An Autoimmune Diagnosis. It’s not something any of us would ever want, but it’s an increasingly frequent experience … one I’ve experienced personally and through which I’ve supported countless clients.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates up to 23.5 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease and the prevalence is rising. The AARDA claims that actually 50 million Americans suffer from autoimmune disease when properly accounting for variables in epidemiology studies. This breaksdown to 1 out of 12 women, and 1 out of 24 men having an autoimmune disease.
Compare this to the National Cancer Institute’s estimate of just over 15 million Americans living with a cancer diagnosis and you get a sense of the gravity of the situation.
Sadly, despite the prevelance of autoimmune disease, research is severly underfunded with only $591 million dollars spent by NIH on Autoimmune Disease research, compared to $6.1 billion spent on cancer. Yet, health cost of Autoimmune diseases when considered collectively is $100 billion, compared to $50 billion for cancer.
If you are among those who’ve received an Autoimmune diagnosis, I’m here to give you hope: there is so much we can do from a functional perspective to help you heal, bring your autoimmunity into remission, and even reverse the disease process.
In today’s video, I share the most important first dietary steps you can make when given an Autoimmune Diagnosis. While these things might not take you the whole distance, they are critical first steps you’ll need to do regardless of the disease and regardless of the deeper work you do with your practitioner.
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With the right tools and support, an autoimmune diagnosis can be a part of your past, not your future.
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