When Dr. Mark Hyman first examined 10-year-old Isabel, he noticed she had an awful case of an autoimmune disease in addition to a mixed connective tissue disease (also known as MCTD). Her official diagnosis was arthritis and a type of lupus. Her condition caused a variety of uncomfortable side effects. Her condition, considered incurable, included several debilitating side effects.
Isabel’s condition had an effect all over her body. Her blood cells, liver, muscles, joints, skin, and blood vessels were constantly inflamed and swollen. When she first visited Dr. Hyman, she was on several medications including aspirin, steroids, and acid blockers.
Dr. Hyman told her those medicines were causing her to be constantly “tired and miserable”. Previously, her doctors had suggested that she start a chemotherapy drug to reduce her immune system’s activity. Although this strong drug could help calm her symptoms down, it also included serious risks such as cancer or death from infection.
Since Isabel was not interested in trying this drug, she decided to visit Dr. Hyman. Within a year, all her symptoms had vanished, her blood tests came back normal, and she no longer had to take any medications.
A Natural Approach to Healing
While all the doctors Isabel had seen in the past focused on covering her symptoms with lupus medications, Dr. Hyman treated the actual problem that was causing her condition. He discovered that all of her inflammation could be reduced or controlled by changing a few things in her diet.
Dr. Hyman instructed Isabel to cut out dairy, sugar, and grains. He also suggested that she take certain supplements – fish oil, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, folate, and a multivitamin – to assist her body in healing itself. He also told her to take an anti-fungal, a supplement that helps the body rid itself of mercury, and evening primrose oil.
Within a short time, Isabel felt better. They decided to share their approach in hopes of helpful others treat their symptoms in a natural way. In the following video, Isabel excitedly states that she is able to ride her horse again, no longer has to take medications, and feels “great”.
It is thought that autoimmune diseases affect over 50 million people in the United States. There are numerous autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, fibromyalgia, Crohn’s disease, and celiac disease. All of these diseases have one thing in common: inflammation. To treat these conditions, the majority of doctors give their patients pain medications, anti-inflammatory drugs, and drugs that calm the immune system down.
Dr. Hyman states that our current system of medicine approaches disease treatment in the worst way. He believes it is wrong to try treating a disease by covering it up, suppressing the body’s systems, or interfering with the body’s natural functions.
Dr. Hyman believes it is a huge mistake to cover up symptoms rather than addressing the true cause of the disease. He believes that taking gluten, sugar, and dairy out of Isabel’s diet helped drastically reduce the inflammation her body was experiencing. The added supplements and vitamins helped her body heal faster and also helped to further reduce inflammation.
Isabel Overcomes Autoimmune Disease
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