Dr Teitelbaum discusses autoimmune illnesses with Light Your Sparkle:
I had the privilege to interview Dr Jacob Teitelbaum, world renowned integrative physician, author, and expert on autoimmune illnesses and chronic pain. I have followed his work for many years, using it to support my own struggles with autoimmune illness and I learned so much from our time together. Following our interview, I began implementing some of his recommendations. He stressed the importance of using him and other physicians as a "guide" rather than a boss and to choose treatments that "feel right" based on the educated information received.
Topics covered include:
The autoimmune illness epidemic Factors overwhelming the immune system The psyche and how perceptions drive the immune system Empowerment--how to make decisions for your health Crohn's disease Nambudripad's allergy elimination technique (NAET) Autism Fibromyalgia overview and treatment Thyroid Mind-body connection Food allergies Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Navigating information in the media and internet SHINE protocol Resetting the autonomic system Emotions and illness Stress and the immune system Treating chronic pain Nutrition and supplementation
Article Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW The New Social Worker Magazine Spring/Summer 2019, Vol. 26, No. 2 April 19, 2019
The American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc., estimates as many as fifty million Americans suffer from autoimmune related diseases; 80 to 100 diseases fit into these categories (2018). Social workers offer services in diverse community sectors such as schools, mental health agencies, hospitals and medical clinics, nonprofits, and private practices. Clients are not often referred for mental health services following a diagnosis of autoimmune disease. It is more common that social workers will learn of other stressors—such as a diagnosis of autoimmune disease—through assessment or ongoing interactions with their clients. Autoimmune disease may not come up in conversation, as clients can be unclear about how their illness overlaps with mental health. They may not see how a social worker can help. As an LCSW who lives with Crohn’s disease—an autoimmune disease also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease—I learned the nuances in treatment from my own personal experiences. Social workers are an integral part of the treatment team and contribute significantly to helping patients manage symptoms and heal. Therefore, understanding how to approach these patients in an ethical and diligent manner is critical.
Sometimes life can seem so terrible that the only way through it is to laugh about it. Have you ever had such a terrible experience happen and then months later when you tell the story, you end up laughing about it with friends? Laughter is a release from tension and stress. It also lifts your mood almost instantly. Needless to say, humor has been an incredible asset in dealing with my illness and stressors. Looking back at my childhood, it was tough--not much to laugh about. However, my mom and I managed to find humor in life which took the edge off and made us feel as though things would be ok after all. Sometimes when my mom and I reflect on the hundreds of physicians I have seen and the numerous times I had an emergency as a result of illness, we find humor in our lives; we find a way to laugh about our endurance and it makes things so much easier.
When I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease, I immersed myself in online research, checking books out at the library, talking to others with similar or the same condition. I expected I would find a solution that I could proceed with easily and swiftly. My inquiries and research opened a Pandora's box as there was so much information I hardly knew where to start. There were plenty of articles about the condition and a number of people who were proposing dietary plans for helping the symptoms. Some people claimed changing the diet would cure the condition. I asked my GI doctor at the time if dietary changes would help Crohn's disease. He said, "Crohns disease is a genetic condition. Food has no impact on the condition. You can eat whatever you want and it won't change the progression of the disease." Now, grant it, this was over 10 years ago, much has changed in the research and understanding of Crohn's disease, but I was baffled; How can a condition that involves digestion not be impacted by the foods I eat? Fortunately I quickly realized that what we eat has a profound impact on the disease process and the gut. I made changes to my diet and saw immediate improvements. Today, diet is at the core of my healing regimen.
As you know, I am a licensed clinical social worker specializing in autoimmune disease and trauma. It is important for me to understand and learn new ways to reduce trauma, stress, and negative emotions. This is a critical component to healing. Not only do I need this support in my personal life, but it is very important in my clinical work helping others.
I recently started working with John Leonard, Ph.D. the developer of a unique educational program that teaches people how to directly control their mood states, stress and pain using language commands. Once the process is learned over the phone the work is done at home by the client producing both state changes leading to trait changes, even changes in charged memories that can be erased with a single command.
Written by Casey Hersch MSW, LCSW Costco Connection March 2019
When autoimmune disease turns the body against itself, build up your resistance
March is National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month, and according to the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease. Our bodies are designed to fight infection and protect us from harmful invaders such as bacteria and toxins; however, in the case of autoimmune disease, the body becomes confused and begins attacking itself. Johns Hopkins Medicine reports autoimmune disease has been found in every organ system of the body and includes Type 1 diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia and Crohn’s disease.
While the National Institutes of Health estimates at least 80 diseases are caused by an autoimmune response, identifying individual treatment needs can be overwhelming. Complex symptoms occur as the body fights against itself.
Written by Casey Hersch, MSW, LCSW February 24, 2019 Davis Enterprise
It was my acknowledgement of my UNIQUENESS that helped me begin to heal.
I will never forget the day my physician told me I had an autoimmune disease --Crohn's disease. Overcome with fear, I wondered how I could live with an "incurable" condition. But now I realize after many decades later, that it is possible to live a fulfilled life with autoimmune disease(s). There are key ingredients to taking ownership of autoimmune disease: It involves an integration of many aspects of healing--there is no one-size-fits all solution for each of us.