There are more than 80 conditions classified as autoimmune diseases, according to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease. Autoimmune diseases are caused by the immune system attacking itself and various structures throughout the human body. Despite the very apparent and often painful symptoms that manifest as a result of these health conditions, there is no permanent cure for any of them — but there is hope. Many individuals live happy and successful lives with the aid of fuctional medicine treatments, which we offer here at Superior Healthcare.

Even if you suffer from an autoimmune disease or , 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 reduce 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 Experiencing Any of the Following Symptoms?

  • Fatigue or feelings of sluggishness
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Hair loss
  • Brain fog or loss of focus
  • Heart palpitations or heartbeat irregularities
  • Weight gain despite strict diet and exercise
  • Increased sensitivity to cold or heat
  • Constipation
  • Pale, dry, or sallow skin
  • Puffiness in the face and neck area
  • Brittle nails and/or fragile hair
  • Enlargement of tongue
  • Unexplained muscle aches
  • Tenderness and stiffness in specific areas
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle weakness and fatigue

We understand how frightening and emotionally confusing it can be to live with a chronic condition, no matter what it may be or no matter how long you have endured it. That’s why at Superior Healthcare, our first priority is and always will be the compassionate care and assured comfort of our patients. We treat a variety of illnesses with not only with professional expertise, but also with empathy and understanding. If you want to learn more about an autoimmune disease you or a loved one has, or an unexplained physical symptom that traditional medicine has failed to address, then this page is a great place to start. Scroll down to continue reading about common disorders we see and the treatments and therapies we use in our personalized, holistic wellness plans.



Rheumatoid Arthritis

  • Rheumatoid Arthritis is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation in the body.
  • The disease causes pain, irritation, and swelling in the joints.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) affects more than 1.5 million people in the United States alone. This autoimmune disease is marked most commonly by pain and inflammation in the joints and surrounding areas due to gradual and progressive deterioriation of the body’s cartilage. RA is also known to cause the degradation and depletion of bone mass. Combined with the breakdown of delicate cartilage in the joints, RA causes discomfort, aches, and misery for virtually all those affected. With age and progression of autoimmune decline, mobility becomes greatly reduced. At the same time, an increase in frequency and severity of symptoms, such as chronic pain and joint swelling, typically sets in.

At Superior Healthcare, we treat patients from all over the greater New Orleans area, and a significant number of these individuals suffer from autoimmune conditions. In our experience, we have found frequently that the chronic symptoms and physical discomfort so common to these diseases is also accompanied by a decrease in quality of life. For this reason and many others, we follow stringent protocols in our Metairie wellness facility, and we are ceaselessly committed in our efforts to work hard while also making sure that our arthritis-affected patients feel as comfortableas possible.

While it is true that autoimmune diseases have no current known cure, that doesn’t mean those affected need to live each day with the same degree or worsening degrees of pain. Relief from the pain is indeed possible, and we provide it here. At Superior Healthcare, our certified and expertly trained health specialists will create and customize a treatment plan for you or your loved one. In addition to a variety of functional medicine treatments and alternative therapies, we also offer regenerative medicine as an innovative and largely effective option. With our clinical approach to rheumatoid arthritis, you will be able to safely transfer your body’s own natural proteins into damaged joints, whose organic growth potential will encourage healing in your tissues.

Hashimoto’s Disease

  • Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is characterized by autoimmune attacks on the thyroid gland.
  • This autoimmune disease results in reduced production of thyroid hormone, which plays a critical role in metabolism
  • Also known as Hashimoto’s Disease, this condition ultimately hypothyroidism, which can be treated with hormonal supplements.

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 one; it’s just more prominent in men). When the thyroid is under attack from the immune system, its ability to produce thyroid hormone is significantly reduced. This can cause hypothyroidism, whose metabolic and physical effects generally require medications and hormone therapy to mitigate.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is the most common form and cause of hypothyroidism in the United States. There are several factors, doctors have found, that tend to put people at higher risk of developing this autoimmune disease. Middle-aged women are most likely to be diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease, as this period of female life coincides with menopause, which can worsen hormone-related symptoms and metabolic insufficiencies. But this condition does not discriminate — Other significant risk factors include: family history of autoimmune disease, previous exposure to radiation or radioactive material, and inherited genetics. Furthermore, one’s personal medical history may shed light on risk factors for Hashimoto’s, which is often accompanied or preceded by one or more other autoimmune diseases (co-morbidities).  In other words, if you already have an autoimmune condition, you may be at an increased risk of developing Hashimoto’s thyroiditis as well.

