About Autoimmune Disease

Approximately 50 million Americans have autoimmune disease, according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association. More than 80 different conditions—including rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, Graves’ disease, and Hashimoto’s disease—fall under this umbrella, and some have similar symptoms.

While these diseases are generally viewed as separate conditions by specialists who treat the symptoms alone, they share common causes. In many ways, they could be considered one big disease that can involve any body part.

As the body’s primary defense against disease and infection, the immune system is integrally connected to all other biological systems. As a result, cross-reaction can wreak havoc throughout the body, causing chronic systemic inflammation (CSI). This condition further exhausts the immune system and leads to greater dysfunction.

Rather than classifying a patient’s symptoms as fitting a specific condition, it is so much more important to strive to identify the underlying causes of inflammation and autoimmunity. The deeper perspective acknowledges the interconnected causes of diseases, as well as the body’s ability to return to wholeness. By treating these fundamental issues, it is possible to relieve a person’s suffering and allow them to experience long-term healing.

Autoimmune Related Posts By Dr. Bilstrom

Please take a moment to read the first blog I wrote … ‘The Journey Begins’

It’s an important read as it lays out the reason for all we are doing and provides an overview of Autoimmune Disease.

Who is Dr. David Bilstrom, MD

Dr. Bilstrom, MD, is the Director of the International Autoimmune Institute & Bingham Memorial Center for Functional Medicine in Blackfoot, Idaho. He works closely with experts in a number of medical specialties to evaluate, diagnose and treat autoimmune diseases.