Autoimmune Disease

Finding The Root Cause 

Any autoimmune disease can be a very serious, chronic health challenge. Dr. Godo can help you find, and address, the underlying root cause and help transform your overall health beyond disease to a healthier, more vibrant life.

Watch this week’s video with Dr. Cindy Howard, a colleague of Dr. Godo, as she discusses autoimmune conditions and “root” causes of disease.

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Dr. Jason Godo, DC, RN

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Adrenal Gland Support

“Impaired adrenal function can be an underlying cause of chronic fatigue, dizziness, depression, apprehension, anxiety, auto-immune disease, inability to concentrate, inability to hold adjustments.

People talk about getting an “adrenaline rush.” That’s when adrenaline is being pumped into your bloodstream under extreme circumstances giving you an energized sensation. You’ve heard of people being referred to as “adrenaline junkies.”Adrenal Fatigue

The adrenal glands are the triangular shaped glands that sit on top of the kidneys. They release hormones into the body as a response to stress. Stress can take many forms: taking an examination, recovering from a broken bone, a challenging sport or activity, the presence of danger, trying to survive a difficult situation, or just maintaining proper levels of energy when faced with even mild starvation.

Adrenaline is good thing. But if any kind of stressful situation becomes prolonged, the adrenal glands can become over stimulated; and we experience adrenal fatigue. Weak adrenal glands can affect other areas of the body as well.

Dr. Alex Zatkin has linked impaired adrenal function as one of the  underlying causes with thyroid problems. He says that when the adrenals are over-stimulated the body will try to compensate via the hypothalamus-pituitary axis and ultimately affects the thyroid. In other words, it’s like the brakes are being applied to the thyroid. That’s why some patients are given thyroid medication or supplementation and feel great for a few months or even years but ultimately the symptoms they experienced will return to their prior hypothyroid status.

Recently, a friend of mine who is also a naturopath was sharing his  effectiveness with Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is a condition where a person’s antibodies, which are a type of white blood cell, attack the thyroid. He told me one of the main things he does to address this condition is to support the adrenal glands.

We all recognize that people are under more emotional, physical, and mental pressures than we can imagine. Listen close to conversations  wherever you go; people are talking about being overwhelmed, exhausted, stretched to their limits, pushed at work, and relationships are strained. Remember stress comes in the form of chemical stress, mechanical stress, thermal stress, and emotional stress.

Stress has a powerful effect on hormones. It can increase cortisol and catecholamines, even decrease sex hormones. Stress has also been linked to reductions in pituitary hormones. The list of symptoms or conditions frequently associated with impaired adrenal function is too long to list. They range from dizziness to depression, apprehension to auto-immune disease, inability to concentrate to the inability to hold adjustments.

Wellness Minute Adrenal Gland Support.1jpgDr. Godo has methods to evaluate how your adrenal glands are functioning. He may start by giving you a brief questionnaire on specific adrenal indicators. If you score above a certain level, he may change your diet and make general recommendations. However if the score is above a certain threshold, he will want to schedule you for a separate office visit to evaluate things like your pupil reflex or check to see if your blood pressure drops when you stand up from a lying down position.

Some tests are a little more expensive, but offer great levels of specificity and can bring tremendous clarity. He may collect urine, saliva or blood, to assess your adrenals. Some clinicians utilize what I call in-office tests. That’s because you can do them in the office without sending them out to a laboratory. I love the in-office tests because they are relatively inexpensive and can be used to assess where to start. Your progress can be evaluated over time by retesting. If your test levels aren’t improving, we can alter the treatment program until they do.

Everyone is different and has unique biochemical individuality. The changes in your diet along with supplementation can be helpful to rebuild your organ reserve. Simple changes like eliminating sugar and refined carbohydrates can make a big difference in how you feel. For most people, the stresses in their lives are not going away soon. Those little adrenal glands need all the help they can get. Let’s take care of them.

Dr. Jason Godo, DC

Autoimmune Disease On The Rise

“Have you noticed in recent years, a growing number of people have conditions related to their immune system, and this group is on the rise.”

