Anna was ten years old when Dr. Mark Hyman first saw her. She was suffering from a severe autoimmune disease, known as mixed connective tissue disease or MCTD.
Diagnosis of MCTD includes systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis and other diseases, all with extremely debilitating side effects that can negatively affect the quality of life. At that time, her whole body was affected by the disease: white and red blood cells, blood vessels, muscles and liver. Her joints and face were swollen, her skin was inflamed, and she was on steroidal treatment, acid blockers, and aspirin. According to the doctor’s quotes in the Huffington Post, Anna was chronically miserable and tired.
Autoimmune diseases usually do not respond to medication
Similar to the Lupus case of the famous pop singer Selena Gomez, doctors recommended Anna to take a chemotherapy drug on a daily basis to suppress her immune system activity. None of the medications had any effect, and her doctors were even considering putting her on a TNF-alpha blocker, which is an immune suppressant that adds the significant risk of cancer and even death from the infection.
Her parents refused to accept this treatment, and they brought Anna to Dr. Hyman. Less than a year later, her symptoms disappeared completely, her blood tests turned normal and she stopped taking any medication.
What is Dr. Hyman’s secret to treat autoimmune diseases?
So what did Dr. Hyman do to help Anna have a happy and healthy life again? His method is still a mystery to most highly trained physicians who simply see drugs as the only solution to any disease. Dr. Hyman managed to go at a deeper level and treat not the symptoms of the disease but its cause. His method was to directly attack the inflammation in her body.
And the secret stands in Anna’s diet. She avoided sugar, dairy, gluten and she took several supplements to cleanse her body and help it heal itself: vitamins D and B12, multivitamins, folic acid, anti-inflammatory evening primrose oil, fish oil and anti-fungal probiotics.
Living with an autoimmune disease means a lonely experience. The frustration of not finding a treatment, the extenuation from going to numerous doctors, continuously looking for answers to your questions, years of failed treatments and side effects can take a toll on someone’s life. The flaw in the modern medical world is that the patients have to be diagnosed with a disease that has a specific treatment. If that disease cannot be diagnosed, then the patient is labeled as depressed, and put on antidepressants.
When it comes to autoimmune conditions, there are many factors to be taken into consideration such as stress levels, the patient’s diet, exposure to toxins and sleep habits are being dynamically interconnected.
The secret to treat an autoimmune disease stands in your determination to find a good doctor who can treat the cause not the symptoms. Some simple dietary changes can make all the difference and help you live a healthy and happy life.