, symptoms of auto immune disorder etc. clinically except for high triglyceride, borderline diabetes nothing else have been diagnosed. My arms and shoulders are stiff and painful and it is getting worse as i am finding hard to do push ups to strengthen. this problem is going on for years now. please give tips if you can

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff June 11, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  134. Richard June 13, 2014 at 10:18 pm #

    I am 61 year old male that up to two years had very few health problems. In July of 2012 I had three major episodes of vertigo, nausea and not wanting or keeping any food down for over 16 hours. Full battery of tests; MRI, Cat scan, testing by an audiologist and an Ear, Nose and Throat specialist. Diagnoses, Meniere’s. No further episodes until march of 2014. End of 2013 because of a referral due to vision problems was told I have uveitis. This week my dentist informed me I have a low grade infection in a root canal done nearly four years ago. At present I am on methotrexate and folic acid, which seem to be the drugs of choice. There is very little family history to suggest a genetic link, not over weight, no alcohol or drugs. Exercise on semi-regular basis. Eat little fried foods or red meats. In short darn near perfect — except obviously I’m not, Have just started to go to an University Medical Hospital for recommendations but mostly I’m getting a lot of information of what I don’t have. Without any medical training I have a suspicion most the listed problems may well be connected. Anybody have any input as to how wrong I am, what is correct, and what to do about it? Thanks.

  135. Sharon June 18, 2014 at 4:07 am #

    Hi, after being nearly dead 2.5 years ago from Hashimoto’s Disease and severe allergies, I started seeing a Dr here in Brisbane, Australia who specialises in Nutrition and Environmental Medicine. He found high heavy metals, lots of parasites, food allergies and intolerances. 2.5 years on and I now no longer have Hashimoto Disease and I have not had a severe allergic reaction for years. Most of my organs now function normally with only a little tweaking left to do. I now eat a Paleo / GAPS diet to heal my Leaky Gut, take nutritional supplements, use essential oils and relieve stress using The Healing Code system along with daily exercise. I have even re-enameled a tooth naturally, without fluoride. For more of my story check out my blog. http://heleadsmesharon.blogspot.com.au

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      Team Hyman June 29, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      Wow Sharon, what an incredible story, we are so happy that your health has improved so tremendously! And thank you for sharing your story with us all :)

  136. Diane Stevens June 19, 2014 at 2:07 am #

    Sorry if some if this doesn’t make sense. My cognition is especially bad the last few days as my mind and body continue to go downhill. Just learning about functional medicine so haven’t begun this journey yet.

    I’m now 47, and I have candida turned autoimmune. Prior to 2012 I was a healthy and vibrant single mom working to finish my PhD. I got headaches but other than that I was in pretty good health, minus what I felt was turning into a systematic candida situation in 2011. For months in 2011 I was also exposed to black mold at work. That same year I was bitten by some bug that left a hole in my leg. Since 2012 I have had an intolerance to anything other than proteins. Eating a plum the other day cost me a full days headache. In mid 2012 I was told I probably had MS.

    I began asking for hello for the candida thing in mid 2011.
    My doctor would not consider it, stating it isn’t an issue unless diabetic or if someone has immune deficiency for some reason. I hadn’t had anything done with the black mold as I was told I would have lung issues. I trust that. However I don’t believe the rest. I met 100% of the symptoms for yeast and fungal overload in 2011 and to date still have not had proper help with this. I’m getting lots of attention for finding a label to explain elevations in ANA though. It came to that in 2013, after no respite from chronic yeast and fungal infections, hair loss, an inability to think to such an extent I had to leave school for awhile, and an inability to eat carbs without feeling run down or sick.

    Success early on had been intermittent with getting myself back to normal. When all of this started I begged for some diflucan to treat a bacterial or yeast thing I had (still have chronic BV and other female stuff going on). I told my doctor that on the last day of taking this medication I felt like I was 17 again. The reply to me was “it’s only one day of feeling well so it has nothing to do with the diflucan”. I was devastated. What wasn’t being heard is that I had also been on a very strict diet to help beat the fungal, yeast, bacterial, and possible parasite overload. I was also taking a few natural remedies. The medication was the final help my body needed but we stopped just short of getting me back to homeostasis. I was the only one trying to figure out how to cure myself of this overload.

    I tried to heal myself with natural remedies but there are too many testimonials and products online. Trust me, my cabinets have enough natural remedies to fill a small section of a store. I believe some of it has helped but the point is I don’t have a clue what I am doing. I’m not an expert in what precisely I need. What combination , what is first and for how long, is this remedy actually the one and how can I be sure I’m not wasting my time, or even causing more harm? These are rhetorical questions by the way.

