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Autoimmune disease specialist Dr. Amy Myers makes a powerful case for her approach to dietary healing, which she discovered after she developed Graves’ disease. The initial meal plan she proposes for addressing autoimmune and inflammation issues is restrictive and demands discipline, but it’s designed to reset and clear your system – and you can add more food choices after 30 days. By then, Myers says, you should have more energy and fewer symptoms of inflammation. However, she suggests continuing to follow many of the restrictions, such as not eating dairy or gluten. Her plan may help you identify foods that trigger symptoms that have tormented you for a long time. Myers offers excellent supplementary material, including charts, menus, case studies and an extensive resources list. While never giving medical advice, getAbstract finds that her thoughtful program may offer useful guidance. 

About the Author

Autoimmune specialist Amy Myers, MD, founded and serves as medical director of Austin UltraHealth, a functional medicine center. 

 

Summary

Defining Autoimmune Issues

Few physicians understand autoimmune issues. Most blame them on family genetic history and say you must “learn to live” with them. Doctors may not tell you that if you have one autoimmune issue, you are “three times more likely” to develop additional ones.

In an autoimmune condition, the body sees itself as the enemy and aggressively reacts. Signs that your immune system inflammation is worsening include developing acid reflux, allergies, anxiety, brain fog (difficulty focusing), joint pain and fatigue.

“Four Pillars”

Millions of people have autoimmune issues, which include psoriasis, fibromyalgia, lupus, celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and type 1 diabetes. While experts agree that autoimmune issues have no cures, you can work toward “reversal and prevention.”

To combat these conditions, focus on “four pillars” of behavior:

  1. “Heal your gut” – Your digestive system contains 80% of the body’s immune system.
  2. “Get rid of gluten, grains [and] legumes” – They can cause chronic inflammation.
  3. “Tame the ...

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