We’re witnessing an epidemic of autoimmune disease in the US and around the world. Conventional medicine does not offer much in terms of treatment solutions except steroids and other immunosuppressive drugs. While these medications can certainly help calm down an overactive immune response and quickly reduce symptoms , they don’t address any underlying causes, and long term use can lead to adverse side effects.

I tend to view autoimmune disease as a glitch in the software running the immune system. Sometimes all that’s needed is a system reboot, and other times the software needs to be reprogrammed. There are many causes for the development of an autoimmune disease including genetic predisposition, environmental toxicity, infections, etc. And in my clinical experience “leaky gut" is probably one of the most common sources, so treating the gut is a must with practically every autoimmune patient that I see.

The first picture below was taken in Montauk, NY, a place I visited every year for three decades. To me this picture represents the peace and calm when an autoimmune disease is under control. The second picture was taken during a hurricane in the same location, and to me this represents the fury and destruction that can happen during an autoimmune flair. Fortunately, in the body as in nature, storms pass and balance is restored.