    If others are contemplating seeing a functional medicine doctor I hope to convey my greatest regret of not doing do sooner. I knew what was wrong with me. It wouldn’t have hurt to treat the things I was requesting help for but my physician did not understand natural remedies and wouldn’t help with the pharmaceuticals due to side effects. As a side note that makes zero sense to me as I’m shocked at the side effects of the meds they want me to try now.

    Life is precious yet I have spent 2 years and thousands of dollars, and the goal for my doctors is to find that label. I have only grown more ill and am not being dramatic when I say I feel as If I will die if I do not get some different help. I found out I have mono today. I am devastated. I was told in 2012 my spleen was calcified, and today was told with an unidentified autoimmune I can expect fatigue for about a year. I have felt as if my body is rotting from the inside out for the last 12-18 months. It’s always getting worse, with no more successes like the early days of trying to tackle this. If I had only had the support of an expert.

    My body is screaming at me to figure it out. It’s analogous to having my hand rotting off from gangrene and treating everything but that hand. Pretty soon it will spread and be too late. I strongly sense the answer to a cure for me is out there, and simple compared to what I’ve been though. I also strongly sense, from my gut and not my brain, that I am running out of time. I don’t know how else to explain it other than I’m heading down the wrong road and I feel even if it’s too late I still have the choice to try and get on the right one. I am very afraid. I have elevated ANA but no internal inflammation so maybe, just maybe I can not only reverse it but also get to where I was pre 2011.

    If anyone has read this far and had not tried a more modern and progressive doctor please do so now. Do not let yourself get worse like I have. It actually can get worse when you think it isn’t possible. Health is a precious thing we can lose at any movement so be proactive and take a holistic approach “with support” from a holistic expert.

    In closing I want to say I believe my doctor cares about me. I just don’t know why when one becomes a doctor learning stops. Isn’t being a doctor about continued growth and contributions to the literature? What about using all information within that literature to help your patient heal? In my research it appears functional medicine doctors actually are into disseminating information and helping their patients even if that helping deviated from what was stuck into their heads in med school. I hope there is s functional provider where I am at. This is the road I wish to try in a final effort to save my own life.

    Thank you all so much for sharing. I’m grateful I got this link upon googling. I prayed tonight and feel I was meant to stumble upon this. Blessings to all.

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      Team Hyman June 21, 2014 at 2:13 pm #

      Hi Diane,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story. It is great to hear that you are finding real help from a functional medicine physician – we truly believe this work not only helps people feel healthier and happier but changes, and even saves lives. Good luck on your journey to health!

  137. John O June 20, 2014 at 9:11 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with hypothyroidism, psoriasis, eczema, and now am gaining weight and trending diabetic. I have no idea what the real cause is, but have been treated since 2000 for the symptoms. My skin has never looked worse and I feel terrible. I do have a stressful job. I wouldn’t say my diet is terrible, I do exercise, but not enough. I will work through your 9 step program and see how I feel. I am currently on an antibiotic due to a tick bite that became infected, but rarely take them otherwise. I am a 53 year old male and would appreciate any advice you may have.

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      Team Hyman June 24, 2014 at 8:55 pm #

      Hi John,

      Unfortunately Dr Hyman cannot provide personal medical advice in this forum. If you would like to make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to:http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

  138. julie June 21, 2014 at 6:38 pm #

    Dr Hyman, I am so glad I found your article! It seems to be answering some questions I haven’t been able to get an answer for. Last year I ended up in the hospital and came out with 7 stents. later in the year Ifound a doc who is a naturopath/MD. He is a bulldog with it comes to detective work. He set out to find out why I have chronic, severe insomnia. And he found out, among other things, that I am Celiac (silent), have high levels of heavy metals, especially arsenic; all my hormones are way low, and heart related stuff is too high. He immediately put me on a slough of supplements, a few prescriptions, and a ketogenic diet.

    After trying to follow all this for nearly a year, Istill haven’t lost any weight, sleep better, or feel better. Last week Imet a woman who does bio-energy work to help people discover what their body needs. She doesn’t charge anything, so I thought I would give it a whirl. She said my body’s responses indicate a whole foods diet instead of a ketogenic diet, but that my body doesn’t want any grains, citrus/tropical fruits except bananas, or dairy except goat’s milk and cheese. And all of it needs to be organic.

    When I read this article, it seemed to verify that I need to make the change to whole foods. Nevertheless, I do wonder what you think of ketogenic diets?

  139. K. June 23, 2014 at 8:06 pm #

    I have eczema, severe asthma, severe allergies, and vitiligo. I find it difficult to believe that these are separate issues. To address the basic causes of these issues, where could I start?

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      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/

  140. manuni June 30, 2014 at 7:17 am #

    nice and well written details.

