Known for her clinical research into the Paleo Autoimmune Protocol, Dr. Teresa Rispoli discloses life-saving research from scientists, PhD’s and natural healing physicians, in a clear and usable format. Her primary message is that Autoimmunity causes unnecessary suffering. Approximately 50 million Americans, 20 percent of the population or one in five people, suffer from autoimmune diseases. The point is that Autoimmunity is responsible for over 100 of the most chronic degenerative conditions which can now be eliminated by her breakthrough research and education programs and Functional Nutritionist Academy, where she teaches you these principals.
“Hi I’m Dr. Teresa Rispoli, I’m a natural healing practitioner specializing in Functional Medicine, specifically Autoimmune Disease and Gut issues. The best road to autoimmune recovery is to understand the genetic and environmental “triggers” that cause “Leaky Gut”, which is the gateway to Autoimmunity, listed below.
By minimizing these triggers and thus exposures, one can prevent the development and reverse the damage causing autoimmune disease,” Educating yourself in these matters is critical to understanding your disease and actually becoming involved in your own healing process.
If we acknowledge the causes of our disease, then we will know what to avoid and begin our road to recovery.
Spotlight On Autoimmune Causes
Most autoimmune diseases are triggered by traumatic suppression of our immune system. Once immunity has been compromised by these triggers, a slew of cascading events can occur. Fungal, parasitic, bacterial infections may take hold and populate in this compromised immune environment. To make matters worse “Biofilms” surround these infestations and can make it extremely difficult to eradicate by the best efforts. Initial symptoms associated with negative infestations may include but are not limited to: constipation, diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, bloating, excess gas, indigestion, skin rashes, bladder spasms and infections, ear infections, sinus infections, rectal itching, itchy ears or nose, sugar or starch cravings, white tongue, toe or fingernail infections, jock itch, vaginal yeast infections, intestinal permeability, increased body odor, PMS, asthma, depression, and chronic fatigue.
Process of Immune System Breakdown Leading to Autoimmunity
1. Chronic Emotional and/or physical stress
2. Physical Trauma, surgery induced
4. Poor Nutrition
5 Poor absorption & breakdown of nutrients
6. Lack of immune modulating components in the food supply
7. Abuse of Antibiotics and failure to repopulate the gut with probiotics
Leaky Gut Syndrome Cycle – Cascading Sequential Events
Penetration by fungus and the resulting intestinal permeability cause a disruption in the absorption of nutrients into the bloodstream, and finally nutritional deficiencies on the cellular level. Deficient cellular nutrient leads to reduced immunity, premature cellular aging, and further weakening of the body’s defense systems. This can lead to fatigue, allergies, decreased immunity, chemical sensitivities, depression, poor memory, and digestive complaints and many other conditions.
Intestinal permeability is associated with: Ankylosing Spondylitis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Food allergies, Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Eczema, Chronic Fatigue, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diverticulitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic Hepatitis, and an entire list of autoimmune diseases.
It begins with “Triggers”suppressing the immune system, leading to inflammation of the digestive tract lining, the inflamed digestive lining becomes permeable, tight junctions open allowing undigested foreign protein peptides to enter the bloodstream. Dysbiosis then occurs, (disruption of a healthy intestinal environment). Infestations begin to manifest (bacteria, yeast, parasites, and biofilms). This leads to poor assimilation of important nutrients. The resulting digestive failure cripples the immune system and autoimmune responses begin to manifest. Food intolerance’s and allergic reactions begin to occur. A mounting immune response against the body’s own cells and tissues begins to trigger multiple system failures. Once these immune modulators get into the blood stream they can virtually affect any organ or tissue.
Unfortunately once you have one autoimmune issue, many other areas my be affected as well, causing multiple seemingly unrelated, symptoms.
Liver and Adrenals Take a Hit (leading to hypersensitivities)
Environmental sensitivities begin to occur as the liver and adrenal glands become chronically overwhelmed. Tolerance to the fumes of environmental chemicals is reduced and hypersensitivities begin to occur: gasoline, diesel, other petrochemicals, formaldehyde, perfumes, cleaning fluids, insecticides, tobacco, pesticides, household cleaners, and potentially many other triggers not listed here. The liver is the principle organ responsible for detoxification. When functioning properly, the liver filters two quarts of blood every minute, removing unwanted toxins and bacteria. The liver also secretes a quart of bile each day. Bile is necessary for fat breakdown. An optimally functioning detoxification system is necessary for providing good health and preventing disease. Many diseases, including Cancer, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and other chronic age-related conditions are linked to a weakened detoxification system. It can also contribute to allergic disorders, asthma, hives, psoriasis, and eczema and is associated with CFS, FMS, depression, and systemic candidiasis. Therefor, a Hepatic detoxification protocol must be completed. It usually takes 21 days to clear the liver and requires specific nutrients including specific amino acids, vitamins and minerals.
Chronic Inflammation and “Auto-intoxication” overwhelms the Host
Toxins from microorganisms and undigested food molecules (antigens) enter the blood stream & body cavities. Antigens set up residence in cells and bodily tissues and are recognized as foreign invaders. Intestinal permeability allows antigens to leak out of the digestive tract and into the bloodstream. This triggers an autoimmune reaction and can create pain and inflammation in any of the body’s tissues. Pain and inflammation can occur anywhere unprocessed proteins are deposited, including muscles, tissues, joints, and organs. (nearly everywhere)
Antigens trigger complex allergic reactions and intollerances
Allergic reactions can manifest in a variety of symptoms: fatigue, brain fog, depression, joint and muscle pain, digestive disorders, headache, rash, breathing problems, inflammation of the: nose, throat, ears, bladder, and intestinal tract, can lead to infections of the sinus, respiratory, ear, bladder and intestinal membranes. In an attempt to arrest these infections, doctors might prescribe a broad spectrum antibiotic. Such antibiotics promote yeast and fungal overgrowth and often times, additional symptoms.
Facts: At any juncture in the line of sequential events, allopathic disease treatment (the treatment of symptoms via drugs) may, and most often times does, exacerbate the declining state of health. Many times these toxic synthetic chemical compounds directly cause disease, and/or function as triggers in the promotion of disease. The overwhelming majority of these substances cause short and long term cellular damage to varying degrees, without addressing root causes of disease. In reality, virtually every drug, if taken long enough, will cause the very disease for which it was prescribed and potentially much more.
Therefore, Functional medicine, specifically Functional Nutrition is the solution to getting to the root of this Autoimmune Epidemic. Dr. Rispoli has masterfully put together a 7 Module course to teach you in dept the course of action one must take to heal chronic debilitating autoimmune illness at the root. No one pill or diet alone will solve your problem. It takes understand the body as a whole and removing the triggers and providing the body a healing environment with proper nutrition, rest and love of our own body to heal properly.