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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174 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.

  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.

  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 #

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    • 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 #

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    • 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 #

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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.

  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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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:21 pm #

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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.

  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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      HymanStaff February 27, 2013 at 6:14 pm #

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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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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm #

      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.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

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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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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

      Hi Nemo,

      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

  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.

      Wishing You the Best of Health!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  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!

      Dr. Hyman Staff

  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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      HymanStaff March 26, 2013 at 1:02 pm #

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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!

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  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

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      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.

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      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.

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      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……..

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      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.

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      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?

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      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

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        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

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      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

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      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.

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      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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      HymanStaff May 30, 2013 at 11:53 am #

      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

  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. 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 :)

  74. 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.

  75. 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.

  76. 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!

  77. 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!

  78. 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.

  79. 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.

  80. 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.
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  81. 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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  82. 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/
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  83. 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.

  84. 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.
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  85. 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.

  86. 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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  87. 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.

  88. 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???

  89. 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.

  90. 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.

  91. 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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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:09 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

  92. 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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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:09 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

  93. 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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      Team Hyman December 27, 2013 at 2:07 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

  94. 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

  95. 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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      Team Hyman December 30, 2013 at 10:22 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.

  96. 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!

  97. 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.

  98. 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

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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

  101. 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.

  103. 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

  105. 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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