Autoimmune Diseases: Natural Alternatives to Traditional Medicine

For those who suffer from – or who have family members who suffer from – autoimmune diseases – conventional medicine can be very challenging and confusing. And it may not offer the right solutions.
With 50 million people affected in the United States and 250 million people worldwide, the rate of autoimmune diseases has tripled over the last 75 years, says Dr. Amy Myers, functional medicine doctor, and author of the soon-to-be-released book, The Autoimmune Solution: Prevent and Reverse the Full Spectrum of Inflammatory Symptoms and Diseases.

That alarming trend leaves many seeking resolutions for symptoms that range in severity from minor allergies to debilitating chronic diseases, including lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. An estimated 80% of autoimmune disease sufferers are women, according Mayo Clinic research.

Fortunately, Dr. Myers brought together top functional medicine practitioners at the recent Autoimmune Summit to present healing alternatives for those seeking a more holistic approach to dealing with autoimmune disease. Sunlighten was honored to be mentioned as a healthy alternative during the Summit.

Dr. Myers is a physician, teacher and author with extensive training in functional medicine, integrative medicine and nutrition. Having dealt with her own autoimmune issues, she has become a passionate educator, offering access to extensive educational opportunities through her website, blog, podcasts, online eCourses, eBooks and her clinic. She has been featured in, and you may have heard of her on, or on our blog when she outlined the benefits of infrared sauna usage.

Dr. Myers is an incredible resource when it comes to autoimmune diseases, and we recommend starting with this article: How Conventional Medicine Got Autoimmune Diseases All Wrong for some basic insights into Dr. Myers’ philosophy

Don’t just take it from us. Here’s what one Sunlighten user and Dr. Myers fan has to say:

“Two years ago, I began having a variety of unusual – and what I thought were unrelated – symptoms. I began experiencing minor arthritis in my knees, seasonal allergies that seemed to get worse as summer wore on, and itchy, inflamed hives on my chest. My doctor suggested steroids to treat the rash, but I knew there had to be some other answer. Fortunately, I stumbled upon Dr. Myers’ website, and sought out a functional doctor in my own city. I soon learned the root cause of the rash, my allergies, and my unexplained constant state of exhaustion: an under-functioning thyroid. Through a change in diet, temporary use of supplements, and regular use of a Sunlighten infrared sauna at my gym, I was able to detoxify my body and ultimately heal. I feel so lucky I was able to reverse the process in a healthy way. I still go to the sauna at least twice a week. It feels so wonderful to be able to relax while I’m doing something to ensure continued good health!”

–       Jane Martin, Overland Park, KS

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