Have you noticed that in recent years, a growing number of people have conditions related to their immune system? Think about it, how many people 10 years ago had Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, lupus, or Sjogrens? Yet this group of conditions is on the rise.

The technical term for these conditions is autoimmune disease. Before we go further, let me give you a simplified definition of autoimmunity. Normally the immune system recognizes what is “self “or what is “not-self.” Anything which is self is tolerated; however, anything in the body which is identified as “not self “is attacked. That’s the keyword for me, identified.

Normally the body does a great job of differentiating which is which. But sometimes the line gets blurry, and the body thinks “self” is “not self” and tries to destroy it, which means it tries to attack itself or at least a part of itself. If the tissue that is being attacked is thyroid, we might call it Hashimoto’s thyroiditis; if the tissue is skin, we might call it psoriasis; if the attacked tissue is joint tissue, we might call it rheumatoid arthritis; nerve tissue, we call it MS; and connective tissue, we call it lupus.

Here’s the billion dollar question. What causes that line of self vs. non-self to be blurry? One factor that can contribute to autoimmunity is heavy metals: like lead, mercury, cadmium, excess iron and aluminium. In fact Dr. David Brownstein looks first to heavy metals as the culprit especially for autoimmune disease of the thyroid.

Dr. Russell Blaylock, a neurosurgeon, has years of experience with autoimmune patients. In his excellent book “Health and Nutrition: Secrets That Could Save Your Life,” he agrees and clearly shows how mercury and other heavy metals can cause autoimmunity.

Another theory for the blurry line of autoimmunity revolves around smoldering infections. I am referring to chronic infections and chronic inflammation. The way white blood cells work is to blast the bacteria, yeast, or virus with free radicals. However, if there is a global deficiency of antioxidants, the tissue surrounding the area where the infection is breeding will suffer.

Antioxidant depletion can be caused by old age, stress, lack of sleep, hydrogenated oils, junk food diets, physical trauma, a systemic acid chemistry, or heavy metals. Researchers are also discussing that pesticides, plastics, food allergies, low cholesterol, vaccines, or vitamin D deficiency can trigger the lack of discrimination

between self vs. non-self. But regardless of the ultimate cause, poor digestion and gut dysbiosis play a huge roll.

Most people don’t like to think about it, but amoeba, unwanted bacteria, lack of healthy bacteria or excess yeast can be present in all of our bowels. The body will make antibodies for these organisms; and if the gut is compromised, they will leave the GI tract and look for things that are similar in structure, a process called “molecular mimicry.” Antibodies are designed to kill or destroy things. We don’t want them to hurt us, just the bugs.

So think about it, all the factors I’ve mentioned thus far can contribute or cause intestinal permeability. Intestinal permeability should be factored directly or indirectly in every autoimmune condition. 50 – 70% of the immune system by weight either originates or is located in the gut. With a Wellness approach, the gut is at the forefront of therapy.

Often before doing complicated testing you can apply simple principle and save thousands of dollars. Apply the basics: Bio-D-Mulsion Forte, an emulsified vitamin D, has a profound effect on gut health and a calming effect on many autoimmune conditions.

Next, Dr. Godo can recommend a superior multiple vitamin like “ProMulti-Plus” that is loaded with antioxidants. Ask Dr. Godo about the “Food for Life” diet to reduce dietary toxins. You may be advised to stop all grains and dairy. It’s surprising how many people are sensitive to wheat and dairy. You can’t heal the gut if you are reacting to food sensitivities.

Also, take an active probiotic such as BioDoph-7 to help balance the humoral and cellular parts of the immune system and supplement with an essential fatty acid blend to reduce inflammation and support healthy cell membranes.

Changes in diet and lifestyle allow your body to build a stronger infrastructure. The greater the changes, the healthier your cells and cell membranes will become. The greater the lifestyle changes the more antioxidant reserves can build up to reduce pain and inflammation. More and more people are being affected by autoimmune disease ask Dr. Godo for help.

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