  141. Judith shipper July 1, 2014 at 11:22 am #

    About 15years ago my son young adult came to you and I believe you saved his life ….diagnosed celiac disease and deficiencies and after extensive testing put him on the right track ,he lost weight ,ate better,and began living again…..at the time he was living in NYC and saw the top ranked doctors at the various teaching hospitals after being misdiagnosed he underwent serious surgery …in shutter to think where he would be if he had not believed in you and you had not been available for an appointment”…..
    However I have various health issues which run along the lines of your patient “Sam” I will not go into the details but from your books and treatment of my son know your would be able to connect the dots…..my main concern (beside my going from a young energetic senior to an old lady who wants to live but can’t…..). Is that my adult healthy daughter is now obese and manifests some of the same issues and my son has some symptoms.
    Since you are now doing mostly writing ,talk show appearances and have patients such as B ill Clinton. I have no way of obtaining your vast expertise…nor does my son who is currently residing in Florida…
    Short of reading your generalized advice what can we do ?.??

    A long time admirer

    …..

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm #

      Hi Judith,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  142. Deborah July 2, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Hi I have recently been diagnosed with Alopecia I have several bald patches and my hair is thining. I have also been treated in the past with Irritable bowel and Lychen Sclerosus. I believe these are all to do with an autoimmune disease?

  143. Katherine July 5, 2014 at 10:58 pm #

    Over the last couple of years my 27 year old son has been diagnosed with at least 4 autoimmune disorders: Sjögren’s syndrome, scleroderma, Lupus. and autoimmune hepatitis. He also had webbing in his throat. I have also noticed that he has extremely thin hair, which is not typical for anyone in the the family. He does not currently have insurance and has applied for disability as he is unable to work at this point.

    I guess I have 2 questions:

    1. Where can you direct me for the most immediate helpful information? I am disabled and have a low attention span and cannot spend a lot of time searching for what I need to know.

    2. As I was reading this article I began to wonder if there was a genetic component to this since My mother has dry eyes and thyroid problems and has struggled with depression and her weight, and I struggle with deep depression, low concentration and weight too? Is there a specific article you can refer me to that has information on this?

    I have read through the comments and know you cannot provide individualized advice, I am only looking for you to provide me with references I can look at. This would be a great deal of help.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 30, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      Hi Katherine,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your son the proper care he needs we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you and your son the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  144. Amit July 6, 2014 at 3:23 am #

    I am diagnosed with uveitis from couple of years and currently on methotrexate. t has helped reducing inflamation however still dont know root cause beind this. can somebody share the experience or solution to cure this. Thanks.

  145. Melissa July 12, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

    I have Hashimoto’s thyroid disease and SAPHO syndrome. I am looking for a good Dr. like yourself here in Vancouver, BC Canada. Do you know any doctor(s)? Thank you!

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 28, 2014 at 5:02 pm #

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  146. Cait July 15, 2014 at 7:34 am #

    Granuloma Annulare Is a skin condition with no known cause. I’ve tried steroid treatments, UV treatments and liquid ice. None of these has worked at all and my GA is recently coming back more than normal.The cream the Dr gave me began to deteriorate my skin, when in reality that’s not what I need, even though its just the bumps that really bother me, ID’ like to get the root of my problem

  147. Awadhesh Pandey July 18, 2014 at 1:01 am #

    You are provided such a Wonderful article that is full of information about the Heal Autoimmune Disease.Thanks for sharing this information

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  149. Danielle July 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm #

    I am a 27 year old female. Up until 2010 i was extremely healthy, no problems at all. In 2010 i was diagnosed in Type 1 diabetes. I have the disease pretty much under control and doing very well with it. I recently was diagnosed with colitis back in 2013. I have been trying for the past year to get this under control. I also have nodules on my thyroid which have been tested and are not cancerous. Overall, everything else is find. All blood tests and organ function tests come back normal. What can i do to help and make sure I dont get any additional autoimmune problems and try and get these two under control?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm #

      Hi Danielle,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  150. Deana July 25, 2014 at 2:51 am #

    My beautiful 8 year old granddaughter has a skin disorder called Vitiligo and has several white patches in various places on her body, we were told by doctors that it is caused by autoimmune disease. My question is, can this be cured and can pigmentation be restored to her skin?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 26, 2014 at 1:16 pm #

      Hi Deana,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your granddaughter the proper care she needs, we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/
      Wishing you and your granddaughter the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  151. Jojo Joe July 29, 2014 at 8:02 am #

    Dear Dr.Mark Hyman

    I have eye allergy. I would really like to know whether your method works for me.
    May I expect an answer from you ? It would be so much helpful.

