According to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, there are over 80 conditions and diseases caused by the immune system attacking itself and attacking the human body. These conditions are referred to as autoimmune diseases.
Luckily, if you suffer from an autoimmune disorder, you may still be a candidate for our functional medicine treatments. Superior Healthcare’s team of physicians will work with you to determine the best treatment options to help treat your symptoms from the root cause. Our patient funded studies make use of our advanced knowledge about regenerative medicine, so that we can better help to relieve your symptoms.
Are you regularly facing difficulty in your daily life from any of the following symptoms?
- Fatigue/ sluggishness
- Hair loss
- Brain fog
- Loss of focus
- Heart palpitations
- Weight gain despite a rigorous diet and exercise routine
- Increased sensitivity to cold
- Pale, dry skin
- Puffy face
- Brittle nails
- Enlargement of tongue
- Muscle aches
- Tenderness and stiffness
- Joint pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness
We know this is a long, somewhat scary list. We also understand how frightening and emotionally confusing it can feel to live with a chronic condition. At Superior Healthcare, our first priority is the care and comfort of our patients. We treat a variety of illnesses with not only compassion, but also professional expertise. If you want to learn more about a condition you or your loved one might have, this page is a great place to start. Scroll down to continue reading about common disorders we see and common therapies we use in our treatment plans.
Rheumatoid Arthritis is chronic inflammation in the body. Surprisingly, it affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States. Most commonly, this autoimmune disease causes pain and inflammation in the joints. What happens is, over time, your joints deteriorate. The destruction of your bone mass and erosion of delicate cartilage in the joint causes discomfort, aches, and misery for those affected. Unfortunately, your mobility reduces greatly due to the chronic, painful condition in the joints. We’ve found that this usually is accompanied by a decrease in our patients’ quality of life. Therefore, we follow stringent protocols and work hard to make our arthritis patients as comfortable as possible. Simply because the condition is incurable, doesn’t mean that those who are diagnosed have to live without any relief from the pain. We customize a plan to transfer your own growth factors into the damaged joints and encourage healing in your tissues.
Hashimoto’s Disease is a condition that causes your immune system to attack your thyroid gland and its tissues. Your thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland at the base of your neck, below your Adam’s apple (every human has an Adam’s apple, it’s just more prominent in men). When this occurs, the thyroid’s ability to produce thyroid hormones are significantly reduced. This can cause hypothyroidism, requiring thyroid medications. Hashimoto’s Disease is actually the most common form of hypothyroidism in the United States. There are several factors that doctors have found put people at risk. Middle-aged women are most likely to develop Hashimoto’s Disease. Other non-discriminating risk factors are: family history, radiation exposure, and if you already have an autoimmune condition. We have numerous available functional medicine treatment options for Hashimoto’s Disease. Another solution that helps reduce the effects of Hashimoto’s Disease is losing weight. We offer effecient, practical, chiropractic weight loss help. If you are interested in pursuing this option of treatment, read more about Superior Healthcare’s weight loss plans and programs here.
Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel syndrome that causes inflammation and swelling in the gastrointestinal tract. It’s a serious condition that can cause extreme pain and prevent people from living their lives normally. In some cases, the complications can be life-threatening. Those who have IBD often find themselves facing complications like abdominal pain, severe diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition. More often than not, different areas of the digestive tract are affected in different people. Sadly, there is no cure for Crohn’s Disease currently, but many facilities have been successful in stalling the symptoms or even sending the disease into long-term remission. At our treatment center, we take this illness very seriously. After a candidate is approved for treatment, they will undergo an intensive blood evaluation, so that we may look for certain markers that indicate where your health can improve. Once these markers are found, we’ll be able to provide the patient with a detailed nutritional plan formed to correct these imbalances. In following this nutritional plan, you will be giving your body the proper time and conditions to heal.
Myasthenia Gravis is when you have extreme fatigue and weakness in your muscles that are still under your voluntary control. It’s most common in women under 40 years of age and men over the age of 60. Unfortunately, like with all autoimmune disorders, there is no cure. If you have Myasthenia Gravis, it means that this causes the body to create antibodies that attack the nervous system. Due to this attack, the nervous system cannot properly communicate with your muscles. Most people feel fatigue in their muscles, so before you self-diagnose, look for these common symptoms:
- Droopy eyelids
- Double vision that improves with one eye closed
- Loss of muscle control in the face
- Difficulty speaking, swallowing, chewing, and breathing
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is the most common form of Lupus. Lupus attacks the healthy tissue in the body, including the joints, skin, kidneys, brain, heart and vascular system. It’s a common autoimmune disorder, like arthritis, affecting more than 200,000 people a year. It often manifests as a butterfly-shaped rash on the face on the cheeks and on the bridge of the nose. The severity varies from person to person but Lupus can cause significant damage to the body. Most recently, celebrity Selena Gomez’s Lupus condition was so serious, she required a kidney transplant in order to survive. It is important to note that Lupus is most likely to affect African-American, Hispanic, or Asian-American women between the ages of 15 – 45.
