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AutoImmune Diseases & Allergies

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February 22, 2018

What are Autoimmune Diseases?

Autoimmune diseases are a broad range of related conditions where the body’s own immune system attacks the tissues and organs, causing deterioration and illness.

What is an allergy?

An allergy occurs when a person’s immune system reacts to a harmless substance (also known as an allergen) that does not bother most people. Allergens can be found in a variety of food and environmental sources such as house dust mite excretions, pets, pollen, moulds and various food and food components.

The link between autoimmune conditions and allergies

Some research has linked allergic conditions, such as eczema, to autoimmune disease because allergy and inflammation trigger the immune system to attack the bodily organs.

Other studies have also found a genetic factor that links autoimmune and allergic conditions. The BACH2 gene helps regulate the immune system. Variations in this gene compromise the immune system and appear in both allergic and autoimmune conditions.

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Factors that can trigger autoimmune conditions

From advanced autoimmune diseases, like Crohn’s or celiac disease, to relatively common “autoimmune spectrum disorders” like acne, it’s important to know what can trigger an inflammatory-immune response in your body. Watch out for:

Common autoimmune conditions we see in the HWA clinic


Psoriasis is a condition where the skin cells continually replicate and form a build-up on the surface of the skin. It’s commonly associated with inflammatory foods such as wheat, dairy and sugar.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases – such as Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis – come as a result of inflammation in the lining of the intestines that can affect different parts of the GI Tract. These conditions are commonly associated with inflammatory foods such as wheat, dairy, salicylates, lectins and amines.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the immune system starts attacking the synovial fluid in the joints, causing deterioration and pain. It is often sparked by inflammatory foods from the Nightshade family (tomato, potato, eggplant, capsicum), salicylates and amines.

Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

Also called chronic lymphocytic thyroiditis, Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis is a condition where the immune system attacks the thyroid gland. This causes the thyroid hormone production to slow which leads to unpleasant symptoms such as fatigue, weight gain and hair loss.

Consumption of inflammatory foods such as wheat and gluten are often associated with this condition.

Coeliac Disease

Coeliac disease is an immune reaction to gluten gluten-containing products (such as barley, rye and oats), which creates inflammation and damages the lining of the small intestines. It can also affect the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream.

Symptoms of coeliac disease may vary from person to person, so look out for:

How we can help naturally manage Autoimmune Diseases

There is no known ‘cure’ for autoimmune disease according to conventional medicine. However, immunosuppressants and anti-inflammatory medication may help reduce symptoms.

In natural medicine, on the other hand, we believe the key to treating autoimmune, and inflammation is to address the underlying driver/s such as:

Natural Allergy Treatment

At Health & Wellness Australia & New Zealand (HWA), we use a technique called muscle testing (or kinesiology) to help identify people’s sensitivities to alkalines. Following testing, you can work with your practitioner to address these sensitivities using a natural allergy treatment called Positive Association Technique (PAT).

PAT is a non-invasive holistic therapy, which:

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