    Thanks
    Jojo

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 29, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

      Hi JoJo,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  152. kim July 29, 2014 at 9:52 am #

    Yes!….I have stage 5 kidney disease..was never biopsied for the underlying cause and was treated as if it were caused by high blood pressure…when actually, the high blood pressure and diabetes was caused by the kidney disease. I am a celiac (endoscopy done), have thyroid issues, psoriasis and definately have a problem with inflamation. I am really angry that it took ME to research and find a connection. Doctors need to be re educated….ugh….I need to find something better but cannot afford to see someone who does not accept my health insurance…..I will have to keep researching and find a way to do all of this myself.

  153. Teresa Grimes July 29, 2014 at 6:51 pm #

    I have been diagnosed with hoshimoto thyroid disease, thyroid nodules, high blood pressure, weight gain and difficulty losing weight, Crohn’s disease, and pre-diabetes. I have been working with my doctor and a nutritionist for a couple of years. I recently retired from my job because I felt the stress was contributing to my health problems. I have been told that I have an autoimmune deficiency. I am 58 years old and I am unhealthier than my 69 year old sister. Type 2 diabetes runs in the family on my mother’s side. All of my maternal aunts, my grandmother, and my mother all died from complications of diabetes. I am currently on a low fiber, low residue diet. I am so frustrated and overwhelmed by my situation. I do take vitamin supplements prescribed by my doctor and nutritionist. Any suggestions?

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff July 30, 2014 at 6:15 pm #

      Hi Teresa,
      It sounds like you are taking charge of your health and seeking solutions to take your health to the next level. Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  154. Kelley August 2, 2014 at 9:25 pm #

    PLEASE HELP!! I am convinced my psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are caused by leaky gut syndrome but I cannot find a doctor to take me seriously!!! I live in a part of the country that, I guess, has never heard of Functional Medicine. The doctors I have seen just want to suppress my immune system, but I have had NO SUCCESS!!! I read all I can from Dr. Hyman and Dr. Oz and others, but you just tell me to work with my doctor….I am BEYOND frustrated and STRESSED…..I don’t know where to go. I can’t afford to go out of state to find a doctor that understands and can treat me so I guess I will just live miserably and try to self treat. I just need help….

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 5, 2014 at 5:57 pm #

      Hi Kelley,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there. This will give you a headstart in finding the right doctor!
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  155. Paige Fisher August 4, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    I know that there is the website you can look at to check for functional medicine practitioner, however there’s so many options and different doctors, I’m not sure if I’d be better off with a rheumatologist thats certified or a nutritionist or where to go from there. Is there anyone in Michigan off that list that you would recommend? I’m desperate to find the step in the right direction to find out the root of this auto immune disease and all my symptoms.

  156. Alexander J.. Rinehart, DC, MS, CCN, CNS August 4, 2014 at 10:07 pm #

    This is an important article…we forget that autoimmune conditions are actually immune imbalances. Autoimmune thyroiditis such as Hashimoto’s or Graves are not Thyroid diseases…they are immune imbalances that are affecting the thyroid. Balance the immune system and you cool the autoimmune inflammation. There is a need to shift the conversation of autoimmune disease to predictive diagnosis, there are now robust panels available that screen for diverse triggers of immune imbalance. Each individual trigger is not definitive for autoimmune illness, but the more you have, the higher the probability that you eventually will have autoimmune inflammation. This is juxtaposed on your individual genetic make-up, but a loaded gun still needs someone (or something) to pull the trigger. Thanks for the great summary.