When a patient suffers from Graves Disease, they are often stressed, exhausted, and irritable. Graves Disease is an autoimmune disorder when the thyroid becomes hyperactive and too many thyroid hormones are produced. Most common in women before they turn 40, this enlarging of the thyroid cause irritability, anxiety, changes in menstrual cycles, bulging eyes, a decreased sex drive, irregular heartbeats, and thick, red skin on the legs. Roughly 30 percent of the population with Graves Disease experience inflammation and irritation relating to the eyes. This can include bulging eyes, retracted eyelids, light sensitivity, double vision, or even vision loss. Luckily this autoimmune disorder is easily and safely treatable! We have numerous available functional medicine treatment options for Graves Disease.
Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy
This device safely allows us to change how the cells of your body are polarized, or “magnetized” to stick together. When you’re healthy, your cells are shaped like fully-blown intertubes and they bump off each other like bumper cars. However, in the case of inflammation (or a chronic disease like Hashimoto’s), the cells become misshapen and don’t bounce off each other. Instead, they wedge together in a clump and lose their ability to function properly. In turn, your body recognizes a foreign clump in your blood, causing the immune system to think there’s a threat and begin attacking the clumped cells to eliminate them from your body. The red blood cells will clump together when the cells are improperly polarized. The PEMF device actually changes how the cells are polarized, and so changing how they move together. The electromagnetic field generated by this device causes the cells to spring back to a healthy state, instead of being clumped together in a mass. This treatment is completely non-invasive and requires nothing more from the patient than sitting on a special mat. At our clinic, you’ll be sitting comfortably in a chair on one of these mats, which will be connected to a PEMF device so you’ll still be receiving the full effects of the therapy without any invasive tactics.
Microcurrent Therapy For Autoimmune Disease
A microcurrent machine is a small box that is attached to two small electrode patches that are worn on the treatment area. Unlike the TENS units that may have used in the past to relieve pain by sending a mild shock to the nerves, these currents are so weak that you generally won’t be able to feel anything at all. As with most autoimmune disorders, there are usually other organs that are not functioning properly in addition to the red blood cells working improperly. Sometimes, the liver can become toxic or inflamed. Sometimes, the GI tract is no longer able to process nutrients properly or are leaking toxic material into the bloodstream. Each of these areas could be treated with a microcurrent device to restore those cells to normal functioning. Offering this treatment to our patients is just another thing that sets our practice apart. There are very few medical offices in the country that have the proper equipment, training, and ability to use such specific programming. We are able to use our microcurrent machine in a way that allows us to conduct cellular repair at a detailed level. When the electrical currents of the targeted cells are returned to normal, the cells and organs are able to begin functioning properly again and the immune system will stop attacking.
Oxygen & Vibration Therapy
We all know that oxygen is a significant for a healthy, functioning body. However, we live in a polluted world filled with smog, second hand smoke, dust, mold, pollen, and more. We’re often exposed to dirt and grime that infiltrates our lungs and prevents us from having proper oxygen exchange. By giving your cells some good clean oxygen, especially when coupled with vibration therapy, you immediately help those cells that need need more oxygen to function. During this therapy, oxygen is delivered via a small tube placed under your nose. You’ll stand on a vibrating platform — that vibrates on different settings — to encourage the cells, muscles, and bones in your body to receive that oxygen more effectively.
Natural Supplements For Autoimmune Conditions
We often have new patients who come to us frustrated with a bag full of vitamins and supplements because they seem to be having no effect at all. The research is clear that if the cells in your body are not functioning properly, they will be unable to receive those nutrients. It wouldn’t matter how many pills and potions you swallow, they’re not going to have any effect. However, along with the above mentioned therapies to prepare your cells and organs to be able to actually take in the nutrients, our clinic is able to recommend high quality supplements that your body can actually take in and benefit from. We’re ready to give you a personal vitamins and supplements menu that is customized based on your lab work. Not everyone is the same, so not every person needs the same supplements. The supplements that we recommend are based on the patient’s unique blood analysis. The goal is to restore healthy function to the cells and organs in your body so that your immune system will stop attacking the “unhealthy” cells. Once the immune system stops attacking those cells, most people experience a significant reduction (sometimes even a complete reversal) of the autoimmune disease they’ve been struggling with. For example, this treatment option can return the thyroid back to normal operation, which would cause a positive physical and biochemical improvements in your energy, a boost in your metabolism (leading to weight loss), cognitive/ brain function and clarity, and a return to normal sexual and reproductive function. Our team of multi-disciplinary medical experts will review your test results and craft a customized treatment plan just for you!
