19 minutes | Jun 19, 2020

Episode 119: What Causes Autoimmune Disease

What causes autoimmune disease? I am frequently asked – “so, Audrey, what causes autoimmune disease?”  My response is almost always – “it is a tree with many roots.” Let me paint a picture for you – This is what I mean by that, picture a tree where rheumatoid arthritis is the trunk, and the branches are all the different symptoms that come with it – joint pain, swelling, redness, reduced ability to move around – anything else that you experience… it is the outward appearance to you the person suffering from rheumatoid in this example OR to others who see you suffering. Then under the ground – what people can’t see are the roots of the tree, there may be a few that poke through and are obvious from the above-ground but the majority of the roots aren’t obvious. It’s how we land at rheumatoid arthritis is not a disease of the joints – just like psoriasis isn’t a disease of the skin. It is much more than that. The joints, the skin, those are symptoms – branches if you will. And it’s those roots – those are what cause autoimmune disease. That is where you find the issue that is causing the problem and that is where you will find the cure, relief, remission. That is where you start your revolution. 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I am frequently asked – “so, Audrey, what causes autoimmune disease?” My response is almost always – “it is a tree with many roots.” Let me paint a picture for you to help you understand…Picture a tree where rheumatoid arthritis (or psoriasis or insert your autoimmune condition) is the trunk, and the branches are all the different symptoms that come with it – joint pain, swelling, redness, reduced ability to move around – anything else that you experience… it is the outward appearance to you the person suffering from rheumatoid in this example OR to others who see you suffering. Then under the ground – what people can’t see are the roots of the tree, there may be a few that poke through and are obvious from the above-ground but the majority of the roots aren’t obvious. It’s how we land at rheumatoid arthritis is not a disease of the joints – just like psoriasis isn’t a disease of the skin. It is much more than that. The joints, the skin, those are symptoms – branches if you will. And it’s those roots – those are what causes autoimmune disease. That is where you find the issue that is causing the problem and that is where you will find the cure, relief, remission. That is where you start your revolution. Are you making your autoimmune condition worse? Raise your hand – answer me out loud – what comes up when I say your autoimmune disease is not a disease of the outward symptoms? And what if I told you that treating it as such – actually makes your condition worse and causes additional autoimmune diseases to start. Something referred to as poly-autoimmunity.  So what that means is that the medications and treatments that you are using are maybe bringing you short-term relief but are ultimately causing you more harm – particularly if that is the only thing you are doing to help your autoimmune disease or chronic illness and if you are taking the long term. Even over the counter medications like Advil, Aleve, ibuprofen, antacids, etc. AND this is going to be an unpopular opinion – but even if you are taking fist fulls of supplements – that can be a form of masking symptoms instead of finding and treating the root causes so you can be an autoimmune conqueror.   What causes an autoimmune disease recipe? So what causes autoimmune disease? Well as I mentioned – it is in fact a tree with many roots. Although there isn’t a singular root cause for autoimmune and whole or a specific autoimmune disease. There is a really particular recipe for autoimmune disease, its a combination of three things.  Three ingredients to the autoimmune recipe: genetic predisposition,  loosey-goosey intestinal permeability, and an environmental trigger. Let’s talk about each one of those things just a little bit. Your Genes Not the ones that we all avoid wearing, but that fancy genetic code that makes you what you are today. It’s a common misconception that the reason we snag an autoimmune disease is that we were gifted a particular set of genes from our parents. Now, while it can be true that there is a genetic component it’s now well proven that its just one small piece of the puzzle. Thanks to the study of genes and gene expression called epigenetics – not only does it tell us that DNA is one small piece of the puzzle but the study of epigenetics shows us that there’s no specific pattern that can be identified or at least has been identified yet that predisposes a person to autoimmune disease. Instead what we do know is that we have particular genes that can be present or missing, turned on or off, that can help us to understand the problems that lead to the autoimmune disease. We also know that no matter which genes our parents gave us we know that we can make particular choices in lifestyle that will turn these genes on and off, and cause certain health issues like an autoimmune disease to pop up or to remain dormant. Even if every woman in your family has fibromyalgia or rheumatoid or psoriasis or any other autoimmune or chronic illness.   Environmental Trigger Genetic predisposition is just one ingredient in what causes autoimmune disease recipe. Part two is an environmental trigger. This could be something like sleep, stress is a biggie, energetic wellness, environmental toxins, nutrient deficiencies, medications and more. Sleep Let’s start with sleep. High quality sleep is vital to every human being’s well being and healing. For so many people sleep is elusive. I want you to think about how many times you said or you hear somebody you love say things like “I’m tired” or “I’m exhausted” or “I didn’t sleep well.” And even if you did sleep well, how many people wake up and respond to that question publically – “I feel freakin’ GREAT!” because it is so abnormal, right? Part of that issue is just the over glorification of busy, we wear busy-ness like a badge of honor. On the other side of that, there certainly is a problem for people that they’re not getting enough quality time between their head and the pillow. We currently have this epidemic of sleep disorders anything from trouble falling asleep to staying asleep to actual insomnia. And guys, sleep is something that’s so easy to fix. So if you’re having trouble sleeping, please PLEASE jump on a mini case review. They’re complimentary. Whenever a client is struggling with sleep or in a bigger healing program, it’s always one of the first priorities that we have to address. Sleep is one of the first steps on the Autoimmune Revolution’s success path – its step 1 on the way back to wellness, relief, and remission when we’re talking about autoimmune disease and chronic illness. Stress The second biggest environmental trigger I see is stress. We are living our lives in a constant fight or flight state, where our body is convinced we might die at any moment. Being chronically stressed and being in this depleted state, it activates a very similar cascade of internal messages and pathways to not having any sleep. It is a similar process, although the ingredients are different, and that chronic stress mode that that overall depleted state is much different than the state of a nourished and ease body that is secure right or in nourished and ease secure feeling. Energetic Wellness A third environmental trigger for autoimmune conditions (and flare-ups) is energetic wellness. Energetically autoimmune conditions share a lot of similar patterns, one of which is the energy or the vibe of taking on the world’s problems. Think of someone, maybe even yourself that suffers from an autoimmune disease. Often, these are those empathic people that take on the burden of the world or the family or the finances or work or something and they feel it rests completely on their shoulders. Dis-ease starts way out as an energetic disturbance, and then if it’s not dealt with if it’s not managed if there’s not good energetic hygiene practice, then it comes closer and closer and closer and it eventually manifests itself into a physical issue. Sometimes this is an acute illness like strep throat or an ear infection or some sort of cardiac event or a gallbladder. All of these things can and do happen, start out as energetic frequency and when you dig into your own history or when I dig into clients’ history or your history, I can often pinpoint exactly where that vibration ignited where it started, where that d
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