  157. Amy Ekstrom August 5, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

    After 18 years of on and off thyroid problems, starting with an OB asking how long I had had my goiter in my first pregnancy (I was shocked and exclaimed I don’t have a goiter!) I started really falling apart two years ago. I had been on and off synthroid but it never really seemed to help and often my blood test came back normal. Then I had one doctor say, even with my numbers in the normal range, that if I thought I had a thyroid problem that they could just take it out. Without even really knowing what was going on!!! So two years ago I really started falling apart as I said. I was having horrible periods that left me at the brink of incapacitated due to excessive bleeding and pain. My hair was falling out in clumps, I was having panic attacks, I was vegetarian and a lot of the time vegan and yet had gained a ton of weight, and my moods were awful. I finally went to a naturopath and she tested my thyroid antibodies and sure enough they were over 1000 (supposed to be under 35). So I finally found out I had Hashimotos. Since then it has been quite the journey. I went gluten free immediately and she started me on a supplement and diet program. I also started progesterone (and actually knew I likely had estrogen dominance because I almost lost my daughter due to low progesterone). She believed in the Blood Type Diet but it just didn’t quite sit with me and so through my own research I found paleo. I lost weight and all of the major debilitating symptoms almost instantly. Unfortunately about 6 months later I started gaining weight again and have had on and off symptoms returning since then. Primarily they are hair loss, mood, energy and weight gain. I have had to shuffle through a few doctors also. I also have have IBS like issues (never diagnosed) and so am dealing with that too. My newest doctor has me going through an elimination and reintroduction program after having used Repairvite. My last blood test showed that the antibodies had not gone down…still over 1000. I finally found that I am allergic to eggs (severely) and tree nuts (moderately). I have realized how important sleep and stress are but unfortunately those are extremely difficult to address with a teen with mental health issues so I am working on that. I recently finished my Masters degree so that is one stress that is off the table at least. I just feel like now I have to really work on the small tweaks. Am thinking now that incorporating some of the GAPS diet principles might be helpful to deal with the stomach issues. I have a very hard time with sweet cravings but have been pretty good lately. I finally had a thyroid ultrasound and have two 5-6 mm nodules and diffuse thyroid tissue…so it seems that there has been significant damage. I never cheat on gluten but sometimes have grains here and there as well as potatoes and dairy. In addition my doctor found that my nasal passages are very swollen as well as my glands and thinks I could have sleep apnea. The sleep study will have to wait because of lack of funds but hopefully that too will provide some answers. Initially upon going paleo I lost most of my seasonal allergies but they have returned so something I am idoing is a problem…again dealing with the fine tuning! This is the hard part. Someone close to our family has been dealing with cancer this past year and it is amazing how people rally around a cancer patient (no argument at all that they need the support and help) but it is so hard for people to understand how much of a struggle it can be with an autoimmune disease to just move through the day. Sometimes I really just feel like I can barely go up and down my stairs and that is exhausting enough to require a nap! I just want my body back!

    • Eliisa September 19, 2014 at 1:37 am #

      Amy, I can relate to most of your problems. Was wrongly treated and misdiagnosed 15+ years. Made some doctors very rich and myself poor over the years… I don’t know how to lower the antibodies apart from selenium and the diet we are following. Maybe we have other immune issues as well hindering that success! I’m on your path and thanks to websites like Dr Hyman’s will be able to heal one day. Don’t give up!
      I also suffer from IBS and low progesterone and all the other common deficiencies. It is hard to fight on all levels and there is no sympathy for us! Why can’t we get a document similar to Morbus Addison sufferers when dealing with docs or being in ER due to severe allergic reactions etc.? Maybe one day there will be holistic hospitals, not only for the rich and famous! By spreading the news we maybe can hope for a better future for at least our children or nieces etc.
      It is so hard to stay gluten/ dairy and sugar free! Eat organic meat though!
      Had the same ultrasound result!

  158. Mike August 6, 2014 at 7:50 pm #

    I have cysts all over my body. They range from near golf ball to pea size. Is this a cause of of an autoimmune. They started in April of 14 and continue to populate my body. I need a cure.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Mike,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  159. Confused August 7, 2014 at 1:53 pm #

    I have two cases to speak of: one being my boyfriend’s, the other being my sister. Both have a very severe auto immune condition that they are battling. I will first address my boyfriend’s:

    Two years ago he got a cat bite which gave him warm auto immune hemolytic anemia. We’ve done steroids, he recently had a splenectomy and prior to this, we were actually getting treated by another very reputable MD who was a herbalist. My boyfriend got to a very low dose of the steroids with the tincture, but once he went totally off of the prednisone his levels were terrible. Of course our western doctors don’t advocate for herbal therapy, so convinced him he needed to have his spleen out. He is now taking folic acid and steroids and tapering down and hopefully off of both the folic and the steroids forever. He is at ten MGs which is a phenomenal improvement from before – prior to the surgery, without his herbal tinctures he had to be at 140MG of steroids to stabilize. I’m wondering what kinds of foods he should be eating or avoiding. For the most part he avoids gluten and I make a point of cooking all of our meals from scratch. Had he stayed on the tinctures for longer before, could he have healed? I’ve heard some interesting things about the water diet but you are not supposed to take medication, which would not work for him as he’s tapering off the steroids. Does it sound like he will totally get off of them? Our western doctor has been advocating for chemo therapy if he doesn’t improve, which clearly nobody wants. Now for my sister.

    My sister had various problems as a child and had an ovary removed. she was recently diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and the doctors have concluded that she has an extremely rare auto immune disease which is attacking all of the organs in her body. It started with her as a child, has made its way to her pancreas and is now attacking her kidneys. Bladder control has become difficult. She is also 25 years old, so it seems that the pace is quickening. I am desperately trying to get her to consider alternative therapies but she doesn’t “believe in it”. What kinds of supplements should be taking? What should she be avoiding? What is this auto immune disorder that she has, and is there a way for her to recover from it? The doctors seem to think not…

    Thank you to anyone who is reading this and can lend some advice. I really appreciate it and want to see the people I love so much get back to their happy, normal selves.