Superior drip IV nutrition is another treatment option for patients whose autoimmune disorder is left them deficient of the nutrients they so desperately need. Nutritional deficiency occurs when the body is unable to absorb the necessary amounts of a nutrient or when there are insufficient nutrients found in the foods we eat. IV nutrient therapy has been shown to successfully support and correct: immune deficiency, allergies, detox therapy, food sensitivities, over-indulgence, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue, muscle pain, headaches/migraines, heart disease, high blood pressure, and skin conditions. Intravenous treatments are exceptionally powerful because they bypass issues with oral administration (including an upset stomach), absorption issues, and potency loss. In addition, larger doses of nutrients can be administered via IV without gastrointestinal side effects. Providing these nutrients intravenously (IV) is the most effective way of correcting essential vitamin and mineral intracellular deficits. Then, they can be delivered directly to the bloodstream; bypassing any obstacles in our digestive system that would block direct absorption. This therapy allows 100% absorption and utilization of the nutrients your body needs! We offer an assortment of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, chelating agents, and trace elements that can help treat a variety of conditions. Intravenous nutrients serve as a tune-up for your body to perform better. IV nutrition therapy is usually broken into 15 – 60 minute sessions that involve administering nutrients tailored for your specific needs, here are some details about the procedure you can expect during your appointment. The number of sessions can range. Sometimes, a single session is all that is needed for conditions like fatigue; or your doctor may feel that you can benefit from multiple sessions for conditions like muscle pain, neurological disorders, chronic health conditions, or heavy metal detoxification. At each session, an IV line will be administered into your arm. At this time, you feel a small pinch. Once the IV is in, you’ll get your nutrients and be on your way. There can be some tenderness and bruising around the injection site, slight swelling of the vein, or fatigue but nothing to cause immediate alarm.
Ionic Detox Foot Bath
The methods and science behind detox foot baths can get overwhelming to say the least. To put it in its simplest terms: an ion is a charged atom that has gained or lost an electron which creates a magnetic field capable of attaching to and neutralizing oppositely charged particles. These neutralized particles are extracted from the body through a process called osmosis. A water safe power box is placed into the water along with your feet. The power supply provides a low level direct current to the array. This causes the metals within the array, in combination with water and salt, to generate charged ions by separating the oxygen and hydrogen in the water. The doctor will determine the setting of the foot bath based on your symptoms and diagnosis. The ions generated by the cleanse then travel through the body attaching themselves to a multitude of toxic substances, thereby neutralizing their positive or negative charge. What this means is that we can create a host of healing for things such as heavy metal detoxification, bacterial infections, chemical toxins, high glucose levels, inflammation and chronic pain. In turn your body is created more Hydrogen Peroxide and lessening the toxic load on your liver and kidneys. Most conventional foot baths are for cheap and lack results. Superior Healthcare only offers top of the line, high end machines which have proven scientific results. In addition, independent studies have shown levels of urea, creatinine, and glucose in the patient’s water after treatment, indicating that these toxins are being pulled from the body.
Why Detoxify? We are living in the most polluted environment in Earth’s known history. We are continually inhaling and assimilating residues from petrochemicals, plastics, and pesticides that occupy cell receptor sites and block hormone utilization. Consider The Following Statistics:
400% increase in heart disease since 1900*
500% increase in cancer mortality since 1900*
250% increase in breast cancer since 1980*
59% decrease in male sperm count since 1940*
1600% increase in birth defects since 1980*
More than 95% of cancer is caused by environmental toxicity and diet*
Average city water contains more than 500 chemicals*
Most of us have between 300-800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies
Pesticide residues are detectable in 50-95% of the food consumed in the U.S
Toxins damage cells, disrupt our endocrine systems, and impair the body’s ability to absorb nutrients and heal itself. When it comes to exposure to toxins, the body cannot metabolize most of the poisons to which it is exposed. Most of these toxins remain in the body for many years, stored in the fat cells that exist throughout the body.
Here are some of the benefits of seeking a functional medicinal treatment alternative for your autoimmune disease. First is the peace of mind that comes with having an official diagnosis. Our testing and analysis procedures go far beyond what you would get at a typical endocrinologist appointment. Our testing protocols will give you peace of mind by finally determining if you are suffering from Hashimoto’s Disease or a related autoimmune disorder. This allows us to help you treat the source and remove the underlying cause rather than treating the symptoms. This is common with most doctors who treat autoimmune disorders by prescribing traditional thyroid medication as a blanket treatment to mitigate symptoms. Choosing functional medicine also helps our patients avoid harmful medications. Some of the available medications have a greater risk than reward. You don’t want to take medicine to treat your disorder but instead of getting relief, end up with bone loss and heart rhythm complications! Hand in hand, functional medicine helps patients avoid being on meds for life. Many drugs that are used to treat autoimmune disorders, such as traditional thyroid medications, cannot be stopped without severe physical consequences. However, our proven, safe, and holistic approach to healing has more rewards than risks. Our team of medical doctors, functional medicine experts, and nutritionists will give you a comprehensive treatment program that helps our patients improve quality of life in all aspects. The safe, holistic remedies and proper nutrition will treat and remove the underlying causes of your autoimmune disorder to bring the thyroid function back to normal without costly and dangerous medications that must be taken for the rest of your life. Our treatment options promote total body health and wellness. Our methodology simultaneously treats a host of related health problems that commonly lead to other physiological disorders, in addition to your autoimmune disease. Look and feel ten years younger! Enjoy more energy and fewer aches and pains, not to mention being able to lose weight, grow your hair back and think more clearly!