At our chiropractic wellness clinic, we offer numerous functional medicine treatment options for Hashimoto’s Disease. These include nutritional guidance, clinically assisted weight loss, natural hormone therapies, IV vitamin infusions, and more. 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

  • Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome (IBD) causes inflammation and swelling.
  • Symptoms include abdominal pain, diarrhea, fatigue, weight loss, and malnutrition.

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 reducing the symptoms or even sending the disease into long-term remission. At Superior Healthcare, 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

  • Myasthenia Gravis is a disease in which the body creates an inflammatory response, producing antibodies that attack the nervous system.
  • The autoimmune condition causes extreme fatigue and weakness in muscles, often with little to no warning.

Myasthenia Gravis manifests as extreme fatigue and weakness in your muscles that are still, technically speaking, under your voluntary control. It’s most common in women under 40 years of age and men over the age of 60. Unfortunately, as is true of all autoimmune disorders, there is no cure. If you have Myasthenia Gravis, it means that your body creates unnecessary antibodies that attack the nervous system. This causes the proteins and fibers of the nervous system to decrease production of essential neurotransmitters required to “communicate” with your muscles. Most people feel fatigue in their muscles, so before you self-diagnose, look for these common co-occuring symptoms:

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Double vision that improves with one eye closed
  • Loss of muscle control in the face
  • Difficulty speaking, swallowing, chewing, and breathing

Lupus

  • Lupus attacks healthy tissue, such as kidneys, brain, and heart.
  • The disease causes rashes on the face, cheeks, and nose.

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus is the most common form of Lupus, an autoimmune disease in which the healthy tissue of the body sustains an inflammatory attack by the immune system. Affected structures and tissues that may be affected include the joints, skin, kidneys, brain, heart and vascular system. It’s a common autoimmune disorder, like arthritis, and it affects more than 200,000 people per year. Lupus often manifests as a butterfly-shaped rash on the face, the cheeks or the bridge of the nose. The severity varies from person to person but Lupus can cause significant damage to the body, and in severe instances may require kidney transplants or other invasive surgeries. Although it can develop in any demographic, lupus is most likely to affect women of African-American, Hispanic, or Asian-American descent, with diagnosis generally received between the ages of 15 to 45.

Graves Disease

  • A disorder that causes the thyroid to produce too many hormones.
  • Symptoms include irritability, anxiety, bulging eyes, and thick skin on the legs.

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! Superior Healthcare has numerous available functional medicine treatment options for Graves Disease.

Autoimmune Disease Treatment Options Offered at Superior Healthcare

  • Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy
  • Microcurrent Therapy For Autoimmune Disease
  • Oxygen & Vibration Therapy

  • Natural Supplements For Autoimmune Conditions
  • IV Hydration
  • Ionic Detox Foot Bath

Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy

  • A safe method of changing how your cells interact, bringing them back to a healthy state.
  • Non-invasive and comfortable treatment option.

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

  • Small, targeted electric currents that promote faster healing.
  • The treatment restores cells to their proper function, allowing the immune system to stop attacking.

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 been 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. 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 a normal function. Offering this treatment to our patients is just another thing that sets Superior Healthcare 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

  • Directly supplies your body with clean oxygen.
  • Oxygen is delivered through the nose, and vibration encourages the body to receive the oxygen.

We all know that oxygen is a significant factor 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 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 offer personalized vitamins and supplements based on your lab work.
  • Treatment for your unique needs.

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, Superior Healthcare is able to recommend high-quality supplements that your body can actually take in and benefit from. We’re ready to give you a personalized vitamin and supplement 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 positive physical and biochemical improvements in your energy, provide 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!

IV Hydration

  • Gives your body the nutrients and minerals it’s lacking from the food you eat.
  • Treatment can help reduce allergies, immune deficiencies, food sensitivities, fatigue, muscle pain, heart disease, and more.

Superior drip IV hydration is another treatment option for patients whose autoimmune disorder is left them deficient of the nutrients they so desperately need. A 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 treatment creates charged ions that pull toxins and heavy metals out of the body.
  • Reduces bacterial infections, chemical toxins, high glucose levels, inflammation, and chronic pain.

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 creating more Hydrogen Peroxide and lessening the toxic load on your liver and kidneys. Most conventional foot baths are cheap and lack results. Superior Healthcare only offers top of the line, high-end machines that 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.

Benefits of Functional Medicine Treatment

Here are some of the benefits of seeking a functional medicinal treatment alternative for your autoimmune disease.

Peace of Mind

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.

Avoid Harmful Medications

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, the proven, safe, and holistic approach to healing at Superior Healthcare 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 their 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.

Total Body Health and Wellness

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!

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