    Thanks,
    Confused

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 7, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide your boyfriend and your sister the proper care they need we hope they will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      They can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you and your loved ones the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  160. Jan Puddicombe August 8, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    I have been told I have an autoimmune disorder, so far 7 months of trying to get treatment that will help with no success. I have taken prednisone, reactine, benadryl and many more stronger drugs with no improvement. The last doctor told me to go home and take a baby asiprin. I thought wow and our medical is paying her. I’m presently seeing a Chinese Medicine Doctor and she is changing out my diet right now so I am giving it a chance.

  161. Ashley August 12, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I’ve been diagnosed with Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia Purpura. My doctor is treating me like a slot machine for Prednizone and thinking seriously about cutting out my spleen because it’s working too well.

    I’ve been given no medical advice at all. All I’ve been told is that my platelet count is too low and I have to take horrible medications in hope that they will help or mutilate my body to keep it from hurting itself more. The pills haven’t helped. As soon as I stop feeling my heart beat in my eyes my platelets go right back down. I went from feeling healthy and well to feeling like hell all the time while they constantly remind me that I’m not getting better.

    I don’t even know where to begin to find the cause. I had hoped that as a medical expert my doctor might have had some suggestions but so far he’s been less helpful than the most passive article on the internet on the topic. My current desperate effort is to stop taking all of the other medications I’ve been on including birth control and anti depressants in case they are causing the problem.

    I will be using your advice here and asking my doctor to run some tests for heavy metals and specific GI infections. Hopefully if I tell him what specific tests I want that will be enough for him to do something other than torture me and make me wait for the worst.

    Thanks for writing this article.

  162. Robert Brill August 12, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    Hey doc
    I truely believe in what your talking about and wish my significant other had the faith to get excited by medicine or certain people in medicine that practice as you do. She has ulcerative colitis and is now taking remicade treatments every 8 weeks. She takes immuran and takes ascical(spelled wrong). These meds help but doesn’t cure the problem, just treat the symptoms. Her last colostomy wasn’t that bad but there is still disease in the desending colon with scaring in the transverse. I know in my heart that this disease can be cured and feel terrible for her. I read about taking enemas with good poop to instill good bacteria and the success that treatment has had and this just reinforces my belief that bad bacteria is one of the attackers of her gut. Would really be interested in hearing your thoughts. I have found a doc that kind of believes the way you do and i myself am going thru major blood test right now and Lisa is going to do the same thing. I’m pretty healthy and really just want to know about myself but Lisa is the important one.

    Your Friend Robert Brill

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 13, 2014 at 8:08 pm #

      Hi Robert,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will continue with your doctor. If you are interested in finding a locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you and Lisa the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  163. Sandy Smith August 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    I’m a 51 year old female. Ive lived with RA and fibro most of my adult life. I am so tired of being. Can you help? I’m a51

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 19, 2014 at 5:33 pm #

      Hi Sandy,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  164. samreen August 16, 2014 at 1:19 pm #

    I am from pakistan and my sister is suffering from acute ITP.Is there any other treatment other than conventional medicine for this disease?pls guide me

  165. Jaswinder Singh August 17, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    Hello Sir.

    I’m Jaswinder Singh a year 12 student studying Biology. I was writing an essay on autoimmune diseases and this has helped a lot, I know I should be asking my teacher this but I still was wondering if you could help me on my essay by telling me how I should layout my work. Hopeful you reply as soon as possible sir.

    Kind regards

    Jaswinder Singh

  166. Diana Lauder Sacks August 19, 2014 at 2:42 am #

    I have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I am a 76 year old female and have always been in good health so this was a surprise and shock. I have always exercised, eaten balanced healthy meals, not smoked, drank minimally, and have not felt stressed. It happened so suddenly with two slightly swollen, red, fingers; progressed to a painful shoulder; and then went into a full-blown flare one morning upon awakening. Every joint was intensely painful and stiff; I could barely move. Could not kneel down, could not get up, could not open jars, could not get a spoon to my mouth. Doctor gave me a low dose of prednisone, took several blood tests, found I had two markers for RA and has prescribed methotrexate. Also Vitamin D which was low. In the mornings I pain a bit then by lunchtime and beyond I feel fine. I am worried about the side effects of methotrexate but rely on the specialist to not overdo the dosage and moderate and manage this problem for me. I am aware of the other possible damage to heart, lungs, kidneys, eyes, etc. of unmanaged RA.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 19, 2014 at 5:24 pm #

      Hi Diana,
      Thank you for sharing your story and for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  167. Cathy August 22, 2014 at 6:14 am #

