Autoimmune (Disease vs. Reaction)

Dr. Julie Brown explains the difference between Autoimmune Disease and Autoimmune Reaction.

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Autoimmune Disease Overview

Autoimmune disease is a disease process that occurs when you have lost self tolerance and now the body starts to attack its own tissue. When you are finally diagnosed with the “disease” you have already lost 90% of the tissue being attacked. Diagnosis also requires autoimmune antibodies as well and dysfunctions of the affected organ or tissue. Autoimmune reactivity is when the body is making autoimmune antibodies but has not yet become Autoimmune Disease.

Examples of Autoimmune Disease

There are many autoimmune diseases and reactions. Some of the most common are: Hashimoto’s (thyroid), Grave’s disease (thyroid), SLE (Lupus), Multipule sclerosis, ALS (Lou Gerhig’s disease), Type 1 Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Juvenile RA, Addison’s, Sjogren disease, Reactive arthritis, Myasthenia Gravis, Celiac disease.

Body Systems that can have autoimmunity

  • Red blood cells
  • Connective tissue
  • Eyes
  • Blood vessels
  • Joints
  • Muscles
  • Skin

Facts about Autoimmunity

  • You can have autoimmunity in more than one tissue or body system.
  • If you have autoimmune reactions in one tissue there is a good chance you have it in more than one tissue.
  • Autoimmune disease as increased 400% since 1996 when GMO foods were introduced into our diets.
  • Once you have autoimmunity you will always have autoimmunity. But we can help you with an Autoimmune Disease  program to slow the process or encourage remission.
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We Support Autoimmunity Differently

We not only focus on diet, nutrition and supplements – we also focus on the nervous system. Ultimately the nervous system controls the immune system, but we need to address both in an autoimmune state. We also look at autoimmunity from a physiological level as well.

We focus on supporting and managing the immune system, not just the tissue or systems being affected.  For example, if a patient has Hashimoto’s, we look at ways to support the thyroid and ways to support the immune system.

We do a comprehensive history and exam to determine what blood-work may be necessary in your particular case. Testing may include food allergies tests, gluten tests and other tests to determine what environmental factors could be affecting the patient.

Julie Brown DC, MS-ClinNeuroSci, DACNB, FABBIR

  • Doctor of Chiropractic
  • Masters in Clinical Neuroscience
  • Diplomate of the American Chiropractic Neurology Board
  • Fellows of the American Board of Brain Injury Rehabilitation
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  • Concussion Diagnosis
  • Concussion Rehabilitation
  • Chiropractic Neurology
  • Autoimmune Disease Support
  • Nutrition & Lifestyle Planning

Julie Brown DC, MS-ClinNeuroSci, DACNB, FABBIR is a Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist. Her education includes a Master’s of Science in Clinical Neuroscience. She has specialized training for concussion rehab and traumatic brain injuries from Dr. Ted Carrick D.C. of the Carrick Institute. During her 19 years of experience, Dr. Brown has increased her focus on concussion recovery, movement disorders, post concussive syndrome, vertigo, migraines, TMJ, and chronic pain. She develops a personalized therapy program for every patient by utilizing the most advanced equipment. Dr. Brown is dedicated to finding solutions that improve quality of life for patients suffering traumatic brain injuries.

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