    I am delighted to find this post. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all. I have Sjogren’s Syndrome and live in South Africa. I have taken Gluten and sugar out of my diet but still not feeling great so reading your article I do believe that I need to search for a Doctor like Dr Hyman but alas where to start?
    There is little to no support here in South Africa for Immune Deceases so I am in the process of setting up a website for Sjogren’s sufferers. I need to get people together so we can find Doctors and other alternate therapist who are on the same page. I am passionate about putting my illness into remission but I also feel a bigger calling to help those less fortunate who are also suffering. This decease humbled me and brought me to my knees with despair.
    Would it be possible to post you article on the site I am creating with a link to your site as there is so much info on the internet and I would love to direct sufferers to what is the truth.
    Grateful, Cathy :)

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 4:53 pm #

      Hi Cathy,
      Yes, please share Dr. Hyman’s posts to help others improve their health. As long as you provide credit, we are happy to share! If you haven’t searched for practitioners in South Africa already, you can locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman at http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

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    jenniferquigley August 22, 2014 at 2:06 pm #

    Hello – I had my colonoscopy yesterday (I’m 43) and on my report it says…An area of mildly friable (with contact bleeding) mucosa was found at the splenic flexure. My follow up appointment is not until the end of September. From the research I have been doing, it sounds like I have IBD; colitis. Will the UltraSimple Diet help to ease, if not cure this disease? If so, I’m all in! :)

    Many thanks for taking the time to respond.
    Jennifer

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

      Hi Jennifer,
      Thank you for your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. The UltraSimple Diet will help lower inflammation and eliminates many common food allergens. Both of these may help reduce the symptoms of IBD/colitis. We recommend that you work with your doctor for a diagnosis of your condition and the appropriate dietary approach to support your health.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  169. Jan El Senor August 23, 2014 at 4:19 pm #

    I apparently have an autoimmune skin disorder, and exercise seems to bring on the outbreaks. It’s really frustrating because I hate being out of shape. I tried working out for the first time in two months yesterday, and my skin now has hive-like bumps all over my torso and ankles. Going back to the doctor’s again, but this is frustrating….

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff August 27, 2014 at 10:19 pm #

      Hello Jan,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  170. debbie September 1, 2014 at 4:09 pm #

    I am overweight, have been diagnosed with hbp, thyroid disease, gerd, depression, and now mixed connective tissue disease poor circulation in my left leg. Im tried of taking meds, basically, I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired. I cant walk up stairs without having pain and shortness of breath. I have had heart tests and its fine, have had upper and lower gi’s and they found nothing. I have a granddaughter and I want to be able to play with her and enjoy life.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 2, 2014 at 6:31 pm #

      Hi Debbie,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

      You can also make an appointment to be a patient at Dr.Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA. Please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  171. Terry Jones September 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm #

    I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in May 2014 and am currently being treated with the following medication,
    Methotrexate, 20mg weekly, Prednisolone 20mg daily, Plaquenil 400mg daily and 5mg folic acid daily.
    My inflammation levels have halved since diagnosis but I am worried about the long term and side effects of the medication.
    Reading these posts it may seem changes in diet are definitely required, I have cut out sugar and diary products and would greatly like to hear from fellow sufferers as to how diet has improved their situation.

    Terry

  172. Linda September 9, 2014 at 10:33 pm #

    Hello, I’m 66 yrs old, and due to the new drugs made available very recently I have been ‘cured’ of Hepatitis C. That’s been a real blessing because I have had the virus for about 40 years. My general heath, amazingly enough, has been relatively good, considering. However, after I finished my 3 month treatment for Hep C and was deemed cured, the doctor decided to do a few more blood tests. Now I am being told I have acquired an Auto-Immune disease. My body sees to have decided that my liver no longer belongs in my body. I wonder if, because the virus lived in my body for so long, that, with it being gone, a virus free liver is read by my body as being foreign. This whole thing is devastating. Granted, my liver has considerable damage from the virus, but all in all, I felt my future was much brighter. I feel I have an exceptionally good gastroenterologist who has been thorough and very understanding and helpful. However, I don’t know his position concerning treating this new problem. After reading your findings on the subject, I was very impressed. The though of treating this auto immunity with a ‘band-aid’ really doesn’t sit well with me. I am going for a biopsy this coming week to determine exactly how much damage the the virus did to my liver/body before the doctor proceeds with treatment. I guess my questions are: 1. Could curing the Hep C virus have confused my body into thinks that the virus free liver is an intruder? 2,I want advice as to what to do and where to look for a doctor who treats patients by way of functional medicine? Any help concerning these questions will be much appreciated. Thank You.

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 9, 2014 at 11:27 pm #

      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. Unfortunately he cannot provide you personalized medical advice in this forum. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

  173. Lucy September 20, 2014 at 12:16 am #

    Thanks Dr. Hyman for the information above. My 9 yr old daughter is suffering from lichen planus and the doctor has suggested cortisteriod ointment to be applied. Can you please give your advice on how to help her come back to normal where she want be targeted again by her immune system. Thanks in advance.

  174. Jessica September 23, 2014 at 7:49 am #

    I was diagnosed with MS in April of this year. I am 35 years old.The neurologists just wanted to put me on drugs like Rebif and Copaxeone. When I told them I would like to find an alternative they laughed me off and said that if I didn’t take these it would just get worse and there was nothing to do about it. I asked about diet and they just said to eat healthy with no explaination. When I went back for more MRIs it showed a pretty rapid progression. I fired the neurologists and decided to find my own answers. I am not a doctor or scientist so this was difficult. There is a lot of information to sift through. I hired an ND who got me started on Vitamin D (which made a huge difference very quickly in my symptoms) as well as fish oil, probitotics, and scheduled a round of IgG testing. I turned out to be allergic to dairy, every grain, yeast, soy, and a number of other things that are not the common allergies. I have since completely eliminated all of them from my diet and my acid reflux and IBS have both gone away. I also went to a hypnotherapist to work on stress management issues. I have personally studied herbs for healing for many years and began to apply that knowledge to myself and my understanding of MS. I have ginger tea every day for its great anti inflammatory properties. I also take a walk in the park every day that the weather allows and have an afternoon nap to combat the fatigue. I still have some issues but they are considerably better then they were just a few months ago when this all began. I am glad to see someone in the medical profession looking for actual answers instead of bandaids for these problems.

  175. elizabeth September 25, 2014 at 3:42 am #

    I’m a 26 year old female in the Sacramento California area. I was diagnosed with lupus 2 years ago at the age of 24. I am on 1,000 mg of cellcept a day, 500 mg of plaquinal a day, and 5 mg of prednisone a day. My doctor tells me I need to take these pills every day for the rest of my life to live. I find this had to believe. I’m very concerned about the side affects of these drugs. Without western medicine I wouldn’t be alive today . I would like to find a holistic doctor in my area to give me guidence. Recently I have changed my diet for the most part. Became a vegetarian. Cut GMOs out…and I do feel better. I just need some help to see if I’m on the right path and a doctor that will help me get off all these meds

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      Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff September 26, 2014 at 7:49 pm #

      Hi Elizabeth,
      Thank you for your interest In Dr. Hyman’s work. In order to provide you the proper care you need we hope you will seek the attention of a local qualified Functional Med practitioner soon. To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.
      Wishing you the best of health,
      Dr. Hyman Staff

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    HymanStaff February 9, 2013 at 3:14 pm #

    Thank you for your message and your interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

    Wishing You the Best of Health!

    Dr. Hyman Staff

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    HymanStaff February 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm #

    Thank you for your message and interest in Dr. Hyman’s work. Questions regarding conditions like these cannot be answered in a responsible manner via the Internet.

    Wishing You the Best of Health!

    Dr. Hyman Staff

  178. Sophie Hansen February 19, 2013 at 12:59 am #

    Can I converse with him as a patient? I live in Australia
    Cheers

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    Dr. Hyman Nutrition Staff February 20, 2013 at 5:37 pm #

    Hi Sophie,

    To make an appointment at Dr. Hyman’s UltraWellness Center in Lenox, MA please go to: http://www.ultrawellnesscenter.com/becoming-a-patient/ When you are finished reading through the material you may call the office at After you have reviewed this, please contact our office to make an appointment. By phone, (413) 637-9991; by email, office@ultrawellnesscenter.com

    To locate a doctor near you who practices functional medicine like Dr. Hyman, go to http://www.functionalmedicine.org/practitioner_search.aspx?id=117 and scroll down to where it says “locate a practitioner” and enter your location. Progress accordingly from there.

    Or,for more personalized nutrition advice, Dr Hyman’s nutrition coaching team would be happy to work with you on an individual level to help you reach your goals. To work with the nutrition coaching team please go to: http://www.bloodsugarsolution.com/nutrition-coaching/ OR call (800) 892-1443 to get started.

  180. Jayne May 22, 2013 at 11:39 am #

    This blog was helpful but I’m very disappointed in the reply to my question. It doesn’t seem like anyone even bothered to read my question.

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    HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 2:38 pm #

    Hello Jayne,

    Sorry that you are disappointed in your answer, we’re not sure what the question was. If it had to do with a request for medical advice we are unable to respond responsibly over the internet.

    Wishing You the Best of Health!

    Dr. Hyman Staff

  182. Patricia September 3, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    You need to find a nutritionist in Australia who is clued up about treating the patient by looking at their diet in relation to their health. The idea is to eliminate many of the troubling symptoms from within.

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